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Marble Special 2009

 (RETIRED)
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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled; Special.
Note: This is different from the 2010 (Utility) Special, which is an IPA.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wyzzywyz22 (1961) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2010
2009 Bottle, shared with Moldovan Alex@ArroweP. I’d been keenly anticipating breaking this bad boy open, but was really blown away by just how stonkingly good this is. A hazy amber pour with a lingering small tan head. Simply gorgeous fragrant hoppage in all areas; sort of put me in mind of SN Bigfoot, but this is way better. Silky smooth mouthfeel. This really dances on the palate, headspins, backflips , the works.....The balance is just bang on the money with the sweetness and bitterness exquisitely in proportion. A real treat and surely a world class brew. Here’s to the North of England !

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2010
Bottle 75cl. @ chriso - Night of the Gaylords.
Clear light to medium amber color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, heavy hoppy, orange, glue, plum, light alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily to creamy, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20091229]

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (13711) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2010
Bottle at Chriso Gaylord tasting 09. Thanks to MesandSim for bringing this wondeful bottle of wonderfullness. Big hops. Smells like a US barley wine. Good fresh green hop. Some jellied fruits. Really, really good. Fantastic hops. A little flat on carbonation, but it is a barley wine. Fantastic swallow. Malts are good and not overly sweet. Lack of sweetness makes it really drinkable even at 11% Fantastic hops on finish. Not quite Thomas Hardys or Harvest Ale but what are? but as an American/British barley wine it’s awesome. Cheers Mes.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20322) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2010
Bottled@Chriso Gaylord Tasting. Amber colour, not much head. Aroma is plum, raisins, some herbal and mild alcoholic as well as toffeeish notes. Flavour is plum, fruity hops as well as some caramel, herbs, alcohol and mild notes of spices. Wellbalanced, even though it’s a bit on the sweeter side.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at mums on Boxing Day.
Glorious amber with a candy apple red hue and a thin but lasting beige head. My god this is a big one. The moment I knew Marble had done a barley wine I knew it would be good. However, I was not expecting it to be this good. A proper cheesey barley wine aroma with a shit load of fresh grassy hops on top. Very American in style. Just the same in the mouth. Perfect balance of sweet and bitter. The malt and hops are just spot on. Treacle and creme brûlée sit alongside the grass and flowers really well. Plenty of length, really good licks of bitterness throughout. Just a bloody brilliant beer all round. Maybe the best I’ve had from Marble and that really is saying something.


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