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Style: Barley Wine
Orkney, Scotland
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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Cask; Status uncertain.
At 9% ABV it sits nicely beside our Orkney Porter, also 9%, and is the first time we’ve brewed a barley wine. A lovely deep amber in colour, we loaded it full of American hops - and then we put some more in! All in the interest of balance, it also contains a small mountain of Maris Otter pale malt.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AshtonMcCobb (3109) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 1, 2012
On cask @ the Bow Bar, Edinburgh. Pours quite a cloudy medium brown colour with a good head. The nose has cake mixture, sweet spices such as cinnamon and a raisin note towards the end. The taste has more of the cake thing, in fact it’s like a clootie dumpling with dried fruits, cinnamon again, probably nutmeg or cloves too. The palate has been nailed - full bodied, with a big creamy texture in the middle section and a long elegant finish, balanced the whole way through. Overall, this has huge power but restraint like a fine French wine (if that isn’t a ridiculous comparison), the best barley wine I’ve had from Scotland.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2012
On cask at The Bow Bar. Pours a dark golden colour with a decent white head. Barley wine aroma of caramel, candy sugar, alcohol and wood. Alcohol is fairly present with flavours of caramel, toffee, alcohol and grassy hops. Moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2597) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2013
Cask at bat. Amber woth little white head. Thick resinous aroma, molasses, caramel, little alcohol, sherry. Taste is very rich, sherry fruits, resinius, caramel. Flat and warm, oily. Very nice bit I might prefer from a bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markas101 (1932) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2011
Cask, The Sheffield Tap, Sheffield. Clear amber-honey appearance, even cream head. Sweet aroma, floral and honey. Smooth, boozy with caramel and fruit, nectarine and golden raisin. Long sweet alcohol tempered finish. Great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCametron (1901) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 29, 2012
Cask at the Bow bar. Clear amber with a handsome, lasting white head. Malty sweet nose. Massive flavour. Candy fruit sweetness with. An all encompassing alcohol driven warmth. Ever so light bitterness. A marzipan element to the flavour profile also. really good barley wine. Well done Orkney.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerCast_Rich (1896) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2011
[cask at Bacchus, Newcastle] Clear bronze-coloured pour, with a good head. Sweet, honey nose, plenty of tacky malt and almond on the nose. Flavours are big and strong, no question. Big marzipan sweetness, honey, figs and then warming alcohol. Very fruity after the sweetness resides. Finish is very long. Nice stuff [12112011]

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jamestulloch (1649) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Cask at Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014. Clear golden body with a thin white head that quickly fades. Aroma of toffee and lime. Flavour is very sweet - honey, syrup and an alcohol burn. Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel. Far too sweet and cloying.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
miquelcrush (1542) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2014
Bona cervesa, es bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tombyars (1414) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2012
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in May 2010. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear dark amber in colour with a thin white head. Strong jellied fruit confectionary in the long aroma. Thin but milk like texture in the rich mouthfeel and poor lacing. Strong pale malt complexes deliver a robust juicy maltloaf base with rich notes of lychees, honeydew melon, pineapple and soft brown sugar. There is a slight hint of tropical fruit flavoured hop flowers in this with pine resin evident in the long aftertaste. Malt returns with sweet linctus notes of golden syrup and fermented gaia melon, smoothly warming the throat. Fantastic stuff and highly recommended, try this out along with the Porter what a combo. Highland brewerys portfolio is Scotland’s answer to Thornbridge - bring it on!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1391) - SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2012
Cascading murky amber body, similarly dissipating slight-white head. Initially comforting palate of galloping hops, surprising underlay of carbonation kicks rocks of malt into the pool without circling any distinctive barley wine flavours. Complex linger of layered sweet clarity, Manuka Honey in style, with a head scratching turn for such a hefty ABV. One to keep an eye on. (Highland Tap Takeover, Cloisters, Edinburgh)


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