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

bottled
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phil (177) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2007
An excellent Brit Barley wine! Drunk with the company of a selection of british artisanal cheeses and a very interesting female! The beer was the best of show! The cheese second. The female... thatís for me to know... Well, the beer.. really interesting - that sweet malty marmalade stuff was brill with the unpast.cheddar. I The aroma distracted me from her.. thank god. Iím not bitter and neither was the beer! WELL DONE DURHAM! Iíll look forward to another jar of this!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (143) - CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with one finger of fluffy white head settling rapidly to a compact cap and light lacing. Nose is dominated by sweet candi malt and toffee, with a little dark fruit in the background. Taste is similar, leading out with sweet malt followed rapidly by plums and raisins, with a mildly bitter finish. Mouth feel is medium to full-bodied, slick and slightly creamy, with a distinct alcohol warming. A pleasant enough barley wine, but not a lot of depth to the flavour. The alcohol warming also tends a bit to the harsh. Decent, but not great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (123) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2014 First barley wine Iíve had in many a year. Lighter colour than I expected - dark yellow to orange. The apple taste hits first, followed by other strong fruits which for me balance off the alcohol strength very well. Very nice. Pay heed to the note on the label describing this as a lively beer - I lost the top third of the bottle to the kitchen floor!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy light amber with a fluffy head. Aroma is fruity, bready, light hops. Rich malt, biscuit, bread, and alcohol flavors finish with a nice warming note.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JesseMartineau (74) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
550ml bottle. Pours hazy Cooper with almost zero head. Aromas of Grapefruit, dried apple, dried apricot, peach and caramel. Tastes caramel sweetness, dried apricot, finishes off a little bitter, and even a touch of dryness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreenJeremy (71) - Spruce Grove, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
pours hazy copper, no head. Aroma is very fruity, plums, raisins, black currant and some apple. caramel and some spicy notes also evident. Taste is similar to the aroma, medium sweetness, and a spicy bitter finish. medium mouthfeel.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nealgersh (19) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2011
Aromas are subtle orange, slightly brandy-like, dare I say faint marzipan Lovely clear mid amber colour. Not very gassy so no head to speak of. Not very sticky (unlike other barley wines Iíve tried). Dry clean finish with hints of good very dry sherry, slight sweetness initially, Nice but subtle alcohol warming, caramel , dry orange and (dry) bitterness. There are aromas I canít put a name to - itís quite subtle (again) but complex.... Over all subtle, apart from the alcohol content!

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Doaner88 (9) - - NOV 16, 2013 does not count
A little thin. Great classic aroma and flavour but thin and lacking extra character and later development.


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