overall
99
98
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 1604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (1415) - Beckley, USA - DEC 7, 2016
mohogany color; sweet caramel malt aroma; rich, sweet, caramel malt flavor; sweetness is tempered by lots of piney hops; some dark fruit notes and warm alcohol notes; bitter finish

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
lweiberg (139) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Its a good one. Definately will buy again. Nice cool pour. Clean taste and finish. Caramel and smoke vanilla woody soy sauce.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (14520) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 11, 2016
330ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga)
Sweet malty aroma. Scary soapy taste. Harsh palate because of that soapy hopping. Alcohol not hidden at all, this is sweet and boozy. Palate is heavy and sweet, sticky and slick, and the hops are aggressive. Finish has a woody dry bitterness. Harsh, bitter and boozy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (6603) - Reval, ESTONIA - NOV 11, 2016
330ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga). Very dark brown color. Huge size, yellow head, stays. Looks nice. Malty, raisins, fruity, sweet, prunes in aroma. Sweet, hop tea, fruity, raisins, spicy in taste. Hop tea and sweet and prunes in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Quite nice brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (1439) - BELARUS - NOV 7, 2016
Bottle. Deep amber, moderate off-white head. Aroma of water melon, nectar, berries. Full bodied. Bittersweet taste. Nectary. Fruity. Vinous. Brandy. Nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex_leit (2830) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 7, 2016
Bottle. Amber color. Aroma: port wine, malt, nectar, floral, fine. Taste: malty, white port wine, brandy, candy and caramel, a little hop bitterness. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
k0mpsa (2530) - Tuusula, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle. Dark red color, tanned head. Nice aroma has malts, sweet fruits, sherry, oak notes. Nice sweet balanced body, sherry, oak, plums.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2016
Dull light brown body, dried fruit on the aroma as well as hints of caramel, medium to full body with good length in the taste whilst not being overpowering, great drinking.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (6691) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle, bottled 10/10/2015 . Pours rather uncleardeep brownred. Ok White head’ smell is full, Rich barley wine maltyness. Taste is full, caramelly, Rich barley Wine maltyness. Bit clinical boozyness in the back. Not bad, but nothing amongst the top onesbin the style. Perhaps more time Will mellow it out ?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (1365) - New York, USA - NOV 1, 2016
Bottled 2014 vintage. Pours sort of copper, amber color, white head. Aroma is toffee, fig, booze, dark fruit, vanilla, sort of plum-like, despite being called "old ale", very much a barleywine. Flavor is plum, fig, pine, some toffee, nice and pretty pronounced hop bitterness in the finish, not too boozy in the nose. Really nice mix of sweet dark fruits, and hop bitterness. Will def. be revisiting this one, for sure.


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