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

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 12-16-2012)
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Reviews by Dapperticus:
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2012 bottle.Pours into a small tulip glass a deep mahagony with a ruby hue, a half finger off white head atop.Deeply fruit in the nose along with some cake and sweet alcohol.Malty to the hilt on the palate.Dark fruit and caramel sweetness on the palate,the alcohol lends more sweetness,it's a sipper.I like this beer,take it for what it is,a English malty sipper.Great beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep rich nearly black with ruby highlights, big creamy beige head, fine speckled lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma tart sliced apples, hints of cherry, mild oak aging character toasted wood, vanilla highlights. Really nice smelling beer. Dark roasted malts, full on bitter sweet interplay between caramelized sugars, oak character, and dark roasted malts. Earthy bittering hops apparent as well, this is a complex barleywine dated from 2012. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even smooth carbonation layers of bitterness left between sips, odd dry finish. Overall, a decent English brewed barleywine, big and complex lacks intricacy and balance that would make it world class.

Photo of ElJosharino
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 2012 batch. Sampled on March 28, 2014. Served maybe 50 degrees.

This pours a highly attractive chestnut brown with only a slight head. Decent lacing and clarity.

The aroma is fully of sweet malted goodness with the slightest hint of brown sugar, molasses, raisins, and hops on the low end.

The body is medium.

This has been aged about two years so it has mellowed well. I enjoy the subtle sweet, toasted malt character that encompasses most of the beer but then it evolves into this sort of vibrant molasses sweetness and ends fairly dry. It is the way an aged barleywine should be. Jolly good.

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 "Limited Edition"

Not sure that this one should be a new entry, but it is a full 2% higher than the other Tally-Ho. Anyway, picked this up at the COOP today for a very reasonable $4... Poured into my slim tulip shows a nice tannish head with decent lacing... The brew is clear deep walnut.

Nose shows a fairly rich maltiness.. caramel.. bready... light molasses... something that makes me think of the inside of a walk-in humidor and pipe tobacco.

Flavor is bready and nutty with an all encompassing caramel essence that is never sweet.. deep toast...

Body is fairly heavy as expected.. carbonation is on the low side..

Fairly good... I am going to buy a couple more for the cellar.

3.5/4/4/4/4

Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.71/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Adnams Tally-Ho Reserve has a thin, creamy, cream-colored head, a dark-brown (with reddish highlights), opaque appearance, and a coffee-like sheen of lacing left down the glass. The aroma is of very rich, sweet, dark fruits, chocolate powder, some alcohol, caramel, and nougat. Taste is of rich, sweet brown bread crust, some chocolate, caramel, coffee, dark fruit, charcoal, malt, cream, and a decent bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Adnams Tally-Ho Reserve finises semi-dry, alcohilic, and sippable. Overall, interesting is the key word with this one. I think it’s really delicious!

RJT

Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  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 Ondro3
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle (2012 bottling) served in a snifter.

Appearance: Deep brown with a hint of red. Light tan thin head that died down to a ring and a skin across the top. Some lacing noted.

Smell: Toffee, hint of alcohol and fruit (like a fruit liquor - maybe cherry), hint of copper and iron, hint of tobacco leaf.

Taste: Rich buttery toffee, roasted malt, English bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick approaching creamy. Good carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Very nice. A slow sipping beer. I think it would be great paired with a dessert. For drinkability, I think one a night is enough, but...I wouldn't mind a larger bottle next time.

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***2012 Vintage***

Poured from 11.2 oz.

Appearance is totally blood red, can see through it a bit. Huge cascading head, strong retention, good legs with thick bands. Aroma is pungent dark fruits, caramel, wisps of coffee (?). Rich dried fruit and leather make most of the flavor. Smooth as silk and gentle for a barleywine.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man I paid $4.49 for this it better rock my socks off!

A - Wow that is the deepest shade of brown I ever seen in a barleywine. Surprised I got a 1/2 inch of mocha head on this.
S - Smell is good I got some sweet malts, tobacco, bread, caramel malts, and some fruity goodness.
T - Strong taste like roast which is confirmed tobacco. Bitterness of some hops and some sweet malts play the finish. Almost wine like grape with the fruity flavors. Stings.
M - Medium to heavy in body. Quite a barleywine.

Overall it was an interesting take on a barleywine if I had anything to say it has one of the best wine flavors I ever had (tart dark fruit)
I would be interested to try the 7% version someday since it has better reviews but this is an OK barleywine in my book.

Photo of Rosquin
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 soccerman7
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a white wine glass

A - beautiful steady carbonation with a nice quarter inch head that slowly receded. Dark garnet / mahogany color.

S - Candied sweetness upfront moving towards biscuit cookie. Almost a mild coffee note. Hops are barely detectable. Sherry notes start emerging after a minute or two in the glass.

T - Really interesting. Sherried raisins scone comes to mind. Sweetness is not cloying but present every sip. There is a coffee note that lingers. Hops act as a balance to the sweetness. Dark fruits and breads linger.

M - A bit thin on the body for the style. The 9% is well hidden. Finish kind of falls off rather than lingers.

O - Glad I tried this. I will certainly buy when I see for the colder months. This is a beer worth sipping on its own before or after dinner. Interesting enough to sip and contemplate. A wonderful change to the hop bomb American takes on the style.

Photo of Reneejane
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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 msondel
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of AndyEdgar
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of aubzachsyd
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tfsimpkins
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Rbroccoli
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bmwats
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark brown. Pours a slight, bubbly, whit-ish head. Settles quickly, leaving a mere slight beer ring. No real lacing.

S: Roasted nuts, molasses, raisin, and tea leaf.

T: Roasted cardboard, unsweetened chocolate, with a little bitter licorice.

M: Hearty and full. Very dry. Very slight aftertaste mostly disintegrates in a hurry.

D: Sipper.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Slight ahead, and very little lacing. Nose is roasty, and sweet, with some earth tones. Bland combination of carbonation and unsweetened chocolate... just not a lot in the flavor profile. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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