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. 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 it’s 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. Don’t think I would want more than one of these in a setting, but very enjoyable just the same veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2005
Red/brown, nice head. Toffee aroma, nutty and creamy, some wheat and sweet fruits. Nutty flavor, toffee, fruity and with some salt licorice. kane (111) - USA - DEC 31, 2004
This is a very good beer, unfortunately it takes me back to the few bottles of Batch 6000 I had and I wish this was that.
Color of oak distilled liquor. Little to no head. A sweet malt, dark fruit aroma. Much like a fine brandy in the snifter this is a wonderful after-dinner drink. Sweet, complex, fruity, slick feel, with a slight alcohol feel. Powerful yet very drinkable. A beer that is worth seeking out. thegreenrooster (4562) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Pour is a syurpy orange-brown. Aroma is hoppy and winey. Flavor hits you full on. Lots of vanilla,plums,chocolate and hops. Leave a very nice alcohol burn as it goes down. Very tasty and waming on a cold winter night.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Nutty red-brown, subtle spices, packs a punch on the palate. Coffee, juniper, and many other flavors come across well (strong dark grains as well), but I’m not sure the flavors blended. Intense, and I’d try it again. Bottled. barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2004
(draft) Cloudy brown, with a nice long-lasting head. The taste was malty and nutty, with a fairly bitter finish that became more tolerable as the glass became emptier. larsniclas (7217) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
Nutty and sweet aroma with toffee and fruitiness.
Extremely malty with loads of late salty bitterness. pdoyleusa (17) - Clinton Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Did I mention before? .... that bell’s 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 (5569) - 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, it’s full of rich malt flavors, some spiciness, some citric hopping. Very warm, alcohol finish. The malt aroma lingers a long time. Very good.
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