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Woodfordes Headcracker

Brewed by Woodfordes
Style: Barley Wine
Norwich, England
Serve in Snifter


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Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Maris Otter; Caramalt; Goldings hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilverfoX (408) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2014
fruity aroma from a amber body thin white head, taste of sweet prunes then some bitter aftertaste. really good one of early beer drinking favourites

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (1460) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours amber with a thin cream head. Notes of banana, caramel, sherry and booze. Starts sweet and finishes bitter with a bit of a metallic after taste. Has quite a home brew feel to it. Not bad, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (1710) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle. Picnic Fayre. Cley Next The Sea. Norfolk. Orangey amber. Film of white head. Bit of a prune juice and fruit salad thing going on. Juicy and sweet. Taste sets of sweet, then turns dry, with a little bitterness. Fairly light palate, given the ABV. Fruity dry, light bitter finish. Good stuff. Must try and find it on cask.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
Appearance: Clear amber no head. Aroma: Note of dried fruit, syrup and hint of vinous. Taste: Low/medium sweetness and bitterness with low sourness. Palate: Smooth thick texture, light/medium body, no/low carbonation, abrupt liquorice, dried fruit, boiled sweet finish. Comments: Tasty not great, and not keen on the mouthfeel. Review is for the bottled version 7% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mt_hall (123) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2013
Amber/ruby colour, with a slight haze that cleared very slowly and a small white head. Strong malty, plummy aroma. Smooth in the mouth with fruit (banana & plum), a touch of malt, and a dry finish. Very good, and very drinkable for such a strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11862) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle on the train to Brussels for Paul’s Pre-Wedding Beverage Bonanza. Pours clear, amber-gold with a small, white foam head. Ripe fruit aroma with light toast and faint alcohol. medium to big sweet flavor with some orange, toasty sugar, bread and a bit of pear. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Mildly warming finish with light marmalade, toasty sugar and bread, some caramel and booze. Yeah, not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (15260) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2012
Bottle from Beers Of Europe, King’s Lynn
Hazy amber color; generous, compact head. The aroma is light and simple, the flavor has some malt, moderate sweetness, alcohol perception beyond expectations, light fruity touch and a light presence of vegetables; the bitterness is low, the final is just a bit drier.
Very forgettable and overpriced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2012
Sweet with caramel aroma. Strong alcohol flavor with little hops. Bright orange with thin head. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tombyars (1411) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Sampled this lovely Barley Wine at the Glasgow Winter Beer Festival in 1997. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark ruby red colour with a thin white head. Powerful sweet sultana aroma wafts off in heavy plumes. Booming smack of complex malts giving full bodied flavours of fruity glycerine sweetness with warming dollops of golden syrup. Very little in the way of hop resins detected as malt steam rollers everything. Very warming in the finish as the sweetness continues into a strong blood orange flavour with alchoholic cointreaue notes full in the mouth. A fantastic Barley Wine and highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2012
Cask gravity @ Battersea BF 2012. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma with weak hints of dark fruit. Sweetish malty caramel flavor with hints of dark fruit. Has a dry woody malty caramel finish.

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