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

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2782) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2012
Pours dark amber with a large, lasting white head. Nose shows orange marmalade, caramel, grapes. Reminiscent of cognac slightly. Interesting. Very sweet flavours, some grape notes, a bit of booze showing. Somewhat similar to a tripel, the flavours are rather lighter than most barleywines. Carbonation is too high for these characters.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esp0r (2729) - NORWAY - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle @ Tre smŚ rum. Golden hazy, thin white head. Smells of malts, yeast and sweet fruits. Taste is quite sweet. Dryness appears in the finish. Good bitterness too

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (2570) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2014
500ml bottle from Cheese & Wine Shop, Darlington. Clear deep amber gold colour, foam off-white head leaving lacing and fruity aroma with raisins, apricot. Taste is sweetish, malt, toffee, warming, fruity, plus some grassy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, lingering dry grassy bitter finish. Nicely drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (2505) - CROATIA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml, courtesy of and shared with JFK. Orange colour, white head. Very light sweet malty aroma.. Malty caramel, bready, sweetish at first, bittery finish. Thin to medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle (from Bottles York). Sweet fruity malt but not overly so, you could almost take it for a strong bitter if it wasnt for the hint of almondy alcohol trying to get you to notice it. But on the whole its well balanced with gentle hops in the finish. I was pleasantly suprised but not impressed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 8, 2011
0,5 l bottle as a gift.
Allury appearance with a hazy amber reddish-orange-coppery body, superb creamy, stable and foamy off white head. Complex aroma that opens if the beer gets warmed. Spicies in the nose like coriander, vanilla and orange peel, herbal hops. Candy sugar with some interesting yeasts, fruits like peach, grapefruit. Oily density, creamy mouthfeel, caramel brings the powerful citrussy hop flavors, spicies like cinnamon, vanilla and honey, coriander again. Orange peel, fine dried fruits and herbs with malt in the long aftertaste. Well hidden alcohol that warms me up. Fine, fine!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle from Drink of Fulham, drunk at home on 31st May 2010. Clear copper with a thick fingerís worth of white head. Nose of dry spices, yeast and alcohol. In the mouth, itís very Belgian at first - lots of spice, alcohol warmth, heated oranges, treacly sugar. Good full body, itís smooth and lingering without being clingy. Really nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (2391) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2011
Pours hazy orange. Nose is subtle and complex. On the pour there is citrous, but underneath that it is dired apricot, bit of orange marmalade, possibly honey. A malty alcoholic beer. And one of the best English barley wines Iíve ever had. Very well balanced and drinkable. In fact there is more of a Belgian strong ale about this although quite grainy and malty. Finish is bitter on the tongue and alcoholic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VertBaconStrips (2321) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - 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.


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