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

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1592) - CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with one finger of fluffy white head settling rapidly to a compact cap and light lacing. Nose is dominated by sweet candi malt and toffee, with a little dark fruit in the background. Taste is similar, leading out with sweet malt followed rapidly by plums and raisins, with a mildly bitter finish. Mouth feel is medium to full-bodied, slick and slightly creamy, with a distinct alcohol warming. A pleasant enough barley wine, but not a lot of depth to the flavour. The alcohol warming also tends a bit to the harsh. Decent, but not great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OllieBBommel (1504) - 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rand (1490) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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. Id spread it on toast for breakfast and then do fuck all all day. Cant say I didnt 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 brewers 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 Robertsons Golden Shred. (500ml bottle from Platinum Cellars. BB Feb 2010)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 25, 2011
Kiss spadt s homlyosan gomolyg, vrsrz sznű ital. Habja srgsfehr, igen termetes s rendkvl krmes. Olyan, mintha fzott volna a srcske s ezrt magra hzott volna egy rgi tolldunyht. Ha ez gy van, akkor azt kell hogy mondjam, hogy igen fzs fajta, ugyanis csak nagyon nehezen dobja le magrl a takart. Illata des, dligymlcss, anansz, mang, mandarin, amihez fűszereket, kis karamellt s egy kortynyi fgelikőrt is loccsantottak. ze mly, desks, melaszos, aszalt gymlcskkel teli, mint fge, datolya, egy kis narancs, naspolya, meglocsolva egy adag hrsmzzel. Ehhez csatlakozik egy szp adag koml, koriander, borka s fekete tea. Sűrű, testes ital s apr buborkokkal van tele. Utze olyan, mintha egy erős, gymlcsteba kortyolnnk bele, amiben valdi szrtott gymlcsk lennnek, minősgi tea fűvel keverve s ez csak egy csepp kiss megprklt mzzel lenne zestve,a legvgn kiszrtja a sznkat. Nagyon kellemes sr, inkbb a tli estkre val, ami szpen melegt, eltelt s lomba ringat.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomekk1978 (1329) - Zbki, POLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Barwa: złocista, lekko zmętniona. Piana biała, drobno pęcherzykowa, średniej wielkości, względnie szybko opadająca, ale ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: niezbyt intensywny, głwnie 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
veceo (1324) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
XaenDovet (1282) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
500ml bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. Pours an opaque toffee gold with little lasting head. Aroma is very sweet treacle mixed with light caramel, some light hops and tree fruit. Taste is a bit nondescript up front but then some notes emerge; honey, caramel, floral hops. Overly sweet. Alcohol is evident but not overwhelming. Finish is sharp with a lingering honey note. Overall its quite unlike a lot of barley wines Ive had. Its certainly decent but missing some complexity and some heft. Surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content.


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