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Adnams Tally-Ho Reserve - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 12-16-2012

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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 35
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Belgian candy sugar, dark fruit and bitter.

Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed flute.

a: Dark clear ruby with an inch thick offwhite to tan head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Mild dark ripe fruit, caramel malt and alcohol.

t: Follows the nose, though the dark ripe fruit notes are stronger, alcohol throat burn quickly appears.

m: Full, great body, considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A quintessential English Barleywine, though the dark fruit notes tend to grate just a bit at first A wonderful winter warmer.

Photo of Foxybrau
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2012.

Deep chestnut and caramel red body color. A bit cloudy but fills the glass with lots color and contrast, from ruby to orange, then to blood red and even purple. Head non existent, barely a bubbled collar, from a dissolving tan creation. Mild whispy top though without an oily sheen allows you to gaze through it's much more colorful body though nicely. Elements of greatness, elements of sadness… in the end balances out to a good solid appearance.

Aroma is a little unexpected. Toffee like action, crisp almost with a hint of minor indistinct fruit, but a wet mineral sensing smell. It almost smells like tap water. Crisp and almost waffer biscuit quality but heavier and with much more caramel thick smelling density. Hints a little syrup. Very clean. Overall nice but not mind blowing but very solid, if very odd.

What an odd palate. Roasted to crackling grain action, and a very closed surprising palate. Crisp finish with a bit of heat, and a disappearing angle of flavor. I am reaching to find anything to describe a "flavor" of any kind on this beer. A bit of a wet body, but where's the malt character? Hints at some warmth pine and mild splintered wood, but really reaching. Dried raisin and grains… finish with a bit fruit tannic apple seed character which actually turns into some tea like bitterness as time goes one, with just an almost palate numbing quality.

I can’t figure out how such an aged beer not so much became inoffensive but comes out tasting like really nothing at all. A bit of a miss going on here.

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2012 edition from a 330ml bottle to Porter Bar goblet.

A: clear but very dark chestnut brown body with a decent head. Leaves some spots and trails of lace.

S: dark fruit aromas with a hint of fruit cordial.

T: sweet and lightly boozy; characteristics that can be unappealing in this style but just restrained enough to mix nicely with the other characteristics. These include prunes and hints of red wine, light coffee, dark cherries and toffee. Turns more bitter and earthy in the aftertaste.

M: medium-full bodied; nicely warming but a bit too hot in the mouth.

O: interesting version of the style that is definitely worth trying.

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msquared36
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BigJim5021
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jonboyd_md
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth, sweet but not too sweet, very drinkable. Getting another one today!

Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Adnams Tally Ho Reserve 2012. Full notes last night at our Barleywine share.

A- Very dark for the style, pretty much black but a very dark brown. A tan cap hits just below one finger falling to a large island and a frothy ring. Spotty lacing and a few trails and splotches of lace.

S- Interesting balance of malts and a definite fruitiness, probably the English yeast strain coming to life. Berries, plums and raisins come to mind atop dusty caramel, toffee and some toasted notes.

T- The darkness of it all seems to open up here more than the aroma, it adds but it all balances out nicely. Chocolate and roasted grains open up to add depth to the big dark fruits and crystal grains. Tobacco, leather, dusty caramel, cherry medicine, raisins, figs, prunes, banana esters, apple skin and toasted nuts.

MF- Medium bodied, feels a bit thinner but is actually on par with many other traditional English Barleywines. Carbonation is fairly high with a bit of a bite to it. Silky, foamy texture and quite smooth overall.

Potent English yeast dropping a big profile of spice and fruits balanced out by toasty and nutty malts with a moderate caramelized sweetness.

Photo of Reneejane
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Deep brown with no head. Aroma: slight alcohol, some yeast esters, some diacetyl. Taste:sweet, but not at all cloying, some subtle roasted character and woodiness. Some bitterness. Very smooth, great balanced british barley wine

Photo of Wikimisch
4.88/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Beautifully sculpted for the holidays this classic Barleywine captures the youth of barley syrups, overlaid with a brusk hoppy bite and tethers of whisky for power and complexity. This manly ale has all the hallmarks of a masterpiece in the making.

With a dark garnet pour and a beautiful construct of densely woven foam, the strong ale quickly dispels savory aromas of black-strap molasses, burnt sugar, toasted fudge and faint coffee. Translating to taste, its lavish yet masculine seared caramels seep deeply into the tastebuds with that very first sip.

But simmering just a moment, the fruiter tones release, rewarding the palate with moderate fig, raisin, date, currant and plum. Reminisce of fruitcake, the beer's underlying caky malt, savory maple and spicy booze becomes more and more decadent with each and every sip.

Closing with a full-bodied richness, the ale relies on alcohol warmth and thinning to slice thorugh the malt and signal closure deep within its finish. Reluctant to exit from the palate, a port-like savoriness sails onward and keeps the tastebuds snug with gratitude. This is a classic English ale; even with two years of age behind it, I can see upwards of a decade to keep the advancement of flavor moving forward with no real risk.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.36/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of ElJosharino
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of AndyEdgar
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of avalon07
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color with red tints and a hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Definitely an odd aroma (for the style) of malt and a vinous quality. Not as hoppy as most barleywines.

T: Tasted of dark fruits (plums), the vinous quality, a hint of chocolate, and malt. As with the aroma, the taste didn't have much of a hops presence like you might expect. A slightly boozy quality permeates the flavor as well. Still, this is an interesting flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a boozy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer at all. A unique take on the style. Definitely not your usual, overly mild and cautious English beer.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear but very dark mahogany red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of plums and prunes are present in the nose along with notes of port wine. The smell becomes a little stronger once the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather fruity and vinous, having flavors of black cherries, plums, prunes, and port wine along with hints of alcohol towards the finish. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Faint bits of warming from the alcohol are perceptible.
O: This beer is quite fruity and has a lot of interesting flavors; it is definitely a barleywine that can be sipped and savored. Apart from the hints of alcohol in the taste, it's not that difficult to drink since it isn't as full-bodied compared to most other barleywines.

Note: 2012 vintage

Serving type: bottle

Photo of keithmurray
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Tally Ho Reserve

Appearance - dark reddish brown color with beige head

Smell - rum, sherry, grape, cherry, raisin, plum, toffee

Taste - similar to the aroma, rum, sherry, grape, cherry, toffee, booze

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower level of carbonation, sweetness upfront, a bit of alcoholic harshness at the back end

Overall - Good beer that I bought on a whim. Glad I gave it a whirl. If you like the style, give it a run.

Price Point - $3.49/11.2 oz bottle

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Adnams Tally-Ho Reserve from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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