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

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RATINGS: 132   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7399) - 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

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (7226) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - 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.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours a lifeless, dead honey gold, no head, no carbo. Bad sign... aroma is low apple fruit and grain. Palate is flat, no carbo, and is totally OFF. Bummer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (6878) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2006
Amber colour, unclear, sediment. Lasting offwhite head. Floral and real nice aroma, flavor is nice, medium malty. The 8,4 abv isnt unpleasent, but warming.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6524) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2008
Cask conditioned at the Royal Oak, Bath 21/2/08. Amber coloured with a moderate white head. Sweet malt and earthy hop aroma. Flavour of barley sugar, yeast and grassy hops. Good, although slightly lacking in character for such a strong beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6323) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2013
Medium offwhite head. Clear brown body. Sugary caramelly aroma with spicy cocos and raisins notes. Sweet, and faintly dry, cocos and alcohol taste with spicy grape notes. Full-bodied. Mild, slightly hot mouthfeel. Sweet-dry caramelly toffee and alcohol aftertaste with spicy cocos notes. Interesting and drinkable, but could hide the alcohol better. (0.5l bottle, from House of Trembling Madness, York.)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6296) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2007
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm) Amber colour, hazy, with huge, but brief, off-white head. Fruity nose with citrus (orange, mandarin) and heavy notes of earthy hops, slightly vinous. Fruity taste, slightly vinous, with notes of orange marmalade, mandarin and earthy hops in the finish. Sweetish, but perfectly balanced. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2007
My bottle shared with HogTownHarry and tupalev. Pours a hazy orange with little floaties and a large lasting white head. Sweet aroma with lots of fruit, sweet malt, yeast and a good amount of hops. Flavour’s malty and fruity with a somewhat bitter finish. Alcohol’s well hidden. Medium to full bodied. Very good, I really enjoyed it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2012
500. Pours a murky medium amber with no real head or lace, just little white wisps. Toffee, sweet cream, and a bit of apple skin on the nose. Creamy medium body. Toffee, sweet cream, and apples again on the mid palate. Mild caramel finish. Not much happening here.


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