Brewed by Coniston
Style: Barley Wine
Coniston, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Cask; Occasional - brewed once a year. Also available bottled.
This classic strong golden beer has a long maturation period to give a smooth and warming character, a delightful sipping beer. Rich in fruit flavours with Marzipan, herbal hoppiness and Cognac overtones finishing with a warming alcohol essence. The residual sweetness is balanced by large amounts of best English Goldings Hops.

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Marstonlad (939) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 4, 2017
Bottle, as a gift. Pours rusty copper with a little white head. The aroma features sweet maltiness, plenty of caramel, some fudge and ripe fruitiness; slightly cloying, not much if any hop aroma. Taste is medium to heavily sweet, containing mostly caramel, fudge and dried fruits. Also some alcohol appears, slightly harsh to drink. Mild hoppiness does not provide enough balance in my opinion. The palate is full-bodied, low to average in carbonation, fairly smooth. Alcohol in the taste has to be counted as a negative; still, decent to drink, would probably work best as a winter warmer.

redders1974 (1575) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2017
On cask at the source which always helps sweet sherry notes decent if a little sweet.

minutemat (5938) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2017
250ml bottle from Tebay services, drunk at home. Pours clear copper, thin receding white head. Aroma is a little cobwebby with some caramel. Taste is slick, with honey, caramel, cobwebs and a warming alcohol presence. A bit harsh.

likeatrainwreck (573) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2016
Not bad... very English... aroma is similar to an ESB... malty, sweet, but in the end it’s all a bit tasteless.

AshtonMcCobb (6843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle from the Black Bull. Appearance - amber red with a lovely lacy head. Nose -honey and wholemeal bread. Taste - honey going into marmalade. Palate - medium to full bodied with a big tangy texture and a long balanced finish. Overall - not the best barley wine but a decent impression.

thmsboyd (201) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle BBE Aug 2015, Bottled 21/08/13. Sweet sherry, red berries and cereal aromas. Cloudy amber appearance with evident fizz and a significant, bubbly head. Early sweetness counteracted by a sharp, alcoholic acidity. Lingering hop bitterness. Full body, with a smooth, creamy texture. Lively on the tongue. Overall a very well-balanced and drinkable barley wine.

Finn (7916) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
Flaske 0,275l spandert av Rune og delt med ham under bonusseanse i WC-veien 30 Apr 13. Gyldenbrun. Høyt luftig skum som varer. Forsiktig krydderaroma. Smaken veldig søt. Litt mandler. Holder seg veldig søt. Litt tørr i avslutninga. Preg av sherry.

mike_77 (7011) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2014
Pale brown colour. Aroma is sweet. Texture is thick. Flavour is very sweet and malty with some woody notes. Warming.

Fin (10820) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Geraint & Helen (next door neighbours) consumed at home Wednesday 11th December 2013 Pours copper in colour with hardly a bubble noticed. Clarity is pretty good, consistency is watery syrup, actually its not so thick but it is thicker than your average beer. Fruity and a little sweet with a little sourness creeping in. To be fair this isn’t your heavy cloying, massively sweet Barley Wine as it certainly has its own character but sipping again it is sweet with alcohol soaked rasins and other dried fruit dancing on the tongue. A good beer would have liked a little carbonation though. A6 A3 T7 P4 Ov14 3.4

turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - NOV 11, 2013
Pours amber with a very thin layer of foam on top. Warm, honey-like aroma. Taste is malty and warming, but as the beer warms a distinctly bitter hop flavour punches through. Slightly astringent.

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