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Bell's Saturn: The Bringer Of Old Age - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 656
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 20.38%
Wants: 36
Gots: 271 | FT: 47
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mothman on 06-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter, about 6 months old

A- pours a deep amber color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge, leaving some alcohol legs behind

S- plenty of caramel and toffee on the nose with some sweet cream & honey. Bourbon & oak pop through with some earthy & musty yeast, finishing with burnt toast

T- Sweet honey & barley mixes with some floral & earthy notes up front, with some oaky bourbon quickly following. Huge caramel/toffee sweetness kicks in as it nears the finish, reminiscent of a Werther's Original.

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- love the caramel/toffee notes that mix with the bourbon. I'm going to sit on my other two bottles to see if the caramel further develops with age

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Photo of CHickman
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/03/2015: pours very hazy copper color with a lot of sediment floating in the brew that leads up to a 1 finger foamy light tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving OK spotty lacing.

Smells of toffee, caramel, maple syrup, light bourbon, peat moss, sweet malt, some woody barrel notes and earthy accents like sticks, tree bark or dry leaves. The barrel influence cuts through the sweetness and lets the caramel come through and bring other aromas like brown sugar and dark fruit. Really nice to inhale, it got better and more dynamic as it warmed up.

Tastes like it smells but bourbon, peat moss and oaky/woody barrel notes hit first and are then followed by the sweet malt, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, tea leaf, light toasted coconut, smoked grains, honey, rotting dark fruit like red apples, pears and kiwi, earthy accents like sticks, grass, tree bark or dry leaves. A lot more smoky influence from the barrels which like the nose cut down the sweetness and lets the char, grains, caramel and nutty accents come through for a nice portfolio of flavors. Hops get lost in the shuffle but do bring some bitterness, which is similar to coffee grinds mixing with the bourbon and oak barrels.

Mouthfeel is smooth and on the creamy side with a chewy medium body that has acidic and boozy qualities which allow the mild carbonation to settle it down and go down like a glass of bourbon - smooth with a little burn, this trails off very malty, with a sweetness that's tamed by the barrel aging and oak notes. Finish is ashy and sweet at the same time, with the bourbon leaving the last impression.

A malt beverage aged in oak bourbon barrel casks, Saturn brought not old age but much joy. It's a tad bit too boozy as that 11.5% is evident the whole time, but the barrel aging gave it some excellent complex flavors and aromas. Overall a really tasty American barleywine, very well done especially if you like bourbon or bourbon barrel aged beers (which I very much enjoy).

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Photo of mtomlins
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to JasonR1975 for the bottles!

Pours a hazy copper color with about one finger of off-white foam falling down to a bubbly collar and leaving bits of lacinig. The nose hits first with big boozy bourbon, caramel, sweet bready malt and toffee. The taste follows suite with caramel, boozy bourbon, raisins, toffee, very buttery butterscotch, a massive bready malt, warm alcohol finish with a bit of bittering hops and hot alcohol. On the palate it is creamy, round, silky with maybe a touch low carbonation. I am really looking forward to trying this beer again in a few years!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy caramel with a moderate head. Alcohol is present in the nose and on the tongue. Overall, the alcohol seemed to have taken over.

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Photo of hophugger
3.39/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Caramel brown color with aromas of dark fruit, maple, molasses, toffee. Small, creamy head, thin and leaving rapidly. Taste is similar to aroma with raisins, caramel, maple syrup and a touch of bittering hops. Decent balance at first, but as it warms, single flavors come and go, alcohol shows itself and becomes off-balance..

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tan translucent with off white head that dissipates quickly leaving a slight film and a couple bubbles

smells of caramel sweetness and wood

the wood taste with alcohol a bit of hops, not as sweet as I'd expected

a bit thin

glad I tried this, but I enjoy their Third Coast Old Ale at least as much

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Planets series with musical accompaniment. Golden / amber body with a small collar. Sweet malt, oak, fruity esters. Tasty, with some warming alcohol in the back.

