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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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BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma has notes of orange, alcohol, cider and malt. Citrus flavours sit well with the hops up front with subdued additions of honey and sherbet in back. Not as thick or full bodied as some other barley wines but very pleasant none the less. Alcohol is noticeable but still easy drinking. Recommended.

3.3
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2004
slightly alcoholic nose with hints of orange and cardemom. Beautiful orange colour with a milky shine. Low head. A bit watery feeling with a fruity finish and palate. Aftertaste of somewhat bitter like orange shells...

3.1
azzie (822) - Pula, CROATIA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle 0,33 from Metro c&c in Rijeka. Cloudy brownish dark orange liquid with average beige head. Average body, med to light carbonation. Alcoholy taste and aroma. Fruity aroma. Very sweet.

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3.6
Dommod2011 (706) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
Keg at BBB. I like Durham. This was a good barley. Big ABV but well hidden.

3
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
bottle- Pours a golden colour with no head. aroma is alc. dried fruit and caramel. flavours are a little light at the front then sweet alc. and a mild hop bitterness in the finish

4.1
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 30, 2008
Pours a deep golden. Sweet fruity aromas, slight alcohol tinge. Wow, is this really 8.4%??? This has to be the most drinkable Barley Wine I’ve had. Quite dangerous! Sweet flavours balance with some spicy bitterness. Alcohol is evident in the aftertaste but not very intense. A lot of caramel flavours in the body, and a wee bit of hop. Dry to finish. Awesome! But 500mL of this stuff is dangerous on your own...

3.9
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 6, 2005
Bottle from Open All Hours, Keswick. Red amber. Vinous aroma with apple, port, wood and uncharacteristic grapefruit hop. Full body. Again some hop bitterness in the finish.

3.3
Pizd (435) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2013
(Cask, Rainhill Beer Fest): Orange-amber colour with a tiny white head. Aroma of caramel, sweet fruit, malt. Lots of rich sweet malt flavour with caramel and fruit notes popping up but the alcohol isn’t hidden well at all and in my opinion ruins the beer, very pungent.

3.2
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2009
Touch of skunk on the nose which i was surprised about given the high alc, good balance with a touch of almond, fairly boring for the hefty price tag!

4.1
Velkyal (321) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Pours a beautiful copper colour, with a thin white head, the nose is a full frontal attack of toffee, canned fruit and citrus peel, and a boozy note chucked in. The sweet caramel taste dominates the drinking, though there is enough of a hop bite to stop it from furring the arteries.


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