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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%
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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3.7
Holmen1 (5996) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2014
0,5 flaske importert av og delt med Ovesen ombord på Fridtjofen nest siste dag i juli: gylden med fint skum som varer. Lett aroma av gjæret plommesyltetøy. Smaken har en elegant bitterhet kombinert med plommer, svisker og annen tørket frukt. Meget god, men på ingen måte det jeg forbinder med en barley wine, til det er den for tørr. Minner mest om en kraftfull belgisk blondine. Alkoholen er holdt eksemplarisk godt skjult.

3.3
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2011
50cl, English brew, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, complex brew, malty/sweet and slightly alcoholic/fruity, not too heavy, yet not balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, nice brew

3.5
SilkTork (5752) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2011 June, 2003 Bottle conditioned. A smooth barley wine with some nice dry sherry soaked oranges. Well behaved. A little smoky in places. Good, but not outstanding. [2.9]
Sept, 2011 Bottle from Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop in Durham. Lovely. There’s a whiff of vinegar and paint stripper on the top, which adds interest to the smooth, malt accented sweetness. This is an easy drinking strong beer. Good toffee and caramel body - positive awareness of alcohol which swirls all over the place. This is a seductive and intoxicating beer. It’s pretty much what you hope and expect a good barley wine to be. Yes. Lovely. [3.8]

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DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2007
Cask been vented for about a week or so and had been on for a day or two, so in excellent condition. Aroma is peachy, spicey, yeasty, candy sugar, citrus hops and a crackin toffee base. Taste is similarly complex, but no alcohol at all reminds me of fullers ESB, so very well hidden, spicey great long finish, seriously dangerously drinkable.

3.6
johndoughty (5465) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2004
A pleasant strongly alcoholic barley wine.Nice complex tastes but you are not allowed to forget its strength.An excellent winter warmer.

3.4
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2008
Thorups, Aarhus, DK. Bottled, 130608. Golden with small head. Complex aroma and flavor of malty sweetness, balanced hop bittereness, added sugar and a tangy tone from the well hidden alcohol

3.9
zacgillbanks (5294) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2013
Bottles from Bede’s World, Jarrow; Fenwicks Newcastle and Rehills Newcastle. A hazy dark orange-amber coloured beer with sweet fruit, marzipan and zesty orange hop flavours, warmth and more spicy sweetness on the finish.

3.4
Beersiveknown (5292) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 26, 2013
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Full bodies mid amber with fluffy beige head. Malt led, very sweet but not cloying, no sign of the booze, drinks more like a 6%er.

3.2
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 4, 2008
Hazy amber colour with a large off white head. malty, caramel and fruity sweet aroma with vague hoppy notes. Malty, sweet fruity flavor with hoppy notes.

3.1
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber looks like dark apple juice. Aroma is a bit wine-like with notes of fermented fruit. First sip says Maibock. A bit dusty. Body is still. Spice starts to show up on the third or fourth sip but does not build very high; some lighnt hops, finishing pepper and hints of dark spice dot the palate and strong tangerine. Although there is some citrus emerging in the bottom half of the bottle. Short aftertaste makes you forget you are dinking it but each sip reawakens the palate. Subtle.


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