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Brewed by Durham
Style: Barley Wine
Bowburn, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Bottle conditioned; has sometimes been available in the cask.
This barley wine is golden in colour with a luscious malty body. A complex blend of hops give an interesting depth and balancing bitterness. The finish lingers with a rich warmth. Something very special. Smooth deep malt blends with bright hop flavours. A hint of pear drops come from higher alcohols.

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3.8
rand (1820) - SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2010
Bottle 500 ml from Corbridger Larder in Corbridge (Northumberl). Beer golden-orange with small white head. Perfume of a strong malted body, sweetness. Beer complex and well balanced, powerful and rich, touches of orange, alcohol, pepper, spices and fruit. Deep and sweet, with alcoholic heat, worked for an excellent result, smooth. Aftertaste on alcohol, but ideal, round, thickand a little dryness.Not for the small sheeps!

3.7
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2009
Bottle conditioned, Rehills, Newcastle upon Tyne. Contains Durham’s trademark fruity hoppiness. Powerfully aromatic, beautifully sweet, but not heavy or cloying. Dusky, light orangey-brown appearance, with a clean white head. Take the advice on the bottle and sip, rather than sup!

3.3
tombyars (1766) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 6, 2011
Tasted this in the Three Judges, Glasgow in January 2008. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear orange amber in colour with a very thin open white head. Strong aroma of barley sugar, orange peel and candy floss. Rich syrupy mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malt delivers a strong sweet base of golden syrup, brandy snaps and glycerine fruits. Very slight nod to the one or two hop flowers in the brief aftertaste but sweetness dominates. Finish is silky sweet, malty and throat warming with alcoholic cough syrup notes wafting through. Reminded me of a really strong version of the then Gibbs Mew Bishops Tipple. An excellent barley wine and worth seeking out. Try this instead of the Magnificat, highly recommended.

3.2
weaselkenievil (1609) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle. Amber colour with small white head. Rich and sweet, can taste the alcohol but in a good way. Caramel and raisin, brown sugar, malty. Not the besdt barley wine style I’ve had but a decent enough brew.

3.4
OllieBBommel (1560) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2014
[email protected] Head: off-white, shrinking fast. Colour: clear golden. Aroma: delicate hops, some malt. Taste: mild bitter. Palate: smooth, alcoholic finish, low CO2. Overall: nice.

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3.9
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2011
Mmmm... marmalade... Thick, alcoholic marmalade. This is incredibly moreish for an 8.4% abv beer and should be banned by the British government before national productivity completely collapses. I’d spread it on toast for breakfast and then do fuck all all day. Can’t say I didn’t give fair warning. Released from the bottle and spread on toast, Benedictus was peachy gold with brown crumbs and minimal head. The texture was chewy. The aroma was toasty and very Belgian. In a blind toasting, I would have said this was a tripel, rather than a barley wine. Very yeasty, with oodles of Seville orange and lychee. This one holds its booze better than the same brewer’s Temptation, which is easier to resist than the name suggests. This is incredibly easy drinking for the strength, so I quit my job to have more time to do exactly that. In the mouth, Seville oranges front a supporting cast of mangos and Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Moderate bitterness and a quenching finish. An atypical barley wine but streets ahead of Robertson’s Golden Shred. (500ml bottle from Platinum Cellars. BB Feb 2010)

3.1
tomekk1978 (1435) - Z±bki, POLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Barwa: złocista, lekko zmętniona. Piana biała, drobno pęcherzykowa, średniej wielkości, względnie szybko opadająca, ale ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: niezbyt intensywny, głównie słodowy, z lekką domieszką chmielu (jakby lekkie cytrusy) i wyraźną nutą alkoholową. Jakby pale ale skrzyżowany z heller bockiem. Smak: pełny, słodowy, nieco słodki wyraźnie alkoholowy. Goryczka umiarkowana, delikatnie cytrusowa. Nie przyszłoby mi do głowy, że to barley wine, gdybym degustował to piwo w ciemno. Zapewne wskazałbym na heller bocka, bowiem barwa zdecydowanie zbyt jasna, a konsystencja zbyt rzadka. Duże rozczarowanie, nawet nie średnia jakość.

4.1
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 25, 2011
Kissé sápadt és homályosan gomolygó, vörösréz színű ital. Habja sárgásfehér, igen termetes és rendkívül krémes. Olyan, mintha fázott volna a söröcske és ezért magára húzott volna egy régi tolldunyhát. Ha ez így van, akkor azt kell hogy mondjam, hogy igen fázós fajta, ugyanis csak nagyon nehezen dobja le magáról a takarót. Illata édes, déligyümölcsös, ananász, mangó, mandarin, amihez fűszereket, kis karamellát és egy kortynyi fügelikőrt is loccsantottak. Íze mély, édeskés, melaszos, aszalt gyümölcsökkel teli, mint füge, datolya, egy kis narancs, naspolya, meglocsolva egy adag hársmézzel. Ehhez csatlakozik egy szép adag komló, koriander, boróka és fekete tea. Sűrű, testes ital és apró buborékokkal van tele. Utóíze olyan, mintha egy erős, gyümölcsteába kortyolnánk bele, amiben valódi szárított gyümölcsök lennének, minőségi tea fűvel keverve és ez csak egy csepp kissé megpörkölt mézzel lenne ízesítve,a legvégén kiszárítja a szánkat. Nagyon kellemes sör, inkább a téli estékre való, ami szépen melegít, eltelít és álomba ringat.

3.2
veceo (1361) - Pula, CROATIA, - JUN 21, 2015
Cloudy orange deep amber color, huge off white head. Aroma of pear, malt, sweetness, wood, alcohol, dried fruits. Medium to full body, lively carbontion. Taste of pears, malts syrupy sweetness, red fruits. Too sweet. Slightly dry. OK.

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3.1
XaenDovet (1281) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle. Slightly hazy orange. Aroma is alcohol, rye, wet wood. Taste is sour, smokey wood, candy malt. Late, long lasting cakey mouthfeel.


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