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

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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 28
Gots: 204 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: mothman on 06-27-2014

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Ratings: 418 | Reviews: 96
Photo of Highgrade
1.7/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Big disappointment. Don't know if the one bottle I got was bad, but it was a 2 sip then drain pour. Tasted like Old English with a hint of Jim Beam.

Photo of thegarfunkel
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best beer in the planetary series so far anyways. This is the first bourbon barrel beer I've had from bells. They should consider adding it to the lineup permanently.

Photo of n2185
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear copper color with half a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Caramel malts, vanilla, and oak dominate with bourbon, burnt sugar, and sweet breads following.

T: Caramel, vanilla, and a bit of maple up front before caramel malts, hearty and slightly bitter bread, and bourbon come through. The finish is boozy.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is syrupy sweet and feels that way as well.

O: A solid beer, overall. I wish I had more to age since this one's a bit too boozy currently, but oh well. Still an all-around good beer.

Photo of uvachief
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 38 degree bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Pours a cloudy amber color with minimal head that disappeared quickly. Aromas of vanila, dark fruit like dates or raisins, hint of bourbon, toffee and caramel. Taste is very smooth and complex. Huge abv that I don't detect. Much thicker than your traditional barleywine. Little gummy. Finishes clean. Not bitter at all. Bourbon oak barrel taste is barely noticeable. The sugars drown it out. Scary easy to drink. Wish I had more than 2. Excellent. Up there with BCBBW.

Photo of Boto
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a cloudy darker amber color. There was a this off-white head that didn’t linger very long. Some lacing. Very nice nose. Woodsy, spices, dark fruits, caramel malts are the main things to hit the nose. Maybe some hints of the bourbon and vanilla. The taste is very good. A subdued sweetness with a hint of dryness in the finish. Caramel malts, toffee, some dark fruit notes, vanilla, other spices. Very smooth and silky texture. A very nice brew. Maybe they will make this again!

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic, the beer is a hazy, muddled, copper-caramel coloring with a sparse surface coat of off-white head. Aromas of vanilla, honey, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, and rich toffee. Very sweet and heavy smells. Flavors are richly sweet and heavy forward, with a toffee and caramel blend leading the charge, with vanilla sweet highlights, bourbon spice and heat, and some earthy tones. The increased sweetness is balanced by the enormous weight and depth in the body of the beer. Honey sweetness brightens up the aftertaste to counter the building warmth as you drink. The finish is smooth and rich, still carrying that certain "weighty" feeling as it leaves your palate. This is a beast!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - I was surprised by how light colored it was. Barely amber in color. Nice off-white head. Medium collar and a few floating islands of foam.

Smell - Blend of toffee, bourbon, and oak, probably with toffee being the strongest aroma.

Taste - Toffee is definitely the dominant flavor here. A variety of sugars, some brighter and fruitier, some more like brown sugar. Tastes a little buttery. Strong bitterness in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Easy drinking, really. Not cloying. The bitterness is aggressive, but I'd probably find this to be too sweet without it.

Overall - Not a complicated beer by any means. Bourbon and sugar. Good, but not going to really amaze anyone.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/3/15 at 55 degrees into a nonic
Aroma of malt, weak
Head large (>8 cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy/creamy, diminishing to 3 mm creamy layer with rocks
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor begins sweet with caramel; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium – full, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

Photo of Jjski
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wonder why I don't like this as much as others. BB BW is my thing.... Maybe because it lack the hugeness of flavor that I associate with Hand & Seal, Double DBA, BA Bigfoot, Old Conundrum, etc...

On its pluses: a very affordable, easy drinkable, accessible variant of the style. The toffee butter flavor is outstanding, but the depth of it and other malty tones is where this comes up short IMHO. Barrel is definitely present, but not dominant. It is very well balanced in taste versus mouthfeel with a fine effervescence. This balance is on the lighter side, while I prefer richer

Very good, but not a giant killer by any means. It's hard to find BA BW in six packs, so that's a plus too. If given the choice, I would buy Weyerbacher Insanity, which I cannot find this year.

A golden, lightish, balanced, easy drinking BW

Photo of madelfonatree
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Very thin, off white head. Little lacing. Body is clay colored. You can see through it a little.

Smell - Vanilla. Bourbon. Caramel. Woody.

Taste - Bourbon/alcohol up front. Sweet vanilla. A little woody with caramel malt.

Feel - Bubbly heavy feel. Finishes well.

Overall - First BA barleywine I have tried. Good. I like how drinkable it is.

Photo of Beersmuggler
2.34/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I am usually a big fan of bells work but this was one that completely missed the mark

Photo of dmgeng
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a coworker since my local bottle shop was just doing a lottery for the two cases they got in.

A - Deep, dark orange color that is pretty hazy. Very small, rocky white head with very light lacing.

S - Sweet malt, soft bourbon, caramel, raisin and some booze. Smells like the prototypical BB barley wine. It's sweet, complex, and a good sniffing beer.

T - Initially the sweet malts hit the tongue with the malt, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. Then in the middle there is more toffee, dark fruit, and oak. The finish is sweet but soft and the booze is strong allowing it to clear the palate like a bourbon and not be too cloying. It is rich and complex but sweet and boozy.

M - High mouth-feel with light carbonation. Overall it feels like a 11.5% barley wine; sweet, and sticks, but with enough booziness to keep it palatable.

Overall, this is much better than I thought it would be for the price and low acclaim. This is probably the best "drinking" BB barley wine that I've had! If you don't like sweet beers or bourbon this one is probably not a good choice but if you haven't tried one of the style this is the perfect one to try. If you can still get this I would definitely get some more to try in a few months when the booziness has died down and all of the flavors are more harmonious.

