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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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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.


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gerbeer (1488) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear amber with no head. Aromas of orange peel and toffee. Light for a barley wine. Flavors of malt, alcohol, bitter hops and a bit of caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8092) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2012
American barlywine done by an English brewer, understated hoppiness, and well balanced, nice. Good drinkability. Golden with only a faint head, faint lace. Pleasant malty aroma. The hops kick in on the finish here and its great. Caramel, malty and yet never too sweet. Medium mouth feel, smooth barleywine. A nice brewing job.Thanks Presario

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13348) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
25th November 2009
Hazy orange beer. A little fruit and caramel in the nose. Soft frothy palate. The creamy head has light orange sherbet fizz! The beer has the same lovely orange but deeper and richer, almost like an orange liquer. Creamy mid and then a touch of lemon coming at the finish of this superior beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (1806) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2012
Pours dark amber with a large, lasting white head. Nose shows orange marmalade, caramel, grapes. Reminiscent of cognac slightly. Interesting. Very sweet flavours, some grape notes, a bit of booze showing. Somewhat similar to a tripel, the flavours are rather lighter than most barleywines. Carbonation is too high for these characters.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2806) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2012
A clear golden colored beer, with a thick foamy white head. The aroma of fruits, like apricot, citrus, also malt. The taste of sweet fruits notes of liquorice and hop. The aftertaste has laurel with bitter notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (2630) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2012
Amber colour, white, quickly deminishing head leaving no lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel, peach, nuts and perfume. Flavour is sweet malty, light hops, citrus peel, honey, caramel, fudge and brown sugar. Quite slick, light cloying sweetness, quite like honey. Finish caramel and citrus peel. Not bad, but expected a bit more.
(From 500mL bottle @ home)

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tkrjukoff (3896) - SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle 50 cl, Westholme Stores, shared with Mats. Pours clear amber with a great off white head leaving a good lacing. Aroma is malty sweet madeira raisins and fruity. Flavor a bit dissapointing; weak not much BW character but yet a bit. OK bitterness even in finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5928) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2012
500. Pours a murky medium amber with no real head or lace, just little white wisps. Toffee, sweet cream, and a bit of apple skin on the nose. Creamy medium body. Toffee, sweet cream, and apples again on the mid palate. Mild caramel finish. Not much happening here.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
DuffMan (6146) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours a lifeless, dead honey gold, no head, no carbo. Bad sign... aroma is low apple fruit and grain. Palate is flat, no carbo, and is totally OFF. Bummer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2252) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle, 13C. Amber with an off-white head. Aroma of oranges, honey, cough drops, toffee, spiced dough. Quite syrupy. Complex malt flavours with some sherry, oranges, pears, butterscotch before a drying spice and pine finish. Alcohol sticks out a fair bit and partially obscures some of the nice things going on here.


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