Banks's Barley Gold
Banks's Park Brewery

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Banks's Park Brewery
England, United Kingdom
English Strong Ale
3.17 | pDev: 18.61%
Dec 03, 2019
Sep 04, 2009
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Ratings by seanyfo:
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Reviewed by seanyfo from Scotland

3.71/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
275ml bottle poured into a shaker pint glass

Dated best before 30/11/2007

A- Aggressive pour produces 3 finger creamy tan head with good belgian lacing and excellent retention for the abv. Body is dark amber with ruby highlights.

S- Rich toffee malts, faint toasted quality with some treacle. Very faint perception of alcohol, maybe very slightly sherry like. I can imagine the malt aroma would be more intense if fresh.

T- Toffee/caramel malts with a faint biscuityness albeit a bit subdued. Underneath, the alcohol comes through very subtley in the finish and lingers on. Malt very much the dominant force with no apparent hop note to my palate

M- Low carbonation, sticky velvet full body.

D- A nice malty sipping beer but i cant help but feel it may have been better and more luxurious fresher. Still a nice example.
May 13, 2010
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Canned in a crafty craft can and purchased as part of a Waitrose home grocery delivery
Pours a crystal clear bronze body with decent enough white head
Aroma is pure malt
Flavour is too with booze, lots of booze
Dec 03, 2019
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.09/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
L- Rich orange gold, clear, pours with 5mm white head.
S- Rich, somewhat sweet, the alcohol comes through too.
T- Wine-like on the front, perhaps a medium-sweet white wine, and that sense lingers longer than expected.
F- Rich, vinious, pungent.
O- For a 9.4% beer to work for me it needs parallel depth and complexity; as I'll only drink a small amount, and then slowly. At 9.4% it's the platform upon which real fireworks can be carefully constructed; this lacks that. It's rich and strong, great if you want to neck a few for impact but lacks finesse and intrigue - not for me.
£5.25/4*330cans from Waitrose in London. BB: 30/09/2020
Nov 20, 2019
Rated: 2.71 by 22Blue from Kansas

Apr 30, 2016
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Reviewed by heygeebee from Australia

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
From Leura. No BB.

A - weird. Full puffy head intially, three fingers worth of susdy white large bubbles, fades to nix, over a 100% clear copper body. Just weird and far too clear.

S & T - dull muted caramels and toffees, not good. Quite stale and nothing else to report. Pass on rich flavours associated with barley wines.

M - light carbonation and all too thin.

O - fail, not pass, sadly. Very poor beer for a high ABV.
Nov 16, 2013
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Reviewed by BlackHaddock from England

2.44/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Now at 7.4% ABV: 330ml can, best before 31 Dec 2013. Poured vigorously into a Duvel glass on 17 Aug 2013, the 6th beer in a 'random tasting evening' with myself (wife out and I've got no friends).

Lovely deep golden/light amber body, clear, bright and clean: huge white foaming head on top, which sadly fell away a bit too quickly.

The nose is weak: some sweet notes (sugar and caramel), but otherwise nothing but hints of alcohol and the can it came out of.

Taste: Semi-sweet malts with a hop undertone that rises up towards the end of each sip giving a pleasant bitterness to an otherwise unbalanced drink. There is however an unwanted metallic aftertaste that ruins everything.

The whole metallic feel has balls up this tasting.

I really wanted this to be a good beer for me: sadly that isn't the case, maybe others will find it more wholesome to their taste buds, but I doubt it.
Aug 17, 2013
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Reviewed by CrazyDavros from Australia

2.26/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose is restrained but shows banana, soft caramel, bready malt, spicy hops and cardboard. Not exactly enticing.
Flavours aren't that much better really. Grainy malt, cardboard notes, faint caramel and hot alcohol. Pretty dirty.
Body seems light on.
Too much of a reliance on cane sugar perhaps? Definitely not enough malt.
Jul 22, 2012
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Reviewed by lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a robust and very pleasant deep golden orange colour, with a filmy head of white suds. Leaves some pretty pleasant lacing down the edges of the glass, but certainly lacks volume. Looks very heavy, which is good, with a good amount of static carbonation when it's swirled. Looks pretty decent.

Quite robust on the nose as well, with a good welling of deep malt characters and a sharp, slightly surprising metallic note. But of English burlap sack, but that's probably being a little derogatory. Not bad.

The taste brings it together nicely, with a welling bitterness and a sharp metallic, almost acetone character on the back. Slightly medicinal, which isn't unpleasant, but rather accentuates the strength of the beer otherwise. It doesn't have a huge amount to back it up, but it's pleasantly strong and aggressive. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with a burgeoning sparkling throughout.

A very decent brew, but it does swerve a little towards the harsh properties of malt liquor in some respects. Sure, it's strong and aggressive, but it feels like it might not just have the characters to back it up.
Oct 09, 2010
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Reviewed by FreshHawk from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A - Tawny reddish orange with a small tight foamy white head with a bit below average retention and some lacing left (concentrated on one side and the edges.

S - Good amount of citrus and hoppy smell but also a fair amount of bready malt. Fairly well balanced. Alcohol smell is present.

T - Opens with a good amount of caramel and toffee malt. Then some more fruity flavors come out. A lot of citrus, particularly orange, and some other citrus and tropical fruit flavors come out. Accompanying that is just a slight citrus and piney hoppy flavor. The finish is an herbal and fruity alcohol heat taste. The alcohol is fairly present but fades a bit as the beer sits and warms up.

M - Medium body with slightly below average carbonation. A touch slick although the flavors stick to the mouth. Smooth.

D - Fairly good, especially after it warms up a bit more. Good amount of fruitiness and sweetness but well balanced overall. Aside from the alcohol being a little strong and warming, it goes down easy. Obviously ABV limits how much you can drink, but it is a decent fruity, boozy sipper.

Notes: At first the alcohol was a little strong and it drank a bit like a sherry or a fortified wine. Toward the end of the bottle, that started to fade and the malts and fruit started to come out more and a slight hop taste was uncovered and took over a bit for the alcohol. Hard to really decide which style it is because it has a number of flavors that are pretty well balanced. A very nice beer that is a nice fruity sipper. Not the most memorable, but nice and worth a try.
Apr 22, 2010
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Reviewed by vancurly from Australia

4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Coming in a 330mL can, pours a 2 inch fluffy, pillowy head. Colour is a clear burnished gold to amber.

Lovely balanced nose of bready malts and herbaceous, wild hops. Some pawpaw, stonefruit

Very bready, toffee, rich. Some fruitcake, gentian herbal bitterness. Warms into some molasses notes.

Sticky, but spiky from the bitterness. Slightly hot, but nicely balanced.

Quite a nice strong beer. Probably only have one at a time, but would work as a nice fire-side ale.
Dec 19, 2009