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Brewed by Durham
Style: Barley Wine
Durham, England
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RATINGS: 134   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10187) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9314) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9162) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (9065) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8701) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (8691) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2011
500mL bottle, pours a semi-clear golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is quite boozy, with licorice, treacle toffee and caramel - booze is very much on top though. Flavour is quite bland for a barley wine, with butterscotch, toffee, slight hops and lots of booze - seems like more than the ABV. Not complex at all for the style and very light on the palate. A disappointment.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (8470) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2011
Bottle from Drink of Fulham. It pours golden yellow with a thin bubbly white head. The nose is orange, peach, nectarine, golden syrup and spice. The taste is brown sugar, ripe nectarine, peach, spice, caramel, citrus rind, orange syrup and alcohol warmth in the finish. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Decent stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (8383) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2014
bottle from Darts Farm. Deep golden, small white foamy head. Full-bodied, sweet and malty, sirupy almost, with dried fruit and some dry hops in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8312) - Ursel, 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>

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (8271) - Tampere, 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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