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Adnams Tally-Ho - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 01-11-2004)
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4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Package: At Mahar's-Albany from cask via beer engine, presented in a 20 oz. “Guinness-style” tulip pint at ~50º

Cost: $6

Appearance: An opaque mahogany drawn from the beer engine with a tinge of ruby when held to the light. Generated a moistly creamy beige head almost as dense as a nitro-pour, but not quite as dry. Interestingly, it was almost indistinguishable when set on the table next to a Beamish, if just a touch lighter and ruddier. The head lasted surprisingly long, giving me the classic foam “mustache” and leaving “drink rings” on the side of the glass.

Smell: An envelopingly warm, malty sweetness rises from the glass, with scents of fresh-baked bread, honey, and toffee.

Taste: This hits the palate so softly, it’s hard to distinguish when it actually entered one’s mouth. The flavor is predominantly sweet, but there is a tang that underpins the beefy maltiness, which also possesses a raisiny, plummy, fruitiness in addition to the honied sweetness. Some might find this ale a bit flabby after so many “hot,” raw, hoppy American barley wines, but I welcome this traditionally styled ale. The finish is long, sweet, and warming without being sickly sweet.

Mouthfeel: This is the smoothest beer I’ve had in recent memory. I think I used “cashmere-like” in another recent review, but I pulled that trigger too soon. This barley wine is like triple-ply Scottish cashmere. The carbonation was super-fine and persistent lending this ale a substantial but not sticky viscosity.

Drinkability: Although 7% ABV no longer seems very “strong,” two or three of these can certainly start one on his way! I only had time for two, but a third one was definitely in the offing. Extremely drinkable for a barley wine.

Backwash: I haven’t been able to have an authentic English Barley Wine on cask in over 5 years, and now I feel the loss all the more! I’m a bit surprised at the relatively low reviews already posted. I think it’s a bit unfair to lump this kind of beer in with things like Old Guardian, Old Horizontal, and Old Salty. Don’t get me wrong, those are fine beers, but I can truly say that I’d almost rather have something like this on hand for everyday drinking. I haven’t seen this in bottles here in the USA, but I doubt it would be as good anyway, as the similar Young’s Old Nick in the bottle is a shadow of its “real” self. Even dedicated hop heads ought to make an effort to try this very authentic English Barley Wine.

Serving type: cask

03-22-2005 19:08:17 | More by Dantes
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Adnams Tally-Ho from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.