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98
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Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1612   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
   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlasgowTAD (1501) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2017
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tommann (3495) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2017
355ml bottle. Pours hazy dark orange with a large head. Aroma is rich toffee, molasses and raisin. Taste has toffee and caramel. Raisin on the finish. Warming alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 31, 2016
12oz bottle. Clear copper kettle color with tan head. Pit fruit, toast, caramel, cardboard, sherry aromas. Medium bodied. Toasted, sharp spicy caramel flavors with pit fruits, herbals---nicely bitter warming finish___good

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MNAle (141) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Aug 2016 bottled, reviewed in Dec 2016. Dark amber, somewhat cloudy, with a 1/2 inch tan head. Dark fruit and caramel somewhat weak aroma. Very smooth taste and feel. Taste follows the aroma, but is much more assertive, with dark fruit and caramel in the initial taste with a somewhat bitter finish that lingers for a short while. At 10.2%, the alcohol is noticeable, especially in the finish, but it is well controlled. This barleywine has a wonderful taste, but a somewhat subdued aroma. On balance, quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2016
Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Malty caramel aroma with hints of dark fruit. Sweet malty hoppy bitter caramel flavor with some hints of dark fruit. Sweet malty warming finish with some hints of dark fruit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsporrer (838) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Pours a light caramel color with tan foamy head and lots of lacing. Semi-sweet aroma with some earthy wood tones. Light syrupy body. Some sweet caramel toffee and woody flavors with a warm alcohol finish. Decent lingering aftertaste. OK but not great.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RexTalionis (3613) - FINLAND - DEC 13, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown mahogny in color with an off-white head. Sweetness, dark ripe fruits, fudge and nice malty tones in aroma. Raisins and vinous notes later on, quite nice vibes here. Smooth moutfeel. Raisins and brandy in taste, some bitter notes too. Great, sweet but enough with bitters are present. Toffee, some late spicyness, vinous and malty notes in the warming finish. Really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
euniceradio (495) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2016
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours deep mahogany, shirt beige head. Aroma of plum, brown sugar, raisin, black cherry, fresh cut hardwood, fresh bread. Taste of brown sugar, dark fruit, oak. The boozy finish is somewhat cough drop medicinal. Wish I wouldn’t have tasted that...now it’s all I can think about. And I really like everything else about this ale.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (1455) - 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.


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