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Photo of Jayroda82
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ok i was never a fan of barleywine beers, but its part of the planet series, so naturally i had to partake. This is the best abw ive had. Great job bell!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: Clear orange-amber. Wispy off white head.
smell: Nice balance of light bourbony caramel, with hints of American Barley Hops.
taste: Very smooth blend of the flavors in the nose with a slightly hot alcohol burn , a bit of a bitter finish.
overall: Favorite of the series. Quite a Barley.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled 3 April 2015.
Pours a muddy-murky yellow brown with little to no head.
Smells thin, but bourbony. Old ale style yeast is stale and prominent, but in a pleats musty bread sort of way.
The soft vanilla is marvelous and lasts ages. Exceptionally bourbony and exceptionally tasty, though I feel the base beer could be a bit more complex. Pale and butterscotchy and a bit shallow. I think that's the theme of this beer-- long, but thin. The flavor is quite nice though!

I really enjoyed the beer, but I have been positively influenced by listening to the Holst movement while drinking it.

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Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet, even for a barleywine, but with some nice barrel aged notes. Syrupy amber-gold with powerful sweet vanilla and coconut barrel influences layered on a heavy caramel and honey tinged sweetness in the aroma. THe flavor is sweeter yet with further honey and caramel almost treacle character finished with some barrel notes of vanilla. Minimal bitterness, and this beer could use some more of it. Feel is on target with low carbonation and hefty body. CUt the honey sweetness some more as it overwhelms the flavor profile and hinders the barrel character from coming through.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger frothy white head with poor retention. Beer is a rather clear dull orange. Lacing is stringy and spotty with excellent stick and huge, oily legs. A big, bold looking beer.

Nose is roasted brown sugar, chestnut, molasses and honey. Chewy and bready with wood and tobacco overtones. Unique, deep and rich.

Opens rich and bready. Hints of brown sugar, molasses, wheat and chestnut. More brown sugar and sugar cookie in the middle with a resiny, hop bitterness. End is oak, booze and molasses. Sweet on the finish with a hint of peaty-ness. Pretty good but might need some time.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and rich in the mouth and slightly hot and viscous going down. Finishes messy and warm with a lingering, sticky, rich aftertaste. Nice.

This will be a great sipper at some point but as is, there's a bit of hop bitterness that still needs to work itself out in my opinion. The body and flavor is there though. Worth laying down a few.

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Photo of tuka
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rated fresh. Creamy for a barleywine; I liked that. Put two up in the fridge, hopefully for a year or two. Will reassess after some occasion down the road a bit.

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Photo of CharlesK
1.83/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Tastes like the description. Malt beverage smothered in Bourbon. It burned going down. If I wanted to drink Bourbon I would have gone to the liquor store.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Batch 14128, PKGD 04/03/15
A - hazed with yeast suspended within an amberish-brown colored body, thinner foamy tan head
S - boozy and malty with brown sugar, grain, caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon
T - sweet and boozy; oaky bourbon slathers the palate, vanilla, bread crust, caramel, brown sugar, earthy hops and toasty coconut comes through as it warms; all round nice meld of flavors
M - full body, heavy alcohol content, but it drinks well
O - big, boozy malt bomb. One of the better beers of the planet series. Always glad to try something from Bell's!

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Photo of marct13
3.02/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This just wasn't for me. The barrel overtakes everything and I can't detect any of the base beer. For me, it also seems thin and over carbonated for the style. I've got a few more, so hopefully time in the cellar will do them some good.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This mighty ale pours a muddled hazy brownish amber with a quickly dissipating head of white foam that leaves a thin ring and little lacing. Nose of strong whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark caramel, and some apricot notes. Flavors surpass the nose with warm bourbon and caramel notes on all sides that blends with an apricot brandy quality. Sweet caramel, vanilla, and oak soaked bourbon round this beast all together with a warming finish that is slick and thick with medium carbonation that sears in the flavors. Very substantial. Would love to have some of this aged for a few years. Excellent.


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Photo of WesMantooth
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful looking beer. A clear deep amber to ruby red color. Minimal head and retention. Nothing out of the ordinary for a barrel aged beer.

Great aroma. A tad boozy maybe, but caramel, dark sour fruits, bourbon, and candied sweetness.

Taste follows. Lots of up front bourbon, but not cheap or overpowering at all. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, rock candy, oak. Excellent.

