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

bottled
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RATINGS: 134   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4114) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2004
A pleasant strongly alcoholic barley wine.Nice complex tastes but you are not allowed to forget its strength.An excellent winter warmer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6320) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2007
My bottle shared with HogTownHarry and tupalev. Pours a hazy orange with little floaties and a large lasting white head. Sweet aroma with lots of fruit, sweet malt, yeast and a good amount of hops. Flavour’s malty and fruity with a somewhat bitter finish. Alcohol’s well hidden. Medium to full bodied. Very good, I really enjoyed it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (36563) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2008
Cask (gravity) @ The National Winter Ales Festival 2008, Manchester, UK. Clear medium amber orange color with a small, frothy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy plum, tawny / port. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. (180108)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esp0r (2164) - NORWAY - MAR 21, 2011
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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8401) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2003
Aromas are light and sweet with alcohol vapours. This is a, shall we say, relaxing beer that is smooth for its percentage and without much bitterness. Light and fruity for its strength. Far better than the malt-liquour rubbish.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5297) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2011 June, 2003 Bottle conditioned. A smooth barley wine with some nice dry sherry soaked oranges. Well behaved. A little smoky in places. Good, but not outstanding. [2.9]
Sept, 2011 Bottle from Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop in Durham. Lovely. There’s a whiff of vinegar and paint stripper on the top, which adds interest to the smooth, malt accented sweetness. This is an easy drinking strong beer. Good toffee and caramel body - positive awareness of alcohol which swirls all over the place. This is a seductive and intoxicating beer. It’s pretty much what you hope and expect a good barley wine to be. Yes. Lovely. [3.8]

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (17928) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2006
Bottle. Hazy copper colour with a longlasting off-white head. Malty fruity hoppy aroma with some hints of citrus. Sweet malty, yeasty and fruity flavor. Dry bitter warming finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2007
The color is warm and golden, and on the dark amber side. The head is nice and the aroma has notes of fruit, roasted malt, caramel and alcohol. I get the same notes in the flavour, that also has a nice citrussy hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is oily. It’s a nice BW, but I’d like a bit less alcohol in the flavour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2008
Bottle. A dark amber beer with a off-white head. The aroma and taste is light sweet malty and hoppy, some dried fr with a dry finish.uits to. Medium body

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle (in NZ), pours a hazy orange-amber with a white pillowy head. Big fruity aroma, with oak, some caramal, and the obvious presense of the alcohol. An incredibly complex aroma, medicinal yet peppery, caramal and fruity, with very strong alcohol in the finish. A big beer to come in a 500ml bottle. Not sure how good this is, can’t see my head being any clearer at the bottom of the glass!


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