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

bottled
available

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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
john44 (3133) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle. Amber Gold. Strong, smooth, sweet (almost syrupy), malty (caramel), fruity (oranges) beer balanced by earthy flowery hoppy bitterness. Almonds? Nice sweet-bitter balance. Very warming alcohol. Liked this. Decent. (2008)

3.7
danlo (3084) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2014
500ml bottle from Cheese & Wine Shop, Darlington. Clear deep amber gold colour, foam off-white head leaving lacing and fruity aroma with raisins, apricot. Taste is sweetish, malt, toffee, warming, fruity, plus some grassy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, lingering dry grassy bitter finish. Nicely drinkable.

3.4
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2007
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, blankboy’s bottle from England. Nice dark golden hue, small thin white head. Good dry yeast aroma with some sweet malt. Taste is that of a nice strong bitter - very earthy/Uk like. Straightforward, simple and decent.

3.6
esp0r (2922) - NORWAY - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle @ Tre små rum. Golden hazy, thin white head. Smells of malts, yeast and sweet fruits. Taste is quite sweet. Dryness appears in the finish. Good bitterness too

3.5
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2012
A clear golden colored beer, with a thick foamy white head. The aroma of fruits, like apricot, citrus, also malt. The taste of sweet fruits notes of liquorice and hop. The aftertaste has laurel with bitter notes.

4.1
EdKing (2611) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2011
Pours hazy orange. Nose is subtle and complex. On the pour there is citrous, but underneath that it is dired apricot, bit of orange marmalade, possibly honey. A malty alcoholic beer. And one of the best English barley wines I’ve ever had. Very well balanced and drinkable. In fact there is more of a Belgian strong ale about this although quite grainy and malty. Finish is bitter on the tongue and alcoholic.

3.3
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle (from Bottles York). Sweet fruity malt but not overly so, you could almost take it for a strong bitter if it wasnt for the hint of almondy alcohol trying to get you to notice it. But on the whole its well balanced with gentle hops in the finish. I was pleasantly suprised but not impressed.

3.9
markas101 (2468) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2012
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via The Dram Shop. Appley gold colour, thin head. Somewhat musty caramel and bread aroma, floral-resin faint aroma in the background. Quite smooth, creamy with a sweet caramel flavour, then the hops kick in to balance the sweetness. Decadent in the end.

4.1
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 8, 2011
0,5 l bottle as a gift.
Allury appearance with a hazy amber reddish-orange-coppery body, superb creamy, stable and foamy off white head. Complex aroma that opens if the beer gets warmed. Spicies in the nose like coriander, vanilla and orange peel, herbal hops. Candy sugar with some interesting yeasts, fruits like peach, grapefruit. Oily density, creamy mouthfeel, caramel brings the powerful citrussy hop flavors, spicies like cinnamon, vanilla and honey, coriander again. Orange peel, fine dried fruits and herbs with malt in the long aftertaste. Well hidden alcohol that warms me up. Fine, fine!

3.8
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle from Drink of Fulham, drunk at home on 31st May 2010. Clear copper with a thick finger’s worth of white head. Nose of dry spices, yeast and alcohol. In the mouth, it’s very Belgian at first - lots of spice, alcohol warmth, heated oranges, treacly sugar. Good full body, it’s smooth and lingering without being clingy. Really nice beer.


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