Adnams Tally-Ho - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
Enjoyed a small glass of this one at Rich-O's Public House in New Albany, Indiana, at the Ky/In BA gathering. Tally-Ho is damn near opaque sitting in the glass, but reveals a dark mahogany body when held to light. No real head, but lots of spotty lace. Aroma is thick and sweet malts, lots of dark fruits and a note of pine hops. Excellent mouthfeel is thick, rich, and coating. Full bodied. Taste is nicely balanced, with a big rum raisin component. Hops are herbal and slightly spicy. Very English in style. Alcohol is apparent, but never distracting. Excellent drinkability for this fine example of the style.
03-21-2005 00:50:35 | More by merlin48
4.05/5 rDev +1%
Sampled this one on cask at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Poured very dark amber, with some reddish hues, minimal tan head and decent lacing observed. Bready nose, the expected low carbonation led to a soft and smooth mouthfeel, liquid butter on the tongue. Soft notes of caramel and toffee. Finely crafted, fine British style BW
02-03-2005 20:25:22 | More by Billolick
3.93/5 rDev -2%
330ml bottle, 7.2% ABV, 2011 vintage.
This beer pours a clear, dark brownish amber hue, with a thin cap of wispy off-white head, which leaves some mitachondrial lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.
It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, treacle, toffee, some bready sourdough, and musty, earthy hops. The taste is toffee/caramel malt, rum-soaked raisins, a bit of wet brown bread, some zesty dark fruit, a soft dusty, leafy hoppiness, and some weakly acrid booze, which strangely does not warm.
The carbonation is rather inert and placid, the body a decent medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, with a few prickly burrs, of indeterminate origin. It finishes a fair bit sweet, but in a tempered manner, the fruitiness and booze contributing only so much before petering out, leaving the rest to that murky mustiness that soon envelops.
An agreeable enough old world barleywine - all subtly, fruit, and dank cellars. It works well for this early onslaught of winter, at least until this one's descendents start popping up.
10-12-2012 01:57:25 | More by biboergosum
4.72/5 rDev +17.7%
Pours near black. Red highlights when held up. Thin mocha head settles to a ring quickly. Well-defined lacings.
Mostly dark fruit, raisins/dates, on the nose. A touch of milk-chocolate lingering around too.
Sumptuous alcohol soaked fruit right away, though the alcohol is blessedly subdued, just enough to be warm. Roasty bitterness mid-sip. Nice moreish, biscuit finish.
Thick enough to be satisfying and to put it squarely in the winter warmer category, but smooth enough to make it a dangerously drinkable barleywine. Tasty, tasty, tasty.
11-14-2010 19:41:21 | More by CanuckRover
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer and poured into a Mikkeller goblet. 2009 version with the ABV listed as 7.20%.
Dark brown, almost black in appearance with the slightest of ruby hints. Beige/Tan head of foam at about 1cm or so that stays on as film for the duration.
Strong fruity aromas dominate, very intense and a strong hint of what is to come.
Big dark fruit flavours are the order of the day. A tiny bit of roasted malt came through at one stage to surprise. A real winter warmer, perfect for May in Australia.
Mouthfeel is a bit of a let-down relatively speaking, at times a little watery. At other times, pretty well true to style.
Overall a good decent brew, perhaps not living up to expectations and past experience of this very good British brewer.
05-01-2011 09:04:31 | More by MrKennedy
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours dark brown with a small quickly fading head.
Nose shows loads of rich syrupy malt, plenty of caramel, golden syrup and treacle in there.
Similar rich malty flavours and oxidised character. A little alcohol mixes with a mild but sharp bitterness to counter the sweetness.
Nice creamy carbonation and slick body.
Good for sipping, very rich and sweet though.
01-31-2011 01:11:14 | More by CrazyDavros
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
Deep mahogany color, chestnut around the edges. Thin off white head, disappears fairly quickly. Fruity nose, combined with alcohol. Sweet, with some candied fruit flavors. Citrus flavored bitterness is restrained. Finishes dry. Well balanced. Low carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden. Not bad, but I seem to enjoy the American hop bombs more. Still a pretty decent cask beer.
06-20-2005 22:02:02 | More by Bierguy5
3.4/5 rDev -15.2%
1998 bottle at Lucky Baldwin's.
Pours a mostly still muddy dark brown with a minimal head.
Smells of oxidation, toffee and burnt brown sugar.
Very English style in the malt profile here with lots of burnt caramel, toffee, molasses. Definitely some oxidation, but not too bad given the 11 years age and 7% abv. Dried fruits and and some more toffee in the flavor.
All in all, a decent aged English style barleywine. Not all that complex though, and the oxidation is starting to come through. I'd love a cask pull of this though, that could be good.
04-02-2009 07:01:10 | More by rallison
2.78/5 rDev -30.7%
Straight from cask at Moan and Dove in Amherst Ma. My first true cask beer. Very dark mahogony color with next to no head. Malty smell. Smooth taste with bread like finish. Very little carbonation. Unlike any other beer I have add. I am very anxious to try another cask beer to compare. Overall not real impressed.
04-29-2005 02:48:37 | More by buckiflyer
United Kingdom (England)
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
Half pints only please, this is heavy stuff.
I have this as my night-cap when in Southwold, if it is available, which it often isn't. The 'Sole Bay Inn' can usually be trusted to have some, it is across the green from the brewery.
