Saturn (The Bringer Of Old Age)
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Saturn (The Bringer Of Old Age)Saturn (The Bringer Of Old Age)
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Barleywine - American
4.15 | pDev: 8.92%
Jun 21, 2020
Jun 28, 2014
Saturn (The Bringer Of Old Age)Saturn (The Bringer Of Old Age)
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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

Consumed on 6-21-2020.

Pours a nice amber color. There's actually a 1 finger yellow/white head, and the retention is quite good. There's no lacing on the glass.
The nose is very interesting. Caramel, vanilla, toffee, and raisin. Damn pleasing.
Taste - The caramel and toffee are up front. The vanilla comes in on the backside, along with the raisin.
This is a very smooth beer. There's actually a bit of hops in it also, which is surprising to me. There's a slight alcohol burn.
This beer is damn good aged. Wish I could have tried it fresh, to see how different it was, or not.

Jun 21, 2020
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2.92/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 4/3/15; drank 5/8/15 @ the Yarchives.

Murky orange/red rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice eggnog head; decent lace.

Oak, caramel, booze heat & mild dill pickle notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Booze heat & mild caramel flavors up front; a carbonated booze heat finish. As this warmed hints of vanilla emerged, but overall this was unpleasantly boozy.

I'm aging the rest of mine, as it's nearly undrinkable currently.

Sep 12, 2019
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Jun 07, 2019
3.9 by TheeWarPig from Michigan on Mar 11, 2019
Photo of Buck89
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Buck89 from Tennessee

2015 bottle poured into a snifter. A hazy amber orange color with a surprising number of small floaties. A tiny light tan head formed and left quickly. A nice mix of bourbon and vanilla on the nose, slightly boozy. Similar taste with smooth caramel malt, a softer bitterness, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Medium to light bodied. Excellent.

Nov 23, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

From April 2015, aged properly since. Poured into Belgian ale glass and allowed to warm.

L: Very small head, less than 1F. Not much retention, no lacing. Thin ring and partial cap. Beer is a clear very dark amber, almost chestnut.

S: Oak barrel, dried fruits, vanilla, caramel

T: Oh man, this has gotten SMOOVE over the years. Nice dried fruits and caramel up front, with citrus and vanilla characters, and a smaller dose of bourbon barrel than the nose might indicate. Only a bit of alcohol heat on the finish.

F: More medium than full than you might expect. A bit of carbonation. Flavors soft, rounded, and beautifully melded together after these years of aging. Balanced nicely.

O: Well worth the aging wait. A very nice drink to start a weekend.

Jul 14, 2018
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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle dated 4/3/15 into a tulip glass. This beer pours out looking like a tea. That light brown and almost lemon highlight color. No crown was formed and there is sediment floating throughout the beer. The smell is warming bourbon and alcohol mixing with oak, figs and even some vanilla. The taste brings those fig notes forward even more and it definitely brings the bourbon and alcohol for a big presence. There really isn't a "pop" that I want. It's a little flat. I think the carbonation might have died off some since 2015. It would really help to go along with these flavors, because with out it, this is a little too forward. It also leads to the mouthfeel being very flat and one dimensional. Overall, sadly, I just don't think time was this brews friend. I can see the workings of a really good beer and while it is still solid and drinkable, I can see how this could've been better those years ago.

Jun 30, 2018
4.25 by Keith_R from Georgia on Apr 11, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by buschbeer from Ohio

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours rust colored with ruddy orange highlights. Suspended yeast is visible. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head that leaves speckled lacing.

It has a sweet aroma. I get some toffee and caramel notes along with vanilla. I also get hints of date, fig, and alcohol.

The taste is malty but not as sweet as the smell would indicate. A healthy dose of booze cuts through that sweetness. I do taste the fig and date from the smell.

Medium mouthfeel and syrupy

It has aged well although there is still plenty of booze flavor. It is pretty good. It is not the best BA barleywine that I have had in the last month though.

Feb 15, 2018
3.65 by M_chav from New Mexico on Feb 11, 2018
4.21 by Justdoit1234 from Minnesota on Jan 29, 2018
Photo of jhavs
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by jhavs from New York

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Amber tinted brown, teeny tiny foam bubbles with moderate pour, but no real head.

