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Brewed by Durham
Style: Barley Wine
Durham, England
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RATINGS: 123   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rand (1220) - 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 (7348) - Tromsø, 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 (Tromsø, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardW (1370) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2009
Bottle conditioned, Rehills, Newcastle upon Tyne. Contains Durham’s trademark fruity hoppiness. Powerfully aromatic, beautifully sweet, but not heavy or cloying. Dusky, light orangey-brown appearance, with a clean white head. Take the advice on the bottle and sip, rather than sup!

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2009
Touch of skunk on the nose which i was surprised about given the high alc, good balance with a touch of almond, fairly boring for the hefty price tag!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2008
Huge fluffy yellowish head, stable, over unclear orange beer with olive shine. Toasted, caramel nose, parsley, herbal-based liqueurs. Very liqueurish taste; syrup, alcohol & herbal bitterness. Very creamy MF from the head. Well-carbonated, slick & warming. Alcoholsweetness wars with the burning-bitterish throatfeel. Only medium bodied, all the same. Absolutely not bad, but for it to grapple with the big Belgian abbey ales, might be a bridge too far. <i> Big thanks to Darren! </i>

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lunkie (1363) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2008
Sweet malt stone fruit aroma. Murky brown colour with poor head and lacing. Sweet fruit malt flavour. Smooth palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle (in NZ), pours a hazy orange-amber with a white pillowy head. Big fruity aroma, with oak, some caramal, and the obvious presense of the alcohol. An incredibly complex aroma, medicinal yet peppery, caramal and fruity, with very strong alcohol in the finish. A big beer to come in a 500ml bottle. Not sure how good this is, can’t see my head being any clearer at the bottom of the glass!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 30, 2008
Pours a deep golden. Sweet fruity aromas, slight alcohol tinge. Wow, is this really 8.4%??? This has to be the most drinkable Barley Wine I’ve had. Quite dangerous! Sweet flavours balance with some spicy bitterness. Alcohol is evident in the aftertaste but not very intense. A lot of caramel flavours in the body, and a wee bit of hop. Dry to finish. Awesome! But 500mL of this stuff is dangerous on your own...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (1885) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured a deep cloudy golden amber colour, with a smallish white head. Fruity aroma with spicy yeast, malt and caramel notes. Smooth and very well balanced. Lovely grassy hop on the flavour balanced perfectly with the malt and fruit. Gently warming alcohol, not overpowering. Works really well. Lingering bitter finish. Yum. Really impressed by some of these Durham brews.


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