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

bottled
available

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RATINGS: 139   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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3.3
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 it’s quite unlike a lot of barley wines I’ve had. It’s certainly decent but missing some complexity and some heft. Surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content.

3.3
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2005
Bottled. An enjoyable winter beer this. Amber orange looks, sugary orange aroma, spicy orange taste. Nice one.

3
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 5, 2007
Dull gold colour, hazy, with big white head. Warm barley mouthfeel, can really feel alcohol coming through. but warm disappears quickly. Mild hop bitterness.

3.4
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - APR 5, 2005
Bottle. Ornage-brown with small head. Quite fruity, estery, alcohol, pine, dry. A little unrefined flavorwise. Medium-full and silky mouthfeel.

3.7
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2013
Mmmmm. The year of the barley wine. During which I’ve had about 3. Once every 2 months anyone? Had a necessary sweetness and lots of alcohol.

3.8
artyom (1116) - Osijek, CROATIA - FEB 9, 2014
0,5l bottle. Hazy copper color with big beige head. Aroma is citrus and floral hops with some fruit notes. Taste is medium bitter with nice sweet malt and caramel notes along with some fruits. Medium to full body and flat to average carbonation. Very complex beer.

3.9
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2007
[Cask from The Three Judges] Clear amber, small head. Sweet fruit, caramelised peaches, steamed pears and lots of grapefruit hop notes with floral nuances and a big toffeeish undertow in the nose. Full body, heavy malt sweetness leads to a juicy hop finish. Perfectly balanced, great beer.

3.7
kbudd19 (1019) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle, pretty old I think (best before May 2014) golden apricot pour, one finger of white head. Aroma is sweet candy sugar, sticky toffee, somewhat sour also. Taste, bitter up front, which tones down quickly and gives way to some subtle hops, fizzy carbonation, soft mouthfeel, some malty sweetness but not overwhelming or rich, a little bit of butterscotch and exceptionally smooth. Overall its not going to blow you away with complexity but its well rounded, smooth and for a barley wine very easy to drink.

2.2
Hanoi (951) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2013
Nose: brown sugar, alcohol, slight brandy. Taste malt, bitter hops, syrup, the alcohol is too prominent for a beer that is only 8.4% . Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, no carbonation, slightly flat. A poor barley wine, with very little depth. I suspect that this bottle maybe bad. It’s odd; I have only ever had 3 beers from this brewery and the other 2 were off. I suspect issues of quality control.

3.8
Sjohnh (947) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2014 First barley wine I’ve had in many a year. Lighter colour than I expected - dark yellow to orange. The apple taste hits first, followed by other strong fruits which for me balance off the alcohol strength very well. Very nice. Pay heed to the note on the label describing this as a lively beer - I lost the top third of the bottle to the kitchen floor!


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