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Adnams Tally-Ho - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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89
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
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:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 01-11-2004)
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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

BlackHaddock, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Billolick, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

PEIhop, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 4/2/13 2011 vintage

A clear light cola with a tornado of bubbles feeding a long lasting two finger tan head, a few rings of lace and still some foam at the bottom of the glass, looks great

S dark bread and burnt brown sugar, rum raisin and christmas cake, a little wood and booze mix with some earthy notes and anise

T some nutty toffees added to the mix, spice, bread and brown sugar, I didn't really know what to expect but this ones working well for me, nice mix of spicy sugars

M silky as it enters and enough bubbles to give it some life, a little grit on the gums and slightly sticky on the lips, aftertaste of earthy notes lingers

O solid beer from start to finish, no real flaws and no complaints, easy to drink and it has a fair bit going on

Winter Warmer, English BW or call it an English Strong ale if you want, no matter how you brand this one its pretty nice to drink on this chilly Winter night

wordemupg, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -25.2%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

CrazyDavros, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of cdwil
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Suds
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Suds, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

merlin48, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Rich-O's. The beer arrived a deep brown color with ruby hues and a 1 finger head that fell to ring the top. The nose was weak, with a sweet fruity caramel character and a slight figgyness. The flavor was figgy, with a bit of a tannin flavor. I thought it was just okay. The feel was smooth and mellow with no real carbonaton on it. Overall, I was not overly impressed with it. I liked it but would probaly pass on it again.

kmpitz2, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -0.2%

schopenhauerale, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of clvand0
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on cask over the weekend and I must say I think it was the best beer I had all weekend (at a beer festival). Pours a dark ruby/brown color with a very small head that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is mild, but there is a malty/caramel character as well as a slight sweetness. The flavor is much better than expected. Very well balanced. Slight caramel sweetness with a great malt character and a hint of alcohol. Drinkability is superb. The abv is a bit weak for a barley wine, but it's still an excellent brew.

clvand0, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of Bierguy5
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Bierguy5, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of FreshHawk
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

FreshHawk, May 02, 2010
Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Kmat10, May 21, 2013
Photo of granger10
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

granger10, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

deonreds, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of aracauna
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

aracauna, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of tmoneyba
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Delly Deli 06/20/2005.

Poured brown hue with medium light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium sweet fruity aroma. Moderate complex flavor with no carbination due to cask.

Good not great

tmoneyba, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of eric5bellies
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

eric5bellies, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of soulgrowl
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer the color of weak black coffee, with about as much head. Sumptuous and enticing nose, gregarious with compelling tales of prune and oak, rum and evergreen, and stories still earthier: coffee, olive, tobacco, leather. There is a nice balance between three main characters here, the mellow, musty yeast; the brown bready, caramelized malts; and the herbaceous, floral hops. A lovely thing, smelling this makes my whole head perk up. No less appealing to the palate, though slightly less complex. Oak, black cherry, cocoa, anise; pleasant, warming accents on a bass line of brown sugar, brandy, and black tea. The flavors are sweet but the taste is balanced; fresh, green hops, mild tannins, alcohol heat, and sprightly carbonation keep the mouthfeel clean and the drinkability high. Well done, Adnams - this could be my new go-to Christmas beer.

soulgrowl, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into an English pint glass. A rich reddish mahogany color with almost no head, just a smattering of beige bubbles against the sides of the glass. Has the richly malty, tangy aroma common to this brewery's other offerings, albeit darker and sweeter, a tad metallic and briny with a decent dose of floral and earthy English hops. Palate is dark and rich, raisins and dates, pretzels, molasses, dry nuts, and burnt toffee, with some brown spice (nutmeg?) and tangy hop flavors as well. The same metallic, briny tang from the nose comes through on the palate. Not as sweet as expected (think baker's molasses rather than brown sugar), well-balanced from a hops perspective. Perhaps I was expecting more complexity, such that the pronounced fruity notes one often gets in other barleywines are largely absent here. Fairly fizzy and of moderate body, almost like a brown ale in the latter regard. Alcohol is largely concealed. Finishes quite spicy and crisp, with a lingering dark malt nuttiness. Widely available in these parts and certainly worth trying, although I'd rank this below some other takes on the style.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Stimack
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew last evening while at Mahar’s. This brew was pulled from cask to a dark brown color with reddish highlights. Not much of a head but what was there was a tan in color but did not leave any lacing. The aroma from this brew was quite nice, dominant malt aroma of chocolate, dark fruit and a butter like quality. You also notice a slight alcohol type of an aroma but definitely is not strong and does not play much into the smell, this could be due to the lower 7.0% abv. Malt flavors are the strongest part of the taste as well, I notice a nice mix of flavors headed by a chocolate and toffee essence with nice undertones of dark fruit and a persistent cherry like taste in the finish, but is not sour! Not much in the way of a hop character to this brew but was not really expecting it. This was a nice brew to start the evening as we had to walk a block to Mahar’s and the temp registered a –1 out!

Stimack, Jan 22, 2005
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Adnams Tally-Ho from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.