Adnams Tally-Ho | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom
adnams.co.uk

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 01-11-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
71
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
6
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Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a cocoa and tea body with an ok head. It tastes very English. There's a bit of flat cola in the flavor, along with some prunes and brown sugar. There are very little hops in the flavor or aroma. It's mellow with a bit of lingering sweetness.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Delly Deli 06/20/2005.

Poured brown hue with medium light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium sweet fruity aroma. Moderate complex flavor with no carbination due to cask.

Good not great

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into an English pint glass. A rich reddish mahogany color with almost no head, just a smattering of beige bubbles against the sides of the glass. Has the richly malty, tangy aroma common to this brewery's other offerings, albeit darker and sweeter, a tad metallic and briny with a decent dose of floral and earthy English hops. Palate is dark and rich, raisins and dates, pretzels, molasses, dry nuts, and burnt toffee, with some brown spice (nutmeg?) and tangy hop flavors as well. The same metallic, briny tang from the nose comes through on the palate. Not as sweet as expected (think baker's molasses rather than brown sugar), well-balanced from a hops perspective. Perhaps I was expecting more complexity, such that the pronounced fruity notes one often gets in other barleywines are largely absent here. Fairly fizzy and of moderate body, almost like a brown ale in the latter regard. Alcohol is largely concealed. Finishes quite spicy and crisp, with a lingering dark malt nuttiness. Widely available in these parts and certainly worth trying, although I'd rank this below some other takes on the style.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a Mohogany colour with a tanned head that reduces to a film very quickly

S - Some dark roasty toasty malts, with a small hint of a rubbber like aroma.

T - Very nice flavours of rum and raisins and very malty. A little molasses also present.

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Quite smooth and creamy.

O - A nice smooth BW with plenty to offer.

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Photo of boogerisu
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 version. Feel like it lost a step.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer the color of weak black coffee, with about as much head. Sumptuous and enticing nose, gregarious with compelling tales of prune and oak, rum and evergreen, and stories still earthier: coffee, olive, tobacco, leather. There is a nice balance between three main characters here, the mellow, musty yeast; the brown bready, caramelized malts; and the herbaceous, floral hops. A lovely thing, smelling this makes my whole head perk up. No less appealing to the palate, though slightly less complex. Oak, black cherry, cocoa, anise; pleasant, warming accents on a bass line of brown sugar, brandy, and black tea. The flavors are sweet but the taste is balanced; fresh, green hops, mild tannins, alcohol heat, and sprightly carbonation keep the mouthfeel clean and the drinkability high. Well done, Adnams - this could be my new go-to Christmas beer.

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Photo of janubio
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark red colour, with a samll off white head that fades soon, leaving a small lace. Aroma of dried fruits, chocolate, tobacco, coffee. Medium body, thick a nd sticky palate, carbonation is OK. Taste of chocolate, coffee, dried fruits.Good barley.

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Photo of Dzu
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle.
L: black with biege massive foam head.
S: rich aroma of fruits, caramel, plums.
T: toffee, fruity, raspberry.
F: oily and soft carbonation.
O:great ale. Recommended.

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Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of grumpygerman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Stimack
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew last evening while at Mahar’s. This brew was pulled from cask to a dark brown color with reddish highlights. Not much of a head but what was there was a tan in color but did not leave any lacing. The aroma from this brew was quite nice, dominant malt aroma of chocolate, dark fruit and a butter like quality. You also notice a slight alcohol type of an aroma but definitely is not strong and does not play much into the smell, this could be due to the lower 7.0% abv. Malt flavors are the strongest part of the taste as well, I notice a nice mix of flavors headed by a chocolate and toffee essence with nice undertones of dark fruit and a persistent cherry like taste in the finish, but is not sour! Not much in the way of a hop character to this brew but was not really expecting it. This was a nice brew to start the evening as we had to walk a block to Mahar’s and the temp registered a –1 out!

