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%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10771) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 30, 2007
courtesy of Papsoe - cloudy dark orange colour, very little foam; robust flowery hoppiness with notes of honey and caramel; full malt body supported by a fair carbonation; finishes bitter sweet with a long malty, caramelish hoppy finish - beautiful

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2007
I really quite enjoyed this, moreso than most barley wines Iíve tried. I think this mostly is a testament to this beerís balance, as Iím averse to the cloying representations of the style so prevalent in the States. Cloudy light amber with little to no head, a bit of white big-bubbled scum on the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet caramel and lightly burnt sugars, light pit fruits and a touch of orange, loads of fresh apples, a bit of grain and honeyed sweetness. First waft reminded me of a good Belgian, interestingly. Taste, like mentioned, is balanced - nothing stands out but everything melds together quite perfectly. No real perception of alcohol. Toffee and caramel notes, with a fruity sweetness in apricots and oranges and orange rind. A pleasing lightly bitter sweetness at the back of the palate in the finish, with a mildly sweet and nicely hop-accentuated grassy aftertaste. Slightly rasping effect on the tongue. Not nearly as thick as some barley wines, which is sad, but good nonetheless, with significant carbonation. Really, really well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7033) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2007
(Bottle, Monkís Cafť, Stockholm) Amber colour, hazy, with huge, but brief, off-white head. Fruity nose with citrus (orange, mandarin) and heavy notes of earthy hops, slightly vinous. Fruity taste, slightly vinous, with notes of orange marmalade, mandarin and earthy hops in the finish. Sweetish, but perfectly balanced. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2007
The color is warm and golden, and on the dark amber side. The head is nice and the aroma has notes of fruit, roasted malt, caramel and alcohol. I get the same notes in the flavour, that also has a nice citrussy hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is oily. Itís a nice BW, but Iíd like a bit less alcohol in the flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2007
Bottled at Monks Cafť, Stockholm. Hazy reddish orange. Rich belgian-style white foam. Deep aroma of raisins, , vanilla, dades, port and pepper with unexpected hoppy notes of orange-peels and grass. Full and warming but not overly sweet flavour of dades, crackers, all-spice, raisins and alcohol. Full-bodied of course with a rather strong carbonation. Sweet and fruity finish og raisins, red apples, blue grapes, wet wood, yeast and pepper with dryish notes of orange-peels. Another great beer from Durham.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2007
An excellent Brit Barley wine! Drunk with the company of a selection of british artisanal cheeses and a very interesting female! The beer was the best of show! The cheese second. The female... thatís for me to know... Well, the beer.. really interesting - that sweet malty marmalade stuff was brill with the unpast.cheddar. I The aroma distracted me from her.. thank god. Iím not bitter and neither was the beer! WELL DONE DURHAM! Iíll look forward to another jar of this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11589) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear, light amber with a big creamy white head. Aroma is stunning! Yeast, oranges, coriander, and a general malty sweetness. Very full mouthfeel with lots of small bubbles. Flavour is vinious, warming, sweet with oranges and a touch of liquoirice. Feels like a nice mixture between a barley wine and a Belgian ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 5, 2007
Dull gold colour, hazy, with big white head. Warm barley mouthfeel, can really feel alcohol coming through. but warm disappears quickly. Mild hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2007
Cask Stillage at the New Century Hall, Manchester 20/01/2007 Strong fruit aroma. Small white head. Golden coloured and slightly hazy. Strong in alcohol. Some dryness in a crisp full malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2007
[Cask from The Three Judges] Clear amber, small head. Sweet fruit, caramelised peaches, steamed pears and lots of grapefruit hop notes with floral nuances and a big toffeeish undertow in the nose. Full body, heavy malt sweetness leads to a juicy hop finish. Perfectly balanced, great beer.

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