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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)

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Beer added by: mothman on 06-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was really looking forward to this but overall I don't love it. I feel like Bell's rushed this one and would like to let it sit for a while before cracking open another one. What Bells needs to do is bring back Mars full-time and bag their Oracle IMO.

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4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The "bringer of old age" translates quite literally to the Bell's team and their newest taste that should stand up to time rather easily and maybe even expand upon it. And that's why their "Saturn" is a powerful and mature taste that's indicative of a long and bourbony slumber.

Its deep camel hues are strongly reflective in the beer's high caramel scent. As a dainty creme-laced froth swirls on top, the nose is redolent of caramel, toffee, honey and earthy sorghum. The same translates to a super sweet palate that's full of "Wurther's Original" candies and mild port and sherry influence.

Rich, hearty and nearly chewy, the malty-sweet favors unfold on the middle and latch onto the tastebuds with their decadent caramel, toffee and maple. Rising hops begin to rival the malts with their own citrus peel and pine character.

Deep, savory and succulent to its core, the malty and full beer is a testament to fresh and juicy barley. Like syrup and spirit, the ale has a bight palate that's simply plump with malt, simmering with bourbon and sweet with baklava.

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3.11/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear reddish-brown with a quickly disappearing head, and no lacing.

This one smells fairly boozy, with a bit of dark fruit, and some caramel.

This is honestly very disappointing, like the rest of the planets series. This has an unpleasant boozy and oaky astringency, with some dark fruit, and a bit of caramel.

This is very thin, but a bit syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation. Not all that drinkable.

I was really disappointed with this. one.

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4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch #14128; bottled on 4/3/15. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a amber with an orange tint; subtle haze with some clarity. Little head that leaves little lacing and retention. The aromas are full of bourbon, caramel and vanilla. Lots of malts. Everything is balanced and nothing is overpowering. Same goes for the flavors. More caramel and vanilla. Raisins and dark fruits are there. Oak/wood notes are there. Bourbon is there blended with everything. It's not hot or boozy. Slightly spicy. There's a subtle warmth in the finish, but the alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with lower carbonation; pretty syrupy. Ultimately a smooth drink. I never would've guessed this was 11.5%, it drinks much smaller to me.

This is a nice barrel-aged brew. Sometimes I feel like I'm drinking a scotch ale instead of a barleywine, but oh well. Very solid stuff and the price is right.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/3/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, honey, toffee, toast, butterscotch, vanilla, raisin, apricot, apple, bourbon, oak, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, honey, toffee, toast, butterscotch, vanilla, raisin, apricot, apple, bourbon, oak, and oak/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of bourbon/oak spice and earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, honey, toffee, toast, butterscotch, vanilla, raisin, apricot, apple, bourbon, oak, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged barelywine style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*Beer #700*

My 700th beer is our 6th from the sun -- Saturn. This was something like $3 bottle. Bottled 4/3 and poured 4/16... let me just say I'm glad I got two bottles, so I have one to sit on for a couple years. It says "The Bringer of Old Age" ... sure, I'll put some age on it.

Appearance: Hard pour gave a two finger head with "tight" bubbles -- didn't last long, but looked great. The beer is copper brown with some floaters. Spotty lacing at best.

Smell: Beautiful vanilla, oak, and malt aroma... awesome blend. Just a very nicely blended beer that smells phenomenal. I mean, if I'm going to whine about something, I guess it's that the barrel could be a bit "strong" for some people (really though, who complains about that?). I absolutely love the barrel, booze, malt, and overall richness of this beer's nose. Stunning.

Taste/feel: Essentially the smell of the beer ... on the taste buds. Maybe this beer doesn't have the hugest amount of depth compared to some other barleywines I've had, but I couldn't ask for much more -- warming alcohol, oak, a little vanilla, rich sweet malt... something about this brew is never truly cloying though. There's actually a bitterness in there that's void in a number of English barleywines I've had before. There's a little dark fruit, but it's not as prevalent as I was expecting. The only thing that could *maybe* improve this beer would be a little maple flavor. The feel is solid -- a moderate sort of body with a slightly syrupy feel and a minor prickly carbonation; it really makes it all come together for Saturn.

