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

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Adnams Tally-Ho ReserveAdnams Tally-Ho Reserve

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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 puboflyons:
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New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

03-28-2014 22:53:27 | More by puboflyons
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

09-29-2013 22:19:02 | More by oberon
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West Virginia

3.74/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-07-2013 15:47:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

01-27-2014 03:46:28 | More by LJWalker
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

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.


12-16-2012 02:59:29 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-27-2014 21:21:48 | More by enelson
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4.71/5  rDev +25.9%

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!


12-08-2013 03:18:06 | More by RonaldTheriot
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

11-24-2013 23:24:31 | More by Chugs13
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4/5  rDev +7%

08-02-2014 01:29:16 | More by Ondro3
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

09-15-2013 22:40:08 | More by damndirtyape
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7%

***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.

01-21-2014 01:21:58 | More by papat444
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3.89/5  rDev +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.

06-23-2013 03:54:44 | More by DrDemento456
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4/5  rDev +7%

08-02-2013 01:35:29 | More by Rosquin
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3.59/5  rDev -4%

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.

08-11-2013 22:20:03 | More by soccerman7
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-23-2014 18:00:05 | More by msondel
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-29-2014 03:43:20 | More by aubzachsyd
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4/5  rDev +7%

06-02-2014 04:56:04 | More by Rbroccoli
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3.08/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

12-13-2013 02:26:12 | More by bmwats
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New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

12-30-2012 23:18:32 | More by jdhilt
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1.75/5  rDev -53.2%

04-27-2013 23:12:49 | More by jonathaniler
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4.39/5  rDev +17.4%

(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

08-05-2014 22:48:52 | More by Bouleboubier
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

01-26-2014 04:15:29 | More by leansean88
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-25-2014 02:55:09 | More by zeff80
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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

03-25-2014 01:36:13 | More by Chico1985
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New York

3.41/5  rDev -8.8%

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).

08-23-2014 01:46:17 | More by orcrist_cleaver
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Adnams Tally-Ho Reserve from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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