Brewed by Tring
Style: English Strong Ale
Tring, England


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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (23259) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2206) - Asshat, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (3020) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4970) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2011
330ml bottle pours a deep amber color with a small off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is roasted malts and a hint of smokiness. Taste is roasted malty sweetness and a bit of smokiness and alcohol with a mild hoppy finish. A pretty good low alcohol barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (2191) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2011
The pour is a deep amber body with notes of golden copper and small but sustained beige head. The nose is moderately hopped with a light caramel and biscuit malt with light roast. Tasting this one is much like the nose, but more robust with light licorice and burnt wood with a light chocolate note. Smooth and bitter on the finish with a very nice drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (16659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle from Viti’s, Vancouver; bb 03/02/12
Beautiful dark amber color, bright; medium sized compact head. The aroma has caramel, slightly oxidized malts, some vegetables. Some caramel and malt flavor, again with traces of vegetables; but the lean body and moderate sweetness identify this as a Strong Ale but not as a Barley Wine; although the alcohol content is not extreme, it can be clearly perceived. Correct bitterness, the final is also a bit nutty.
Pleasant brew, with no excitement though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (10105) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2011
330mL bottle, pours a clear dark copper / red with a small off-whie head. Aroma is more reminiscent of that of an English Strong Ale - bready caramel malts, toasted nuts, with toffee and some mild sweetness. Flavour is rich in English caramel malts, toasted hazelnuts, some brown sugar with a mild sweetness. Hard to call this a barley wine; nevertheless, solid for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2011
Bottle. Copper with a thin head. Attractive woody scent with a hint of wine on the edge. First sip is like a velvet ESB. A different kind of Barley Wine. Smooth. Faint spice. Very woody.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (11730) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2011
Bottle Conditioned, 330ml from Asda in Milton Keynes. Chestnut with off white head. Rich and quite fruity beer, smooth, masking the alcohol pretty well. There is a wine like character, grapey, sweetish, heavy on the palate. A quite decent Barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (14821) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2011
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW. Clear, rich, dark red-brown pour with a modest head. Plenty of dark, ripoe fruits on the nose, some caramel malts. Very sweet flavor, tons of fruit punch, cherries, grapes, berries, mild caramel and straight sugar. Medium to full in body with fine carbonation. Warming finish, lots of sugars, some ripe fruit, subtle booze, more berries. One of the better English barley wines I’ve had; I don’t like sour malts. Unrefined and slightly in-your-face, this is a decent brew.

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