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

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RATINGS: 123   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
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle (in NZ), pours a hazy orange-amber with a white pillowy head. Big fruity aroma, with oak, some caramal, and the obvious presense of the alcohol. An incredibly complex aroma, medicinal yet peppery, caramal and fruity, with very strong alcohol in the finish. A big beer to come in a 500ml bottle. Not sure how good this is, can’t see my head being any clearer at the bottom of the glass!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2252) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle, 13C. Amber with an off-white head. Aroma of oranges, honey, cough drops, toffee, spiced dough. Quite syrupy. Complex malt flavours with some sherry, oranges, pears, butterscotch before a drying spice and pine finish. Alcohol sticks out a fair bit and partially obscures some of the nice things going on here.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - APR 24, 2005
A warming barley wine. Spicey finish. Acidic flavour. Prune aroma. A good barley wine with no alcohol notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2006
Bottle. Golden/brown with little head. Caramel, grapefruit, malty, and a bit hoppy. A very nice barley wine (if it really is a barley wine :-))

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (2073) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2011
500ml bottle, pours dark amber with a big cream head and aromas of orange, sweet malt and a little dark treacle, faint hint of something spicy - cloves, maybe. Body is peppery and roast caramel, with more orange, a vinous note, and a mellow bitterness which crispens up in the finish. Yummy!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VertBaconStrips (2021) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle. Found that this is pretty dull so I swirled up the muck at the bottom of the bottle and dumped it in - made a difference for the better. Dull amber, duller with mud added, almost zero cap. Smells boring. A bit of alcohol, grains, sweet fruit, pepper, warm red apple, cookies, cheap white wine - very cheap, honey... interesting collection of aromas. Ok taste, easy to put back, sweet and slippery, pepper, fruity, dulling bitterness, caramel, honey, a bit more. Not even remotely memorable. Itís late, Iím tired and I have horrifying gas.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle 500ml. Exceptional beer. Aromas of roasted caramel, orange, and bread. Taste is sweet, with a touch of acidity, and bitter notes. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Brown, with a thick, frothy white head.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (1877) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured a deep cloudy golden amber colour, with a smallish white head. Fruity aroma with spicy yeast, malt and caramel notes. Smooth and very well balanced. Lovely grassy hop on the flavour balanced perfectly with the malt and fruit. Gently warming alcohol, not overpowering. Works really well. Lingering bitter finish. Yum. Really impressed by some of these Durham brews.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
planky84 (1877) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2010
Bottle from Mr Lawrence Wine Merchants, Brockley. Cloudy orange pour with a beige head. Very citrusy aromas with a splash of pear and pineapple. Tangerine, herbs, pears in the flavour. Quite sweet. Didnít appreciate this one a much as the other Durham Brewery beers iíve sampled.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
daje (1858) - NORWAY - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle shared with esp0r at Tre SmŚ Rum. Hazy amber to gold color, tiny white head. Aroma of honey, malt and some hops. Honey is also appearant in taste, with a mild hop finish. Perhaps a bit too carbonated, but not a bad beer


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