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Durham Benedictus

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Brewed by Durham
Style: Barley Wine
Durham, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned; has sometimes been available in the cask.
This barley wine is golden in colour with a luscious malty body. A complex blend of hops give an interesting depth and balancing bitterness. The finish lingers with a rich warmth. Something very special. Smooth deep malt blends with bright hop flavours. A hint of pear drops come from higher alcohols.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
veceo (851) - CROATIA - JUN 21, 2015
Cloudy orange deep amber color, huge off white head. Aroma of pear, malt, sweetness, wood, alcohol, dried fruits. Medium to full body, lively carbontion. Taste of pears, malts syrupy sweetness, red fruits. Too sweet. Slightly dry. OK.

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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
azzie (458) - - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle 0,33 from Metro c&c in Rijeka. Cloudy brownish dark orange liquid with average beige head. Average body, med to light carbonation. Alcoholy taste and aroma. Fruity aroma. Very sweet.

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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (8593) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2014
bottle from Darts Farm. Deep golden, small white foamy head. Full-bodied, sweet and malty, sirupy almost, with dried fruit and some dry hops in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (1549) - CROATIA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml, courtesy of and shared with JFK. Orange colour, white head. Very light sweet malty aroma.. Malty caramel, bready, sweetish at first, bittery finish. Thin to medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22638) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottled (backlog). Slightly hazy amber colour, small white head. Aroma is bready, sweet fruity, mildly alcoholic and some glueish and toffeeish notes as well. Flavour is very similar, but is quite strong on the stinging sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1637) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2014
500ml bottle from Cheese & Wine Shop, Darlington. Clear deep amber gold colour, foam off-white head leaving lacing and fruity aroma with raisins, apricot. Taste is sweetish, malt, toffee, warming, fruity, plus some grassy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, lingering dry grassy bitter finish. Nicely drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (3543) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2014
0,5 flaske importert av og delt med Ovesen ombord på Fridtjofen nest siste dag i juli: gylden med fint skum som varer. Lett aroma av gjæret plommesyltetøy. Smaken har en elegant bitterhet kombinert med plommer, svisker og annen tørket frukt. Meget god, men på ingen måte det jeg forbinder med en barley wine, til det er den for tørr. Minner mest om en kraftfull belgisk blondine. Alkoholen er holdt eksemplarisk godt skjult.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (1791) - NORWAY - JUL 30, 2014
Golden. Foamy, white head. Moderate aroma of candy sugar, green apples and cinnamon. Equally moderate taste of green apples, fermented plums and dried fruit. Fruity aftertaste. Drier than expected from a barley wine. More a like strong Belgian blond than a Barley wine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OllieBBommel (1252) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle@home. Head: off-white, shrinking fast. Colour: clear golden. Aroma: delicate hops, some malt. Taste: mild bitter. Palate: smooth, alcoholic finish, low CO2. Overall: nice.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomekk1978 (889) - Ząbki, POLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Barwa: złocista, lekko zmętniona. Piana biała, drobno pęcherzykowa, średniej wielkości, względnie szybko opadająca, ale ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: niezbyt intensywny, głównie słodowy, z lekką domieszką chmielu (jakby lekkie cytrusy) i wyraźną nutą alkoholową. Jakby pale ale skrzyżowany z heller bockiem. Smak: pełny, słodowy, nieco słodki wyraźnie alkoholowy. Goryczka umiarkowana, delikatnie cytrusowa. Nie przyszłoby mi do głowy, że to barley wine, gdybym degustował to piwo w ciemno. Zapewne wskazałbym na heller bocka, bowiem barwa zdecydowanie zbyt jasna, a konsystencja zbyt rzadka. Duże rozczarowanie, nawet nie średnia jakość.


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