Woodfordes Headcracker
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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.

elektronikfagtekniker's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, - DEC 4, 2007
bottle. it has a dark copper color with a large head. the aroma is sweet and malty. the taste is also malty but with some hops as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (983) - 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 (107) - 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 (10769) - 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 (14380) - 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 (1354) - 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 (16582) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (6711) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle on the Eurostar to Brussels as part of my Pre-Wedding Celebrations, thanks to Mr. Bunce. It pours amber, with a foamy white head. The nose is pear drops, sweet pear, melon, perfumed and tinned fruit salad. The taste is sweet syrup, wood, brown sugar, melon, pear, plum, raisin, currant and lots of booze. Medium body, moderate carbonation and syrupy mouth-feel. Far too boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (11016) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2011
33 cl bottle. Hazy golden brown color, 3 bubble head. Aroma of caramel and pine. Taste is sweet and malty, slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (6676) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2011
500 ml bottle. From Woodbastwick, England. Shared w/ mjs.
Hazy orange colour with tiny white head. Some sediment. Mildish aroma of yeast, caramel malt, some sourness, orange and tangerine. Flavour is malt, fruity bitterness and some acridness. Quite full though. Flat. Short bitter aftertaste.

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