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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 130   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (13617) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2006
Bottled. (A few months past BB-date.) Clear, golden with a white head. Fruity aroma with pine, hops and some malt. Malt, pine and bitterness in the flavor. Astringent mouthfeel, and a finish with alcohol and bitterness. A bit too piney. (060928)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 5, 2007
Dull gold colour, hazy, with big white head. Warm barley mouthfeel, can really feel alcohol coming through. but warm disappears quickly. Mild hop bitterness.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beer4000 (4487) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2010
500 ml bottle. Pale golden brown body with a white head. Very nice aroma of fruit, hops and some malt. Flavor is malt and dark fruit with too much raw alcohol to be pleasant. Not in balance.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VertBaconStrips (2083) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
bottle- Pours a golden colour with no head. aroma is alc. dried fruit and caramel. flavours are a little light at the front then sweet alc. and a mild hop bitterness in the finish

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (6568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2011
500mL bottle, pours a semi-clear golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is quite boozy, with licorice, treacle toffee and caramel - booze is very much on top though. Flavour is quite bland for a barley wine, with butterscotch, toffee, slight hops and lots of booze - seems like more than the ABV. Not complex at all for the style and very light on the palate. A disappointment.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gerbeer (1807) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear amber with no head. Aromas of orange peel and toffee. Light for a barley wine. Flavors of malt, alcohol, bitter hops and a bit of caramel.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hanoi (405) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Nose: brown sugar, alcohol, slight brandy. Taste malt, bitter hops, syrup, the alcohol is too prominent for a beer that is only 8.4% . Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, no carbonation, slightly flat. A poor barley wine, with very little depth. I suspect that this bottle maybe bad. Itís odd; I have only ever had 3 beers from this brewery and the other 2 were off. I suspect issues of quality control.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Doaner88 (9) - - NOV 16, 2013 does not count
A little thin. Great classic aroma and flavour but thin and lacking extra character and later development.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
DuffMan (6802) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours a lifeless, dead honey gold, no head, no carbo. Bad sign... aroma is low apple fruit and grain. Palate is flat, no carbo, and is totally OFF. Bummer.


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