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RATINGS: 1622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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A barley wine with deep amber color, the brandy of ales. This beer has vintage character and will mature in the bottle at cellar temperature for years.

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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2010
This whole Micro-brewing has really gotten out of hand here in the states. But, that makes me a hypocrite because I was the first one to complain about not having options. Now I’ve too many. Seriously. It’s good though to know I can fall back onto some of my favourites before the micro-boom. Bell’s is one. I haven’t had all of their brew and may never do so, but damn do I love when I get to try a new one. It really makes me wonder if these other micro-brews sprouting up over night are really that good. Consistency and quality should become key. It’s where America went wrong. We can’t compete with quantity, and why should we? This brew reads like an American classic. A F. Scott Fitzgerald just makes age more easy, and so age makes this brew much better. But don’t be fooled. This was good from the start, much like that Fitzgerald classic. The label does a good job of minimally reaching the point. Lots of sediment in this one so the pour was careful, into the recommend Snifter. Pours a dark brown-burgandy, much like a dark belgian ale. Nice head, good amount of low in fizz to keep it fresh. Nose is lots of vinted malts, oak like vanilla, worn leather. Landscapes of herbal qualities comes to mind. The great and once vast forest of colonial North America, cedar, eucalyptus, oak, maple. Taste is pure class and quality. Well sipped. Oak, worn leather, smooth vanilla ends with herbal and earth tones of fresh dug roots. Buffalo grass, dark fruits such as plums and a slight apricot. Some slight tanin offers a nice bitterness to round out a slightly sweet, piece of perfection. Most other brewers would ruin this by leaning heavily on brown sugar, a Wal-mart like imitation. But not this brew, and certainly Bell’s would never sink to such levels. Massive <3’s on this one. Next week I’ll buy a 6’er and see how far 10.2 % can age.


4.7
Hopper8 (178) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2017 I really like this beer. It’s aroma and overall taste lack a bit for me, but it’s palate of caramel malts blending into hop bitterness is impeccable. It’s a great beer. Definitely a beer I hope to be sipping this coming winter.

3.5
MavDunk (105) - - MAY 26, 2017
Pours deep amber brown with cream head. Scent is caramel, coco, and bread. Taste is stone fruit, caramel, and nibs. A bit boozy. Overall a complex beer. I wouldn't choose to drink it often, but it would be good occasionally.

4
mikeyo1 (830) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2017
Bottle @ malt o humle. Pours dark amber with an off white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with prunes, dates, deep caramel, toffee, vanilla hints, milk chocolate. Body is big. Carbonation is balanced to provide freshness. Taste of prunes, raisins, caramel, milk chocolate. Finish is quite dry with earthy notes, grape, chocolate and assertive bitterness.

3.9
J_man (1002) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 27, 2017
Prunes and molasses in the aroma. Almost non-existent tan head and a murky orange/amber body. More prunes and molasses in the taste with butterscotch and caramel. All that sweetness is balanced by a nice earthy, mushroomy bitterness and a strong alcohol bite. Finishes warm, sweet and slightly spicy. I didn’t especially like the first few sips, but this grew on me as I got further in.

4.2
Nische (2240) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2017
Backlog. Bottle at home, bought at Mikkeller webshop. Dark red color, tanned head that disappears quickly. Sweet fruit, oak, sherry, plums in aroma and taste. Solid balance. Just a hint of booze in the finish to show character.

3.9
bonev (780) - POLAND - APR 21, 2017
Piwo klarowne w kolorze ciemny bursztyn z niezbyt obfita drobnopecherzykowa piana. W aromacie karmel, toffee, miod, czerwone owoce i kwiaty. W smaku polslodkie z lekka goryczka i wysyceniem na srednim poziomie. W smaku rownie bogato jak w zapachu, alkohol lekko grzeje w gardlo. Podbudowa slodowa, geste i oleiste, bardzo fajne!

4.3
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2017
Packaged 08/31/16. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a ruddy burnt dark amber color with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated at a fair pace. Sticky speckled lace. The aroma glistens with caramel and toffee malt, some ash and vanilla. Dark fruits. Grassiness. Sweet side of licorice. Earthiness. The flavor definitely leans towards the sweet side touching the earthiness nicely. Dark fruits again. Some grassiness in the taste. Tobacco/earthy to vanilla and malty aftertaste. Wet vanilla sort of lenient tobacco dry finish. On the palate, this one sat roughly at a a medium on the body keeping some sipping quality sliding over my tongue with a nice becoming smoothness. Barely any carbonation felt right now. ABV seems just a touch under than projected by the brewer. Overall, cellared beer review for this one and it came out on top. Guess I pulled it out at the right time for a nice snowy cold New England night.

4
katrinaez (2024) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2017
A little lighter in flavor and feel than many barleywines, but I like it. Deep red brown and cloudy. High head. Aroma of cherry, light hops, malts, sweet yeasts, and musty sugars. Taste is sweet and slight hops. Coats the whole tongue and sugars just sit in the mouth. Tap

4.4
Itzjerm (2871) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2017
This is a well done barley wine (old ale). Fresh bottle has aroma of dark carmel and strong flavors. Head fades but leaves a ring. Taste has a hop bite but not over powering. Carmel notes. Carmel hue. Basically a perfect style beer. Clean High abv, crisp thick nice!

4.2
papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Paired with cheese fondue and oka & brie cheese. Appearance: Dark brown, almost black body with a nice light brown head & cascade of bubbles heading down. Very nice. Smell: Slightly bitter, dried fruit aroma. Taste: Rich & full-bodied, smooth & creamy, more fruit (berries?) & slight bitterness Mouthfeel: Alcohol is felt but very pleasant. Feels a bit like a Barleywine & as it warms, becomes sweet & malty at the end. Reviewed on: 02-11-2008


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