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Cromarty Second Anniversary Ale

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Brewed by Cromarty
Style: Barley Wine
Cromarty, Scotland
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bottled, special
Double Dry Hopped Barley Wine
To mark this momentous occasion we have been busy brewing up a massive flavoured beer to suit. There was one obvious beer for the choice, A Double Dry Hopped Barley Wine weighing in at 9%abv. Using only the single hop that got me into hops, this beer is rigorously hopped with the awesome Columbus from North America. A colossal amount of British Maris Otter along with some sweet crystal malt provides a really big base for this beer.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Burgers (331) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2014
Deep red brown with a foamy light beige head. Aromas of dry hops, resin. Taste is balanced bitter and sweet. Finish slightly astringent. No obvious sign of the alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3017) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 3, 2014
bottle at home from alesela
dank resinous nose on this hazy dark amber with fluffy beige head. Initial flavour encompasses the aroma in a fresh pine forest needle cloud with brash bitterness but then the heavy malt body takes over with a touch of marmitey autolysis overpowering the hops in the finish. Decent American style barley wine until those age notes start to creep in, perhaps it needed filtering rather than BC? Otherwise a decent attempt at it and I expect even more boisterous when first released. Look forward to 3rd anniversary release.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6232) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
50 cl bottle @ PBF IX.
Pours clear amber color with a small head. Aroma is very hoppy and fruity, fresh fruits at that, pine needles and some alcohol notes. Mild ripe fruits on the flavor, resinous hops, some wooden notes and caramel malts. A bit sweet sticky palate. More like an American Strong Ale or DIPA. Decent.
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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (20395) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Bottled@PBF IX. Reddish amber colour, small white head. Aroma is alcohol, some sweet malts, mild floral notes as well as sweet strong hoppiness. Flavour is very bitter fruity and floral notes

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12567) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle 500ml (PBF IX)
Amber color, small off-white head. Hoppy, worty aroma. Full-bodied. Very hoppy, a bit ryeish, some worty flavors. Some fruityness. Quite bitter. Much more DIPA than barley wine. Not really my thing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6267) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
500 ml bottle @ PBF IX. Pours a dark orange amber colour with a small head. Aroma of ripe banana, mango, some pineapple and grass. Rich flavour of pale malts, juicy mango sweetness, pineapple, floral bitterness, some biscuit and warming alcohol. Full bodied and soft carbonation. Warming, juicy, malty finish. Enjoyable. More of a fresh DIPA than a barley wine, at least for now.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5703) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
50 cl bottle @ PBF Ⅸ, BBE 01/2015
Aroma is heavy, malty and sweet with some strawberries and caramel. Flavour is rather sweet with caramel, some harsh malt and strawberries. Finishes with lingering hops. Also some warming alcohol. Heavy, malty and hoppy - like barley wines usually are. But this lacks something to reach the top. Also, this becomes rather sweet towards the end of the glass, which eats the drinkability.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3782) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
500ml bottle @ PBF IX

Pours dark orange with a small head. Aroma of hops, fruits, grass, caramely malts and toffee. Taste is hoppy, grassy and malty with some toffee and caramely notes. Finish is dry, grassy and hoppy with some bitterness and sweet toffee notes. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (2749) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 9, 2014
500ml bottle. Hazy redish color. Tiny to almost no head. Sweet, malty, candy, red currant in aroma. Malty, sweet, juicy, hazelnuts in taste. Medium bitterness. Raw sweet sticky body. Rough and needs ageing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maarten1993 (315) - - JUN 8, 2014
Drank with Thijs 8-6-2014. Okay beer. Copper brown color, little foam. Starts with a nice barley wine taste. However, the aftertaste is unpleasant bitter.


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