Glass- Snifter

Photo of cosmicevan
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this one finally came to town, picked up my 2 bottle limit locally earlier today, enjoyed from a bells snifter.

a - classic american barley look. deep, semi-transparent mahogany with a thin fizzy frothy head that didn't hang and left spotty lace.

s - nose is fairly oaky with a raw booziness. toffee, caramel, bitter crispness.

t/m/o - big oak bourbon notes...fairly raw, a bit reminiscent of of the rawness of backwoods bastard, but over a bittery hot american barleywine. bolt cutter lite, perhaps? boozy. barleywine is caramel toffee creaminess. sweetness with the booze. good, not great.

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer.Very well balanced, alcohol is right there but not too much. Really great "warmer".

Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Pkgd 04/03/15.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a cobweb pattern of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Toasty aroma containing notes of brownies, maple syrup and mild bourbon.

T- Flavor brings forth much of the same of what's in the aroma with a surprising amount of milk chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla. Moderate amount of bitterness for an American barleywine. Incredibly drinkable for the high ABV.

M- Somewhat creamy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Easily the best of the Planets series thus far. A tasty and affordable BA barleywine with lots of character and drinkability.

Photo of Mdog
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber, ok head.

Smell: Woody, an interesting milk chocolate note, fruity wine notes.

Taste: Fruity, sweet, kind of tastes like a Belgian dubbel with added woody and chocolate notes from the barrel.

Overall: This was an unusual experience. The base beer seemed to come through a little more, like the barrel influence was toned down, or that a mix of wine and whiskey barrels were used. Still pretty tasty, and pretty inexpensive for a barrel aged beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Thick out of the bottle, with a deep bronze orange color for the body. Fills the glass and looks a little hazy and cloudy, but has some real shiny clarity as well. Head creation is pretty tiny, manages a thin creamy one finger tan head, dissolves to big bubbled and thin puck and collar. Some leggy lacing and weeping on the edges.

Very enjoyable aroma. Thick toffee and mild maple like sugar, with a nice vanilla quality but not horribly sweet. Toffee candy and crisp caramel qualities and an almost maple like oak sensation it seems, with a hint of fruited tropical hop aching out. Sweetness slowly builds to a real nice controlled toffee and malt richness, thick, airy, inviting.

Palate takes a solid angle but goes for some hop aggression within the right limits. Tangy mid palate mixing in with toffee but also some chocolate angle comes out, slightly milky tasting. Large fruit blast in the middle, pine and earth with a mix of tropical sweet finish. Excellent mouthfeel, chewy and dense, full rounded in the palate coating everywhere with a perfect sense of sweetness, caramel and honey coating aromas and flavors abound. Really mellows out nicely with great soft sweet touches of oak and woody character.

A great barrel aged barleywine taken to a good level.

Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is fruity and slightly vinous. Apple, dates, nutty caramel malt, and fusel alcohol form the aroma. Notes of peach emerge late.

Flavor reveals a rich, caramelly, toasted malt backbone that's initially sweet, but dries out in the lightly bitter finish. Vinous undertones counter. It's pretty hot right now, but that hopefully mellows with age.

Photo of Texasfan549
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A little boozy fresh. Excited to see how it will age.

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Looks like a barleywine. Light brown with about an inch tall head that is gone after the first sip.

Smell - Sweet and malty, with a hint of fig/dried fruit.

Taste - Smooth. The blending of the Barleywine with the tastes added from the bourbon barrel aging process is sublime. Dark fruit is what hits you up front; raisins & figs. The initial taste turned sweeter as I swished it in my cheeks; this is definitely the sweetest barleywine I have ever had but not in a bad way. The last flavor to hit my palate was the bourbon, and I must say I was impressed by the level of bourbon present in the taste. Some bourbon aged beers can be too intense, and others are so mild you can hardly taste the bourbon. Saturn has a very mild bourbon taste, but despite it's mildness it is a very clean, distinct flavor that blends perfectly with the sugary barleywine.

Feel - Super smooth and easy to drink.

Overall - Very nice beer. Best Planet Series release since Mars, and that will probably be the subject of many a heated debate. Well worth the typical $2.50 price tag

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
3.07/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just okay for the fish. No need to multiple once your curiosity is satisfied

Photo of Apellonious
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The name of the beer seems to fit the circumstances. 12 oz bottle, pkg. 4/3/15, poured into a tulip glass. Bought two singles, putting the other one away for as long as I can stand to.

A - Cloudy, ruby red with brown overtones. Little to no head that moves to a thin lace.

S - Well then....immediate bourbon, then dark fruit, fig and caramel

T - Follows the nose, with a smidge of back end heat (barely noticeable) and a cream soda like finish.

M - Very smooth. Carbonation is low, but there is some sizzle if you let it settle before sipping it down.

O - This is dangerous at 11.5%. This could easily be finished in a few minutes.

Photo of Griffin2
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Medium brown with a slight white head that dissipates quickly.
S - Lots of bourbon.
T - boozy but in a good way.
F- Hardly any carbonation.
O - interesting beer. If you like barrel aged beers, it's very good.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramel, some bread, toasty notes. Mild oak, pine, not much in the way of bourbon.

Photo of oldn00b
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite of the series - next closest is probably Mars.

In thinking of it as a BB Barleywine I certainly can't say it's the best I've had - but I can say it's the best I've had at this price point - $13-14/6 pack is pretty fantastic. All the typical characteristics are there on the nose, flavor is on point with all that malt and a touch of heat from the barrel. It did feel a tad on the light side for me in terms of mouth feel but overall a great brew. Wish I had bought more!

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