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RATINGS: 1619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Snow mobiles over flat snow packed Michigan fields, the horizon dark and red and purple, the sun going down blurred by the clouds driven by the northwest winds off the lake, we cross trails back to the cabin buried under blowing snow, we pack into the front room and crank up the space heaters, play cards all night as I warm myself with this insanely thick and sweet brew from those unholy northern beer fiends at Bells.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 aroma was of caramels and dark fruits...medium brown (dark chesnut) appearance...smooth palate...flavor is very dominant with roasted malts, caramels, spices, and some faint hops; another gem by bells

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2005
bottle. an impressive aroma and appearance gives way to a rather uninspired flavor and palate. the malt flavor is not balanced by anything else. after being so impressed by Bellís stouts & porter, I am a little disappointed by this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 12, 2005
pours a deep brown w/ some ruby highlights and a small creamy head. Aromas of burnt fruits and soy sauce.med-heavy body w/ some huge maltiness and a firm dry bitterness. Long lasting finish. Some warming alcohol. Well aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poivre (14) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Great beer, very memorable. Although I would give it some more time to age, already the balance of flavors is striking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Very dark brown/purple body, gorgeous creamy foamy off-white head that leaves a ring of soapy lacing. Yeast dusties visible when held up to the light. Chocolate cupcake alongside red wine and pineapple comprise a traditional malty, fruity barleywine aroma with a kick of alcohol at the end. The first thing I notice when sipping is the rich velvelty mouthfeel - 5 on that. Otherwise the flavor mirrors the aroma: chocolate cake, brownsugar, winey and syrupy tropical fruit notes. Long sprucy hop/caramel sweet finish with a short alcohol flast. This is a good barleywine. Doesnít have the crazy-ass hops of Old Ruffian or Bigfoot, but rather goes with "subdued" hops and yummy sweet flavors. Iíll knock the overall a bit because while this stuff is damn tasty it isnít terribly unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Wow. Loaded with flavor in the form of malts and hops. Pours a brown color and can see some sediment floating. Small head. Is it sweet or bitter? Or both, just at different times? I could hardly tell it was 9 percent alcohol with all the flavor in there. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Cloudy dark amber brown color, aroma is fruit and malt with a little alcohol, thick malt and sugar taste, warming in the stomach, much like a potent abbey ale. Another Bell success

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Pours reddish brown with Small tan head. Nose is vinous, sweet and malty. Flavor rushes in with big alcohol presence, malty, spicy and with mild citrus undertones. Warm, pleasant finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
My first beer of the new year, many thanks to Hopscotch!! This barleywine pours a cloudy dark brown with a light wispy tan head. Strong alcohol nose was a bit overwhelming at first. Has slight traces of pine and leather in itís scent. The bitterness of hops used in this one does a super job balancing the strong alcohol. A very good beer that provides a nice warming sensation. Donít think I would want more than one of these in a setting, but very enjoyable just the same

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