Brewed by Banks’s (Marstons plc)
Style: Barley Wine
Wolverhampton, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Can - Pasteurised. Previously 9.1%.
Award-winning Barley Gold is a hearty, potent and warming strong ale. The colour of deep burnished gold, it’s produced from copious quantities of the finest natural brewing ingredients. Brimful with fruity, malty, bitter-sweet flavours, that are underpinned by the strength derived from a prolonged conditioning period.
This rich complex beer is particularly suitable as a partner to red meat, game and strong cheeses such as Roquefort.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
olliejobbins (728) - Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2013
330ml can. pours dark yellow/amber with no head. aroma is of malts and not much else. thin mouth feel and very carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danlo (1074) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 330ml can 7.4%. Bronze golden amber colour, foam white head and aroma of caramel, toffee. Taste is sweetish malty, light caramel with toffee and a boozy metallic bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, warming finish. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dynamiteninja (1472) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
Can. Medium tight off white head with okay retention. Nose is hops, alcohol, red fruit, lemon, sugar, floral, apple cider, spice, clove. Sweet with a bitter finish. Warming. Gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2349) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2013
Cellar temp. and into a snifter. Brilliant, thin and translucent medium amber (clearly filtered after pasteurisation). Highly effervescent building up a good two inches of loose foam that quickly fades. A lot of honey on the nose; very soft, subdued, light caramel, butterscotch, white bread. Similar in taste; might as well be toasted bread with honey topping. Astringent finish with a light heat and hefty dryness to the swallow. Clammy, sugary and tinny length. Watery in body; over lagered or just made from highly fermentable sugars? Soapy layer builds and dwells on the tongue. Expected more, but actually only a touch more from Marlston’s. Would love to try the original! (33cL can, BB 31/03/14, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BlackHaddock (3488) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2013
Now at 7.4% ABV: 330ml can, best before 31 Dec 2013. Poured vigorously into a Duvel glass on 17 Aug 2013, the 6th beer in a ’random tasting evening’ with myself (wife out and I’ve got no friends). Lovely deep golden/light amber body, clear, bright and clean: huge white foaming head on top, which sadly fell away a bit too quickly. The nose is weak: some sweet notes (sugar and caramel), but otherwise nothing but hints of alcohol and the can it came out of. Taste: Semi-sweet malts with a hop undertone that rises up towards the end of each sip giving a pleasant bitterness to an otherwise unbalanced drink. There is however an unwanted metallic aftertaste that ruins everything. The whole metallic feel has balls up this tasting. I really wanted this to be a good beer for me: sadly that isn’t the case, maybe others will find it more wholesome to their taste buds, but I doubt it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SarkyNorthener (1707) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Can. Copper beer with large head. Aroma of toffee and grain. Taste is again toffee, grain, vegetation and malts with a touch of alcohol. Not one for me, too much vegetation in it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (4395) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
33cl can picked up in Alsager. Much better than expected! Golden amber with a billowing white head; rather unattractive aroma; but in the mouth there’s a thick syruopy texture with some fruity malts and a reasonable bitterness; then some fruity malts giving a finish that isn’t too cloying, and doesn’t have any rough alcohol, but is long and warming. I can’t say that I’d rush out to buy another one, but I certainly wouldn’t turn it down if offered.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1383) - WALES - MAR 13, 2013
Oct 2012 . Sweet, liquoricey, slight bitterness, v mild. Drinkable pleasant ale. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle at JF’s - 12/10/12. Clear dark amber with a thin white head. Dark caramel malt on the nose, light vegetal tones, barley, dark fruit and carmelised sugars. Tastes of caramelised sugars, candy, toffee, boozey. Fullish bodied, soft carbonation with a boozey finish. Expected more, not complex or well balanced enough. Barley wine on the cheap by a big brewer. Drinkable, but just not enough care taken in producing a 9% beer. Wouldn’t revisit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Davros (1866) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2012
Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head. Nose is restrained but shows banana, soft caramel, bready malt, spicy hops and cardboard. Not exactly enticing. Flavours aren’t that much better really. Grainy malt, cardboard notes, faint caramel and hot alcohol. Pretty dirty. Body seems light on. Too much of a reliance on cane sugar perhaps? Definitely not enough malt.

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