Phil (177) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
UXO (143) - CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Sjohnh (123) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
JesseMartineau (74) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
GreenJeremy (71) - Spruce Grove, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
nealgersh (19) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
Doaner88 (9) - - NOV 16, 2013 does not count
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A little thin. Great classic aroma and flavour but thin and lacking extra character and later development.