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Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 12-16-2012

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The biggest part of the scent of this beer is malt, along with other fruits like cherry. Taste is quite a bit boozy to me-- but that should not be a big surprise as the beer is listed at 9%. After the initial alcohol taste, cherry, molasses, and plums come into play, and the beer gets less intense as the taste goes on. Beer finishes somewhat smooth, with a cherry aftertaste. Carbonation is light overall.

I don't know if I will get another of these in the future. The beer seemed to be like a less- composed example of a Belgian Tripel or Quad to me, which I would rather have either of these beer types. However, the 9% of Alcohol is certainly a nice reward for drinking a couple of these. Not a terrible beer, but there are better choices than this one for me.

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Photo of FBarber
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage.

Pours a deep burgundy tinged brown. Appears sort of clear when held to light but there is a lot of white flecks floating in the beer. Some rather large. Not much of a head but some tan foam is noted ringing the outside of the beer.

Smell has notes of sugar, candied cherries, molasses, raisins, rich roasted malt, a touch like a sherry or port to the nose. Smells like this is going to be pretty sweet.

Taste is remarkably dry which frames the flavors. Its very crisp with some strong grape and sherry like notes initially. Flavors mellow in the mouth leaving an oaky flavor touched with dark fruits, raisins, and a biscuit malt backbone. Slight hoppy bitterness in the finish provide balance without becoming districting. Whats impressive is how *not* sweet the beer is given the nose seems to imply a strong sweetness.

Feel has medium carbonation providing a prickly feeling on the tongue initially. Very dry on the mouth and aftertaste. Very smooth.

Overall a nice English barley wine. The flavor on this is really quite nice.

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Photo of Joosboyd
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Adnams Southwold Reserve Tally-Ho Barleywine, 9.2%, poured into tulip. Drink date 3-4-16
L: very dark brown, almost black body. Head is very thick and creamy, light brown in color, one finger thick, left good lacing.
S: sweet, dried fruit, and caramel.
F: very smooth, velvety.
T: dried fruit and molasses upfront, then a toasted cereal flavor, finished with toasted caramel and more dried fruit.
O: Excellent barley wine.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 reserve, a princely $3.95 at ABV.

A mildly hazy dark brown with a dense, off-white head that falls off to a ring, this looks decent. The nose has a blend of caramel, buckwheat honey, a little leather, a touch of raisin, a little molasses. Very nicely structured and layered, there's also some walnut and almond present. The palate opens mildly sweet with honey, caramel, butterscotch and some molasses, a very dark sweetness. Nutty and with warming alcohol on the mid-palate. A little cocoa is present too. Nice Maris Otter flavor. Sweet and mildly nutty on the finish with a little burnt sugar bitterness, dried figs, some wheat toast. Delicious. Less sweet than the J.W. Lees, and more drinkable this fresh as well. Recommended.

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Photo of Statik_v87
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of the 2012 vintage of this barley wine. It pours a nice dark mahogany color that is hard to see through. The pouring left a finger of foamy, off-white head that dissipated quickly. However, a ring of foam remained around the outside and left nice lacing on the glass. On the nose, I get some prunes and dark fruit, along with some barley and spices. On the palate there is more prune and dark fruit flavor, along with some roasted grains and a nice subtle molasses sweetness. As for the mouthfeel, i get some creaminess and subtle carbonation that give the beer a very nice body. Overall, very drinkable for a 9% offering. Maybe a will get another bottle and try putting another year or two of age on it. Curious to see how it evolves. ^ ^

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle; 2012 Vintage. 10 oz. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy ruby brown biwht 1 finger khakhi head that quickly fades to islands of khaki bubbles and a thick ring of bubbles at the edge. No visible carbonation. Fair lacing, which says a lot because I have never been able to get good lacing in this glass no matter how well I clean it.

Aroma: Caramel, toasted malt; dried fruit: prunes, raisins, dates. Brown sugar.

Taste: Drier arrival than I expected. I like this style. Off-sweet and hoppy arrival, turns to a not too sweet, malty, mid-palate with rich dried fruit and malt complexity; walnuts, pecans, mild molasses. Hints of the Belgian-style esters, but a very light touch. Where I find Belgian dark ales overpowering, this comes off as very well balanced between lightly sweet, hoppy, and lightly estery. Finish is remarkably clean, a slight glint of alcohol and a nice, clean bittering. Slightly fino/manzanilla sherry finish. Drinkability is through the roof for a 9% ABV, 6-dollar 11.2 oz. bottle.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly hefty; not quite heavyweight. More carbonation than I expected, which is to say more than none. A little carb goes a long way. Surprisingly not slick; fairly clean for a beer of this weight.