The Planet Series has been disappointing as a whole. The only one I really enjoyed was Mars, which I thought was insane. Mercury and Venus were both mediocre at best, and Jupiter, while a good brown ale, didn't do much for me. Saturn is an outstanding beer, and worthy of being my 700th beer.

8/11/15 EDIT: Not sure what to think about this one. Wanted to age my second bottle for a couple years, but impatience and other BAs' wisdom told me I should drink it now. For some reason, I am getting a strange bitterness in this beer I didn't get in the first bottle -- I get it in some beers, and I can only describe it as a sort of copper-like bitterness. The same kind of acrid bitterness vibe that you'd get from eating something that was burnt. It's really letting me down, as I can taste all of the other flavors I loved so much the first time I had this beer. Could it be traces of dish soap in my glass somehow? Not likely, but who knows. This still has a very lovely boozy warmth, beautiful oak flavor, and some malty sweetness. It's just that the end I get some of that horrible bitterness on the back and sides of my tongue. I won't be changing my rating, but it's something I noticed. Very good regardless.

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4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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

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3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At this point the aroma is quite boozy, and this basically tastes like a bourbon and water with a little extra malt thrown in and some very faint hops. Still, has some very nice vanilla flavors. Incredibly dry, tannic finish. Time will tell if the base beer offers anything interesting, but right now bourbon is dominating the show and the beer is pretty one note.

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3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Packaged on 4/3/15. Poured into a lager glass this beer is a bit hazy and looks like apple cider. Luckily it doesn't smell it. Not much head, but the tan lace is sticky. Aroma is reminiscent of an English barleywine with notes of slightly sweet barley. Toasted barley with a hint of toffee. Cold it's not super aromatic. I can get just a hint of vanilla and boozy wood. Taste is a different story-this pops with big English malty goodness. Toasted barley, a bit nutty with a little toffee sweetness. Quickly followed up with nice oaky barrel ends with charred vanilla and a hit of bourbon booziness. It's warming but not overally biting in the nose. Body is average but yet not overally boozy. Moderate carbonation. Overall-more of the barrel aromas come out as this warms. This beer stacks up quite nicely with other BA barleywines. I prefer it to many. You add the price point and this is a keeper. Now I have to go find more. Ready to drink now, but imagine it won't suffer with a little age.
The planet series have been interesting-Mars was awesome, Venus was aweful. This one is probably my favorite so far. Best beer I've had from Bells since both versions of batch 9000. Big ups!

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4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on 04/03/15.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Small finger of off white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A nicely boozy, sweet, and bready aroma with big hints of bourbon, caramel, and toffee. Big upfront barrel presence with a scent of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Toasted barley malt with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses. Also some light fruit hints of fig and apple. Light earthy hop hints. A very good barrel forward aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a boozy, sweet, and bready barrel forward taste with big notes of bourbon, caramel, and toffee. Big barrel presence with notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Toasted barley malt with bready notes of biscuit, toffee, caramel, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses. Fruit undertones of apple, fig, and dates. Light notes of earthy hops. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and pretty rich. Some booze heat is felt as expected but it’s not overly hot.

Overall: A really good take on a Barrel Aged Barleywine. Great barrel presence with some nice sweet malt notes.

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

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

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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very decent barleywine. However, for a BA barleywine it's good but not great. Pours a deep glowing burnt orange color. Aromas are vanilla, caramel, figs, leather, white grapes, oak and of course bourbon. Taste is all the above and falls into the easy drinking barleywine category. The bourbon adds a nice dimension but is not over the top boozy. Feel is smooth, oily and slippery. Far from my favorite BA barleywine but this beer is still top notch. And at this fantastic price point . . . I would buy every one of them in sight.

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4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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.