daje (1693) - NORWAY - MAR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with esp0r at Tre Små 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
JonMoore (1645) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned. Hazy amber colour with large and lasting off-white head. Sweet and floral aroma. Malty and fruity flavours with a dry and hoppy bitter finish. Full bodied with warming alcohol. Nice, dangerously drinkable barley wine.
evergreen0199 (1627) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. An amber coloured pour with a medium off white head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Tastes sweet, fruity, malty, spice, orange marmalade. Belgian in style. A very drinkable beer from Durham.
esp0r (1600) - NORWAY - MAR 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Tre små 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
EdKing (1545) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 I’ve 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.
zacgillbanks (1465) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles from Bede’s World, Jarrow; Fenwicks Newcastle and Rehills Newcastle. A hazy dark orange-amber coloured beer with sweet fruit, marzipan and zesty orange hop flavours, warmth and more spicy sweetness on the finish.
highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmm... marmalade... Thick, alcoholic marmalade. This is incredibly moreish for an 8.4% abv beer and should be banned by the British government before national productivity completely collapses. I’d spread it on toast for breakfast and then do fuck all all day. Can’t say I didn’t give fair warning. Released from the bottle and spread on toast, Benedictus was peachy gold with brown crumbs and minimal head. The texture was chewy. The aroma was toasty and very Belgian. In a blind toasting, I would have said this was a tripel, rather than a barley wine. Very yeasty, with oodles of Seville orange and lychee. This one holds its booze better than the same brewer’s Temptation, which is easier to resist than the name suggests. This is incredibly easy drinking for the strength, so I quit my job to have more time to do exactly that. In the mouth, Seville oranges front a supporting cast of mangos and Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Moderate bitterness and a quenching finish. An atypical barley wine but streets ahead of Robertson’s Golden Shred. (500ml bottle from Platinum Cellars. BB Feb 2010)
wekker84 (1372) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle a amber colored beer without a head aroma mals spicy fruits some caramel citrus and hops flavor malts spicy fruits citrus some alcohol and hops
Lunkie (1303) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malt stone fruit aroma. Murky brown colour with poor head and lacing. Sweet fruit malt flavour. Smooth palate.
RichardW (1298) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned, Rehills, Newcastle upon Tyne. Contains Durham’s trademark fruity hoppiness. Powerfully aromatic, beautifully sweet, but not heavy or cloying. Dusky, light orangey-brown appearance, with a clean white head. Take the advice on the bottle and sip, rather than sup!