Brewed by Holdens
Style: Barley Wine
Dudley, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas. Also available in pasteurised bottle.
A dark brown barley wine with a lingering hoppy sweetness.

minutemat's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (4034) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, - AUG 3, 2014
330ml bottle from Tanners, Bridgnorth. Pours black with thin beige head. Dark treacle aroma. Taste is sweet molasses, caramel, burnt toast. nuts, brown sugar. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brandman (2818) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2015
Dark brown body, small head. Aroma has sugar, alcohol, some metal and vinegar. Oily and smooth. Something is not right in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (3917) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2014
Cask@coopers tavern, burton. Very dark brown small head. Aroma of dark malts and a little toffee. Taste is malts, boozy, caramel and dark fruits. Medium bodied. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4869) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with a lovely creaminess .Medium body and left lots of lacing. A robust winter beer that the brewery should be proud of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (6085) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2014
Every year on the last working day before Christmas my ex-work colleagues and I meet up with the current staff for a beer or three at ’Codsall Railway Buildings’ a lovely Holden’s owned bar in a converted railway station. This beer is always our last one. I only have a hand-pulled half-pint because I’ve already had enough booze by the time the ’last drink’ arrives. It’s a cracking brew, deep dark brown in colour with a lightly tanned head. The aroma is wonderful, sweet malty molasses with toffee and raisins mixed with chocolate and nuts: almost like a gaseous ’Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut’ bar. The taste follows the smell: sweet, full on and malty. There is however a slight hop bitterness in the background at all times and this beer is more complex than just another strong ’barley wine’ type beer. Full bodied and a delight to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (9110) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2013
bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Deep brown, beige head. Malty start with lost of toffee, caramel and also dried fruit such as dates, figs, raisins and also some nuts. A delicious winter beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
VastActiv (5492) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Cask at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 21012012. Colour is black with tiny head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, yeast and malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martinrumsam (562) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
bottle pours almost black thin tan dissipating head . aroma is malty , bready, molasses . taste is sweet malty black treacle with drier finish . light medium body - a bit thin for a barley wine medium carbonation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle at home, 08/03/13, thanks to SP. Pours a dark mahogony brown with a tan head that quickly dissipates to nothing other than a few bubbles. Nose is dark malts, treacle toffee, nutty tones, cocoa, brown sugars. Taste comprises dark malts, molasses, treacle toffee, brown sugars, toasted almond, rye bread. Medium body with prickly carbonation, a little overcooked for this style and detracting from the overall enjoyment a little, dry finish. Drinkable but lower mid table in the Barley Wine stakes for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2013
Cask Real Ale tasted at GB RAF 2012. Mild nose. Pale thin head. Dark black reddish color. Malty soft taste dark fruits. Average hops. Well balanced beer.

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