Overall: English Barleywines where have you been my whole life?! This is a really excellent ale, great for sipping on a chilly Christmas night. A malt lover's dream come true. Complex, drinkable and satisfying. At 6 bucks a bottle, it may be a bit much, but a nice once a year treat. Will seek out more barleywines.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mahogany color with light tan head. Aromas of plum, figs, caramel sweet and a hint of spicy hops. Taste is more plum and dark berries, a hint of chocolate and faint bitterness with the finishing being all malt. Good as it warms and for a slow drinking beer.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cellar temperature in my snifter. 2012 vintage... oooooooohhh.

No foam, really. Just a fizzling, fleeting sheet of tan that disappears almost instantly and completely. But the color. Oh, the color! It is a beautifully deep, brackish, crimson-purple that ominously glints a bit from the depths of my full snifter.

An awesome aroma arises. Incredibly tempting dark fruit complexity mingles with caramel, cinnamon (!), and chocolate. The fruity aspect has this yeasty, vinous note that reminds me a bit of Belgian ales. Specific fruits I can pick out range from raisins to ripe red apple, to even strawberries.

Raisins, cherries, and red apples come through in the flavor initially, followed by some leathury earth and an herbal bitterness that reminds me a little of apple peel. Some boozy heat is noticeable, with toasted caramel and nuttiness lingering in the finish.

The body here is full, with surprisingly high carbonation for a three-year-old barleywine.

A distinctive an intense barleywine. REALLY love that cinnamon I detect in the aroma. I find it fabulous.

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Photo of champ103
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque brown in color. A two finger white head that forms. and recedes quickly. Though with plenty of lace.
S: Toasted and caramel malts up front in the nose. Light chocolate, with a bit of warming alcohol. Really inviting with the malts. Then the dark fruits take over. Plums and cherry. Love the nose.
T: Like the nose, warm and welcoming malts are very rich. Toasted malts, caramel sweetness, baked bread and dark fruits. Cherries and plums. After the malts and dark fruits, just a touch of hoppy bitterness lingers. Nothing is intense or over the top, but nuanced and Incredible.
M/O: A medium to full body that is well carbonated for the style. That is to say ultra smooth, and velvety. A real treat to drink, a big smooth malt bomb that makes for an incredible sipper. There is a bit of alcohol warmth. Which just makes everything that much more welcoming.

A great example of the style, which should surprise nobody. I am really happy to come by a several bottles cause this is a keeper. Highly recommended for big malt heads.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter, this barleywine pours a deep mahogany color with a subtle pool of foam and a moderate ring with light lacing. Nose of strong astringent alcohol, port wine, dark fruits, and caramel malts. Flavors follow the nose with sweet caramel malts, raisins, brown sugar, and dark tart pie cherries on all sides. The heat from the booze comes through on the middle and back with a light herbal hop note mingling with a light raisin and port flavor on the aftertaste. A solid, low carbonation barley wine with a hot ending from the alcohol with strong grain notes. While not the best barley wine I have had this is a solid offering that should age well a number of years.


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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Vintage 2012. The hunt is on, chaps! This stuff pours a deep midnight garnet topped by a finger or so of glowing dirty white foam. The nose comprises rich pumpernickel surrounded by massive dark fruits, and then everything dipped in ruby port. The taste brings in more of the same, the booze adding excess oomph, and some peppery spice punches its way into notoriety. The body toes the line between hefty medium and light hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a chewy-ish feel. Overall, a powerful b-wine, with an interesting complexity, but the flavor combination isn't quite my cup o' tea, keeping this from becoming anything close to a regular-ish purchase. That said, I do wanna see how this vintage looks in a couple years...

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed flute.

a: Dark clear ruby with an inch thick offwhite to tan head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Mild dark ripe fruit, caramel malt and alcohol.

t: Follows the nose, though the dark ripe fruit notes are stronger, alcohol throat burn quickly appears.

m: Full, great body, considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A quintessential English Barleywine, though the dark fruit notes tend to grate just a bit at first A wonderful winter warmer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2012.

Deep chestnut and caramel red body color. A bit cloudy but fills the glass with lots color and contrast, from ruby to orange, then to blood red and even purple. Head non existent, barely a bubbled collar, from a dissolving tan creation. Mild whispy top though without an oily sheen allows you to gaze through it's much more colorful body though nicely. Elements of greatness, elements of sadness… in the end balances out to a good solid appearance.

Aroma is a little unexpected. Toffee like action, crisp almost with a hint of minor indistinct fruit, but a wet mineral sensing smell. It almost smells like tap water. Crisp and almost waffer biscuit quality but heavier and with much more caramel thick smelling density. Hints a little syrup. Very clean. Overall nice but not mind blowing but very solid, if very odd.

