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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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Velkyal (322) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Pours a beautiful copper colour, with a thin white head, the nose is a full frontal attack of toffee, canned fruit and citrus peel, and a boozy note chucked in. The sweet caramel taste dominates the drinking, though there is enough of a hop bite to stop it from furring the arteries.


3.7
john44 (3400) - 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)

3.4
daniele (9660) - ITALY - AUG 11, 2016
bottle lieve ambrato dilo velata discreta schiuma media persistenza discreto malto un filo etilco buona nota amaro lieve agrume file fruttato leggere pepato riscaldante

3.8
Mishnok (402) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2016
From 500ml bottle. Very dark drown colour with slight ruby hint. Aroma and taste are similar. Treacle and malts with sweet nuttiness. Good drink ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
veceo (1361) - Pula, CROATIA, - JUN 21, 2015
Cloudy orange deep amber color, huge off white head. Aroma of pear, malt, sweetness, wood, alcohol, dried fruits. Medium to full body, lively carbontion. Taste of pears, malts syrupy sweetness, red fruits. Too sweet. Slightly dry. OK.

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3.1
azzie (822) - Pula, CROATIA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle 0,33 from Metro c&c in Rijeka. Cloudy brownish dark orange liquid with average beige head. Average body, med to light carbonation. Alcoholy taste and aroma. Fruity aroma. Very sweet.

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3.2
Quack-Duck (9533) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2014
bottle from Darts Farm. Deep golden, small white foamy head. Full-bodied, sweet and malty, sirupy almost, with dried fruit and some dry hops in the finish.

3.2
Iznogud (4357) - CROATIA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml, courtesy of and shared with JFK. Orange colour, white head. Very light sweet malty aroma.. Malty caramel, bready, sweetish at first, bittery finish. Thin to medium body.

3.5
oh6gdx (26485) - 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.

3.7
danlo (3237) - 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.

3.7
Holmen1 (6472) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2014
0,5 flaske importert av og delt med Ovesen ombord på Fridtjofen nest siste dag i juli: gylden med fint skum som varer. Lett aroma av gjæret plommesyltetøy. Smaken har en elegant bitterhet kombinert med plommer, svisker og annen tørket frukt. Meget god, men på ingen måte det jeg forbinder med en barley wine, til det er den for tørr. Minner mest om en kraftfull belgisk blondine. Alkoholen er holdt eksemplarisk godt skjult.


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