It is fairly full bodied. Nice creamy texture. A little hot when it warms. A sipper for sure, but pretty smooth.

I would love to see this one come back around every year like Expedition

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, Batch #14128, packaged on 04/03/15. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like vanilla, oak, toffee, bourbon, molasses and some bready/grainy malt. For the most part I think the taste is the same as the aroma, but there's also some coconut and earthiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this barrel aged brew a lot, I wish I would have bought more! $2.49 a single bottle.

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Photo of richj1970
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a golden honey brown with smallish one finger off white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Some light lacing.

S: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and toffee. More bourbon is apparent as it warmed.

T: Caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Drinks more like a Scottish Ale than a barleywine. Reminds me of Backwoods Bastard quite a bit. Flavors really blossomed as it warmed up.

M: Full bodied with a slightly sweet finish.

O: Tasty beer and probably my favorite of the planet series so far, but I was expecting more, and wished a had more to age.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 3.49. Bottled 4/3/15. Served in a Bells snifter.

Pours a turbid, deep golden brown with about one finger of near-white froth. The head quickly dissipates to a meager halo, leaving only a few scattered specks in the way of lace.

Aromas of caramel, some faint bourbon, wet wood, dark fruit and a hint of floral. The sweet notes are considerably more prominent as it nears room temperature.

The flavors start out similar to a Scotch ale when cooler but gets much smoother and sweeter with more barrel notes as it warms. Burnt caramel, toffee, bourbon, cereal grains, leather, dark fruit skins, a good bit of vanilla creeps in towards the finish and the whole experience is touched by a slight boozeyness. Great mixture, particularly towards the end.

Smooth, semi syrupy, full body with soft carbonation. Bourbon, caramel and grains rest on the palate in the finish.

Particularly as it warms, Saturn is a damn good barrel aged barleywine. The earthy sweetness and barrel character blend well. Too bad I wasn't able to pick up more than a single bottle because I imagine "The Bringer of Old Age" would age quite gracefully.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: amber cloudiness, 2 fingers of off-white head.

Smell: B-O-U-R-B-O-N up front (in all caps), then vanilla, carmel and toffee plus some earthy hops. Wow.

Taste: more bourbon, but the vanilla flavors from the oak don't allow it to overwhelm a non-bourbon drinker. Then the caramel and toffee flavors kick in ..... exquisite.

Feel: smooth bourbon, with creamy notes from the malts.

Overall: my favorite - by FAR - in the planet series. They hooked me with Two Hearted many moons ago, and they continue to brew great stuff. World-class brewery, IMHO.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle courtesy of northernbrewer (thanks Jeff) served in a tulip. Pours the color and clarity of unpasteurized cider with no head, just a thin soapy band and slick of foam. Nose expresses bready notes, figs and prunes and a light sugary quality muddled with ethanol. Taste is great - consistent with nose; however, vanilla and toasted oak notes dominate the flavor profile nicely. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a mild, even carbonation and slight oiliness to the texture. Finishes slightly dry. Overall, quite delicious and drinkable for the style and abv. Would love to see what age does to a bottle or two.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint honey orange + ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel and toffee malts with moderate aroma of bourbon barrels from the aging (oak, vanilla, and bourbon all stand out).

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of caramel and toffee malts with a moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors from the bourbon barrel aging - bourbon, toffee, and oak. Minimal hop presence but there is still a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness in the finish. Hints of booziness in the finish which lingers.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming.

O: Definitely the best of the beers in the Planet Series so far and probably one that would age really well. Big bourbon flavors/aromas make this one a slower sipper but it is a very easy to drink (for the ABV). Glad I grabbed this one, maybe wish I had pick up another to age.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty copper color ale with a small foamy head with light retention and no lacing. Aroma of residual sugar notes with quite a bit of oak notes also discernable. Taste is also dominated by residual sugar notes with light toffee notes and some strong oak notes and loads of bourbon grainy notes with light vanilla flavors. Body is pretty full with good carbonation and light alcohol is apparent. Pretty intense beer with loads of barrel-aging flavors. Enjoyable but may lack a bit of balance and attenuation

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Bell's Saturn: The Bringer Of Old Age from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.