pdoyleusa (17) - Clinton Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Did I mention before? .... that bellís makes the best stouts worldwide?
The hops arrive right up front, with the malt --rather than after. Sweet and malty with the upfront balance of bitter/citrus hops with the skunkyness expected of a saaz. This could be my all time fav, if not for the chery stout. just try it... you will enjoy.
ale aficianados only! Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 This pours a deep nutty brown color with a slight tan head. The aroma is very vinuous, sweet malts, caramel, a touch of citric hops. Surprizingly light in the mouth, itís full of rich malt flavors, some spiciness, some citric hopping. Very warm, alcohol finish. The malt aroma lingers a long time. Very good.BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2004
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Deep ruby, pours thick with very little head. Rich aroma of hoppy citrus, nuts and toffee. Sweet and syrupy with very soft mouthfeel. Full bodied with a light but lingering citrusy bitterness. I like this one a lot and will seek it out whenever possible shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy down in my Tummy. what else can be said about this one! rlgk (18847) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2004
Brown with a good head. Malty aroma with toffee, vanilla and nuts. Flavor is wonderful. Starts in a nutty and creamy way with malts and vanilla, then turns into a great salty hoppiness. Very, very good. I owe you one, rickgordon...*s*
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Pours a nice cloudy brown with some tan head and decent lacing. Nice barley wine nose. Taste is a smooth bitter malt, a little dark chocolate, some alcohol. Overall pretty darn good. sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
A quick pour renders a stubbornly small head. You catch the aroma of this one without lifting it from the bar. Unfiltered appearance. Hazy, dirty, cloudy look. I think I poured this a bit too cold. Warmer may be better. Intricate flavor. Malty beginnings, spice, orange, hops, bitter. Long finish lingers on the tongue. A fantastic ale. Like the label says--a blanket. Get me another! heemer77 (5355) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 More recent rating of one I aged a while, a little more powerful in the citrus hops than I recalled. Still, a solid big beer. Dark cloudy red and brown. A thick yellowish and tan head tops this one. Aroma is sweet grapes, raisins, maple and oak. Very nice to smell. The taste is bourbon, sherry, pears and some nutmeg in the finish. A dry mouthfeel complients the great character of this brew. It deserves the praise it recieves. Very solid and subtle. I figured since this was relatively green it might be overpowering, but it is very nicely balanced. I am aging a few more. Hope to enjoy these down the road with my other aging barley wines. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Pours a dark brown/red, small vanilla white head, with lots of lacing. Aroma of complex fruit and malt. Flavor is More complex fruit and malt. Cherries, grapes, palate is smooth and full. Wow, what a nice brew. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Cloudy, dark brown appearance with a heady aroma encompassing fruit (prunes, raisins), molassas, and toffee. Interesting, complex taste with strong malty, bready flavors. Had a good hop presence that lasted into the finish. Didnít try hard to mask the alcohol. Many thanks, Bert.