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RATINGS: 1621   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Poured out smelling of strong alcohol. First taste didnt stray from the alcohol. caramel, toffee. wait awhile......more alcohol beaming through both smell and taste. so many flavors packed into this 12 oz from bells. another to look foward to in a few years or so after some time to settle down in the cellar. another great outing from the zoo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Copper/amber body under an off-white head. Nose was a bouquet of caramel, toffee, grapefruit, plums and such. Nice sweet and syrupy and full mouthfeel. Fruity and hoppy and candy flavor. Quite good but not as good as the ratings proclaim, and I love Bells brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Brown sugar, dark fruits, very sweet yeasty aroma. Small lasting head, leaving lace, and an opaque red/light molasses-colored body. Very creamy in the mouth with a sharp dryness after the swallow. Molasses, biting dry hops, chocolate, and earthy fruits in the taste. Also hints of rum and brandy. This one was young and sharp. A wonderful barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Murky reddish pour with a small cream colored tan head. Malty aroma, macerated fruits. Strong alcoholic to start, bitter to finish...lingering bitterness. Seems a bit unbalanced, would be nicer with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Pours a deep red, full of floaties and sediment. Totally opaque. Great tan head rests on top, apparently here to stay. Aroma is very sweet, almost like maple syrup or molasses or something. Flavor is very sweet initially, wood, dry fruit, and sharp hops, quickly mellowing into a very intense dry spell, continuing into the aftertaste. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 22, 2004
Cloudy amber brown. Floral hop nose with some carmel and chocolate. Chocolate, coffee with bitter hoppy finish. Wonderfully creamy front and mid palate with slight sweetness yet a dry finish. As it warms in the glass molasses emerges as a predominate flavor...Very enjoyable

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Bottle fill was 1/2 inch less than other third coast in cellar. Poured a murky dark brown with small head . Aroma sweet and of dark fruits. Smooth mouthfeel that gained some fizziness as it warmed. Thick malty sweetness quickly gives way to a lot of hops and expected warming feeling.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3686) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Marvelous sweet brown sugar aroma. With some of the "typical" fruity vinous notes. Maybe some maple in there as well? Pours a murky amber color with a light tan head. Starts is mildly sweet with mild hints of vinous fruitiness. Very very hoppy finish and extremely dry. This guy needs to be aged and mellowed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2004
This beer is slightly less than 1 year old. Very deep rust color. Last 1/4 bottle poured thick and hazy .Great nutty malt aroma. Alas, if only it tasted as great as it smells. Big nutty flavor,hints of dried fruit with a slightly bitter dry finish. Basically like a Sami C. light.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hershiser2 (2859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 Brown with orangey/rusty tints, thick and cloudy. Small, but soft-looking head. Sweet, fruity malts in the nose... reminds me of passionfruit a bit. Deep, rich and thick flavor. Bitter plum, with hints of fig and chocolate. Without a doubt, the best barley wine I have had to date... and it ranks up there with some of the all time better beers Iíve had. This one was worth much more than the $1.99 price for a single.

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