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


on tap


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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2008
Cask (gravity) @ The National Winter Ales Festival 2008, Manchester, UK. Clear medium amber orange color with a small, frothy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy plum, tawny / port. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. (180108)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (32186) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2004
The aroma is wonderful, sweet caramel, malt, and yeast. The color is amber and it has a beutiful long lasting light brown head. The flavor is strong with notes of caramel, wood, alcohol, and berries. For me the alcohol is too present. But it is still a very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25068) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Pours a hazy, amber golden with a nice, creamy head leaving a pretty lacework. Sweetish, floral - almost perfumy - aroma. Very full body with lots of malt and fruit, and then again these almost perfumy notes, that never manages to become unpleasant as they are neatly balanced by some bittering hops. Very distinct alcohol. Good stuff indeed. 080906

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with a white head. Sweet aroma of malts, caramel and alchol with notes of dried fruits. Fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits, hops and pine needles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23917) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottled (backlog). Slightly hazy amber colour, small white head. Aroma is bready, sweet fruity, mildly alcoholic and some glueish and toffeeish notes as well. Flavour is very similar, but is quite strong on the stinging sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (22322) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2005
Bottled. Amber colour, small head. Grapefruit and toffee up front. Sweet and full bodied. The complex flavour includes caramel, grass and peat, as well as some licorce in the finish. Medium bitterness. Well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2006
Bottle. Hazy copper colour with a longlasting off-white head. Malty fruity hoppy aroma with some hints of citrus. Sweet malty, yeasty and fruity flavor. Dry bitter warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (20074) - , 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (19021) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle at home ... Thanks to Fin for picking this up at Lonid for me ... Light copper colour ... tart very citrus american hop .nose .. Juicy piney tart lime ... lovely body and rich orangy hop fruits ... warming ... little mandarine ... little drying in finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (17486) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 2008-04-03, 6-5-7-3-13=34
Beautiful color, a hazy ruby amber topped by a huge head. Some puke aroma, pepper, then malt and iron; not inviting. Things get better with the taste; it has a bit too much carbonation, a strong caramel flavor, the mouthfeel is a bit dryer (and sharper) than expected, no sweetness, and it has a very strong bitterness. It’s an average English Strong Ale, not a Barley Wine.

2003-04-17, 8-4-8-4-15=39
Hazy amber color, immense head, rocky; beautiful lace. Very nice hop aroma, herbal; turning into some fruity sensation. Good mouth, still quite sweet, malty, some caramel. Balanced final, quite long and dry.

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