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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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3.9
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.

3.9
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 18, 2006
A really surprise from Durham, maybe the best I have had from them, Not squasy and very strong, Myabe that is the reason why. But it was also dark.

3.9
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2007
[Cask from The Three Judges] Clear amber, small head. Sweet fruit, caramelised peaches, steamed pears and lots of grapefruit hop notes with floral nuances and a big toffeeish undertow in the nose. Full body, heavy malt sweetness leads to a juicy hop finish. Perfectly balanced, great beer.

3.9
ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2007
Bottled at Monks Café, Stockholm. Hazy reddish orange. Rich belgian-style white foam. Deep aroma of raisins, , vanilla, dades, port and pepper with unexpected hoppy notes of orange-peels and grass. Full and warming but not overly sweet flavour of dades, crackers, all-spice, raisins and alcohol. Full-bodied of course with a rather strong carbonation. Sweet and fruity finish og raisins, red apples, blue grapes, wet wood, yeast and pepper with dryish notes of orange-peels. Another great beer from Durham.

3.9
HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUL 17, 2007
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, blankboy’s bottle from England. Deep cloudy gold/amber, tiny black floaties, large lasting frothy white head. Dry aroma, peppery yeast, wheat, alcohol and a little cereal character. Taste - very nice, very smooth and balanced, soft; grainy malt, hints of apple and other fruits, herbal hops and lots of em. Soft, average body, mild carbonation, somewhat astringent, mild malt body that lasts a good long time. Well done.

3.9
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2011
Mmmm... marmalade... Thick, alcoholic marmalade. This is incredibly moreish for an 8.4% abv beer and should be banned by the British government before national productivity completely collapses. I’d spread it on toast for breakfast and then do fuck all all day. Can’t say I didn’t give fair warning. Released from the bottle and spread on toast, Benedictus was peachy gold with brown crumbs and minimal head. The texture was chewy. The aroma was toasty and very Belgian. In a blind toasting, I would have said this was a tripel, rather than a barley wine. Very yeasty, with oodles of Seville orange and lychee. This one holds its booze better than the same brewer’s Temptation, which is easier to resist than the name suggests. This is incredibly easy drinking for the strength, so I quit my job to have more time to do exactly that. In the mouth, Seville oranges front a supporting cast of mangos and Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Moderate bitterness and a quenching finish. An atypical barley wine but streets ahead of Robertson’s Golden Shred. (500ml bottle from Platinum Cellars. BB Feb 2010)

3.9
tommann (3942) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a medium head. Aroma is alcohol and bitter marmalade. Taste starts with bitter orange. Orange and toast finish with warming alcohol on the finish.

3.9
markas101 (2499) - 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.

3.9
zacgillbanks (5506) - 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.

3.9
gegwilson (3794) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. Amber, slightly hazy beer with a white head. Sweet at first with pear drops, caramel and yeast flavours. Nice stuff.


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