Pours out an absolutely amazing dark caramel brown turning nearly black creating a beautiful tannish head of even, creamy thick foam about a finger high. Floaty things dancing along the glass like specks of glitter or snow. Lace so finely stitched together it would make any embroidery connoisseur gleam of envy as it sticks in small curtains and has the staying power of a champ The perfect sight of creamy richness.
The aroma is soooo nice, all dark of caramel malt, deep and earthy, very rich with notes of maple, wheat, plum, raisin, dark chocolate, nuts, cookies, and a ever so faint trace of hops. Even the hint of alcohol seems darkened. I could smell this all day, if there was a way I could strap a glass of this to my face just under my nose I'd do it!
Hello flavor city! Deep, dark, rich, creamy, everything a growing boy needs. Mostly darkly sweetened caramel malt with rich packed flavors of robust, medium earthy tones throughout rendering burntness. Notes touching on plum and raisin, some maple syrup, dark wheat, and a bit of chocolate in there as well. Absolutely fabulous! Ohh, then there's the beautiful finish of altogether sweetly earthed, perfectly bittering dry of hops just noticeable enough to make your eyebrows raise right off your forehead, so damn nice and perrr....fect! Mustn't forget to throw in the nice little warming quality this has showing up ever so daintily as it gets sucked into your system and every pore in your body screams for more.
Super nice surprisingly light feel, smooth and creamy, lightly dancing mixture of bitterness, sweetness, and dryness. The feel is so surprising for something that seems to come across with so much robustness and heaviness making this unbelievably drinkable beyond comprehension. I'd like to try and think of one word to describe this beer, but can't. So really all I can think of is Larry, in a word "Thanks!"
Served In: Goblet
The Marketplace, Hayward
Third Coast Old Ale pours the darkest of mahogany with tiny suspended particles throughout. The body glows ruby when backlit and the head grows to a healthy two fingers of ecru creaminess. As the head eventually settles to one finger it leaves drink lines on the way down with Churchhill Downs like spires all over the place. This is an excellent looking barleywine.
The nose is exactly what a barleywine should smell like. This beer is deeply darkly fruity and rich. Notes of cherry, brandy, port, raisins and even a touch of vanilla permeate this brew from beginning to end. Huge malty notes simply draw me in each time I stick my nose in the glass. This, to me, nails the style. The cherry sweetness grows over time and manages to bring even more depth.
The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride with all the complexities. Big notes of cherry and port flow through this beer like there's no tomorrow. The backbone is big sweet and caramel-like while fig, vanilla, leafy hops and an alcoholic spiciness all kick in at once. This is a delicious barleywine and for me to describe the rest would only cause more repeats.
The body is slightly sticky with a sugary sweetness that goes on and on. The hoppiness adds the faintest touch of bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The body completely coats the mouth and slides through like velvet.
A couple of these back to back on a cold night are hard to beat. This is my style of barleywine and the drinkability suits me just right.
This is one of Bell's finest offerings and one that's often in my fridge and cellar. I'm glad this stuff is finally back in Illinois. I'm happy to see it back.
Price: $9.99 Served In: Pint Glass
12 oz bottle pured in a Duvel glass.
Toast, honey, nuts, toffee, and some light vanilla come through in the BIG malt nose. Alcohol come through pretty good too. The malt way overpowers any hops that would be present. Copper orange, and opaque. No real haed formed to speak of when poured. If I give it swirl if froths up real good, and fades to a dusting. Toffee, light chocolate, caramel, and alcohol dominate. Plenty of bitterness. SWEET.
Very mouth filling and chewy. Alcohol evident all the way through. Personally, I could drink this every night. Outstanding beer. Will re-review after it gets some more conditioning time. I may need to go buy another sixer for that though.
Served In: Tulip
Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this extra, sent to me a while back. This is a batch 7800 bottle, website states it was bottled on 1/31/07.
Pours dark amber with almost an inch of foam.
The aroma is full of fruits like raisins, ripe peaches, dates, figs, and ripe apples. There’s a bit of spices, I’m picking up a bit of cinnamon, and faint citrusy hops. The malt profile has quite a handful of caramel, and then there’s the toasted malts and raw bread dough. After a few moments there are some hints of ripe cherries, every fruit seems ripe. An aroma of bread and toast rush to me, literally, as I spilled about a fourth of the beer on my desk and on me…after the clean up I go back to my glass and I begin to single out some grapes and brown sugar.
Taste is big with fruits and toasted, caramel, and bready malts. There’s a good dose of sweet raisins, prunes, and bitter apple skins. A bit of alcohol heat near the finish but nothing obtrusive. Some spices are present in the middle and also brown sugar. The aftertaste and finish has some tasty toasted bread. Feels very smooth on the palate, good level of carbonation. Pretty good but I think it could use more time to mellow the initial bitterness.
Served In: Bottle
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