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

bottled
available

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unknown

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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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3.4
JorisPPattyn (9927) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2008
Huge fluffy yellowish head, stable, over unclear orange beer with olive shine. Toasted, caramel nose, parsley, herbal-based liqueurs. Very liqueurish taste; syrup, alcohol & herbal bitterness. Very creamy MF from the head. Well-carbonated, slick & warming. Alcoholsweetness wars with the burning-bitterish throatfeel. Only medium bodied, all the same. Absolutely not bad, but for it to grapple with the big Belgian abbey ales, might be a bridge too far. <i> Big thanks to Darren! </i>

3.2
Quack-Duck (9484) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2014
bottle from Darts Farm. Deep golden, small white foamy head. Full-bodied, sweet and malty, sirupy almost, with dried fruit and some dry hops in the finish.

3.6
jmgreenuk (9300) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 27, 2013
Cask at the Birmingham Beer Bash 2013. Poured a clear dark amber with a thin white head. The aroma is rich crisp red berry fruit leading to a medium to weak bitter flavour with fruit and weak yeast on the super smooth palate. A very heart warming beer that was not dominated by the alcohol.

3.8
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2007
Cask Stillage at the New Century Hall, Manchester 20/01/2007 Strong fruit aroma. Small white head. Golden coloured and slightly hazy. Strong in alcohol. Some dryness in a crisp full malt finish.

3.4
daniele (9018) - ITALY - AUG 11, 2016
bottle lieve ambrato dilo velata discreta schiuma media persistenza discreto malto un filo etilco buona nota amaro lieve agrume file fruttato leggere pepato riscaldante

3.3
Hansen (8587) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2006
Amber colour, unclear, sediment. Lasting offwhite head. Floral and real nice aroma, flavor is nice, medium malty. The 8,4 abv isnt unpleasent, but warming.

3.3
downender (8584) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2008
Cask conditioned at the Royal Oak, Bath 21/2/08. Amber coloured with a moderate white head. Sweet malt and earthy hop aroma. Flavour of barley sugar, yeast and grassy hops. Good, although slightly lacking in character for such a strong beer.

3.7
Svesse (8573) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2007
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm) Amber colour, hazy, with huge, but brief, off-white head. Fruity nose with citrus (orange, mandarin) and heavy notes of earthy hops, slightly vinous. Fruity taste, slightly vinous, with notes of orange marmalade, mandarin and earthy hops in the finish. Sweetish, but perfectly balanced. Very nice.

3.4
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2012
500. Pours a murky medium amber with no real head or lace, just little white wisps. Toffee, sweet cream, and a bit of apple skin on the nose. Creamy medium body. Toffee, sweet cream, and apples again on the mid palate. Mild caramel finish. Not much happening here.

3.6
blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2007
My bottle shared with HogTownHarry and tupalev. Pours a hazy orange with little floaties and a large lasting white head. Sweet aroma with lots of fruit, sweet malt, yeast and a good amount of hops. Flavour’s malty and fruity with a somewhat bitter finish. Alcohol’s well hidden. Medium to full bodied. Very good, I really enjoyed it.


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