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RATINGS: 1601   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
BATCH #8727 (September 25, 2008) Man, I love Bell’s Brewery, and I’m glad to finally get the chance to try this one. Super thanks go out to VandenBossche for hooking me up with this. Pours a hazy, medium/dark brown color. A lightbulb will get the edges to show a golden glow, but little else. One-finger head od truly tan colored foam. Retention is okay. Lacing is spotty, but fairly decent. Nice level of maltiness comes through, surrounded by a big presence of breadiness. Raisins and dark fruit jamminess. Slight earthiness mingles with a nice hint of maraschino cherries (!). Loads of sugarey sweet caramel notes. Definite brown sugar notes. Smells like a decadent dessert brew. Butterey french toast, covered in cherry syrup. Big yeasty bread notes, nice sweet caramel presence, slight hints of warming spices and a top-off of sweet cherry flavor. A different taste than I’m used to expecting from an Olde Ale, but I certainly like it. Smooth and creamy, which is nice, but I expected it to be a bit more ’lush’. Especially after the nose. (Yum!) So, it could have done better, here. The ABV is undetectable, by me, so I’d say, drink ’em if it suits ya’. It suits me quite nicely, thankee sai. I just wish I had regular access to Bell’s and didn’t have to rely on trades, or out-of-town trips, to aquire them.


3.8
rosenbergh (11588) - 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 (196) - 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 (105) - - 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.

4
mikeyo1 (837) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2017
Bottle @ malt o humle. Pours dark amber with an off white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with prunes, dates, deep caramel, toffee, vanilla hints, milk chocolate. Body is big. Carbonation is balanced to provide freshness. Taste of prunes, raisins, caramel, milk chocolate. Finish is quite dry with earthy notes, grape, chocolate and assertive bitterness.

3.9
J_man (1008) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 27, 2017
Prunes and molasses in the aroma. Almost non-existent tan head and a murky orange/amber body. More prunes and molasses in the taste with butterscotch and caramel. All that sweetness is balanced by a nice earthy, mushroomy bitterness and a strong alcohol bite. Finishes warm, sweet and slightly spicy. I didn’t especially like the first few sips, but this grew on me as I got further in.

4.2
Nische (2285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2017
Backlog. Bottle at home, bought at Mikkeller webshop. Dark red color, tanned head that disappears quickly. Sweet fruit, oak, sherry, plums in aroma and taste. Solid balance. Just a hint of booze in the finish to show character.

3.9
bonev (790) - POLAND - APR 21, 2017
Piwo klarowne w kolorze ciemny bursztyn z niezbyt obfita drobnopecherzykowa piana. W aromacie karmel, toffee, miod, czerwone owoce i kwiaty. W smaku polslodkie z lekka goryczka i wysyceniem na srednim poziomie. W smaku rownie bogato jak w zapachu, alkohol lekko grzeje w gardlo. Podbudowa slodowa, geste i oleiste, bardzo fajne!

4.3
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2017
Packaged 08/31/16. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a ruddy burnt dark amber color with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated at a fair pace. Sticky speckled lace. The aroma glistens with caramel and toffee malt, some ash and vanilla. Dark fruits. Grassiness. Sweet side of licorice. Earthiness. The flavor definitely leans towards the sweet side touching the earthiness nicely. Dark fruits again. Some grassiness in the taste. Tobacco/earthy to vanilla and malty aftertaste. Wet vanilla sort of lenient tobacco dry finish. On the palate, this one sat roughly at a a medium on the body keeping some sipping quality sliding over my tongue with a nice becoming smoothness. Barely any carbonation felt right now. ABV seems just a touch under than projected by the brewer. Overall, cellared beer review for this one and it came out on top. Guess I pulled it out at the right time for a nice snowy cold New England night.

4
katrinaez (2073) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2017
A little lighter in flavor and feel than many barleywines, but I like it. Deep red brown and cloudy. High head. Aroma of cherry, light hops, malts, sweet yeasts, and musty sugars. Taste is sweet and slight hops. Coats the whole tongue and sugars just sit in the mouth. Tap

4.4
Itzjerm (2954) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2017
This is a well done barley wine (old ale). Fresh bottle has aroma of dark carmel and strong flavors. Head fades but leaves a ring. Taste has a hop bite but not over powering. Carmel notes. Carmel hue. Basically a perfect style beer. Clean High abv, crisp thick nice!


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