overall
99
98
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1611   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Iíve too many. Seriously. Itís good though to know I can fall back onto some of my favourites before the micro-boom. Bellís is one. I havenít 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. Itís where America went wrong. We canít 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 donít 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 Bellís would never sink to such levels. Massive <3ís on this one. Next week Iíll buy a 6íer and see how far 10.2 % can age.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tommann (3489) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2017
355ml bottle. Pours hazy dark orange with a large head. Aroma is rich toffee, molasses and raisin. Taste has toffee and caramel. Raisin on the finish. Warming alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 31, 2016
12oz bottle. Clear copper kettle color with tan head. Pit fruit, toast, caramel, cardboard, sherry aromas. Medium bodied. Toasted, sharp spicy caramel flavors with pit fruits, herbals---nicely bitter warming finish___good

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MNAle (141) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Aug 2016 bottled, reviewed in Dec 2016. Dark amber, somewhat cloudy, with a 1/2 inch tan head. Dark fruit and caramel somewhat weak aroma. Very smooth taste and feel. Taste follows the aroma, but is much more assertive, with dark fruit and caramel in the initial taste with a somewhat bitter finish that lingers for a short while. At 10.2%, the alcohol is noticeable, especially in the finish, but it is well controlled. This barleywine has a wonderful taste, but a somewhat subdued aroma. On balance, quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2016
Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Malty caramel aroma with hints of dark fruit. Sweet malty hoppy bitter caramel flavor with some hints of dark fruit. Sweet malty warming finish with some hints of dark fruit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsporrer (827) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Pours a light caramel color with tan foamy head and lots of lacing. Semi-sweet aroma with some earthy wood tones. Light syrupy body. Some sweet caramel toffee and woody flavors with a warm alcohol finish. Decent lingering aftertaste. OK but not great.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RexTalionis (3609) - FINLAND - DEC 13, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown mahogny in color with an off-white head. Sweetness, dark ripe fruits, fudge and nice malty tones in aroma. Raisins and vinous notes later on, quite nice vibes here. Smooth moutfeel. Raisins and brandy in taste, some bitter notes too. Great, sweet but enough with bitters are present. Toffee, some late spicyness, vinous and malty notes in the warming finish. Really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
euniceradio (494) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2016
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours deep mahogany, shirt beige head. Aroma of plum, brown sugar, raisin, black cherry, fresh cut hardwood, fresh bread. Taste of brown sugar, dark fruit, oak. The boozy finish is somewhat cough drop medicinal. Wish I wouldnít have tasted that...now itís all I can think about. And I really like everything else about this ale.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (1455) - Beckley, USA - DEC 7, 2016
mohogany color; sweet caramel malt aroma; rich, sweet, caramel malt flavor; sweetness is tempered by lots of piney hops; some dark fruit notes and warm alcohol notes; bitter finish

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
lweiberg (139) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Its a good one. Definately will buy again. Nice cool pour. Clean taste and finish. Caramel and smoke vanilla woody soy sauce.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 11, 2016
330ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga)
Sweet malty aroma. Scary soapy taste. Harsh palate because of that soapy hopping. Alcohol not hidden at all, this is sweet and boozy. Palate is heavy and sweet, sticky and slick, and the hops are aggressive. Finish has a woody dry bitterness. Harsh, bitter and boozy.


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