Brewed by Tring
Style: English Strong Ale
Tring, England


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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Cask & Bottle Conditioned; Occasional.
Originally brewed on October 25th to commemorate the Charge of the Light Brigade. Now brewed in January and matured for 11 months to be sold over Christmas and New Year. The prolonged storage provides an extremely drinkable ale for its strength. A strong, dark aromatic and estery barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (12561) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2013
From bottle @ Borefts 2013. Amber color. Peach, lychee and toffee in the aroma. Grassy earthy floral hops and some ripe fruit in the alcoholic flavor. Decent, but no top class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2744) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle @ BBF ’13, courtesy of Countbeer (I think). Aroma’s: sweet malts, honey, fruit. Flavor is moderate sweet. Medium bodied. Finishes slightly dry and moderate bitter. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (4421) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2013
330ml bottle from some big supermarket somewhere. Malty aroma, sickly sweet figs and liquorice coming from first sip with some warming Autumnal shades of malts, nuts, berries & raisins emerging as you journey on. Wasn’t sure I liked this at first. Now I think I do.

Also it should be mentioned that this is brewed every year to commemorate the anniversary of the 1854 Charge of the Light Brigade, something Iron Maiden’s ’The Trooper’ ale is also named after. If only Iron Maiden’s attempt had as much venom and strength as this. You listening Bruce?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Countbeer (6221) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle@Borefts’13: Off white lacing on top of a clear amber copper colored beer. Aromas of barley malts, nuts, hay, cream, smooth spices, pilsmalts... Flavours of cream, malts, herbs, hint of butterscotch, leaves, bitters and autumnal herbs. Aftertaste is a mix of leaves, light dry, bitters... Low carbo, soft creamy mouthfeel, medium to fuller body and a creamy texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (5612) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle @ Borefts ’13 thx to Martinus. Clear copper colour with a small sized white head. Smells fruity and sweet. Tastes fruity and sweet also. Nothing crazy, but still decent. Medium body, soft fizzy carbo. They should do a collab with Mikkeller and call it ’Death or Gloryhole’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (8205) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2013
Thx! for the sample to Martinus. 33 cl. bottle sampled @ Borefts 2013. Clear amber, white head. Smell is caramel, oxidized, brown sugar, sweet malts, toffee, nice Barley wine, sweet stuff. Taste is sweet caramel malts, good Barley wine oxidation notes, bitter herbs, sweet spices, dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar. Oily, not particularly heavy body. This is a nice regular BW, def. enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (14262) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 Sampled from bottle thanks to Martinus @ Borefts 2013. Clear orange to amber color, small white head. Smell and taste malts, some sweet-bitter, nuts. Not really outspoken. Decent. [6-2-6-2-11=2.7] -- Re-rate August 2014: Bottle shared at RBESG 2014 Grand Tasting. Rusty orangy color, small beige head. Smell and taste malts, alcohol, raisins, brown sugar. Hmm, don’t really like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle bought from ASDA in North Watford, Herts. An amber/chestnut coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Sweet, malty, caramel aroma. Taste is similar, sweet, malty, caramel, fig, dark fruit, slightly boozy. Reminded me of a Belgian Christmas beer. I’m not usually a fan of Tring Brewery but I really enjoyed this one. Not a fan of ASDA either but I’d be happy to go back there to stock up on this tasty barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (2270) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
2oz sample from a 330ml bottle courtesy of @gabethestereotypicalasianguy. 7.2%. Pours a coppery-brown with a bubbly tan head, no lacing, barely-there retention. Aroma is reminiscent of darker trappist biers, fig, black currant, raisin, and a bit of a yeasty sourness. Very farm-style on the pallet, lots of yeasty, cracked wheat notes, with some mild soft fruit sweetness. Not well liked at the table, but they were mostly beer weaklings. Definitely Glory, not death.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2013
On cask at the Wellington (Birmingham)
This not only got me a new county tick but helped me discover a rich beer that was completely beyond all expectations. A deceptively easy drinking barleywine might lack the ABV punch of some bigger cousins but makes up for it with a very flavorful experience.

Aroma / Appearance - The semitransparent caramel base changes to a deep brown near the top of the half pint glass. The head is a nice dusty white. Caramel, cherry pie, toasted pieces of white bread, and red Twizzlers dipped in chocolate provide a rich foundation to start from.

Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel is like drinking cherry pie filling with a dash of water. Cherries stick in the throat as a wave of almonds and maple syrup highlight a balanced approach to a barley wine. It lacks the hop profile of many but put that down to being on cask.

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