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


on tap


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 2.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Cask; Special - released December 2003. Also bottle conditioned.
Old Bounder series 2003/4.

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JorisPPattyn (10026) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2005
Retired this might be, it’s still freely available in London, I’m told Disparate yellowish-transparant head, gone quickly from an opaque dark-redbrown beer, purplish shine. Seaweed, salty, algues, liquorice, alginate, ink, mashed potatoes aromas. WEIRD, ’t other one said. Inky, walnuts, vinous flavours. Alcohol and fusels obvious. Quite sweet, liquorice-like finish, but the walnut bitter keeps around, as does some exotic spice. Beer is as flat as a pancake. Why do British brewers insist on 9% ABV, if their yeast gets out of breath halfway? The corpse is full, slick, oily. Might have been quite good when alive, if too young. Ballards should go fishing, for a weekend, to get some new ideas.

bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 25, 2005
poured dark brown with a small tan head that didnt come without a rapid pour. nose of sweet malt extract and alcohol. wood tobacco, brown sugar, toffee/caramel flavors and alcohol burn. astringent and cloying. difficult to drink and rather unenjoyable.

Lubiere (13991) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
Hazy red brown ale with no head. Sweet apples in aroma, cidery, very oxidized. Sweet lightly hopped BW with strong alcohol warmth, overbearing and unbalanced. This is off. Bought at Utobeer, Borough Market, London, February 2005. May 2005, Capflu’s BW tasting.

joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
Slight hazy amber-brown w/ almost no head. Aroma is malty (caramel, chocolate) & fruity (cooked apples, plums) but somewhat oxidized. Flat, lifeless feel. Flavour is reminiscent of caramel apples w/ some butterscotch & toffee. I didn’t find this beer nearly as bad as those with whom I shared (tiggmtl, CapFlu, Olivier_MTL, Goldorak, MartinT) but it was definitely past its prime.

MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
The Lure:
Flat, oxidized cherries in caramel. Cheap vinous wafts with green apple peel tartness. Not sure I want to dig into this. Probably one of the most offensive labels in history, only the best British comedians could get away with this.

The Festivities:
Unfortunately, this beer is not funny at all. More caramel than proposed in the aroma, but the oxidation and vile, slick tartness just cannot please. Joris has a good point about some brewers insisting on brewing big beers even though their yeast seemingly can’t pull through. Something’s amiss, and this is a very plausible cause. Same fruitiness as the aroma, maybe more candy sweetness, but severely flawed and ultimately unpleasant.

Fruit prematurely thrown to the ground by radioactive rain. What awful puddles.

CapFlu (5128) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
(12oz bottle) Headless. Nose of SHUGGA!!! Fruity but flat, lifeless... much like that after a nuclear attack.

Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
Sceptic tank sewage brown, zero head. Bonus points go for the highly antagonizing label. Citrus, lime mostly, oxidized apple aroma. No carbonation at all, and tasted like a rusty penny marinated in maple sugar extract. Pass!

OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
Cuivrée allant vers le brun, absence totale de mousse et de carbonatation. Oxydée, cartonnée, citronnée, pommes meurtri recouvertes de caramel, le tout pour une poignée de sous noires. Une autre preuve que les Britanniques n’ont pas encore tous parfait l’art de l’embouteillage. Visiblement en mauvais état.

tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
The label and beer name may well have been intended as a joke but it is in poor taste at best... Speaking of poor taste:
Browned apples, marzipan, sherry and cardboard in the aroma. Opaque brown body with absolutely no head at all. Still and lifeless. Green apples and cardboard mar the caramel malt flavour with some suggestions of roasted/chocolate malts toward the mercifully quick finish. Medium body with no carbonation. Possibly once intersting flavours are ruined by a sad presentation. Bottle sampled with CapFlu, Goldorak, Joey_Capps, Olivier_MTL, Lubiere and MartinT.

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