coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
BATCH #8727 (September 25, 2008)
Man, I love Bellís Brewery, and Iím 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 Iím 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 ílushí. Especially after the nose. (Yum!) So, it could have done better, here.
The ABV is undetectable, by me, so Iíd say, drink íem if it suits yaí. It suits me quite nicely, thankee sai.
I just wish I had regular access to Bellís and didnít have to rely on trades, or out-of-town trips, to aquire them.
mikeyo1 (796) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2017
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
J_man (981) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 27, 2017
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 didnít especially like the first few sips, but this grew on me as I got further in.
Nische (2121) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2017
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
bonev (676) - POLAND - APR 21, 2017
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
Bulk_Carrier (5093) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2017
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
katrinaez (1767) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
Itzjerm (2662) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2017
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz. bottle.
Paired with cheese fondue and oka & brie cheese.
Appearance: Dark brown, almost black body with a nice light brown head & cascade of bubbles heading down. Very nice.
Smell: Slightly bitter, dried fruit aroma.
Taste: Rich & full-bodied, smooth & creamy, more fruit (berries?) & slight bitterness
Mouthfeel: Alcohol is felt but very pleasant. Feels a bit like a Barleywine & as it warms, becomes sweet & malty at the end.
Reviewed on: 02-11-2008
kassner (1635) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2017
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a wonderful.example of the brewing arts. Light cola color. Wish it had more head and lacing, but the flavor and balance are excellent. This beer is on tap at whole foods in wexford.
GlasgowTAD (1640) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to BenH! Pours deep burgundy red with no a modest white head which soon recedes. Aroma is dusty, caramel and earthy. Taste is caramel sweet, slight pine bitter, raisins.