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Adnams Tally-Ho - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 01-11-2004

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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 32
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Dracook
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.89/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

T: Seems about right for a Barleywine. Little head, sits still in the glass with not much lacing. Blacky red and then bronze when held up to light. 4

S: ok, really smells like this beer is brewed using coffee. I get the sort of faecal funk I got from other coffee beers such as Peche Mortel and Long Shot. It could also be described as chocolatey/caroby. Also reminds me a bit of Korbinian's date flavours. There's some definite quad-dy dark fruit notes also. 4

T: Ok, the sweetness/hoppiness (bitterness) and alcohol in this beer are pretty well integrated. You get some of all three but they really balance each other out effectively. There's also some roast. Also some Belgian estery/alcoholic notes later on. 4

M: Pretty good, syrupy. 4

D: Not bad at all for the style. Only thing stopping this from getting an A grade is that it gets a bit sweeter the more I get into the bottle, and the flavours aren't personal favourites of mine, although they are nice. Definitely a one and done beer for me. 4

My bottle was 7.2% alcohol.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Trizzle
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very sexy near opaque dark dark red-mohogany body with a small head that fades quickly and leaves a small rim of bubble.

Sweet malt, brown sugar, prunes, sherry dominate the nose. Some light peppery notes.

Cola and liquorice, molasses, more dark brown sugar, some raisins. Quite sweet. Balanced with good roasted malt as well as some decent bittering and mild peppery hops. Minimal alcohol. Quite nice. A touch more in the hops dept and a few extra %abv would do it justice.

Very smooth. Low carbonation but a medium and syrupy body.

Great drinkability for the style. 7.2% is not obvious at all. Could have a few over a cold winter night.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle.

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.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of rallison
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
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

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Photo of granger10
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of buckiflyer
2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Adnams Tally-Ho from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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