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RATINGS: 1607   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2015 Sometimes, I wonder why it is that I like Bells so much. Oh—I recall—Hopslam. And this. And it’s an interesting parallel: while the Hopslam sports an enviable hop profile, this one stands out on account of its spectacular malt bill. The aroma is dark, sumptuous, and sexy, with dried fruits (figs, raisins, prunes) fighting with overripe ones (cherries, plums) for attention, all on a background of wood, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, and toffee. The taste is strong, with a a woody, boozy bitter and sweet, fruity undertones. Bitter malts and piney hops linger in the aftertaste. The alcohol is very much perceivable, but it isn’t intrusive. The mouthfeel is absolutely fantastic: viscous, creamy, fulfilling. Dangerously close to perfection, although a tad too filling. God, it’s such a mess. A filthy, sexy mess.


4.1
dnstone (3545) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2017
Pours an amber-brown in color with off white head. Nice deep malty aroma. Excellent roast malt flavor with some red fruit notes. Notes: Westport Strong Ale Festival 2017

4.2
mitchclay2002 (7) - - OCT 21, 2017 does not count
Lots of malts, a hoppy taste, great aroma. Smooth as all hell! Highly recommend this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
balloonbuffoon (605) - - OCT 17, 2017
12floz bottle, BOD: 09.11.2017, $3 single. Poured into a large snifter glass where a nice head leaves measured marks as the ruby-brown body lowers. Malt forward aroma with brandy mixed in as well. For an American brewed barleywine this is more in line with the English style. Flavors of semi-sweet dried fruit and lightly burnt biscuit bitterness fully coincide with the mouth coating texture. Aged versions from my experience have even less hop presence.

3.8
oobawa (1748) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2017
2011 bottle. Pretty solid old ale, thick and rich with loads of caramel and toffee yet not overly sweet, still clinging onto the moderate bitterness on the back end. Undercurrents of red apple and honey, hints of dark fruit and a little citrus, leading to a dry, woodsy finish. Not sure if there's much difference between a six-year-old bottle and one that's only three or four, other than the alcohol's completely gone here and the yeast seems slightly more clumpy. Classic barleywine nose, tons of caramel and candy apple. Pour comes out a hazed tan with ridiculous amounts of yeast globules swirling around the glass. Smooth-as-silk texture without a hint of warmth. Good, but I think going beyond six years in the cellar will see diminishing returns.

3.8
higgsbison (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2017
Subtle and complex. The character really comes out once it warms. It is a hard beer to nail down for rating. A very long lasting bitter finish. But not overly bitter. I think it would be worth getting a six pack and putting a side for a few years ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
ozzy70 (1283) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 6, 2017
Draft sample at the GNBF in 2017. Poured amber with a foamy off white head. Aroma of toffee, fruit, earthy. Taste was bittersweet, fruit, boozy, brown sugar.

4.2
kingaugusta (286) - Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2017
Pours a hazy deep amber color with a modest tan head. Nose is fairly tame with some alcohol heat and complex dark malts rising from the glass. Flavor is a very thick but smooth wave of bread, caramel, earthy hops, and alcohol with light touches of spice and fruit. Finish is fairly long and sticky. This seems like an excellent beer to cellar and smooth out even further. An excellent barleywine

3.8
rosenbergh (11809) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2017
12 oz bottle. Bottled on 10/10/15. Thank you Timo A! Dark reddish brown color with a small off-white head. Hops, malt, sweetness and dark fruits in the aroma. The flavor is hoppy bitterness, sweetness, alcohol and dark fruits. Old ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
Hopper8 (241) - Holland, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2017 I really like this beer. It’s aroma and overall taste lack a bit for me, but it’s palate of caramel malts blending into hop bitterness is impeccable. It’s a great beer. Definitely a beer I hope to be sipping this coming winter.

3.5
MavDunk (115) - - MAY 26, 2017
Pours deep amber brown with cream head. Scent is caramel, coco, and bread. Taste is stone fruit, caramel, and nibs. A bit boozy. Overall a complex beer. I wouldn't choose to drink it often, but it would be good occasionally.


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