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Marble Special 2009

Formerly brewed at Marble
Style: Barley Wine
Manchester, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Bottled; Special.
Note: This is different from the 2010 (Utility) Special, which is an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (14471) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Gravity cask at Borefts Beer Festival 2010. A very sweet and malty barley wine, pretty straightforward. Iím glad that there arenít any American lawyers in the UK to force people to call this "barley wine style ale" so that foolish Americans can tell itís a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10798) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2010
Cask @ BBF 2010. Golden color. Viscous. Tangerine and confot fruit in the aroma. Very hoppy flavor, grassy but also with confit fruit. Alcoholic. Long hopbitter finish. Sticky mouthfeel. Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6754) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2010
On cask at Borefts Festival. Clear light amber with a small white head. The aroma is sweet caramel, sweet fruit, light hops and berries. The flavour is hoppy and sweet fruity with notes of caramel and barley.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4687) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2010
On cask @ 2nd BBF. The beer has a really nice hoppy aroma, with some caramel sweetness and fruits. Clear, orange-brown coloured beer with no head. The taste is sweet, bit hoppy, has caramel and sugar, some raisin fruitiness. Good body. Nice barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (5135) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2010
On cask at Borefts BF í10. Clear amber colour, no head. Aroma of grassy hops, sweet fruits, flowers, caramel. Flavour is malty sweet, green, grassy, fruity, light earthy bitter finish with caramel. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2010
Cask@2ndBorefts. In short: a wonderful strong session ale. So easy going and flavourful, yet not too overwhelming. I could drink it all evening. Well, I wish I could!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5504) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2010
Cask @ BBF í10. Clear ruby color, short head. Soft hoppy aroma, hint of toffee and caramel malt. Bit sweet, bit bitter. Good English styled barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (3709) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2010
Bottle at 2nd BBF @ De Molen. A lot sweeter than the cask version and with more carbonation. Less hops though. And a bit watery. But still a beautiful beer. 8,4,8,4,17 Cask at 2nd BBF @ De Molen. Low carbonation, but this brew can have that. Loads of fresh hops and still a sweet malt base that is wonderful. Majestic brew. 9,3,9,3,17

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (3174) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2010
Cask at Boreft Bier Festival 2010, Bodegraven. Amber coloured brew with an sublte sweet taste and also great bitter finish. A truely English Barleywine from Manchester.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bacchanalia (146) - milton, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2010
1st up lads either use a more expensive champagne closure, or get rid of the wax, its a feat in itself to unwind the very thin wire through the wax, Iíve never had this trouble with a champagne bottle, but enough of that belly aching this is really good beer. Pours out a very inviting ruby gold with a solid white head that dissapates very quickly as is the way with barleys of this strength. The nose is deep & complex, marmalade & orange peel, malty notes & fruitiness with an underlying pleasant booziness (not an alcoholic burn like some strong beers). The palate is full rich & smooth, very decandant & silky. Flavours are nice & complex, spicy, floral fruitiness, with a creamy texture & a brandy butter thing going on. Lots of toffee & caramel but with enough bittering hops for balance. There is a boozy quality but again in a nice rich way, not a burn. The finish is long & lovely, 1st up is that sweetness that pervades throughout the whole beer, lots & lots of toffe & then the final fling is of keen drying hops. MY tip is too have with spicy food, I had it with Thai pork & it was stupendous.

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