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

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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   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.


Grovlam's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4156) - Copenhagen, - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle 27,5 cl. Average beige bubbly head that mostly lasted. Fair display of lacework. Hazy copper / amber color. Aroma of mellow rye bread, toffee, roasted malt, mild cherry like, raisins and fruity notes as well. Medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation and thick alcoholic texture. Moderated to heavy sweet flavor with good counter bitterness and a mild twist of acidic. Sweet toasted toffee finish.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
digopossobon (295) - MACAE, BRAZIL - SEP 21, 2014
Segunda breja da sequęncia da noite. Chegou pra embalar... Belíssima cor de cobre envelhecido. O creme foi se formando aos poucos. Bastante denso e porém sem grande volume. Cor acastanhada clara. Aroma de groselha doce ou uva. Mas definitivamente, doce. Sabor de vinho branco, a princípio doce, seguido de um agradável amargor. Tem um pouco de especiarias. Alcool pouco eviddente. Bela cerveja.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DanielBrown (3848) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2014
Can from Global Wines, Bearwood. Not too bad. Rich, honey texture. Warming. Does have a bit of rotting vegetation, plus some burnished hubcap. Retains a bit of tramp glamour, but could just as easily be a Mocne.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wimpyjoe (4173) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2014
Can from Co-operative, Littleborough. Clear copper with a small head. It’s very sweet on the nose with berries evident, although a touch less sweet in taste. Has a fair strength.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
olliejobbins (825) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danlo (1222) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dynamiteninja (1540) - 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.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2437) - 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)

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BlackHaddock (3905) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SarkyNorthener (2113) - West Bromwich (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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (4587) - 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.


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