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Brewed by Durham
Style: Barley Wine
Durham, England
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RATINGS: 128   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber looks like dark apple juice. Aroma is a bit wine-like with notes of fermented fruit. First sip says Maibock. A bit dusty. Body is still. Spice starts to show up on the third or fourth sip but does not build very high; some lighnt hops, finishing pepper and hints of dark spice dot the palate and strong tangerine. Although there is some citrus emerging in the bottom half of the bottle. Short aftertaste makes you forget you are dinking it but each sip reawakens the palate. Subtle.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle 500ml. Exceptional beer. Aromas of roasted caramel, orange, and bread. Taste is sweet, with a touch of acidity, and bitter notes. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Brown, with a thick, frothy white head.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
daje (2033) - NORWAY - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle shared with esp0r at Tre Smĺ Rum. Hazy amber to gold color, tiny white head. Aroma of honey, malt and some hops. Honey is also appearant in taste, with a mild hop finish. Perhaps a bit too carbonated, but not a bad beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esp0r (1890) - NORWAY - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle @ Tre smĺ rum. Golden hazy, thin white head. Smells of malts, yeast and sweet fruits. Taste is quite sweet. Dryness appears in the finish. Good bitterness too

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tommann (2600) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a medium head. Aroma is alcohol and bitter marmalade. Taste starts with bitter orange. Orange and toast finish with warming alcohol on the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
armando629 (2404) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 8, 2011
0,5 l bottle as a gift.
Allury appearance with a hazy amber reddish-orange-coppery body, superb creamy, stable and foamy off white head. Complex aroma that opens if the beer gets warmed. Spicies in the nose like coriander, vanilla and orange peel, herbal hops. Candy sugar with some interesting yeasts, fruits like peach, grapefruit. Oily density, creamy mouthfeel, caramel brings the powerful citrussy hop flavors, spicies like cinnamon, vanilla and honey, coriander again. Orange peel, fine dried fruits and herbs with malt in the long aftertaste. Well hidden alcohol that warms me up. Fine, fine!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogreface (1344) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 25, 2011
Kissé sápadt és homályosan gomolygó, vörösréz színű ital. Habja sárgásfehér, igen termetes és rendkívül krémes. Olyan, mintha fázott volna a söröcske és ezért magára húzott volna egy régi tolldunyhát. Ha ez így van, akkor azt kell hogy mondjam, hogy igen fázós fajta, ugyanis csak nagyon nehezen dobja le magáról a takarót. Illata édes, déligyümölcsös, ananász, mangó, mandarin, amihez fűszereket, kis karamellát és egy kortynyi fügelikőrt is loccsantottak. Íze mély, édeskés, melaszos, aszalt gyümölcsökkel teli, mint füge, datolya, egy kis narancs, naspolya, meglocsolva egy adag hársmézzel. Ehhez csatlakozik egy szép adag komló, koriander, boróka és fekete tea. Sűrű, testes ital és apró buborékokkal van tele. Utóíze olyan, mintha egy erős, gyümölcsteába kortyolnánk bele, amiben valódi szárított gyümölcsök lennének, minőségi tea fűvel keverve és ez csak egy csepp kissé megpörkölt mézzel lenne ízesítve,a legvégén kiszárítja a szánkat. Nagyon kellemes sör, inkább a téli estékre való, ami szépen melegít, eltelít és álomba ringat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1412) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2011
Mmmm... marmalade... Thick, alcoholic marmalade. This is incredibly moreish for an 8.4% abv beer and should be banned by the British government before national productivity completely collapses. I’d spread it on toast for breakfast and then do fuck all all day. Can’t say I didn’t give fair warning. Released from the bottle and spread on toast, Benedictus was peachy gold with brown crumbs and minimal head. The texture was chewy. The aroma was toasty and very Belgian. In a blind toasting, I would have said this was a tripel, rather than a barley wine. Very yeasty, with oodles of Seville orange and lychee. This one holds its booze better than the same brewer’s Temptation, which is easier to resist than the name suggests. This is incredibly easy drinking for the strength, so I quit my job to have more time to do exactly that. In the mouth, Seville oranges front a supporting cast of mangos and Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Moderate bitterness and a quenching finish. An atypical barley wine but streets ahead of Robertson’s Golden Shred. (500ml bottle from Platinum Cellars. BB Feb 2010)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7664) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2011
50 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg. On Febuary 5, 2011
BB June 2015
Clear copper color, small white head. Malty, sticky alcohol, smooth, creamy, bitter scent. Cream, fruity, grainy taste. Warming alcohol. Moussy yet smooth mouthfeel, medium grainy bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3163) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2011
Not much head medium carbonation apricot coloured pour aromas caramel earthy brandy fruits yeast flavours caramel brandy bright tasting like the bitter chocolate citrus bitter is citrus peel good to drink at the finish it leaves an aftertaste of fruit and malt bodies added bitter that lasts


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