Formerly brewed at Marble
Style: Barley Wine
Manchester, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Bottled; Special.
Note: This is different from the 2010 (Utility) Special, which is an IPA.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19872) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
2010-11-29, vintage 2009, huge thanks go to fonefan for this highly wanted bottle, 8-5-7-4-15=39
Corked bottle, with a rather annoying wax-plastic. Beautiful, bright amber color, hazy; medium sized head; the thin layer that persists, later, has rather big bubbles. Very nice aroma, malt, rich, and also some fruity presence; not as strong as an American Barley Wine, but mid-Atlantic anyway. Correct body structure, but, as suspected by the fluid pour, not as thick as most Barley Wines; good caramel and toffee flavor, but not extremely rich; moderate sweetness, with a trace of sweet nuts; correct bitterness; a warming touch of alcohol in the end. Balanced and pleasant, although not vibrant.

2010-05-06, blind tasting at Yespr, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Hazy amber color, but with some particles floating around. The aroma is light, but the flavor is good caramel, sweet, a bit buttery. Quite strong bitterness. Good, if you can stand diacetyl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (18740) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 17, 2011
Alkoholischer, hell malziger Antrunk mit starkem Hopfenton. Dies setzt sich fort, das Bier bleibt bei seiner Intensitt. Die Hopfenintensitt passt zur generellen Strke des Bieres, in Teilen ist es aber unbalanciert. Grasiges Finish. /11/9/11//11

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IluvatarMilan (282) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2011
Tap @ In de wildeman - pours a clear copper brown body. Great aroma, honey, flowery hops. Smooth and warming taste, pine, mildly sweet, nice hops. Very sticky mouthfeel and aftertaste, in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (19846) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2012 Bottle shared at the Euston Tap, much thanks to Nate. Pours a rich, lightly cloudy auburn with a modest, creamy head. Considerble hops in the nose, some shampoo, good fruits. Rich but relaxed and easy flavor, loads of juicy citrus, Bazooka Joe bubble gum, alcohol and some floral bitters. Medium to full in body with average, massaging carbonation. Boozy warmth creeps up in the finish, engulfing the mouth, while more citrus fruits, sugary caramel, gum and resinous hops seal the deal. Very, very nice. (4.1)

Bottle shared at The Kernel during Marios farewell day. Pours a lightly hazy amber with a frothy, off-white foam head. Caramel, cakey bread and lightly tangy, ripe fruits in the aroma. Big sweet flavor with lots of caramel, honey, mild earthy and dirty bitterness, toffee and golden raisins. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Light warmth in the finish, fairly sticky with more honey and caramel, bread, light woodiness and faintly oxidized malts. Nice. (4.0)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle; thanks to Nate! Bomber, as depicted, consumed @ mini tastings at Rake during The Kernel Black IPA launch Aroma is yeast; candi sugar and something tarty. Taste is citrus, marzepan, fruits, orange peel and tart. Big bold US hop character and very easy to drink despite the abv. A bit hazy in appearance but generally a great full on English beer taking on the yanks. Need to get a bottle for myself somehow.. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (10047) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle courtesy of my dad, cheers dad! This was consumed 31.12.10 Pours light brown with some haze and a smattering of tiny bubbles masquerading as a head. Beefy and Oxo like on the nose. Thick in the mouth, some stinging bitterness is quickly replaced by a heavy sweetness, fruity with loads of alcohol. . A6 A3 T7 P4 Ov14 3.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4330) - SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2010
Pours hazy dark amber with small tanned head. Malty, caramel, fidges and raisins aroma. Lean alcoholic mouthfeel. Alcohol, velvety, fruity and malty flavor. Finishes sweet and dry tart hoppy. Very nice English BW.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5190) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle. Golden with a small head and low carbonation. Sweet and powerful but a sledgehammer of a beer with no traces of subtleness. 2010 special is much nicer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christian (13183) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle and cask, alternately, at the Borefts Beer Festival 2010. Golden with a white head. Aroma of dried fruits, especially apricots, malt, citrus hops and alcohol. Sweet and fruity flavour with notes of alcohol and a bit of green tobacco roughness from the hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2010
Bottle. Great work again from Marble. The sweetness is just about right. Some barley wines can be edging towards tramp territory but this is well balanced and very drinkable. Already my favourite pub in Manchester and a real contender to Manchesters other awesome barley wine. Hops, little marmite, smooth and easy to drink. Lovely.

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