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Brewed by Samlesbury (InBev UK)
Style: Barley Wine
Preston, England
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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Bottle & Can: Pasteurised.
Repackaged in 180 ml bottle.
Has appeared at various strengths, as high as 10.9% ABV. Currently 7.5% in the UK.
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Originally Whitbread Gold Label. By 2000 the brand was in the ownershop of InBev and produced at the Boddingtons Strangeways brewery. Production was moved to Wellpark in 2004 due to the impending closure of Boddingtons brewery. Subsequently moved to Samlesbury when Wellpark was sold to C&C Group in 2009.


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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SarkyNorthener (1679) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, - NOV 15, 2012
Can. Dark amber colour, small head. Aroma is predominantly malty a touch metalic. Taste as a vein of alcohol running through it. Flavours are of ripe fruits and malts, a little sweet and warming on the palate. A lot better than I expected.


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
edsspoon (302) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2014
Can - copper red with a big off white head which fills up the glass and then gradually fades to a ring - some thin lacing. Aroma of fruit, spice, smoke, soap and a touch of roast malt. Taste is malts and a hint of fruit, lightly spicy, metallic, slightly bitter. Sweet and sticky. It’s not very good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rossbear (17) - Wendover, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
What a classic, I felt like I was channeling my great grandfather as I sipped this wonderful little brew. A nice balance of sweet and bitterness is displayed and though they are prevalent I found the slight metallic tang part of the experience. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (581) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2013
From a note 2011 or 2012. Bottle. Strong sweet nose, bread, grains, fruit (cherries, apricot, plum), caramel, alcohol, woody, clear deep amber, bubbly white head that vanishes quickly, bittersweet taste, vinous, oily texture, full-bodied, dry bittersweet finish with some caramel, alcohol…

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OwainTurner (294) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2013
Can from supermarket. Pours a lovely amber with some gas, dense head which quickly diminishes. Atone of fruits, berry and alcohol. Tastes malts and slight fruit, with alcohol presence. Lovely oil Mouthfeel. Not bad at all.

1.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
adamah (214) - - AUG 26, 2013
The aroma is offensively metallic. The color was a clear amber color with no head at all but lots of bubbles. The taste was lightly sweet with a hint of bitterness. The flavor was very light like a cheap lager. The body was very light and thin. Overall: all I have to say is drain pour.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
berkshirejohn (4376) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
33cl can picked up in Alsager. Golden amber with a billowing cream head that quickly falls back; obvious alcohol on the aroma, with some grain; bittersweet grainy body; and a warming finish. Not a lot going for this, especially when compared to Bank’s Barley Gold.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2013
Why so low? Malty and a little sweet. Was spent by now. Slept well so i did.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dommod2011 (698) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2013
Not that bad at all. Compared well with others of its ilk. I’d have it again if need be. Right, off to do some shopping, have fun everyone.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dynamiteninja (1466) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2013
Can @ 7.5% ABV, BBF May 2013. Thin white head. Deep gold body. Nose is fruit, alcohol, hops, wheat, boiled vegetables, tomato soup, some floral notes. I get the impression that this is brewed to a higher gravity that this and then liquored down. Sugar has been added at some stage. Bittersweet taste. Dry finish. Quite watery. Carbonated mouthfeel. Warming. This beer is an oddity: it is expensive, so soaks won’t buy it, yet it’s relatively low on flavour for its price, so craft beer fans won’t buy it. This beer has likely been subjected to cost cutting measures, which have afflicted its taste and quality negatively.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (3468) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
Apart from tasting like a full bodied lager, its strength isn’t evident in its character. Standard aroma for lager, but a slight fruitiness in its flavour. Copper coloured with no head.


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