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

Adnams Tally-Ho ReserveAdnams Tally-Ho Reserve

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.39%

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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 woemad:
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4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

11.2oz bottle purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho, for $4.99. 2012 vintage.

Poured a dark, cola-ish color, with a good two inches of head colored somewhere between dark beige and tan.

Malty in the nose. Fruity and candyish scents, along with some booze.

The flavor is sweet, along with some dark fruit bitterness and a slight tart taste. There's some alcohol heat that increases as it warms up but never becomes overbearing.

Semi-full bodied, with a coating mouthfeel.

Like most UK barleywines, it's not a hophead's take on the style. I found it a nice after dinner beer, and think it could stand as a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 04:32:51 | More by woemad
More User Reviews:
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New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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
Photo of Chico1985


3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -11.2%

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

03-01-2014 04:26:55 | More by stevoj
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3/5  rDev -18%

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

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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

4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:21:58 | More by papat444
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3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 +2.5%

01-02-2014 08:52:45 | More by shelby415
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-30-2013 00:14:53 | More by Yeti1979
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-18-2013 01:54:23 | More by MacStinson
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3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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 +28.7%
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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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 15:47:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with some red hues when held to the light. Light bubbly head that reduces to a ring and stays there Splashy lace.

Dark bread crust and some dark fruit in the nose. Brown sugar, some raisin.

Fruit and dark bread up front, but deceitful in the level of sweetness -- this one dries out fast and goes bitter. Malt behind the pure bitterness is pleasant, so much so that the beer seems a bit out of balance. Alcohol is hidden well. Some scorched sugars as well.

Thinner than normal for the style. Not mouth coating or having heavier body.

An ok version of the style. I liked it more as I drank it, but I was glad I had 12 oz instead of a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 22:53:34 | More by OtherShoe2
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-24-2013 23:24:31 | More by Chugs13
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-22-2013 13:45:22 | More by Greasy
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North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 22:19:02 | More by oberon
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3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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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New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

09-08-2013 19:14:56 | More by squack
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3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 22:20:03 | More by soccerman7
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-02-2013 01:35:29 | More by Rosquin
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3/5  rDev -18%

06-28-2013 03:29:26 | More by thebouch01
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Adnams Tally-Ho Reserve from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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