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Chiltern Bodgers Barley Wine

Brewed by Chiltern
Style: Barley Wine
Aylesbury, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Generally only available bottle conditioned. Has appeared occasionally on cask. Previously brewed at 8.0%.
Originally brewed to celebrate the brewery’s 10th anniversary in 1990. The strength at 1080 og or 8% abv records our foundation in 1980. The style of the beer is very unusual - perhaps unique in being like a very sturdy India Pale Ale , but with ‘hop wine’ overtones.
The polished chestnut colour is generated solely by the strength as the beer’s foundation is based on premium quality pale ale malt. This matched by a generous measure of choice, full leaf-hops to counterbalance in the copper.
The result has been most satisfactory. The beer has attracted a loyal following, and has been selected by the head office of CAMRA to be presented to MEP’s in Brussels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (2201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle from Berkhamsted Beer Shop. Colour is dark rusty red, opaque, soft white foam head, which stays. Nose is grain musty, damp grain, apricot fruit, barley sugar, marmalade, orange citrous, orange peel, slight nuttiness, wood, earthy. Has a lovely musty nose. I’m so tired of over hopped double IPAs and triple IPAs. It’s refreshing to get a really nice soft, complex, musty barley wine. Taste is really good. Soft orange fruit, orange peel, barley grain, musty grain, some bitter earthy hop, alcohol, peach and apricot. Very nice old school barley wine. One of the best barley wines I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2014
Bottle at home. Red tinged brown gold, I’m sure Joseph’s technicolour dreamcoat had a colour like this on it, perhaps one of those colours that I’ve only ever heard in that song. What a pile of shite that is. With a thin short lived tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, some boozy notes, orange peel. Flavour has dark fruits, sweetness, wood, little spice. Not a typical barley wine. Quite liked it, not amazing but would have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7033) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2013
(Gravity cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 23 Nov 2012) Chestnut colour with almost no head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of apple, caramel and vinous aromas of dry sherry. Malty, fruity taste with dried fruit, apple juice, dry sherry and a slight rancio character in the finish. Almost full body, with a certain sweetness and a generous bitterness with slightly leafy hops. Quite complex, but a really tasty barley wine. Nice one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Scopey (9768) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2012
Gravity Dispense at the White horse Parsons Green. It pours clear golden amber with no head. The nose is rather bland... syrupy sweet, honey and tinned fruit. The taste is rather sweet, raisin, golden syrup, wood, leaf and melon. Medium body, flat, syrupy and cloying. A challenge to drink.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Stappers (3) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2012 does not count
Gravity dispensed - White Horse Clear, amber colour, no head Undistinguished aroma - dusty, woody, nothing drawing me to this beer so far Initial strong taste, slightly metallic, lingering on the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (18947) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
1st February 2010
Clear amber beer. A little light malt on the nose. Strong malt with a little toffee and a whisper of Port Wine in the mid. Trace of black tea before mild hops. Finishes soft and dry. This one needs to breathe to get the best out of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (3024) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a large head. Aroma is sweet figs and alcohol. Toffee covered bananas. Taste is sweet, caramel, some raisin and alcohol. A little burnt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2518) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2011
Bottle bought at St Albans beer festival 2011. An amber orange coloured pour with a huge off white head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Tastes sweet, dark fruit, caramel, rich, malty. Belgian styled barley wine. Pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (9500) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2010
330ml bottle, no.51825, picked up at The Real Ale in a Bottle Bar, GBBF 09. Stable, soapy white head. Slightly hazy, yet shining, golden-amber body. Rather faint aroma of herbal dried fruits. Tart citric fruits, malts and mild spices in a well balanced flavour. An integrate alcohol punch to a dry hopped ending. Likable, without being an exceptional barley wine (Tromsø, 02.02.2010).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gary (1684) - Somerset, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2009
This smells beautiful...huge smooth ass malts..similar to St Bernardus 12 . I drank this from a goblet ..that pint glass in the photo to the left is all wrong and obscured . Flavours mmmmmm very malt driven , no surprise ..but silky and suave on the tounge.Fruit like coconut ...raisin and peach esters. Waz not expecting to dig this as much because i expected a rigid english B-Wine ..but irs more like a classy Belgian in persona.

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