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Brewed by Durham
Style: Barley Wine
Durham, England
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2007
Cask Stillage at the New Century Hall, Manchester 20/01/2007 Strong fruit aroma. Small white head. Golden coloured and slightly hazy. Strong in alcohol. Some dryness in a crisp full malt finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8405) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2012
American barlywine done by an English brewer, understated hoppiness, and well balanced, nice. Good drinkability. Golden with only a faint head, faint lace. Pleasant malty aroma. The hops kick in on the finish here and its great. Caramel, malty and yet never too sweet. Medium mouth feel, smooth barleywine. A nice brewing job.Thanks Presario

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (7988) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2003
Aromas are light and sweet with alcohol vapours. This is a, shall we say, relaxing beer that is smooth for its percentage and without much bitterness. Light and fruity for its strength. Far better than the malt-liquour rubbish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7815) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2008
Huge fluffy yellowish head, stable, over unclear orange beer with olive shine. Toasted, caramel nose, parsley, herbal-based liqueurs. Very liqueurish taste; syrup, alcohol & herbal bitterness. Very creamy MF from the head. Well-carbonated, slick & warming. Alcoholsweetness wars with the burning-bitterish throatfeel. Only medium bodied, all the same. Absolutely not bad, but for it to grapple with the big Belgian abbey ales, might be a bridge too far. <i> Big thanks to Darren! </i>

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (7775) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2010
Bottle conditioned ale, bb. Feb.2010, cellared for about one and a half year after I bought the 500ml bottle at the Real Ale in a Bottle Bar at GBBF 08. A bit gushing when opened. Frothy, white head slowly fading atop of a slightly hazy, light amber body. Moderate smell of spiced yeasty fruitiness. Delicious taste profile with a fine blend of succulent fruits like a bit of grapefruits and lots of oranges, and fruity dryness added by a solid smack of spices. Rounded hop bitterness to the ending sustained by warming alcohol. Good drinking on a Friday eve (Tromsø, 15.01.2010).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7687) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2011
50 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg. On Febuary 5, 2011
BB June 2015
Clear copper color, small white head. Malty, sticky alcohol, smooth, creamy, bitter scent. Cream, fruity, grainy taste. Warming alcohol. Moussy yet smooth mouthfeel, medium grainy bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2004
Barley wines are not really my thing, but this was a very good example. Lots of malt and fruit - apples and oranges -, but a good balancing acidity too and not too chewy. Handpump, Head of Steam, London NW1

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (7276) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2006
Bottle 07-03-06 picked up at House of Fraser Birmingham. Cask Conditioned at Dudley Winter Alse Festival Nov 19th 2005. This has been a belter on both occasions I have had it though just a tiny bit better in cask format. Warm orangey brown colour, barely much of a head, this is a sweet and very fullsome barley wine dangerously drinkable, excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle from the Bottle Shop in Bramhall. Was hoping this would be good and it most certainly is. Orval like colour with a good white head and a luxurious consitency. Beautiful smelling beer. Malt, yeast glorious amyl nitrate like alcohol and some delicate hops and caramel in the background. Flavour is a really mellow (in comparison to others of this style) drinkable barley wine. Barley is offset by some nice grassy hops, almost perfumey at points. Alcohol is clearly there but just adds a bit of warmth at the edges and a slight spike at the finish. Pronounced bitterness at the end with clear toffee. Great body, really good balance, like it a lot.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6582) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2013
500 ml bottle. Gyle 23/7. BB Feb/2016. Kitty's, Helsinki, Finland. Clear pale amber golden colour with a small white head. Alcohol, malt and hops in the aroma. The flavour is malt, Play-Doh, yeast and berries. This is rather blah... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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