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

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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardW (1502) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wekker84 (1470) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 16, 2013
bottle a amber colored beer without a head aroma mals spicy fruits some caramel citrus and hops flavor malts spicy fruits citrus some alcohol and hops

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1416) - 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)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lunkie (1401) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1354) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 6, 2011
Tasted this in the Three Judges, Glasgow in January 2008. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear orange amber in colour with a very thin open white head. Strong aroma of barley sugar, orange peel and candy floss. Rich syrupy mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malt delivers a strong sweet base of golden syrup, brandy snaps and glycerine fruits. Very slight nod to the one or two hop flowers in the brief aftertaste but sweetness dominates. Finish is silky sweet, malty and throat warming with alcoholic cough syrup notes wafting through. Reminded me of a really strong version of the then Gibbs Mew Bishops Tipple. An excellent barley wine and worth seeking out. Try this instead of the Magnificat, highly recommended.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rand (1290) - 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!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
500ml bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. Pours an opaque toffee gold with little lasting head. Aroma is very sweet treacle mixed with light caramel, some light hops and tree fruit. Taste is a bit nondescript up front but then some notes emerge; honey, caramel, floral hops. Overly sweet. Alcohol is evident but not overwhelming. Finish is sharp with a lingering honey note. Overall it’s quite unlike a lot of barley wines I’ve had. It’s certainly decent but missing some complexity and some heft. Surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2005
Bottled. An enjoyable winter beer this. Amber orange looks, sugary orange aroma, spicy orange taste. Nice one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 5, 2007
Dull gold colour, hazy, with big white head. Warm barley mouthfeel, can really feel alcohol coming through. but warm disappears quickly. Mild hop bitterness.


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