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Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

T: Seems about right for a Barleywine. Little head, sits still in the glass with not much lacing. Blacky red and then bronze when held up to light. 4

S: ok, really smells like this beer is brewed using coffee. I get the sort of faecal funk I got from other coffee beers such as Peche Mortel and Long Shot. It could also be described as chocolatey/caroby. Also reminds me a bit of Korbinian's date flavours. There's some definite quad-dy dark fruit notes also. 4

T: Ok, the sweetness/hoppiness (bitterness) and alcohol in this beer are pretty well integrated. You get some of all three but they really balance each other out effectively. There's also some roast. Also some Belgian estery/alcoholic notes later on. 4

M: Pretty good, syrupy. 4

D: Not bad at all for the style. Only thing stopping this from getting an A grade is that it gets a bit sweeter the more I get into the bottle, and the flavours aren't personal favourites of mine, although they are nice. Definitely a one and done beer for me. 4

My bottle was 7.2% alcohol.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand pumped into a slender 8oz. pint glass. It pours a deep ruby, almost black color with one finger of head. There is decent lacing. The smell is light, and fairly malty and sweet. The taste is full of caramel maltiness and some roasted character. Just the slightest hint of hops on the finish to balance it out. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. The drinkability is nice for a 7% brew. A nice English barleywine.

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Photo of JavierGC
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black/brown colour. Medium beige head that slowly settles leaving a small amount of lacing.

S: Dark fruit, toasted malt.

T: Delicious malty marmite taste, raisins - alcohol is barely present. Nutty aftertaste creeps up unexpectedly, lingering for some time.

M: Fairly thick with low carbonation - very warming.

Enjoyed this a lot - reminded me somehow of a less carbonated Skullsplitter, though with rather less complexity. Would definitely drink again!

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Photo of rallison
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1998 bottle at Lucky Baldwin's.

Pours a mostly still muddy dark brown with a minimal head.

Smells of oxidation, toffee and burnt brown sugar.

Very English style in the malt profile here with lots of burnt caramel, toffee, molasses. Definitely some oxidation, but not too bad given the 11 years age and 7% abv. Dried fruits and and some more toffee in the flavor.

All in all, a decent aged English style barleywine. Not all that complex though, and the oxidation is starting to come through. I'd love a cask pull of this though, that could be good.

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Photo of diablo14
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of windypete
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of CanuckRover
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle.

Pours near black. Red highlights when held up. Thin mocha head settles to a ring quickly. Well-defined lacings.

Mostly dark fruit, raisins/dates, on the nose. A touch of milk-chocolate lingering around too.

Sumptuous alcohol soaked fruit right away, though the alcohol is blessedly subdued, just enough to be warm. Roasty bitterness mid-sip. Nice moreish, biscuit finish.

Thick enough to be satisfying and to put it squarely in the winter warmer category, but smooth enough to make it a dangerously drinkable barleywine. Tasty, tasty, tasty.

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Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of djura
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Something special for my 250th review.

A: Ruby black. Small but healthy off-white head.
S: Lots of liquorice and blackberries. Smokey (or is it toasty?) and slightly nutty. A touch of dandelion and burdock.
T: All the afforementioned qualities although smokier than I expected. Prickley ginger in there too. Pretty dry, especially for the strength. Earthy as it warms. Fruity aftertaste. Lovely velvety mouthfeel.
O: A decent winter warmer. Bonfire smokiness, ginger and liquorice.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer and poured into a Mikkeller goblet. 2009 version with the ABV listed as 7.20%.

Dark brown, almost black in appearance with the slightest of ruby hints. Beige/Tan head of foam at about 1cm or so that stays on as film for the duration.

Strong fruity aromas dominate, very intense and a strong hint of what is to come.

Big dark fruit flavours are the order of the day. A tiny bit of roasted malt came through at one stage to surprise. A real winter warmer, perfect for May in Australia.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a let-down relatively speaking, at times a little watery. At other times, pretty well true to style.

Overall a good decent brew, perhaps not living up to expectations and past experience of this very good British brewer.

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Adnams Tally-Ho from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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