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Brewed by Wild Beer
Style: Barley Wine
Shepton Mallet, England
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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bottled, special
an aged barley wine, that has spent the last 9 months slowly developing in Marc de Bourgogne casks. We bought the barrels with this beer in mind, as soon as we opened them up the aroma that hit us screamed barley wine at us. It’s a dark, warming style of bar, with a rich, boozy, fruitcake character. The big flavours and warming alcohol make this the perfect winter beer.


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9993) - The ’Sham, Surrey, - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, big thanks to Leighton for another Wild hook up, 16/01/14. HAzed chestnut brown/dark amber with a thin light beige cover that dissipates to spotting and edgework. Nose is oaky woody light booze lick, dark fruits, sugars, not a whole lot of depth. Taste comprises dark toffee, hint of spice, dark fruit mash, prunes, dates, bitter fruit notes, oaky, light booze. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying closure with tangy fruit resonance. Ok barley wine, never to be a world beater but the sweetness is well tempered and doesn’t run away and steal the show.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (1985) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle from the brewery shop. Clear red, with orange shades and a thin off white head, which dissipates. Nose is aged wood, sour lactobacillus yeast, caramel, red wine, slight Cognac, dried fruit, raisin. Taste is red wine vinous, aged wood, slight subtle sourness, leather, raisin, little sherry. Unusual to get a rich sour barley wine, but it’s good. Sit down by a fire, stare into the flames and sip away!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (2033) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Dark hazy brown amber in color.... Aroma of Cabernet Sauvignon... Smells like red wine... Flavor of red wine, hard to tell that it's beer... Interesting ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (3121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2014
Backlog rating. Bottle from Utobeer, London. It pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet with notes of dried fruits, figs, bread and toffee. Taste is sweet with notes of toffee, vanilla, wood, dried red berries and figs. Light alcohol warmth. Thick oily mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Overall, quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10469) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2014
Bottled. Light brown coloured. Has a small beige head. ARoma. Ripe fruits like figs and plums. Sweetnes, some berries and loads of brown sugar. Flavour. Ripe fruits, sweetness wood berries. Quite vinous. Medium to full bodied. Ends full of fruits and some sweetness. Light alcohol bite on the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (4001) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at home from Cotteridge wines, split with Sarah. Aroma is sweet malts, honey, spicy yeast character. Nice and complex nose with some plum and wooden barel. Flavour is sweet caramel, spiced pumpkin, root vegetables, and lingering dark liquorice. Alcohol, warmth and sweet wine in the finish. Hazed amber/ dark orange coloured pour with a lasting thin cream coloured head. Wood tanin. Palate is quite sweet with moderate carbonation, fairly smooth and some alchol warmth in the finish. A bit rough round the edges but good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (14141) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle from BottleDog London and drunk at home. Said 9.9% abv on this bottle. Hazy dark brown. Sweet aroma even from just pouring it. Sweet fruity aroma, touch of wood, fruits are sweet strawberry jam, cherries and sweet plum. Sweet in mouth with more jam. Yes some red wine flavour from the barrels definitely. Some wood flavour on the finish. The more it opened up the more wood flavour came out which isn’t always my favourite flavour. Little bit of heat on the end. OK. but the barrel ageing is a bit too much for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21533) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle at yespr. Hazy orange-red coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, oak and rubber. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, oak, rubber and licorice. Sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29851) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2014
Bottled. A hazy red beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of alcohol and over ripe fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of over ripe fruits, alcohol, and hops, leading to a bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (6311) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2014
33 cl. bottle. Brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of dried fruit, alcohol, alcohol, oak, caramel and malt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (2386) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle at Yespr’s - dark amber pour with medium off-white head. Sweet malty and dark dried fruity aroma and taste, caramel and toffee, some great herbal and spicy notes throughout, vinous mouthfeel, nice warming boozy finish. Gorgeous.


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