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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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3.5
Sammy (12616) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2012
American barlywine done by an English brewer, understated hoppiness, and well balanced, nice. Good drinkability. Golden with only a faint head, faint lace. Pleasant malty aroma. The hops kick in on the finish here and its great. Caramel, malty and yet never too sweet. Medium mouth feel, smooth barleywine. A nice brewing job.Thanks Presario

3.5
oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottled (backlog). Slightly hazy amber colour, small white head. Aroma is bready, sweet fruity, mildly alcoholic and some glueish and toffeeish notes as well. Flavour is very similar, but is quite strong on the stinging sweetness.

3.4
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 2008-04-03, 6-5-7-3-13=34
Beautiful color, a hazy ruby amber topped by a huge head. Some puke aroma, pepper, then malt and iron; not inviting. Things get better with the taste; it has a bit too much carbonation, a strong caramel flavor, the mouthfeel is a bit dryer (and sharper) than expected, no sweetness, and it has a very strong bitterness. It’s an average English Strong Ale, not a Barley Wine.

2003-04-17, 8-4-8-4-15=39
Hazy amber color, immense head, rocky; beautiful lace. Very nice hop aroma, herbal; turning into some fruity sensation. Good mouth, still quite sweet, malty, some caramel. Balanced final, quite long and dry.

3.4
chriso (7586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2004
Barley wines are not really my thing, but this was a very good example. Lots of malt and fruit - apples and oranges -, but a good balancing acidity too and not too chewy. Handpump, Head of Steam, London NW1

3.4
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - APR 5, 2005
Bottle. Ornage-brown with small head. Quite fruity, estery, alcohol, pine, dry. A little unrefined flavorwise. Medium-full and silky mouthfeel.

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.

3.4
imdownthepub (15154) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2007
Cask conditioned at Harbury Beer Fest ’07. Deep gold with white head. Heavy sweet winey fruity beer, smooth but with heavy strokes of cough medicine about it. Tongue stripping alcohol in the cask, could be one where the bottled is better.

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

3.4
JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2008
Huge fluffy yellowish head, stable, over unclear orange beer with olive shine. Toasted, caramel nose, parsley, herbal-based liqueurs. Very liqueurish taste; syrup, alcohol & herbal bitterness. Very creamy MF from the head. Well-carbonated, slick & warming. Alcoholsweetness wars with the burning-bitterish throatfeel. Only medium bodied, all the same. Absolutely not bad, but for it to grapple with the big Belgian abbey ales, might be a bridge too far. <i> Big thanks to Darren! </i>

3.4
Scopey (15476) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2011
Bottle from Drink of Fulham. It pours golden yellow with a thin bubbly white head. The nose is orange, peach, nectarine, golden syrup and spice. The taste is brown sugar, ripe nectarine, peach, spice, caramel, citrus rind, orange syrup and alcohol warmth in the finish. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Decent stuff.


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