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

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
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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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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 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 Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter, this barleywine pours a deep mahogany color with a subtle pool of foam and a moderate ring with light lacing. Nose of strong astringent alcohol, port wine, dark fruits, and caramel malts. Flavors follow the nose with sweet caramel malts, raisins, brown sugar, and dark tart pie cherries on all sides. The heat from the booze comes through on the middle and back with a light herbal hop note mingling with a light raisin and port flavor on the aftertaste. A solid, low carbonation barley wine with a hot ending from the alcohol with strong grain notes. While not the best barley wine I have had this is a solid offering that should age well a number of years.


Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  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 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 JohnGalt1
3.97/5  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.


Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.71/5  rDev +23.9%
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!


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 damndirtyape
3.94/5  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 +5.3%
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
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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 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 soccerman7
3.58/5  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 +18.4%

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 bmwats
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep clear mahogany color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is almost rotten plums. Flavor is dried fruit, caramel some dryness. Not a bad barleywine. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.50 for a 330ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME. Agree with previous rater that this should be a separate rating.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Vintage 2012. The hunt is on, chaps! This stuff pours a deep midnight garnet topped by a finger or so of glowing dirty white foam. The nose comprises rich pumpernickel surrounded by massive dark fruits, and then everything dipped in ruby port. The taste brings in more of the same, the booze adding excess oomph, and some peppery spice punches its way into notoriety. The body toes the line between hefty medium and light hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a chewy-ish feel. Overall, a powerful b-wine, with an interesting complexity, but the flavor combination isn't quite my cup o' tea, keeping this from becoming anything close to a regular-ish purchase. That said, I do wanna see how this vintage looks in a couple years...

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 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 Bouleboubier
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(2012 edition, purchased at Binny's on Marcey - poured into a tall Innis & Gunn flute)

A: fairly clear, dark chestnut brown liquid with ruby highlights... tall stand of reddish-tan foam, open structure, with some fantastic staying power... keeps a broad collar, leaves random trails of lace

S: strong dark fruit aromas - cherry, prune... perhaps a touch of roasted barley... as it warms, almost a condensed raspberry jam atop graham cookie sort of scent... little naked alcohol and no hops... overall intensity, fair

T: direct, fairly explosive, sweetish vinous note on the outset that wants to dominate but is, however, tempered just enough by the rich, refined, dark malt flavor and accompanying ... ends with a light coffee and cocoa... floral-tinged, cordial-like soft booze calmly coursing through the middle... perhaps a touch of light caramel in the aftertaste, but very delicate, hardly overt - you gotta be looking for it... mellow phenolic almost part-allspice, part-cinnamon spice lingering in the aftertaste

M: just about full-bodied, robust and plump... ribbon of silkiness trails long through the finish... the booze very elegantly lifts the residue in the middle of the palate, leaving a brightly glowing, mild warmth... not terribly viscous altogether, drops dry midway through the palate - though I wish it was a little more syrupy - the way it is certainly makes it more drinkable to a wider audience

O: this was great! one of the best English barleywines I've ever tried... all about intense dark fruit flavors with the malt right up there but certainly in the near background... highly recommended as a dessert beer or anytime sipper... wish I would've known, wish I would've bought a few bottles

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.

Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml, 2012 vintage. 18 months-ish old?

Appearance - Pour is very dark, with some red showing through only when held to the light. Beige head is small to start and settles as a thick ring for most of the duration.

Smell - Dark fruit up front, raisins and red grapes/Welch's grape juice. Molasses, some leather+cigar box, alcohol, kind of a liquor vibe going on.

Taste - Big ol' malt bomb, very light hop bitterness. Dark fruit, molasses, some toasted malt, earthiness, brown sugar, dark bread and alcohol. Kind of on the simple side but pleasant enough.

Mouthfeel - Big, malty, and somewhat syrupy feel with modest carbonation, a little on the boozy side for 9%.

Overall - Typical malt bomb English barleywine. Flavors come off as a little simple or artificial at times but a nice beer, the restrained sweetness and lack of hoppiness are appreciated.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%

A: Dull and muddy looking. Dark walnut and burnt chestnut, no head (3/5).

S: Very mellow port-like nutty quality. Cherries, chocolate, vinous, and sweet brown molasses (3.75/5).

M: Moderately tannic. Thin, cloyingly chewy, low carbonation (3/5).

T: Sweet and tart. Vinous strawberry, blueberry, raisin . Nutty, cinnamon dough with anise seed, chocolate treacle, espresso (3.75/5).

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, molasses, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with molasses and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty and earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a slightly better mix of aromas over the taste in my opinion.

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Adnams Tally-Ho Reserve from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.