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Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Cask; Sesaonal - Winter. Also available bottled.
Strong, dark roasted flavoured winter ale.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erasmus_ro (1827) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2011
250ml cask. Pours dark, almost black, with an off-white head. Aroma is of roasted malts, caramel and liquorice. Taste is sweet malts with some caramel and raisins. Palate is oily and medium with little carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sm89walt (1799) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2010
Cask - Planet Thanet Festival 2010, Margate. Poured a dark brown with a mid-sized bubbly beige head. Blackcurrant and liquorice all over the aroma with lovely spice notes and toasty malts. Warming and toasty again on the palate with dark berry tones and liquorice towards the end finishing with a lasting dry bitterness. Medium to full in body with a soft, coating & lingering mouthfeel. Missed this one last so but it was worth the wait, another corker from DS. Can they do any wrong?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2011
Cask at Gallows Bird RAF 2011.Mild nose with some roastiness. Pale low head. Dark reddish black colour. Fullfilled malty taste with hints of coffee and prunes. Some alcohol too. Mild hoppiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombyars (1461) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2011
Tasted this barley wine in Blackfriers, Glasgow in December 2007. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a hint of ruby around the edges and a poor creamy buff head which quickly disappeared. Strong seductive whiff of plain chocolate in the long aroma. Smooth velvety mouthfeel and no lacing. Complex dark malts give a strong initial roast grain flavour which leads to a intense rich mocha and Belgian chocolate truffle notes. There is hardly a sign of hop resins being in this as sweetness prevails throughout in a smooth warming chocolate liqueur flavour. An interesting barley wine but might be too sweet for some - two pints over three hours was enough for me. Worth seeking out if your a barley wine aficionado.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Gravity, Dover BF. Dark rich brown with a small layer of fine creamy off-white. Coffee, dark honey and maple syrup aroma. Palate is sugary and sticky, yet still somehow manages to feel kind of thin. Dark honey sweetness, just enough roast and bitterness to keep from being a total sugar bomb. I can imagine this being better late in the day as a nightcap or something. Even with a little more carbonation. It does improve quite a bit as it warms up, the edge of the sweetness softening and the flavor mellowing. Overall, a very anticipated beer that didn’t quite live up to my hopes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1376) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2010
Dark, rich, bitter, chocolatey, balanced and drinkable. Hoppy too. Gorgeous. I could have another pint or three. Lethal.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2012
Cask at Holyrood 9A. Dark reddish mahogany black pour, thin bubbly off-white head. Big rich nose, dark chocolate, treacle, marzipan even. Similar flavours, velvety smooth mouthfeel with some strong roasted malt notes and aa warm sticky finish. Yum!

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
tlind2 (1269) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2011
Draught@Gallows Bird, Espoo (Real ale version). Brown color, tan head. Roasted malt flavor with an unpleasant home-brew note. Full body, very low carbonation. I don’t get this beer at all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1267) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2013
Half pint at the Nags Head in Reading. Bitter, slightly sweet, chocolatey and light roast, with a bit of raisin. Very dark brown, with a short-lived head. Lovely light chocolate aroma. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nocturne (1134) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2012
Cask at Port St. Beer House, Manchester. Pours a deep brown with an off-white head. Really explodes on the tongue with hops, sugar. dark fruits... this seems to have it all. Sticky and a bit viscous. It could’ve been a porter, a black IPA, a Belgian strong ale or anything in between. Really nice.


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