BlackHaddock (6220) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330cl tall dark brown bottle: best before 12/2011, so a bit out of date when I poured it into an ’Augustijn’ badged chalice in 3/2012.
This appears to be very close to ’Tally-Ho’ a little stronger and sweeter, but very ’samey’ in looks and aroma. This is a live review and it tastes more and more how I remember the breweries normal barleywine: I like it a lot!
Only complaint: the head didn’t appear at all.
johndoughty (4950) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very adventurous of Marks and Spencers to bring a beer of this strength to its shelves. Dark and poured without a head. Malty and left no lacing. A straightforward winter beer. Plenty of body but nothing exceptional.
BrewBoxer (2565) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. First barley wine I’ve had in England. Surprised its not bitter for once. Tastes sweet and boozy. More like a Belgian strong. Pretty good
scotty (1137) - SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice malty nose, with hints of spice. Full bodied, packed with rich malt & spice flavours, smooth mouthfeel makes it dangerously drinkable. The finish is long lasting but is spoiled a bit by the high ABV which creeps in and throws it off balance! Not too bad tho!
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very adventurous of Marks and Spencers to bring a beer of this strength to its shelves. Dark and poured without a head. Malty and left no lacing. A straightforward winter beer. Plenty of body but nothing exceptional.
worldbeertaste (1795) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber colour with a lasting off-white head. Strawberry, blackberry, roast coffee porter smell. Chocolate caramel malt. Rich sweet caramel, coffee chocolate start with a strange sharp chemical bitter finish. Has elements of being a really great dark ale but loses it in the finish. The pasturisation ruined it. Nonetheless good.
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle M S, full malty aroma, with warmy light cherry tones, nice brown colour, with light brown head, heavy sweetness and light to medium bitterness in the end. , warmyfull body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, good beer for winter months, warmy rich and tasty
leaparsons (9778) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Chestnut coloured with an off white head. Aromas are raisins and pear with herbal and spicy notes. Nutty alcohol with honey and lemon. Bready with floral aspects and weetabix and nuts. Vanilla with some woodiness. Flavours are sweet raisins and woody pine with mixed spice. Caramel and marzipan with toasted malt and light molasses and cola with slick chocolate and vinous notes. Peppery to finish. Good but lacks depth.
deanso (8664) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from M&S.
Ok white head. Dark amber pour. Nice barley wine.
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2011 ’Brewed exclusively for M&S’....but also ’brewed at Adnams every October since 1880’. Hmm. Having read the blurb I assumed this was repackaged Tally-Ho...having tasted it, maybe not. Mahogany with a marbled tan top. Aroma of nothingness...dried fruit, Marmite. Thin and insipid with pronounced alcohol; incidental roasted nut, yeast extract and chocolate notes as it warms. Just the slightest hint of Westvleteren 12 burnt nuttiness and chocolate in the aftertaste. Some liquorice, twigs, chick pea nuttiness... off-putting paracetamol linger. Thin but very drinkable- I prefer it in a bottle that says ’Tally Ho’ on the label.