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Style: Barley Wine
Dunmow, England
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Bottle Conditoned - 275ml bottles


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14243) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. Nice big creamy head with excellent duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are rich malt, dried fruits, caramel, nuts and hops. Notes of smoke and wood.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
Bottle 27,5 cl. Courtesy of madmitch76. Pours a dark brown with a vague reddish hue and a beige head. Aroma of overripe fruit, pruney with some alcohol showing. Solid body, Sherry, oxidized overripe fruit, again prunes and raisins, a little marzipan perhaps and a roasty touch. Warming alcohol. Lovely British style Barley Wine. 090212

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2011
Bottled (shared by tdtm82 at Stortford Beer fest, thanks Thomas!). Pitch black colour (or close to), mediumsized beige head. Aroma is liquorice, some roasted, toasted and malty notes. Flavour is roasted malts, liquorice, tobacco and some slight hoppy notes as well. Mild ashes in the finish. Atleast this bottle tasted more like an imperial stout than a barley wine...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
justm (164) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2011
275ml bottle conditioned bottle at home. Pours black / very dark ruby red with a thin but sustained cafe au lait head. The aroma is bitter and smokey with cakey pudding fruits with pine overtones. Palate is rich and velvetty but not cloying at first becomming oilier as it warms and develops in the glass. Initial taste of figs, raisins and fruit and nut milk chocolate with a sharp hit of cherries when cool. This mellows into faint woodsmoke. Like sitting by the fire of a country in on a winters day watching the snow fall outside. As it warms the flavours become bitter and darker and it developsa port-like character with thehigh alcohol level becomming more apparent. I think that I slightly over-chilled this initially but I’m glad I did as the way the flavours developed over an hour or so was wonderful to experience.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10870) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Dark brown colour. Heavy malty and light hopy aroma. Roast, chocolate and coffee notes. Moderate bitter flavor. Nice roasted notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Wonderfull well balanced malted beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15371) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2012
Courtesy of Jan (fonefan), bb Feb 2012, possibly 2 years old
The color is very dark, almost black, with a generous but fizzy brownish head.
Although the bottle spent a good amount of time in a fridge, there may have been a refermentation, as the aroma is quite strange, gassy, sulfuric, a bit soapy; all that covers the mildly roasted malts; after some time the gas is gone, and the normal aroma of the beer appears, with mild but nice roasted malts, a bit creamy.
The body strength is correct, the mouthfeel is partially round; the flavor of medium chocolate with light roasted malts and caramel is good; the residual sweetness is very low in comparison to classic Barley Wines; the bitterness is quite low to, but the dark malts provide some balance; there are traces of liquorice.
A fairly good Old Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11900) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle at Bruce’s Housewarming Party Tasting, London. Pours rich brown with a strong, creamy beige foam head. Nose holds some overripe berries, dates and figs. Quite a big and sweet flavor with rich bread, dates, brown sugar and touches of alcohol and currants. Medium to full bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Faintly warming to finish with brown sugar, some dark fruits, faint leather, raisins, figs, dates. Not intense depth of character here, but great balance and condition.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onystrom (1321) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2012
Dark brown color with great head. Very smooth and nice palate. Sweet and well balanced beer with lots of chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29851) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2011
Bottled. A black beer witth a brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, tar, soy sauce, and tobaccon. The flavor is sweet wtih notes of malt, soy sauce, alcohol, and tobacco, leading to a dry roasted finish, that burns in the throat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (32344) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2012
27.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a thick, creamy and tan head. Aroma is dry phenolic and dark liqourice. Thick malty, liqourice and dark malt. Thick malty and overripe fruity.


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