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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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3.8
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2006
Bottle. Golden/brown with little head. Caramel, grapefruit, malty, and a bit hoppy. A very nice barley wine (if it really is a barley wine :-))

3.8
Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Pours a hazy, amber golden with a nice, creamy head leaving a pretty lacework. Sweetish, floral - almost perfumy - aroma. Very full body with lots of malt and fruit, and then again these almost perfumy notes, that never manages to become unpleasant as they are neatly balanced by some bittering hops. Very distinct alcohol. Good stuff indeed. 080906

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.

3.8
Sigmund (7913) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2007
500 ml bottle, bought in Scarborough. Bottle conditioned. ABV is 8.4%. Deep golden colour, huge head. Lovely aroma of hops, orange and oak. The flavour is hoppy and fairly sweet, notes of bitter oranges and spices, the alcohol is noticeable. Bitter finish and aftertaste. Must be a great accompaniment with mature cheeses. Nearly too powerful on its own.

3.8
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle from the Bottle Shop in Bramhall. Was hoping this would be good and it most certainly is. Orval like colour with a good white head and a luxurious consitency. Beautiful smelling beer. Malt, yeast glorious amyl nitrate like alcohol and some delicate hops and caramel in the background. Flavour is a really mellow (in comparison to others of this style) drinkable barley wine. Barley is offset by some nice grassy hops, almost perfumey at points. Alcohol is clearly there but just adds a bit of warmth at the edges and a slight spike at the finish. Pronounced bitterness at the end with clear toffee. Great body, really good balance, like it a lot.

3.8
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy light amber with a fluffy head. Aroma is fruity, bready, light hops. Rich malt, biscuit, bread, and alcohol flavors finish with a nice warming note.

3.8
Rune (13506) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2010
Bottle conditioned ale, bb. Feb.2010, cellared for about one and a half year after I bought the 500ml bottle at the Real Ale in a Bottle Bar at GBBF 08. A bit gushing when opened. Frothy, white head slowly fading atop of a slightly hazy, light amber body. Moderate smell of spiced yeasty fruitiness. Delicious taste profile with a fine blend of succulent fruits like a bit of grapefruits and lots of oranges, and fruity dryness added by a solid smack of spices. Rounded hop bitterness to the ending sustained by warming alcohol. Good drinking on a Friday eve (Tromsø, 15.01.2010).

3.8
rand (1820) - SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2010
Bottle 500 ml from Corbridger Larder in Corbridge (Northumberl). Beer golden-orange with small white head. Perfume of a strong malted body, sweetness. Beer complex and well balanced, powerful and rich, touches of orange, alcohol, pepper, spices and fruit. Deep and sweet, with alcoholic heat, worked for an excellent result, smooth. Aftertaste on alcohol, but ideal, round, thickand a little dryness.Not for the small sheeps!

3.8
Ethereal (2471) - 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.

3.8
BeerViking (5041) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2011
500ml bottle, pours dark amber with a big cream head and aromas of orange, sweet malt and a little dark treacle, faint hint of something spicy - cloves, maybe. Body is peppery and roast caramel, with more orange, a vinous note, and a mellow bitterness which crispens up in the finish. Yummy!


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