Kita (1000) - Koper, SLOVENIA - MAR 13, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottled, 0.33l. Clear ruby brown color and small creamy brownish head. Aroma of rich biscuity and toasted malt, caramel, dry fruits and fruity hops. Taste starts rich and sweet malty with biscuity and toasty notes, then followed by dark fruits. Mouthfeel is very warming, maybe a bit out of balance with strong and long bitter aftertaste. Full body, thick texture and lively carbonation in palate. More than enjoyed it...
Grzesiek79 (3148) - Radom, POLAND - JUL 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2012 Deep dark rubin red colour, great foam. Smells verry intensive. Alcohol and caramel and smoke is domination with this taste a great barley wine beer from adnams. Limited bottle from 2010
WeissGary (285) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a fantastic beer! Pours a near black body with a thin white head. Aroma is biscuit like. The drinking experience can only be described as lovely! Thick mouthfeel throughout... Initially tastes quite grainy and bready but this quickly evolves into a milk chocolate experience and further to a bubblegum like aftertaste on hearty drinks. Surprisingly, this is quite a sessionable beer despite the higher ABV! I cannot fault this beer on anything, a fantastic brew! A must try! Cheers!
tombyars (1348) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - SEP 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First tasted this barley wine at the winter ale festival held in Glasgow in February 1997. Cask and gravity dispense. Ruby black with an open buff head which rapidly disappeared leaving no lacing. Strong, intense aroma of damsons and berry fruit. Rich powerful mouthfeel. Dark malt complex gives a full range of flavours with fruit to the fore. Hedgerow berries, plums, black grapes, overipe cherries and a hint of dark chocolate. Very slight prickle of hops in the aftertaste which fades fast as sweetness returns with an alcoholic warmth in the slightly dry vineous oak finish. Excellent example of an English barley wine at its very best. Highly recommended.
rkling87 (2) - - APR 19, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like a mellow Merlot... Hints of currants and raisin. No carbonation... Great cask ale.
aracauna (3053) - Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cocoa and tea body with an ok head. English. Flat cola, prunes and brown sugar in the flavor. Ther's very little hops in the flavor or aroma. It's mellow with a lingering sweetness.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 A Mes rate. Gravicask 2008 version from the Bree Louise. Adnams seem to be doing a lot right these days and this latest version of Tally Ho is really the cream of the crop. Very dark mahogany, no head. Fantastic colour though. Full on rich barley wine. Tonnes of burnt sugar, roasted barley, incredible creme brûlée character all round and a beautiful lick of warming alcohol. Really drinkable considering the strength and luscious busomy body. Massively good beer.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark brown with a cola-like appearance with a lighter tawny chestnut brown hue on the edges. Smaller than average bubbly beige head. Disappears fast leaving just a batch of lacing in the middle.
S - Very dark aromas. Dark rum soaked fruit provides for a lot of the aroma. Also quite prominent are toasted dark malt (hints of chocolate) and toasted caramel and molasses. Quite sweet and just a very slight hint of tartness.
T - Similar to the nose. Up front is plenty of rum soaked dark fruit (particularly raisin, fig, and date). In the background is a good dark malt base. Toasted caramel and molasses and faint toasted bread and chocolate taste. It is somewhat sweet and has a hint of tartness. Mid sip, the malt flavors come out a bit more, but the fruit flavors are still more prominent. Toward the finish, the malt flavor fad and give way to a bit of an earthy and hoppy taste. Finishes with these flavors mixing with the dark fruits in a sweet, tart, and slightly bitter taste. Alcohol has a slight presence throughout
M - On the lighter side of a full bodied beer with low carbonation (but adequate for the style). Smooth and creamy with just a touch of a drying feel.
D - Pretty drinkable beer. Well balanced and pretty smooth. Just a faint hop taste adds some depth with the dark fruit and malt. Nice sipping beer.
Notes: I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Adnams is a solid brewery. Fortunately this is also a solid beer. Good malt and dark fruit presences making up the majority of the flavors. Nice hint of earthy hops toward the end. Well balanced and pretty strong especially considering it is a 7% ABV barleywine. Worth trying, definitely does have a bit of an English feel.
planky84 (1930) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at NWAF, 2011. Dark reddish-brown pour. Vinous nose. Prunes, dates and fig aromas. A little cognac in there too. Rum like flavours with raisins, molasses and dark chocolate. Deep, warming finish.
BlackHaddock (3515) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aug 2006, from BA: Half pints only please, this is heavy stuff.
I have this as my night-cap when in Southwold, if it is available, which it often isn’t. The ’Sole Bay Inn’ can usually be trusted to have some, it is across the green from the brewery.
Dark and unforgiving, this rich, fruity beer is ideal as the last one before walking along the seafront and to bed. It has an aroma which brings both malt and hops together with the overtones of fresh fruits, you know you have a monster of a beer in your hand, thats for sure.
This update is from August Bank Holiday 2006. This Christmas Pudding of a beer is getting better and better. The Landlord at The Sole Bay Inn told me he always keeps two 9 Gallon Barrels from Christmas for this weekend (August Bank Holiday), I’m glad he does!
One sad note though, the dray horses that used to deliver in Southwold have been retired and will not be replaced. The horses now play in fields around the town, a packed share holders meeting was ensured they would have a long retiremnet and not be sold off to a knackers yard!