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Samuel Smith Strong Golden Barley Wine - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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85
very good

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 22
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: saltydog on 07-09-2004)
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baconsausage

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before date is Jan 2010.

Pours a nice golden russet with a small amount of wispy white on top. Smells of dates and candy sugar, with a hint of citrus zest. Taste is a mix of vanilla, bread, candy sugar and dates, with a very faint hop bitterness that is more like lemon curd. Taste sort of falls off in the overall mouth feel, like it gets thin at the end. A nice tick, but overall nothing too spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 20:32:36 | More by baconsausage
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haz77

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours an clear orangey-chestnut with a creamy finger of white head. This falls to a bubbly island and ring. Small streamers rinse very slowly.

S - Toffee, cherries, berries, phenols, some syrupy sourness, rum.

T - Sweet, chewy, fruity malts up front. Tartness comes through in the middle, along with some floral flavours. Finish is syrupy, with rum notes. Alcohol appears from the middle, but doesn't really set in until the aftertaste, leaving a satisfying warmth at the back of the mouth and throat.

M - Full bodied, with soft carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D - Reminded me somewhat of Samichlaus. Not particularly drinkable, which is expected and isn't a problem. A solid offering worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 21:11:20 | More by haz77
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Tiny 180ml nip bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings... Best before date of July 07...

Poured a deep coppery amber colour. White head poured small, loose and frothy then faded quickly to wispy covering with slightly thicker edging... no carbonation at all... very light random lacing...

Aroma - Rich dark dried fruits (raisins, figs, dates, prunes), loads of sweet treacle and molasses, toasted bread, toffee, very noticeable alcohol - rum notes, overripe fruits (banana and apple), toasted nuts, slight trace of cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness, fruit loaf / Christmas cake...

Taste - A slight let down after the excellent aroma... lots of (harsh ?) warming alcohol to the fore followed by toasted bready malts, spicy dried fruits (raisins, sultanas, apples), peppery hops, some sulphur traces, nutty, oaky and vanilla traces, some anise...

Feel - Pretty smooth with a hint of sharpness coming through... medium / full bodied... a bit too alcoholic to be very drinkable - definitely a night cap brew...

Overall - A pretty decent Barleywine if slightly unbalanced - if only the taste had lived up to the aroma.... defintely worth a try though...

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 14:25:54 | More by mdagnew
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bitterbill for this!

Best before end of July '09. 180 ml bottle, poured into a snifter.

The smell is grainy with a hint of caramel, fruity esters and some peppery alcohol.

The taste is of a cereal-like graininess with alcohol. A bit fruity with an herbal tinge. Honey and almond show as it progresses. Woody dryness in the finish.

It's a tad thin, falling short of full-bodied with a touch of fizz.

"Easy" enough for a 10%+ brew that shows the alcohol, though this small bottle is "enough".

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 03:01:18 | More by jwc215
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

180ml brown bottle, BB July 2007, served cool in a small wine goblet.

A: reddish amber hue like rose wine; no beer head, and very low fizziness. Pretty normal for a bottled English barley wine.
S: sour-sweet prunes, salt-preserved tangerine peels, and syrupy malts... pretty flat in aroma with a touch of alc. lurking in the background.
T: surprisingly effervescent on the texture... prune-wine, creamy amber malts, orange pickles, with a faint trace of moulded cheese. Slowly the Madeira-like woodiness and hop dryness comes forth, towards a semi-dry bitter aftertaste.
M&D: the mild fizziness keeps the texture lively enough for such a heavy drink, while the alc. is well hidden. A smooth barley wine it is, albeit with nothing special to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 01:15:20 | More by wl0307
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Teensy tiny 180ml bottle, 2008 vintage, brought by bobsy to his own barleywine tasting - thanks Rob and sorry to hog it!

Pours a crystal clear light golden honey color with almost glints of pink. Not much head.

Reminds me quite a bit of the Stingo which I had earlier, same kinda weird apple and grain combo. Hints of honey, yeasty bun dough, lemon pudding, light grassy hopping, tartness in the finish along with the faintest alcohol bite. Pretty damn smooth drinking though for over 10%, the flavors just don't seem to jive together and it reminds me of no other barleywine I've had - just odd. Not bad, just not great. Sammy Smith's standard brews seem better put together than their smaller line-up.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 17:46:20 | More by ritzkiss
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A friend brought this small bottle back from Europe which I thought was very cool as I have been a Samuel Smith fan since before becoming a beer advocate. I do have to note that the bottle lists "seaweed finings" as an ingredient. WTF? Anyway, the appearance was the best part of this beer. It was a clear golden-ruby color with about twelve bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. It looked great. Unfortunately it smelled like hot alcohol. The taste was mostly alcohol along with a "Sam Smith" taste that I find in all their beers. This beer actually got worse as it warmed. I expected more out of Samuel Smith but I was still happy to have had this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 16:19:01 | More by ArrogantB
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saltydog

New York

2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The idea of a barleywine from the venerable Samuel Smith brewery sounds wonderful, but the beer itself is pretty disappointing. Nice orange/tan color, quite clear, not much head retention. But once you smell and taste the beer you see where it's gone wrong. This beer is way out of balance, dominated by a fruity, phenolic, estery hot alcohol flavor. Neither the malt flavors nor the hops make much impression past the hot alcohol. It's very harsh, and not very drinkable. And this is coming from a fan of barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2004 03:38:12 | More by saltydog
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Andrew99

New York

2/5  rDev -47.2%

04-12-2014 21:02:17 | More by Andrew99
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stcules

Italy

1.83/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The color is probably a deep blonde, or maybe a light chestnut. Not so beautiful head, full of big bubble. No perlage.
Smell: well, pungent, but not in a good mode. Absolutely not inviting.
The taste: after a lightly alcoholic start, it vanishes quickly. Light warm, malty, and alocholic. But it fades away soon.
Some sweetish.
Just some wood hints in the aftertaste. But nothing to talk about. Not satisfatying.
It's a pity, because I had some expectation in a BW from Samuel Smith.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 21:58:19 | More by stcules
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Samuel Smith Strong Golden Barley Wine from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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