Ballards Alchemist


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Formerly brewed at Ballards
Style: Barley Wine
Petersfield, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 2.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
Cask; Special - released December 2000. Also bottle conditioned. Old Bounder series 2000/1. .
Blending the finest malts and hops Ballardís has produced a very rich smooth beer with flavours of caramel and an underlying hoppy finish. Ideal as a nightcap or served with game or British cheeses with spices or used in sauces, gravies or Christmas pudding!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (16947) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2004
Murky nut brown with golden highlights. Aroma of plums, dates, sultanas, and molasses. Sweet and sour palate with fruity (cherry, plum) depths. Oily. Rounded flavours - you can tell itís had a few years to come into form.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9878) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2003
Very dark brown-amber, hazy; good yellow-brownish head. Nose of portwine, tannin & woody esters, wild mushrooms, alcohol, slightly soapy. Woody bitterness in the taste, hops too, tannines indeed. Rather raw. Dark molasses & burnt sugar. Retronasal even more bitterness: ink and chicory. Extremely well-bodied, dry-out effect. Alcohol obvious but not overwhelming. Aftertaste with very earthy flavours. Something has been tried. The expectations were high. But it quite didn't work out. It turns out quite raw. Shocking wood, nearly woodstripper. But as for the fine esters one would have hoped for...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2003
Thick Special K flavour. Lots of alcohol, syruppy and cloying. Maybe it'd be better with some age, because at this stage, it was very unbalanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1475) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2002
Oily, no head whatsoever, strange wine like bitterness. Funny that with all the odd components that I still wound up enjoying this. Not like a typical barleywine so far as I know, but got me sipping it and looking in to the unique taste. Like the off handed compliment it might deserve it is "interesting".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
SilkTork (5689) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2002
O my flaming tentacles! I hate beers that grab you round the throat, slap you in the face and spit in your mouth. This one had me strapped naked upside down in a freezer while a couple of wide boys splashed acid on my dangly bits. Way too much alcohol! This one needs to undergo a major evolution in the cellar before itís ready. At the moment it hasnít even discovered how to bang the rocks together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2004 Brownorange colour. Alcoholic aroma with notes of chocolate and cheap strawberry jam. Roasted bitter flavor with notes of lactic acid and big bitterness. Naah, I donīt think so.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
omhper (24616) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2002
Bottled. Hazy chestnut brown. Acidic mashed apples alongside vodka in the nose. Very sweet with thick syrupy mouthfeel and an acidic finish with no trace of hops.

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