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Hardknott Granite 2009

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Formerly brewed at Hardknott
Style: Barley Wine
Millom, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Limited to 504 bottles.
Created using natural Lake District water extracted from volcanic rock. The heat of our copper drove the malt sugars to twice the concentration producing a burnt toffee flavour.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6289) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle #212/504, thanks to Leighton at the Pre-Zwanze. It pours darkest ruby-brown with a medium light tan head. The nose is roasty, toast, raisin, prune, brown sugar and apple-wood smoked cheddar. The taste is roasted malt, toast, cherry, date, prune, plum, light saltiness and a touch of alcohol. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Has aged gracefully. Tasty and well-balanced. Nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
50cl bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to Leighton. It pours a deep brown colour with a large beige head. Aroma is sweet, figs and plums. Taste is charred oak with dried dark fruits, caramel and some booze. Full mouthfeel with good carbonation. Quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (2487) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle at pre zwanze tasting. Thanks to Leighton. Aroma is rye spice and smoked malt. Clear dark caramel with a thin persistent cream head. Some phenols. Medium body nice velvety carbonation. Slight tart raspberry in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10514) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle shared at the Pre-Zwanze Tasting - London. Bottle number 212/504. Pours deep amber with a moderate, lasting tan froth head - the beer looks quite impressive, actually. The aroma has dried fruits, dirt, light smoke, subtle cocoa. Medium sweet flavor with nice, restrained smoke, modest peat, touches of roast, dried berries. Medium to full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Sweet finish, further dried and lightly tangy berries, peat, dirt, soft cocoa. Pretty nice, dynamic beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
OleR (4786) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2012
0.5 L bottle, kindly shared by larsga. Clear dark brown with a reddish hue. A low beige lace of foam on top. Smell of ashy dark malts, dried cow manure, spices, and a hard to pin-point vegetal scent. Taste is sweet dark malty. Sourish edged with smoke and tar tones. Some strange notes of composted leaves/grass, too. Well-bodied. Smooth mouthfeel, surprisingly enough. Dryish, ashy and cheesy caramel endnotes. Hm, strange brew. If this was ment to be a smoked artisanal farmhouse barley wine... well, it’s spot on!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hcalsos (205) - Rælingen, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2012
Smokey, roasty smell, and pours a dark brown redish color with an offwhite head. Tastes of smokey burnt carmel, vegetables and pipe tobacco, and leaves and dry mouthfeel. Interesting on many levels.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6140) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2012
Small brown head. Clear deep red body. Deep cough drops and blue cheese aroma with cow barn and smoke notes. Dry-sweetish and faintly acidic burnt caramel and minerals taste with wooden tobacco and smoke notes. Fullish body. Mild mouthfeel. Dry mineraly burnt caramel aftertaste with smoky butter notes. Really different and interesting. (0.5l bottle from BeerMerchants.)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4433) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle @ UDRM april 8th 2011. The aroma has sweetish malts, ashtrays, tar. Dark coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet, has sugar, toffee, smoke, roast, some raisin. Quite some body there. Nice one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 7, 2011
2010 bottle at Craig’s. Thanks! Dark brown beer with very fine head. Aroma of raisons, fruity Christmas cake, Belgian candi sugar. Strong barley wine flavours with sugar and alcohol both quite present. Caramel and raison flavours also. Nice oily mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerCast_Rich (1847) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2011
[500ml bottle, UtoBeer stall, Borough Market] Very dark brown pour with a thin off-white head. Big grain alcohol aroma, with a little bit of smoke in there as well. Really doesn’t remind me of a typical barley wine (other than having a hefty booze whack) – has the alcohol but not the sweetness, instead there’s a smoky nature about that that’s really interesting. Intended or not, and style-blurring or not, it’s good stuff [09062011]


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