rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy ruby-amber color with decent off-white head. Aroma boasts slight notes of citrus and smoky roasted malts. The flavor begins with a sour punch--fruity and smoky with a good balance of hops and malts. The alcohol has a strong, palpable presence in the aroma as well as the flavor. The finish is bitter, yet not unpleasant. Bells has yet to disappoint me. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Hazy dark copper with a off-white head and lots of sediment in the pour. Tons of alcohol showing all through this brew. Fruit and caramel up front in the malt with a medium hopped finish. Lots of bitterness and hops in the finish showing that this brew is ready to age for a long time. I think this was an 03 bottle, and i think it needed to age a bit more to hid some alcohol and let the hops settle a bit. richlikebeer (839) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2005
thx to duane for this, aroma was very nice, sweet, almost had an apple cider scent to it. poured a cloudy brown color with virtually no head, chunks of sediment come out at the bottom. i really didnt like the flavor until this got good and warm...alot more than other barley wines i’ve had. once it came up to temp, it was a very sweet and malty flavor with only bits of bitterness, palate was very smooth. i origninally didnt like this at all, but it improved alot..i recommend not chilling this for more than 20 minutes if at all in order to enjoy it fully MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 reddish copper color w/ a thin tan head smells very sweet malty lightly carbonated medium creamy full boddied palate w/ a sweet malt very mild hop and a hint fruity flavor w/ a light alcohol as it warms.. overall a good solid beer. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Obtained in a trade with CharlesDarwin. Cloudy dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of dark fruits, mustiness, a touch of alcohol and floral hops. Taste has notes of dark fruits, cherries, caramel, roasty/toasty malts, chocolate and a strong dose of hops. Extremely rich and malty. Lingering bitter aftertaste with a definite alcohol presence detected in the finish. Full and round on the palate with subtle carbonation. Very nice stuff.
IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Thanks to Mr. Facto for this beer.wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Poured reddish brown with a thin creamy off-white head. Rich, malty aroma with notes of candy, grapes, and a touch of alcohol. Taste? Wow, this is malty. Strong vanilla and oak character, and very, very sweet. The hops keep a low profile in the initial taste but come back towards the conclusion of the swallow to leave a dry bittersweet finish. Good body. A very good barleywine overall, and yet another world class beer courtesy of Matt. And this was a bonus, no less. If this were more readily available I’d probably have one once every one to two weeks as a nightcap.
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 This is one of the best Barley Wines I have tried. Pours a very dark brown with a head similar to the Ale Smith Old Numbskull. The aroma is complex consisting of vanilla, oak, malts, caramel, hops, and dark fruits. The hops are very present in the taste making it a little too bitter for my taste. It is quite a good beer and I will certainly get more of it. SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Looks great, tastes great. pours like syrup. sticks to your mouth in between sips. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 24, 2005
sent to me by way of doclock.pourd a rusty red/brown witha creamy off white head.i could smell a mixture of cotton candy,brandy,grapefruit,and caramel.the mouthfeel was smooth and well balanced with just a bit of alcohol bite.the flavor was much of the same as the smell.this is a very smooth and fruity barleywine.top notch stuff. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 DAMN YOU DUANE! You sent me a beer mail about drinking the bells you sent me, and I was planning on cellaring this bad boy. I m sure it would have improved. Deep dark brown/red. Small head. I smelled a sour malty aroma. Taste was strong. pronounced alcohol, then some maple syrup and a tail of sweet hops. This was good, but it would have been much better had I cellared this, ah, peer pressure.
ahh, drinking an aged one now, real good stuff