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Brewed by Durham
Style: Barley Wine
Durham, England
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RATINGS: 131   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.


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2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Doaner88 (9) - - NOV 16, 2013
A little thin. Great classic aroma and flavour but thin and lacking extra character and later development.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1297) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (2715) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2014
0,5 flaske importert av og delt med Ovesen ombord på Fridtjofen nest siste dag i juli: gylden med fint skum som varer. Lett aroma av gjæret plommesyltetøy. Smaken har en elegant bitterhet kombinert med plommer, svisker og annen tørket frukt. Meget god, men på ingen måte det jeg forbinder med en barley wine, til det er den for tørr. Minner mest om en kraftfull belgisk blondine. Alkoholen er holdt eksemplarisk godt skjult.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (1164) - NORWAY - JUL 30, 2014
Golden. Foamy, white head. Moderate aroma of candy sugar, green apples and cinnamon. Equally moderate taste of green apples, fermented plums and dried fruit. Fruity aftertaste. Drier than expected from a barley wine. More a like strong Belgian blond than a Barley wine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OllieBBommel (1116) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle@home. Head: off-white, shrinking fast. Colour: clear golden. Aroma: delicate hops, some malt. Taste: mild bitter. Palate: smooth, alcoholic finish, low CO2. Overall: nice.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomekk1978 (544) - Ząbki, POLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Barwa: złocista, lekko zmętniona. Piana biała, drobno pęcherzykowa, średniej wielkości, względnie szybko opadająca, ale ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: niezbyt intensywny, głównie słodowy, z lekką domieszką chmielu (jakby lekkie cytrusy) i wyraźną nutą alkoholową. Jakby pale ale skrzyżowany z heller bockiem. Smak: pełny, słodowy, nieco słodki wyraźnie alkoholowy. Goryczka umiarkowana, delikatnie cytrusowa. Nie przyszłoby mi do głowy, że to barley wine, gdybym degustował to piwo w ciemno. Zapewne wskazałbym na heller bocka, bowiem barwa zdecydowanie zbyt jasna, a konsystencja zbyt rzadka. Duże rozczarowanie, nawet nie średnia jakość.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (349) - CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with one finger of fluffy white head settling rapidly to a compact cap and light lacing. Nose is dominated by sweet candi malt and toffee, with a little dark fruit in the background. Taste is similar, leading out with sweet malt followed rapidly by plums and raisins, with a mildly bitter finish. Mouth feel is medium to full-bodied, slick and slightly creamy, with a distinct alcohol warming. A pleasant enough barley wine, but not a lot of depth to the flavour. The alcohol warming also tends a bit to the harsh. Decent, but not great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (676) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle, pretty old I think (best before May 2014) golden apricot pour, one finger of white head. Aroma is sweet candy sugar, sticky toffee, somewhat sour also. Taste, bitter up front, which tones down quickly and gives way to some subtle hops, fizzy carbonation, soft mouthfeel, some malty sweetness but not overwhelming or rich, a little bit of butterscotch and exceptionally smooth. Overall its not going to blow you away with complexity but its well rounded, smooth and for a barley wine very easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (220) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2014 First barley wine I’ve had in many a year. Lighter colour than I expected - dark yellow to orange. The apple taste hits first, followed by other strong fruits which for me balance off the alcohol strength very well. Very nice. Pay heed to the note on the label describing this as a lively beer - I lost the top third of the bottle to the kitchen floor!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreenJeremy (71) - Spruce Grove, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
pours hazy copper, no head. Aroma is very fruity, plums, raisins, black currant and some apple. caramel and some spicy notes also evident. Taste is similar to the aroma, medium sweetness, and a spicy bitter finish. medium mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JesseMartineau (87) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
550ml bottle. Pours hazy Cooper with almost zero head. Aromas of Grapefruit, dried apple, dried apricot, peach and caramel. Tastes caramel sweetness, dried apricot, finishes off a little bitter, and even a touch of dryness.


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