Dark and unforgiving, this rich, fruity beer is ideal as the last one before walking along the seafront and to bed. It has an aroma which brings both malt and hops together with the overtones of fresh fruits, you know you have a monster of a beer in your hand, thats for sure.
This update is from August Bank Holiday 2006. This Christmas Pudding of a beer is getting better and better. The Landlord at The Sole Bay Inn told me he always keeps two 9 Gallon Barrels from Christmas for this weekend (August Bank Holiday), I'm glad he does!
One sad note though, the dray horses that used to deliver in Southwold have been retired and will not be replaced. The horses now play in fields around the town, a packed share holders meeting was ensured they would have a long retiremnet and not be sold off to a knackers yard!
08-06-2006 21:51:45 | More by BlackHaddock
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
Drank from my Duvel Tulip
A - Pours a Mohogany colour with a tanned head that reduces to a film very quickly
S - Some dark roasty toasty malts, with a small hint of a rubbber like aroma.
T - Very nice flavours of rum and raisins and very malty. A little molasses also present.
M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Quite smooth and creamy.
O - A nice smooth BW with plenty to offer.
04-01-2011 16:20:49 | More by eric5bellies
4.25/5 rDev +6%
A - Dark brown with a cola-like appearance with a lighter tawny chestnut brown hue on the edges. Smaller than average bubbly beige head. Disappears fast leaving just a batch of lacing in the middle.
S - Very dark aromas. Dark rum soaked fruit provides for a lot of the aroma. Also quite prominent are toasted dark malt (hints of chocolate) and toasted caramel and molasses. Quite sweet and just a very slight hint of tartness.
T - Similar to the nose. Up front is plenty of rum soaked dark fruit (particularly raisin, fig, and date). In the background is a good dark malt base. Toasted caramel and molasses and faint toasted bread and chocolate taste. It is somewhat sweet and has a hint of tartness. Mid sip, the malt flavors come out a bit more, but the fruit flavors are still more prominent. Toward the finish, the malt flavor fad and give way to a bit of an earthy and hoppy taste. Finishes with these flavors mixing with the dark fruits in a sweet, tart, and slightly bitter taste. Alcohol has a slight presence throughout
M - On the lighter side of a full bodied beer with low carbonation (but adequate for the style). Smooth and creamy with just a touch of a drying feel.
D - Pretty drinkable beer. Well balanced and pretty smooth. Just a faint hop taste adds some depth with the dark fruit and malt. Nice sipping beer.
Notes: I wasn't sure what to expect, but Adnams is a solid brewery. Fortunately this is also a solid beer. Good malt and dark fruit presences making up the majority of the flavors. Nice hint of earthy hops toward the end. Well balanced and pretty strong especially considering it is a 7% ABV barleywine. Worth trying, definitely does have a bit of an English feel.
05-02-2010 02:34:35 | More by FreshHawk
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Pours an opaque black/brown colour. Medium beige head that slowly settles leaving a small amount of lacing.
S: Dark fruit, toasted malt.
T: Delicious malty marmite taste, raisins - alcohol is barely present. Nutty aftertaste creeps up unexpectedly, lingering for some time.
M: Fairly thick with low carbonation - very warming.
Enjoyed this a lot - reminded me somehow of a less carbonated Skullsplitter, though with rather less complexity. Would definitely drink again!
01-16-2013 23:32:18 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
The color is a cocoa and tea body with an ok head. It tastes very English. There's a bit of flat cola in the flavor, along with some prunes and brown sugar. There are very little hops in the flavor or aroma. It's mellow with a bit of lingering sweetness.
01-11-2004 08:58:52 | More by aracauna
3.73/5 rDev -7%
On hand pull at BW3 in Indy. This beer pours a deep dark red color with chestnut around the sides. Slight cream colored head skims just above the liquid. The nose is fruity almost to the point it is vinous in character but not quite. The more it warms up the more caramel and toffee I begin to notice. The flavors in this beer are very sweet. There's a chocolateyness to it that mixes with raisiny flavors. More dark fruit sweetness abounds but it's not all that great. The body is rich and malty but almost syruppy. Finish has mite in alcohol strength. Good beer and a nice departure from the super hopped barleywines but I couldn't have this too often.
07-20-2005 11:34:25 | More by granger10
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
Package: At Mahar's-Albany from cask via beer engine, presented in a 20 oz. Guinness-style tulip pint at ~50º
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, its hard to distinguish when it actually entered ones 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 Ive 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 havent been able to have an authentic English Barley Wine on cask in over 5 years, and now I feel the loss all the more! Im a bit surprised at the relatively low reviews already posted. I think its a bit unfair to lump this kind of beer in with things like Old Guardian, Old Horizontal, and Old Salty. Dont get me wrong, those are fine beers, but I can truly say that Id almost rather have something like this on hand for everyday drinking. I havent seen this in bottles here in the USA, but I doubt it would be as good anyway, as the similar Youngs 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.
03-22-2005 19:08:17 | More by Dantes
3.74/5 rDev -6.7%
A clear and dark ruby-brown color, the beer has a foamy tan head and low carbonation. The aroma has some pale malt, a little toffee and bread crust, and ,ore than a little bubble-gum and rubber band scent. Not boozy, but the alcohol is detectable. The taste is semi sweet and very, very malty....toast and nuts and nutmets. An interesting flavor. Full in body. This isn't my style of barley wine, and tha aroma is a bit odd, but the beer grows on you, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
10-19-2013 01:13:42 | More by Suds
Adnams Tally-Ho from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.