Adnams Tally-Ho | Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 01-11-2004

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Reviews:
33
Ratings:
67
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
15.54%
 
 
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Photo of Dantes
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Package: At Mahar's-Albany from cask via beer engine, presented in a 20 oz. “Guinness-style” tulip pint at ~50º

Cost: $6

Appearance: An opaque mahogany drawn from the beer engine with a tinge of ruby when held to the light. Generated a moistly creamy beige head almost as dense as a nitro-pour, but not quite as dry. Interestingly, it was almost indistinguishable when set on the table next to a Beamish, if just a touch lighter and ruddier. The head lasted surprisingly long, giving me the classic foam “mustache” and leaving “drink rings” on the side of the glass.

Smell: An envelopingly warm, malty sweetness rises from the glass, with scents of fresh-baked bread, honey, and toffee.

Taste: This hits the palate so softly, it’s hard to distinguish when it actually entered one’s mouth. The flavor is predominantly sweet, but there is a tang that underpins the beefy maltiness, which also possesses a raisiny, plummy, fruitiness in addition to the honied sweetness. Some might find this ale a bit flabby after so many “hot,” raw, hoppy American barley wines, but I welcome this traditionally styled ale. The finish is long, sweet, and warming without being sickly sweet.

Mouthfeel: This is the smoothest beer I’ve had in recent memory. I think I used “cashmere-like” in another recent review, but I pulled that trigger too soon. This barley wine is like triple-ply Scottish cashmere. The carbonation was super-fine and persistent lending this ale a substantial but not sticky viscosity.

Drinkability: Although 7% ABV no longer seems very “strong,” two or three of these can certainly start one on his way! I only had time for two, but a third one was definitely in the offing. Extremely drinkable for a barley wine.

Backwash: I haven’t been able to have an authentic English Barley Wine on cask in over 5 years, and now I feel the loss all the more! I’m a bit surprised at the relatively low reviews already posted. I think it’s a bit unfair to lump this kind of beer in with things like Old Guardian, Old Horizontal, and Old Salty. Don’t get me wrong, those are fine beers, but I can truly say that I’d almost rather have something like this on hand for everyday drinking. I haven’t seen this in bottles here in the USA, but I doubt it would be as good anyway, as the similar Young’s Old Nick in the bottle is a shadow of its “real” self. Even dedicated hop heads ought to make an effort to try this very authentic English Barley Wine.

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Photo of clvand0
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on cask over the weekend and I must say I think it was the best beer I had all weekend (at a beer festival). Pours a dark ruby/brown color with a very small head that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is mild, but there is a malty/caramel character as well as a slight sweetness. The flavor is much better than expected. Very well balanced. Slight caramel sweetness with a great malt character and a hint of alcohol. Drinkability is superb. The abv is a bit weak for a barley wine, but it's still an excellent brew.

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Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a small glass of this one at Rich-O's Public House in New Albany, Indiana, at the Ky/In BA gathering. Tally-Ho is damn near opaque sitting in the glass, but reveals a dark mahogany body when held to light. No real head, but lots of spotty lace. Aroma is thick and sweet malts, lots of dark fruits and a note of pine hops. Excellent mouthfeel is thick, rich, and coating. Full bodied. Taste is nicely balanced, with a big rum raisin component. Hops are herbal and slightly spicy. Very English in style. Alcohol is apparent, but never distracting. Excellent drinkability for this fine example of the style.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Shiredave
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Cask @ Mahars in Albany. I had 2- 10oz glasses - it just didnt seem right drinking it from a 20oz.
Not really much to look at, great, clear chesnut brown color with a tiny whisp of head.
Aroma is all fuity malt, some musty yeast notes with hints of chocolate and licorice. These aromas mirror the flavors to come.
Soft mouth feel up front with with a neat mix of toffee and chocolate flavors, some smokey notes and a bit of earthy hop flavor towards the finish. Rich, smooth, medium bodied "cask" mouth feel that was WAY easy to drink.
The finish is caramelized fruit with a faint hop bite, and a light, warm tickle of alcohol.
On the light side alcohol-wise, but not flavor or mouthfeel-wise. A barley wine you can enjoy 2 or more of.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this one on cask at the Blind Tiger in NYC. Poured very dark amber, with some reddish hues, minimal tan head and decent lacing observed. Bready nose, the expected low carbonation led to a soft and smooth mouthfeel, liquid butter on the tongue. Soft notes of caramel and toffee. Finely crafted, fine British style BW

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Photo of Stimack
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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 aracauna
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Adnams Tally-Ho from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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