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. dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2007
I really quite enjoyed this, moreso than most barley wines I’ve tried. I think this mostly is a testament to this beer’s balance, as I’m averse to the cloying representations of the style so prevalent in the States. Cloudy light amber with little to no head, a bit of white big-bubbled scum on the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet caramel and lightly burnt sugars, light pit fruits and a touch of orange, loads of fresh apples, a bit of grain and honeyed sweetness. First waft reminded me of a good Belgian, interestingly. Taste, like mentioned, is balanced - nothing stands out but everything melds together quite perfectly. No real perception of alcohol. Toffee and caramel notes, with a fruity sweetness in apricots and oranges and orange rind. A pleasing lightly bitter sweetness at the back of the palate in the finish, with a mildly sweet and nicely hop-accentuated grassy aftertaste. Slightly rasping effect on the tongue. Not nearly as thick as some barley wines, which is sad, but good nonetheless, with significant carbonation. Really, really well done. Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 30, 2007
courtesy of Papsoe - cloudy dark orange colour, very little foam; robust flowery hoppiness with notes of honey and caramel; full malt body supported by a fair carbonation; finishes bitter sweet with a long malty, caramelish hoppy finish - beautiful wyzzywyz22 (2752) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2008
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured a deep cloudy golden amber colour, with a smallish white head. Fruity aroma with spicy yeast, malt and caramel notes. Smooth and very well balanced. Lovely grassy hop on the flavour balanced perfectly with the malt and fruit. Gently warming alcohol, not overpowering. Works really well. Lingering bitter finish. Yum. Really impressed by some of these Durham brews. 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.
madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
25th November 2009
Hazy orange beer. A little fruit and caramel in the nose. Soft frothy palate. The creamy head has light orange sherbet fizz! The beer has the same lovely orange but deeper and richer, almost like an orange liquer. Creamy mid and then a touch of lemon coming at the finish of this superior beer.