Brewed by Tring
Style: English Strong Ale
Tring, England


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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Cask & Bottle Conditioned; Occasional.
Originally brewed on October 25th to commemorate the Charge of the Light Brigade. Now brewed in January and matured for 11 months to be sold over Christmas and New Year. The prolonged storage provides an extremely drinkable ale for its strength. A strong, dark aromatic and estery barley wine.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (15141) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 Sampled from bottle thanks to Martinus @ Borefts 2013. Clear orange to amber color, small white head. Smell and taste malts, some sweet-bitter, nuts. Not really outspoken. Decent. [6-2-6-2-11=2.7] -- Re-rate August 2014: Bottle shared at RBESG 2014 Grand Tasting. Rusty orangy color, small beige head. Smell and taste malts, alcohol, raisins, brown sugar. Hmm, dont really like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (3276) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle bought from ASDA in North Watford, Herts. An amber/chestnut coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Sweet, malty, caramel aroma. Taste is similar, sweet, malty, caramel, fig, dark fruit, slightly boozy. Reminded me of a Belgian Christmas beer. Im not usually a fan of Tring Brewery but I really enjoyed this one. Not a fan of ASDA either but Id be happy to go back there to stock up on this tasty barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
2oz sample from a 330ml bottle courtesy of @gabethestereotypicalasianguy. 7.2%. Pours a coppery-brown with a bubbly tan head, no lacing, barely-there retention. Aroma is reminiscent of darker trappist biers, fig, black currant, raisin, and a bit of a yeasty sourness. Very farm-style on the pallet, lots of yeasty, cracked wheat notes, with some mild soft fruit sweetness. Not well liked at the table, but they were mostly beer weaklings. Definitely Glory, not death.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2013
On cask at the Wellington (Birmingham)
This not only got me a new county tick but helped me discover a rich beer that was completely beyond all expectations. A deceptively easy drinking barleywine might lack the ABV punch of some bigger cousins but makes up for it with a very flavorful experience.

Aroma / Appearance - The semitransparent caramel base changes to a deep brown near the top of the half pint glass. The head is a nice dusty white. Caramel, cherry pie, toasted pieces of white bread, and red Twizzlers dipped in chocolate provide a rich foundation to start from.

Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel is like drinking cherry pie filling with a dash of water. Cherries stick in the throat as a wave of almonds and maple syrup highlight a balanced approach to a barley wine. It lacks the hop profile of many but put that down to being on cask.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresthepath (2260) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2013
(330ml bottle from Asda, High Wycombe) Pours a deep amber bordering on mahogany, with a thin off-white head. Mildly vinous at first, before strong malted barley and Weetabix characteristics develop. Theres a little fig sweetness too, but this is mainly about the grain. Initial sweetness is well balanced with the dusty bitterness of wheat chaff blown from a combine harvester. Works really well in a traditional kind of way and much better than I expected from Tring. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gscratch (9) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013 does not count
Quite a departure from my usual IPA and Brown Ales. Malty, toffees, a little hop up front. There is a little smokyness there. Reminds me of Sherrys I tried when I was much younger. Undercarbed a little, but it bites the tip of the tongue a little anyway. Pours a bubbly finger of head, but dissipates quickly. One might think you were partaking of a flat coke looking at the glass. I quite like this though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
Pours a clear darker brown with minimal off white head that turns into a thin ring around the glass pretty quickly. Aroma is rich maltiness, caramelized, toffee, a lot of dried dark fruits, and some alcohol. Flavour is caramel, high in sweetness, toffee, nutty, earthy, some alcohol and a mild bitterness from the hops. Tasty and quite sessional-able.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crit (3944) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2013
A barleywinereally? Bland boring and lifeless. However, it does have a decent nose of malt molasses and alcohol.Seriously undercarbonated

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle share. Clear amber/ruby. Nutty, black berry malt aroma. Like those black berry gelatin gummies that are shaped like berries. a smokey taste. A bit of smoked fish is there? Quite thin for a barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRatKing (122) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle to tulip. Nice dark amber colour, but practically no head whatsoever. Very nice aroma, reminds me a sweet Belgian; rich roasted malt, toffee, some nuttiness. Taste also reminiscent of good Belgian ale, with good sweetness, toffee and coffee notes, roasted nut and vanilla biscuit, some mild hoppiness to add some balance. This is excellent.

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