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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
artyom (443) - Osijek, CROATIA - FEB 9, 2014
0,5l bottle. Hazy copper color with big beige head. Aroma is citrus and floral hops with some fruit notes. Taste is medium bitter with nice sweet malt and caramel notes along with some fruits. Medium to full body and flat to average carbonation. Very complex beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (2844) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle@home from beer Ritz
Full bodies mid amber with fluffy beige head. Malt led, very sweet but not cloying, no sign of the booze, drinks more like a 6%er.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrFecesious (942) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle. Slightly hazy orange. Aroma is alcohol, rye, wet wood. Taste is sour, smokey wood, candy malt. Late, long lasting cakey mouthfeel.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Doaner88 (9) - - NOV 16, 2013 does not count
A little thin. Great classic aroma and flavour but thin and lacking extra character and later development.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2013
(Cask, Rainhill Beer Fest): Orange-amber colour with a tiny white head. Aroma of caramel, sweet fruit, malt. Lots of rich sweet malt flavour with caramel and fruit notes popping up but the alcohol isnít hidden well at all and in my opinion ruins the beer, very pungent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6177) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2013
Medium offwhite head. Clear brown body. Sugary caramelly aroma with spicy cocos and raisins notes. Sweet, and faintly dry, cocos and alcohol taste with spicy grape notes. Full-bodied. Mild, slightly hot mouthfeel. Sweet-dry caramelly toffee and alcohol aftertaste with spicy cocos notes. Interesting and drinkable, but could hide the alcohol better. (0.5l bottle, from House of Trembling Madness, York.)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3771) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2013
Keg at Birmingham Beer Bash. I am growing to love Barley Wines more and more. This is quite a sweet one, with plenty of sticky malt. Inching towards sickliness, but remains drinkable. Itís big.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hanoi (374) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Nose: brown sugar, alcohol, slight brandy. Taste malt, bitter hops, syrup, the alcohol is too prominent for a beer that is only 8.4% . Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, no carbonation, slightly flat. A poor barley wine, with very little depth. I suspect that this bottle maybe bad. Itís odd; I have only ever had 3 beers from this brewery and the other 2 were off. I suspect issues of quality control.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Bish (1125) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2013
Mmmmm. The year of the barley wine. During which Iíve had about 3. Once every 2 months anyone? Had a necessary sweetness and lots of alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (4229) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2013
Cask at the Birmingham Beer Bash 2013. Poured a clear dark amber with a thin white head. The aroma is rich crisp red berry fruit leading to a medium to weak bitter flavour with fruit and weak yeast on the super smooth palate. A very heart warming beer that was not dominated by the alcohol.


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