Bell’s Saturn: The Bringer Of Old Age

Posted: May 22, 2015 in American Barleywine, Bell's Brewery, Reviews

When I saw that Bell’s released a planet series, I figured that I wouldn’t be getting any of them since they don’t distribute to Jersey. But, there was a whole display of these bad boys at Half Time last time I was up there.


ABV: 11.5%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The fifth release in the Bell’s Planets Series is strong, robust and complex. Saturn is a bourbon barrel aged barleywine loaded with notes of toffee, caramel, oak and vanilla that finished with a warming touch. The first beer brewed for this series, Saturn has been aging in casks since July 2014. True to its name, this beer is well suited for vintage aging.”

Random: I always wanted a telescope when I was a kid.

This beer poured with less than a quarter of white head that dissipated slowly. There was no lacing left on the glass, but a slight crown was present on top the body. The beer itself was a hazy, warm mahogany brown with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with nuts, maple syrup and molasses. There was significant oak and bourbon too. The taste was really nice. At first, I picked up caramel malts and toffee at first and then picked up notes of vanilla, oak and bourbon. After a few sips, I also got hazelnuts and molasses. The booze was very hidden for the style. It was really balanced. It had a thick, chewy body with light carbonation, making this a really nice sipper. The finish was long and warm with bourbon and oak. For $2.79 a bottle ($.23 per ounce), this bottle is an absolute steal. My only regret is not picking up another couple of bottles to age for a few years. This is one of the best of the style that I’ve had, and another outstanding beer from Bell’s. It’s out of this world (pun intended).

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0


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