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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7687) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2011
50 cl bottle at Haket, GŲteborg. 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 (3183) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
planky84 (1930) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2010
Bottle from Mr Lawrence Wine Merchants, Brockley. Cloudy orange pour with a beige head. Very citrusy aromas with a splash of pear and pineapple. Tangerine, herbs, pears in the flavour. Quite sweet. Didnít appreciate this one a much as the other Durham Brewery beers iíve sampled.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beer4000 (4405) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2010
500 ml bottle. Pale golden brown body with a white head. Very nice aroma of fruit, hops and some malt. Flavor is malt and dark fruit with too much raw alcohol to be pleasant. Not in balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle from Drink of Fulham, drunk at home on 31st May 2010. Clear copper with a thick fingerís worth of white head. Nose of dry spices, yeast and alcohol. In the mouth, itís very Belgian at first - lots of spice, alcohol warmth, heated oranges, treacly sugar. Good full body, itís smooth and lingering without being clingy. Really nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
A: The pour is a golden color with some amber notes to it and a fluffy white foam on top. S: An interesting smell to this. I had no idea what it should be classified as until BA told me itís a barleywine. A quite estery and yeasty nose with a distinct sweet fruit component (applesauce?). T: The yeast character is again present in the nose with some definite sweetness and a mild spice quality. Sweet malts and fruits provide the bulk of the flavor. M: The body is a bit on the full side with a mild carbonation and a lingering sweetness. D: Quite a strange beverage. I did enjoy it, but I canít exactly articulate why.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2664) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Very nice barleywine although the aroma was a bit week for the style. Nice light cloudy amber with a small head. The flavor is nicely sweet to start and then the hops come in. The after taste is very good lasting well into the night. My friend wyzzywyz22 has out done himself with this selection so far. Everyone has been a winner.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rand (1269) - SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2010
Bottle 500 ml from Corbridger Larder in Corbridge (Northumberl). Beer golden-orange with small white head. Perfume of a strong malted body, sweetness. Beer complex and well balanced, powerful and rich, touches of orange, alcohol, pepper, spices and fruit. Deep and sweet, with alcoholic heat, worked for an excellent result, smooth. Aftertaste on alcohol, but ideal, round, thickand a little dryness.Not for the small sheeps!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (7777) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2010
Bottle conditioned ale, bb. Feb.2010, cellared for about one and a half year after I bought the 500ml bottle at the Real Ale in a Bottle Bar at GBBF 08. A bit gushing when opened. Frothy, white head slowly fading atop of a slightly hazy, light amber body. Moderate smell of spiced yeasty fruitiness. Delicious taste profile with a fine blend of succulent fruits like a bit of grapefruits and lots of oranges, and fruity dryness added by a solid smack of spices. Rounded hop bitterness to the ending sustained by warming alcohol. Good drinking on a Friday eve (TromsÝ, 15.01.2010).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma has notes of orange, alcohol, cider and malt. Citrus flavours sit well with the hops up front with subdued additions of honey and sherbet in back. Not as thick or full bodied as some other barley wines but very pleasant none the less. Alcohol is noticeable but still easy drinking. Recommended.


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