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Brewed by Magic Rock
Style: Barley Wine
Huddersfield, England
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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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keg and bottled, special annual release
Our sumptuous golden Barley Wine ‘Strongman’ hails from the same brew as our annual release IIIPA ‘Un-Human Cannonball’ . Using just our house pale Golden Promise malt the beer is then judiciously hopped with Centennial, Citra and CTZ whole hops in our hop back. However instead of assaulting the beer with dry-hops we then carefully age it in freshly emptied Amontillado Sherry casks until its ready to take the stage. The resulting beer is golden in colour with a rich pungent aroma and full palate, which gives way to rich fruit and brisk nutty flavours. Best drunk slightly cold a dry yet balanced finish delights the taste buds while a warming finish brings the curtains down…


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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
c0fein (242) - Helsinki, - DEC 31, 2013
660ml bottle from Ales By Mail. Very thick golden appearance, small sticky foam. Aroma of some overdone fruits and bit of alcohol. Taste follows aroma.. Stiff package to drink alone :-) Changing scores to down, goes for the worse direction.. If drinkin only one glass I think this could get better points? Dunno.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1267) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle shared at the Zombier Party Festival at Struise. Pours clear dark amber. Fruity yet bit greenish bitter aroma. Medium to full body, taste is nicely sweet, some malts, spicy by the end.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Camons (6326) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle @ Christers. Pours hazy orange with a small white head, some sticky lacings. Aroma of malt, fruit, citrus, orange, oak, light oxidation, some alcohol. Flavor is sweet malt, bitter fruity, citrus, wood, oak, alochol. Medium to full body, quite boozy. 240914

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (11901) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Unclear matt orange with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, oxidized, dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with lots of alcohol. Somewhat boozy. I normally like Magic Rock beers, but this was disappointing. 240914

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (11390) - DENMARK - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle, 12%. Unclear dark yellow/amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, ripe fruit, fruit, hop, oak and a little oxidized. Flavour is malt, caramel, ripe fruits, notes of alcohol, little oak, medium sweet, notes of sherry, warming and berries.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Sweaty cheesy nose, taste is fruity, sweet toffee, dry and bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2014
66cl, at 12%Vol, as Magic Rock No.3 Strongman, new exclusive English brew Anno 2013, thx alot to Koen for bringing this over!, very complex brew, alcoholic/fruity/sweet and slightly woody/floral/bitter, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew, yet expensive!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (6559) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
660 ml bottle, thanks me, myself & I. Pours a dark orange colour with a small white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, raisins, sweet orange and wood. Flavour of strong sweet caramel, rubber, wood, orange juice, raisin and strong boozy notes. Full bodied and a strong, sweet, wooden and burning alcohol finish. Not very well balanced. Un-human was much better as-is.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5970) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
66 cl bottle @ home, no BBE info Annual release 2013
Aroma is heavy sweet sherry tones, oak and some caramel. Flavour is sweet with stinging oaky tones, some alcohol and caramel. Surprisingly close to Emelisse BW Buffalo Trace even though this has been in sherry barrels. Quite far from Un-Human Cannonball. Like that Emelisse, this has potential but is too sweet and too oaky to be enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6523) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
66 cl bottle. 2013 version.
Pours clear golden color with a small head. Aroma is resinous with hops, some caramel and malts also, some plums, sherry and wood. Flavor of caramel malts, exotic fruits, very strong raisin, resin and some more caramel. Complex and full-bodied. A bit too strong with the raisin notes, otherwise quite nice.
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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (4018) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
660ml bottle

2013 release - Pours orange with a foamy white head. Aroma of wood, oak, caramely malts, hints of sherry and sweet syrup. Taste is malty, sweet and syrupy with notes of raisin, resinous hops and caramely toffee. Finish is sweet, syrupy and caramely malty with hints of sherry, wood and notes of raisin, ripe fruity hops and caramely toffee. Quite sweet and fruity barley wine with hints of sherry, very different compared to the fresh Un-Human Cannonball.


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