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Brewed by Tring
Style: English Strong Ale
Tring, England

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
planky84 (1930) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2012
Cask at GBBF, 2012. Copper coloured pour with a white head. Baked apple and pear aroma. Flavours of stewed apple, yellow melon and barley sugar. Sweet finish. Not as good as I hoped.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackmetal (112) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 20, 2012
Abnormally strong and sharp ale for an English. Syrop and hops come in a little during the aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mnurda (1117) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 13, 2012
Bottled sample from Calgary airport. Brown in colour. Did not realize hat this was a barley wine. Bit on the light side but enjoyable. Wrong food pairing though

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6555) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle. Lovely ruby colour, but the head is gone in moments. Aroma is sweet, lots of brown sugar, dark raisins, hints of spices. Flavours are toasty, burnt sugars, dark raisins, red licorice. Not quite burly enough to be a BW, but as an English strong ale it is pretty dope.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thehead92 (33) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2012
The beer has a great story it is very dark, ruby brown with a thin but clingy head. Big roasted malts, light fruity hops and a little chocolate/caramel. A nice strong ale, very smooth finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2012
On cask at the Ely Winter Beer Festival, 2012. Pours a dark brown colour with a fair light tan head. Aroma of raisins, alcohol, chocolate and caramel. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Alcohol is quite prominent.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
EdKing (1800) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle from Tring Brewery. Clear reddish brown colour, no head. There’s bubbles in the bottle but no carbonation detectable in taste. Nose is caramel, alcohol, sweet barley. Taste is flat-ish and dull, there’s caramel and sweetness and touch of bitterness but little else. I expect a strong ale to have way more flavour than this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20272) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2011
Bottled (from Utobeer). Deep amber colour, small white head. Aroma is sweet malts, some quite hoppy notes, mild spices as well as some slight alcohol sweetness. Flavour is rather sweet malts, alcohol, some toasted notes as well as quite big on the hops. Wellbalanced and rather pleasantly balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2063) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2011
IPhone review... Booooo. Poured out a medium mahogany brown with a head that vanished. Has a fair-sized sweet fruity caramel toasty aroma. Faint grain - not a lot of complexity but good stuff. Tasty stuff that comes across as something that I’ll get bored of but its flavors are better than I assume they are. A touch burnt, roasty, tasty spices, light pepper, lighter licorice at a slightly sweet level, caramel, some grainial sugar, very tasty! In the end I never wavered towards boredom. Perfect carbonation with a light oily feel. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2567) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 11, 2011
330ml brown bottle. Dark red-brown colour, clear. Small off white cap that recedes to a faint thin layer of foam on the surface. No lacing. Aroma has some toffee/caramel sweetness, brown sugar, and some fruity malt. In the mouth the beer is toffee-ish and sweet up front, notes of nutty dark chocolate, mid way some dark fruits come out. Finish has a suggestion of nutty malt, dry, almost woody note with a light hop presence. Medium body, tingly mouthfeel. A nice English strong ale, not feeling it as a barley wine though.


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