Brewed by Samlesbury (AB InBev UK)
Style: Barley Wine
Preston, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

SarkyNorthener's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SarkyNorthener (3494) - West Bromwich (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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
redders1974 (557) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2016 Halfway to an english strong ale with more lager malts golden with frothy head that leaves some lacing

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (4891) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2015
330ml can from Roman Food and Wine, Bow, London. As ’Gold Label Very Strong Special Beer’, 7.5% BB Aug 2015. Dark orange, sparkling, clear, small foamy white head. Aroma is McDonald’s apple pie, icing sugar, sugary malt syrup. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is imperial lager, booze, cracker malts, peppery spice and some metallic tang. It grew on me. Somewhere between a strong lager and a barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garrold (3348) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Can. Handsworth Social Club, Sheffield. Whilst attending the Handsworth and Richmond Allotment Society AGM. And I’m struggling to decide which of the two is the most hard work to get through...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
minutemat (3274) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
330ml can from Nisa Wolverhampton City Centre. Had to change trains in Wolverhampton and fancied a beer. After searching 4 nearby off licenses this was the only beer I hadn’t tried yet. Felt so wrong buying it, but my curiousness got the better of me. Pours clear copper with a light haze and massive cream head. Initially quite light tasting and clean for the ABV, but still moderately sweet with a sticky finish. About half way through the taste got too cloying and metallic as it warmed and just found it too hard to finish. Best avoided.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
edsspoon (826) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rossbear (18) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (1525) - 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…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OwainTurner (425) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
berkshirejohn (5515) - 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.

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