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Chiltern Bodgers Barley Wine

Brewed by Chiltern
Style: Barley Wine
Aylesbury, England
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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
FatPhil (14174) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 22, 2016
330ml bottle (StABF2016, St. Albans)
Yucky malty aroma, gluey. Yucky taste, yeast, rough. So much burnt plastic. Horrible, (Smells of sweet gluey nastiness, looks pale with an acceptable head, tastes of bread yeast and glue and things that ought to make a person go blind... Not good. -anna)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (6437) - Reval, ESTONIA - OCT 22, 2016
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Clear dark amber color color. Medium size, white head, stays. Melon, sweet, honey, fruits in aroma. Fruity, sweet, honey and taste in taste. Mango and fruity stuff in aftertaste. Fizzy carbonation. Hmm happens?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (3188) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 22, 2016
Bottle (shared by fatphil, thanks). Pours dark golden-amber with whiteish head. Aroma is sweet, fruits, malt. Flavor is sweet and bitter, fruits, malt. Carbonation is high. Finish is rather boozy. Overall: very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (2343) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2016
12oz bottle shared by Paul. Thanks! Pours golden brown with a big off white head. Aroma is caramel, butterscotch. Flavor is caramel, butterscotch, a touch of wildflower hop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (6631) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2016
Bottle share in Richmond, many thanks to Fergus. As ’Chiltern Bodgers Barley Wine’. Instantly made me think of Bodger and Badger. Dark orange brown, still, big foamy off-white head. Aroma is bready, apple, booze. Body is light with tingly carbonation. Taste is bitter up front, then ashy burnt notes, apple and booze. I like the burnt ashy stuff. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (9555) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle shared at Daniels place. 20/02/2016. From St Albans BEER fest. Hazed orange coloured pour with a lasting lively frothy white head. Aroma is toffee apple, alcohol. Flavour is composed of toffee apple, burnt sugar, lively, bitter apple. Palate is frothy, airy carbonation, tangy bitter woody finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle shared in Richmond - many thanks to Fergus. Pours cloudy gold with a frothy, off-white head. Rich bread in the nose, so,e ripening citrus, dry toffee, crackers. Medium sweet flavor with some ripe tangerine, pale bread, lemon meringue, light pine, custard, vanilla frosting, medium bodied with lively carbonation. Sweet finish, lightly warming, with light bitter hay, orange rind, sugary pale bread, more custard, ripe citrus. Pretty tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (2411) - 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 (7932) - 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.

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