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OíHanlonís Brewers Special Reserve

Brewed by Hanlonís (prev OíHanlonís)
Style: Barley Wine
Newton St Cyres, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 387   ABV: 12.9%
Bottle conditioned. Also available in "2010 Vintage" from keg at The Rake in London.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RuneStumo (2474) - Haugesund, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2015
19.11.2015. 0,25l Bottle at Henrik Ýl og vin, Bergen. Deep dark browncolour. No head. Almost no carbonation. Vinous. Very strong with sharp alcohol flavours. Very rich with lots of malty flavours. Its very malty. Its not too sweet. Fruity with plum and marzipan. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2459) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle from Metro Wines, Leicester. 2010 Vintage. Deep Ruby brown colour with no head. Sweet spicy cake aroma and a slightly sweet taste. Body has warming alcohol. But not suprusing with the high alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4285) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2015
Clear red brown colour, dissipating white head. Malty aroma, madeira, raisins. Quite alcoholic flavour, sweet malts, raisins. Finish raisins and sweet sherry. Feels indeed old, but held up quite nicely.
(from bottle @ Sunday Bottle Share / Not Quite So Grand Tasting, CBC Clerkenwell; RBESG 2014, London. 2010 vintage. Thanks for sharing, rb crew!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (10585) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2015
2010 vintage. 250mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks a lot, Alex), pours a murky dark rusted mahogany - no head. Nose brings out rich dark fruits, sherry oxidation, brown sugar and some alcohol. Flavour is rich and complex, with dark dried fruits, caramel, liqueur, and just a touch of booze. The alcohol is really well-worked in for being this high. Zero carbonation - totally flat, but it works. Smooth palate. Luxurious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (4503) - Reval, ESTONIA - APR 22, 2015
250ml bottle 2010 vintage (thanks FatPhil). Clear copper color. Tiny size to almost no head. Sweet, raisins, woody, caramel, fruity aroma. Soaken wet fruits, plums, soapy, salty liquorice, oily taste. Oily slick mouthfeel. Salty licorice in aftertaste. Alcohol is there. As it warms up itís pure licorice. Soft bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (11836) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 22, 2015
250ml bottle (Bacchanalia, Cambridge)
Gentle prune aroma, a heavy barley presence too, though. Deep reddy brown, flat. Slick palate, carbonation next to none-existent. I have no idea how or why, but an image of a fish has just appeared in my mind. It might be the oiliness of th palate, it might be the slight saltiness. Something soapy there too. I do get some alcohol too up the back of the nose. A little heavy, some liquoricey bitterness from the dark roasted malts and the salt. Doesnít have the yumminess I like from a barley wine, I am disappointed. The ~#10000 Barley Wine binge comes to an end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmrmwel (1432) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle, vintage 2010 enjoyed January 2015. Pours deep dark brown, with an ever so slight reddish hue, and as good as no head. Aroma is sweet and intense, with dark malts and toffee, and loaded with dark fruity esters and notes of madeira. Medium to light body, with a touch of carbonation. Flavour is sweet roasted malts, with raisins, prunes and figs, as well as cocoa, tobacco, nuts and oak barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7829) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, sweet caramel, malty toffee, rich, slightly oxidised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (6542) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 10/08/2014 Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell.†2010 bottle. Ruby red / caramel coloured pour with a small half of head. Aroma is salty miss soyup, dark fruit and berry. Flavour is rum, raisin, viscous, some solvent, some age. Palate is lowish body, viscous, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
renffisch (869) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Cask at the Old Ale Festival @ the Sloaney Pony. Darkest brown with a red hue. No head. Sweet treacle nose with a woody touch. Deep smooth flavour of rum raisins. Very strong by now...

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