Booze and oak in the aroma with some toffee sweetness.

Flavor is smooth booze and sweet caramel. Some earthy oak.

Much lighter feel than I expected, a bit syrupy, light carbonation.

Smooth and sweet, doesn't come together all the way for me.

Dec 22, 2017
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Vidblain from Minnesota

It's startling how rife with floaties this beer has become - I've only ever seen it happen to this degree with a couple Mikkeller beers (IPAs I found sitting on a shelf in Des Moines... several YEARS past their bottling date) and with Cassian Sunset (hugely disappointing to me - I love Cassian Sunset).

The beer is still quite drinkable - though it's cloyingly sweet and syrupy. I don't hate it, but I'd rather have a '17 Bourbon Bounty Barleywine, given a choice.

Dec 18, 2017
Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

Khaki head with lace. Caramel brown color.

Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Very malty. Big oak and barrel flavor. Bourbon and vanilla. Toffee.

Warming. Smooth. Solid.

Oct 28, 2017
4.21 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on Sep 18, 2017
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4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by aclockworkchris from Michigan

I have had many many beers from West Michigan and across the US and this forever holds a spot in my heart as my favorite of all time

Update: November 18, 2017. Bottle aged since April, 2015. This beer has become unbelievably sweet and the 11.5percent is absolutely hidden. Wonderful caramel aroma and hazy, almost juice IPA like appearance. Less boozy than fresh, it has tame down a bit in that’s category which has brought light to the malt. Very sweet now, full of toffee and dense vanilla and bourbon. Quite smooth. 2 bottles left ;)

Sep 17, 2017
4.8 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Sep 16, 2017
4.58 by deonreds from New York on Sep 09, 2017
3.59 by Mikey2333 from Iowa on Jul 31, 2017
2.38 by HopSavant from Tennessee on Jul 13, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by rkarimi from Colorado


Jul 12, 2017
4 by Zach136 from Georgia on Jun 05, 2017
4.25 by tvenne from Minnesota on May 09, 2017
4.34 by SoCal_Matt from California on May 07, 2017
4.18 by Nolster from Minnesota on Apr 03, 2017
4.25 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Feb 26, 2017
4.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Feb 22, 2017
4.45 by Guinnsslvr from Illinois on Feb 22, 2017
4.25 by Gtg642 from Michigan on Jan 07, 2017
4 by sweemzander from Illinois on Dec 21, 2016
4.39 by Blackop555 from Michigan on Dec 16, 2016
4.4 by edthehead from New York on Dec 04, 2016
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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Jadjunk from Georgia

"This is one of a seven part series inspired by Gustav Holst's musical composition, 'The Planets.' Strap in and embark on a flavor tour of our solar system - in the order of Holst's piece, Mars to Neptune." Brewed in the style of an American Barleywine, available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on limited draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foam head of a pale tan shade over a mildly hazy copper amber body with abundant flecked sediment in tow. Retention is average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Rich bread and caramel malts with undertones of peat smoke and nutty, earthy English-style yeast compounds that pair nicely with the impact of bourbon barrel qualities. Very reserved alcohol nose, appealing balance of aromas. Potency is moderate. 4.25

(Taste) Taste is a bit more gruff and grainy than the aroma, but carries many of the same flavor qualities- robust bread malts, caramel syrup undertones, cold smoke peat malts and a rich, smooth English yeast to generate added complexity in between the malt notes. The bourbon barrel flavor is very enjoyable, generating smooth, clean tannins and leather with a more subtle vanilla. Accessibility improves as it warms, finishes nutty and smooth. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slick, softly grainy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, short of heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to specialty malt and grain alcohol. Alcohol presence is modest and there are no off characters. 4.25

(Overall) A very interesting take on the American Barleywine style, with lots of curveball surprises in the malt build, the yeast profile and the inclusion of bourbon barrels. In the end, it's without a doubt one of the finest entries in the series, enjoyable throughout. Outstanding richness, complexity and balance, and the bourbon comes through very gracefully. Worth a shot, and it's held up very well with time. 4

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3.78 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 20, 2016
3.62 by biggoon16 from Indiana on Jul 10, 2016
3.54 by KensWorld from Florida on Jul 02, 2016
Saturn (The Bringer Of Old Age) from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 767 ratings