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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: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 387   ABV: 12.9%
Bottle conditioned. Also available in "2010 Vintage" from keg at The Rake in London.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (9633) - 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 (4071) - 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 (10992) - 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 (1316) - 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 (6760) - 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 (5823) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (2689) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle. Mitchellís Wines, Sheffield. Clear, dark amber. Halo of white. Sweet, treacle woodiness. Some vegetable water. Taste is heavy sweet. Not unlike a fortified wine. Relief by way of a light, vinous dryness. Palate is as chewy and thick as it gets. Loads of booze. Blimey, this is tasty gear. Getting some overripe pear juice now. This beer is all in the taste, and on the palate. Slick, boozy, chewy barley wine, that took me by surprise with its downright bigness. The tastiest £2.50 Iíve ever spent! Which is probably a bit of a bargain...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jfb (4619) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2014
(bottle) hazy brown colour with no head. aroma of cherry juice and brown sugar, slightly oxidized, with a hint of cardboard and some treebark. flavour is mostly caramel, treebark and alcohol, with some notes of treacle and liquorice. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19518) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle @ RBESG 2014 Sunday Tasting. Vintage 2010. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit finish.

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