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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13288) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle at Cockney Pub in Århus. Clear amber - offwhite head. Caramel, sweetness, raisins, dried fruits, high sweetness, light bitterness, vinous, sweet malty, brown sugar.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13280) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2006
500ml bottle. Cloudy amber, disappearing off white head. Intense grapefruit hop aroma. Bit of odd yeast. Bit fishy. Bit over carbonated. Carries alcohol well, but lacks malt. Hop finish is zingy and grassy. Just a bit empty, but the aroma and hops pick up the score.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (13200) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2006
Bottled. (A few months past BB-date.) Clear, golden with a white head. Fruity aroma with pine, hops and some malt. Malt, pine and bitterness in the flavor. Astringent mouthfeel, and a finish with alcohol and bitterness. A bit too piney. (060928)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear, light amber with a big creamy white head. Aroma is stunning! Yeast, oranges, coriander, and a general malty sweetness. Very full mouthfeel with lots of small bubbles. Flavour is vinious, warming, sweet with oranges and a touch of liquoirice. Feels like a nice mixture between a barley wine and a Belgian ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10643) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
A: The pour is a golden color with some amber notes to it and a fluffy white foam on top. S: An interesting smell to this. I had no idea what it should be classified as until BA told me it’s a barleywine. A quite estery and yeasty nose with a distinct sweet fruit component (applesauce?). T: The yeast character is again present in the nose with some definite sweetness and a mild spice quality. Sweet malts and fruits provide the bulk of the flavor. M: The body is a bit on the full side with a mild carbonation and a lingering sweetness. D: Quite a strange beverage. I did enjoy it, but I can’t exactly articulate why.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10538) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle at 1st CBC Sunday Tasting. Thanks to Paul for this baby. Pours a clear amber with a very weak film. Lots of both fresh and ripe fruit in the aroma. Very sweet flavor, some caramel, honey, mild fruits, some bread and booze. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Mild warm finish, light caramel, fruit. Pretty good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (10263) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is hop, caramel, hop. Flavour is alcohol, hop, caramel, apple.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10129) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2007
The color is warm and golden, and on the dark amber side. The head is nice and the aroma has notes of fruit, roasted malt, caramel and alcohol. I get the same notes in the flavour, that also has a nice citrussy hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is oily. It’s a nice BW, but I’d like a bit less alcohol in the flavour.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10019) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2007
Cask conditioned at Harbury Beer Fest ’07. Deep gold with white head. Heavy sweet winey fruity beer, smooth but with heavy strokes of cough medicine about it. Tongue stripping alcohol in the cask, could be one where the bottled is better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9325) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 30, 2007
courtesy of Papsoe - cloudy dark orange colour, very little foam; robust flowery hoppiness with notes of honey and caramel; full malt body supported by a fair carbonation; finishes bitter sweet with a long malty, caramelish hoppy finish - beautiful


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