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Cromarty Second Anniversary Ale

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Brewed by Cromarty
Style: Barley Wine
Cromarty, Scotland
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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scotty001 (286) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2015
Medium reddish amber with minimal head. Aroma of meaty malt, dark fruit. Full body, flavour is moderately sweet berries; decent Barley Wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zer0 (1166) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours hazy amber. Aroma is very malty, red fruits, some cardboard and dried fruits. Tastes rather sweet. Full bodied. Sweet malty bomb.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (7000) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to sic1314. Pours cloudy brown with a small tan head. Aroma of massive malt, sweet malt, caramel, toffee. Flavour is light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (6627) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle shared at THT May 2015 courtesy of Sic1314. very thin white head. Hazy amber pour. Nice bittersweet aftertaste. very good

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6589) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
[Bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o j&m] Pours a hazy orange-amber with an average size diminishing bubbly off-white head. Nice aroma, malty and hoppy along with some fruit. Flavour’s the same, malty, hoppy and fruity but adds some toffee. Hoppy finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
[6951-20141204] 500mL bottle. Fruity blueberry malt and floral toffee aroma. Slightly hazy, red brown body with a quick foamy white head. Raisin blueberry malt grain flavour. Medium body. Good. (7/3/7/3/15) 3.5
(w/ blankboy, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "Like sniffing liquid fence."

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8514) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
2014-12-04. Lightly hazy dark copper-brown body with a tiny beige head. 3+ Aroma is quite malt forward, caramel and fruit, raisins and figs. 7++ Flavour is similarly malt forward, moderate alcohol character gains traction in the finish, amplified by the bitterness of the finish. Average plus bodied palate, light carbonation. 3+ Solid, it shows the booze just a bit more than my preference but is still pretty nice. Bottle from Valhalla’s Goat, Glasgow

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1172) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2014
Cask at PSBH, Manchester. Dark copper shade with a light brown head. Aroma is toffee, brown sugar and a fair amount of hops. Taste starts off with malty sweetness before a sticky, gluey, resinous hoppiness takes hold. Hint of dark fruits in there. I’m not sold on hoppy barleywines but this is a pretty good effort.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Burgers (334) - 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 (3952) - 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.


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