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

bottled
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RATINGS: 128   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2004
slightly alcoholic nose with hints of orange and cardemom. Beautiful orange colour with a milky shine. Low head. A bit watery feeling with a fruity finish and palate. Aftertaste of somewhat bitter like orange shells...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2005
Bottled. An enjoyable winter beer this. Amber orange looks, sugary orange aroma, spicy orange taste. Nice one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (6432) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2472) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with a white head. Sweet aroma of malts, caramel and alchol with notes of dried fruits. Fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits, hops and pine needles.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6134) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13227) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle at Cockney Pub in Århus. Clear amber - offwhite head. Caramel, sweetness, raisins, dried fruits, high sweetness, light bitterness, vinous, sweet malty, brown sugar.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lunkie (1392) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2008
Sweet malt stone fruit aroma. Murky brown colour with poor head and lacing. Sweet fruit malt flavour. Smooth palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10530) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
A: The pour is a golden color with some amber notes to it and a fluffy white foam on top. S: An interesting smell to this. I had no idea what it should be classified as until BA told me it’s a barleywine. A quite estery and yeasty nose with a distinct sweet fruit component (applesauce?). T: The yeast character is again present in the nose with some definite sweetness and a mild spice quality. Sweet malts and fruits provide the bulk of the flavor. M: The body is a bit on the full side with a mild carbonation and a lingering sweetness. D: Quite a strange beverage. I did enjoy it, but I can’t exactly articulate why.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1235) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
500ml bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. Pours an opaque toffee gold with little lasting head. Aroma is very sweet treacle mixed with light caramel, some light hops and tree fruit. Taste is a bit nondescript up front but then some notes emerge; honey, caramel, floral hops. Overly sweet. Alcohol is evident but not overwhelming. Finish is sharp with a lingering honey note. Overall it’s quite unlike a lot of barley wines I’ve had. It’s certainly decent but missing some complexity and some heft. Surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content.


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