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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Monster of a beer, shrouded in mystery, brewed once a year. This beer is hopped quadruple-strength, and exoticly spiced.

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3.7
bnokk (548) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Rated in 2016. APPEARANCE- burgundy red color. No apparent carbonation remaining. NOSE- sweet! Cherries. FLAVOR- very sweet, deep & flavorful.

4.1
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Duane shared this 2004 bottle. Dark brown pour with lots of big floaties and a small tan head. Caramel and spice in the aroma. Lots of flavor to this one. Chocolate, spices, caramel, didn’t taste much hops at all, but that could be because this is a 2 year old bottle. Awesome creamy mouthfeel can probably also be partially attributed to that. Good stuff!

3.6
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2010
From a 2009 bottle. Dark rich looking beer did not fill up my pint glass for some odd reason. I got very rich dark fruits. Very drinkable was suprised to see 11% when I went to rate this one.

4.8
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2006
2004. Dark brown in color with ruby highlights and a thin, brown head that laces the glass nicely. Aroma has more going on than could possibly be listed. But spice, brown sugar, creme, and caramel dominate. I am a big fan of Fritz Maytag and the spiced Our Special Ale, but this blows every vintage of that away. The fat sweetness of the malt foundation is perfect for all of the spicing, alcohol, and hops within. Superb.

3.3
Clownoisseur (489) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
2005 vintage. Pours a murky brown, minimal head, quickly diminishes, minimal lacing. Aroma...wow. Well, lots going on here. Sweet molasses, roasted malts, vanilla, ginger, corriander and onion. Taste is as weird....er, eccentric, as the smell. Very spicy beer. Ginger balanced with a thick molasses...some raisin/fig/maple syrup flavors swirl...then some real earthy undertones. Tastes like vegetable soup! Minimal carbonation makes this one feel like a liquor at times...syrupy, sticky. Long lingering finish. Very interesting beer, but not something I would want to drink with any regularity.

3.5
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 14, 2006
2002 bottle. Pours like thin old honey. all carbonation has been visably lost, leaving only a viscous chestnut brown liquide stitting errily still in my glass. Huge carmel, malt, and herbal hops in the nose along with something else but it drowned out by the big barlywine like nose. Much is the same in the mouth. Big thick mouthfeel, dates, prunes, ,brown sugar, a little alcohol, and raisons. Finishes with honey, a lingering green bitterness, and a decent puff of alcohol.

4.2
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Deep dark hazy brown. Lots of sediment. No head at all, and very little bubbles. Nose is somewhat suble compared to the tase, but there is some caramel, cinnamon, and yeast present. Flavor is very wonderful. A cornecopia of flavors. Lots of biscuity malt and earthy yeast provide the backbone. Anise, toffee, caramel, cinnamon, clove, pine, and molasses are just some of the flavor motifs. Meduim thick bodied with a nice coating feeling as it goes down the throat. Alcohol is well masked, but does leave a warm feeling in the belly. A perfect winter brew. Drink it at room temp.

3.2
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Strong aroma with a dark, dirty pour, huge alcohol taste and a complex, changing mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
My first beer of RAF 2003. Reminds me of 3rd Coast Old Ale. A big beer with the characteristic bells malt. Hoppier than 3rdCOA and hints of spice and peppar. Pretty Smooth.

3.2
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Eccentric about sums it up. It’s just a mess of flavors, you name it, its in there. I thought it was waaay overboard. In all reality, I think that is their goal with this. Quite pungent. Had the 98 version, which may be quite different than now. Many of Bells beers have changed since they’ve lost their microbrew status.


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