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

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 12-16-2012)
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 22:40:08 | More by damndirtyape
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-19-2014 00:36:18 | More by tykechandler
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-02-2014 04:56:04 | More by Rbroccoli
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4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark chocolate, almost opaque color in a snifter with a 1/2 F head.

Raisin and plum wafted from the glass. Later, as the beer warmed up, toffee, and more fruit. I found that the beer tastes best between 50-53F( 10-12C).

The mouth feel is relatively mild. The beer is thinner than other beers I have tasted in the style- but this does not detract from its complexity.

The taste follows the aroma- raisin, plum, toffee with a strong alcohol finish.

Overall, a very enjoyable barley-wine. I will buy another bottle to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2014 02:14:16 | More by brureview
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

05-25-2014 02:55:09 | More by zeff80
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

05-25-2014 01:11:18 | More by WhiteLight68
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

05-11-2014 03:42:28 | More by Bstrickler
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3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How could anyone pass up a chance to buy a barleywine named Tally-Ho? I couldn't. It was quite affordable as I remember, which is another plus to the ploy.

Pours a dark blackish brown, a brownish to rust and burgundy hue. A light tan, thin head. At first I was concerned it was not carbonated at all. Looks good though. Pretty dark for a barleywine.

The smell is quite fruity and boozy. A fair amount of black cherry, a hint of banana, slightly earthy. A dusty tone to it. Obviously sweet. I get maybe a hint of caramel malt. A pinch floral.

The taste is quite dark fruit forward. Prunes and black cherries, raisins. It does have a burst of fresh plums, near the middle. I detect some nutty undertones. I catch a bit of caramel, very dry dark chocolate undertones toward the end. A bit of herbal hops at the end as well. You get a bit of the booze in there but for me it is not overwhelming. It blends decently with the herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and just a bit dry. It has an oily quality to it. I would say a medium body but pretty easy to drink.

Overall, I was pretty satisfied with my experience and my oddball purchase. I would probably try other things from this brewer if I saw them, especially if they bore a similar and reasonable price. Nothing overwhelming though, a pretty refined and mellowed out barleywine. Personally I like a barleywine with a bit more of a punch and a bit more robust on the malt. But this was good for a cold, rainy, and very windy, spring evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2014 03:06:22 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 22:53:27 | More by puboflyons
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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 01:36:13 | More by Chico1985
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-23-2014 18:00:05 | More by msondel
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

03-01-2014 04:26:55 | More by stevoj
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

01-27-2014 03:46:28 | More by LJWalker
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

01-26-2014 04:15:29 | More by leansean88
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:21:58 | More by papat444
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3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 06:39:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ox bottle was poured into a tulip glass. 2012 version.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left nice lacing on the glass. It is a dark mahogany color with no visibility or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Fruity, toffee, nutty, bready, caramel, raisins, dark fruits, and a little alcohol.

Taste: Same as above. Tastes like a fruit cake you get around the holidays. Fruity, nutty, bready, and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little boozy, medium bodied, low carbonation, and quite the sipper.

Overall: This beer holds up very well after sitting for a year plus.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 07:43:10 | More by Flounder57
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

01-02-2014 08:52:45 | More by shelby415
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-30-2013 00:14:53 | More by Yeti1979
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

12-18-2013 01:54:23 | More by MacStinson
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3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 02:26:12 | More by bmwats
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4.71/5  rDev +26.6%
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!


Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 03:18:06 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Adnams Tally-Ho Reserve from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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