Adnams Tally-Ho - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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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.
08-16-2014 22:54:20 | More by CalgaryFMC
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
United Kingdom (England)
4.04/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured into a tulip glass, 7.2% (Best Before dated: Oct 14)
Nice almost opaque, dark ruby colour, small coffee tan head that dissipated to a thin layer with slightly sticky spotty rings. Aromas of sweet malt, dark fruits; slight spice and alcohol comes through. There's more of the same in the taste, balanced roasted malts, mollases, and some hop bitterness/spice. The alcohol isn't that present but is just slightly warming. It's smooth with low carbonation and a medium body.
This is my first barleywine and as they seem to usually be higher in abv, I'd be led to think this beer is losing something in that, this tasted somewhat like a dubbel to me.
04-02-2013 11:33:41 | More by mizx
4.24/5 rDev +5.7%
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
02-05-2013 01:34:32 | More by wordemupg
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
3.93/5 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
Adnams Tally-Ho from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.