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

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RATINGS: 130   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2007
Cask been vented for about a week or so and had been on for a day or two, so in excellent condition. Aroma is peachy, spicey, yeasty, candy sugar, citrus hops and a crackin toffee base. Taste is similarly complex, but no alcohol at all reminds me of fullers ESB, so very well hidden, spicey great long finish, seriously dangerously drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2007
I really quite enjoyed this, moreso than most barley wines I’ve tried. I think this mostly is a testament to this beer’s balance, as I’m averse to the cloying representations of the style so prevalent in the States. Cloudy light amber with little to no head, a bit of white big-bubbled scum on the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet caramel and lightly burnt sugars, light pit fruits and a touch of orange, loads of fresh apples, a bit of grain and honeyed sweetness. First waft reminded me of a good Belgian, interestingly. Taste, like mentioned, is balanced - nothing stands out but everything melds together quite perfectly. No real perception of alcohol. Toffee and caramel notes, with a fruity sweetness in apricots and oranges and orange rind. A pleasing lightly bitter sweetness at the back of the palate in the finish, with a mildly sweet and nicely hop-accentuated grassy aftertaste. Slightly rasping effect on the tongue. Not nearly as thick as some barley wines, which is sad, but good nonetheless, with significant carbonation. Really, really well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9468) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 30, 2007
courtesy of Papsoe - cloudy dark orange colour, very little foam; robust flowery hoppiness with notes of honey and caramel; full malt body supported by a fair carbonation; finishes bitter sweet with a long malty, caramelish hoppy finish - beautiful

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (1961) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured a deep cloudy golden amber colour, with a smallish white head. Fruity aroma with spicy yeast, malt and caramel notes. Smooth and very well balanced. Lovely grassy hop on the flavour balanced perfectly with the malt and fruit. Gently warming alcohol, not overpowering. Works really well. Lingering bitter finish. Yum. Really impressed by some of these Durham brews.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma has notes of orange, alcohol, cider and malt. Citrus flavours sit well with the hops up front with subdued additions of honey and sherbet in back. Not as thick or full bodied as some other barley wines but very pleasant none the less. Alcohol is noticeable but still easy drinking. Recommended.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14859) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
25th November 2009
Hazy orange beer. A little fruit and caramel in the nose. Soft frothy palate. The creamy head has light orange sherbet fizz! The beer has the same lovely orange but deeper and richer, almost like an orange liquer. Creamy mid and then a touch of lemon coming at the finish of this superior beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 6, 2005
Bottle from Open All Hours, Keswick. Red amber. Vinous aroma with apple, port, wood and uncharacteristic grapefruit hop. Full body. Again some hop bitterness in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 18, 2006
A really surprise from Durham, maybe the best I have had from them, Not squasy and very strong, Myabe that is the reason why. But it was also dark.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2007
[Cask from The Three Judges] Clear amber, small head. Sweet fruit, caramelised peaches, steamed pears and lots of grapefruit hop notes with floral nuances and a big toffeeish undertow in the nose. Full body, heavy malt sweetness leads to a juicy hop finish. Perfectly balanced, great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2007
Bottled at Monks Café, Stockholm. Hazy reddish orange. Rich belgian-style white foam. Deep aroma of raisins, , vanilla, dades, port and pepper with unexpected hoppy notes of orange-peels and grass. Full and warming but not overly sweet flavour of dades, crackers, all-spice, raisins and alcohol. Full-bodied of course with a rather strong carbonation. Sweet and fruity finish og raisins, red apples, blue grapes, wet wood, yeast and pepper with dryish notes of orange-peels. Another great beer from Durham.


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