What an odd palate. Roasted to crackling grain action, and a very closed surprising palate. Crisp finish with a bit of heat, and a disappearing angle of flavor. I am reaching to find anything to describe a "flavor" of any kind on this beer. A bit of a wet body, but where's the malt character? Hints at some warmth pine and mild splintered wood, but really reaching. Dried raisin and grains… finish with a bit fruit tannic apple seed character which actually turns into some tea like bitterness as time goes one, with just an almost palate numbing quality.

I can’t figure out how such an aged beer not so much became inoffensive but comes out tasting like really nothing at all. A bit of a miss going on here.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2012 edition from a 330ml bottle to Porter Bar goblet -- repeated in Sept. 2015.

A: clear but very dark chestnut brown body with a decent head. Leaves some spots and trails of lace.

S: dark fruit aromas with a hint of fruit cordial.

T: sweet and lightly boozy; characteristics that can be unappealing in this style but just restrained enough to mix nicely with the other characteristics. These include prunes and hints of red wine, light coffee, dark cherries and toffee. Turns more bitter and earthy in the aftertaste.

M: medium-full bodied; nicely warming but a bit too hot in the mouth.

O: interesting version of the style that is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Adnams Tally Ho Reserve 2012. Full notes last night at our Barleywine share.

A- Very dark for the style, pretty much black but a very dark brown. A tan cap hits just below one finger falling to a large island and a frothy ring. Spotty lacing and a few trails and splotches of lace.

S- Interesting balance of malts and a definite fruitiness, probably the English yeast strain coming to life. Berries, plums and raisins come to mind atop dusty caramel, toffee and some toasted notes.

T- The darkness of it all seems to open up here more than the aroma, it adds but it all balances out nicely. Chocolate and roasted grains open up to add depth to the big dark fruits and crystal grains. Tobacco, leather, dusty caramel, cherry medicine, raisins, figs, prunes, banana esters, apple skin and toasted nuts.

MF- Medium bodied, feels a bit thinner but is actually on par with many other traditional English Barleywines. Carbonation is fairly high with a bit of a bite to it. Silky, foamy texture and quite smooth overall.

Potent English yeast dropping a big profile of spice and fruits balanced out by toasty and nutty malts with a moderate caramelized sweetness.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Deep brown with no head. Aroma: slight alcohol, some yeast esters, some diacetyl. Taste:sweet, but not at all cloying, some subtle roasted character and woodiness. Some bitterness. Very smooth, great balanced british barley wine

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Beautifully sculpted for the holidays this classic Barleywine captures the youth of barley syrups, overlaid with a brusk hoppy bite and tethers of whisky for power and complexity. This manly ale has all the hallmarks of a masterpiece in the making.

With a dark garnet pour and a beautiful construct of densely woven foam, the strong ale quickly dispels savory aromas of black-strap molasses, burnt sugar, toasted fudge and faint coffee. Translating to taste, its lavish yet masculine seared caramels seep deeply into the tastebuds with that very first sip.

But simmering just a moment, the fruiter tones release, rewarding the palate with moderate fig, raisin, date, currant and plum. Reminisce of fruitcake, the beer's underlying caky malt, savory maple and spicy booze becomes more and more decadent with each and every sip.

Closing with a full-bodied richness, the ale relies on alcohol warmth and thinning to slice thorugh the malt and signal closure deep within its finish. Reluctant to exit from the palate, a port-like savoriness sails onward and keeps the tastebuds snug with gratitude. This is a classic English ale; even with two years of age behind it, I can see upwards of a decade to keep the advancement of flavor moving forward with no real risk.

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Photo of avalon07
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color with red tints and a hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Definitely an odd aroma (for the style) of malt and a vinous quality. Not as hoppy as most barleywines.

T: Tasted of dark fruits (plums), the vinous quality, a hint of chocolate, and malt. As with the aroma, the taste didn't have much of a hops presence like you might expect. A slightly boozy quality permeates the flavor as well. Still, this is an interesting flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a boozy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer at all. A unique take on the style. Definitely not your usual, overly mild and cautious English beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear but very dark mahogany red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of plums and prunes are present in the nose along with notes of port wine. The smell becomes a little stronger once the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is rather fruity and vinous, having flavors of black cherries, plums, prunes, and port wine along with hints of alcohol towards the finish. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Faint bits of warming from the alcohol are perceptible.
O: This beer is quite fruity and has a lot of interesting flavors; it is definitely a barleywine that can be sipped and savored. Apart from the hints of alcohol in the taste, it's not that difficult to drink since it isn't as full-bodied compared to most other barleywines.

Note: 2012 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of keithmurray
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Tally Ho Reserve

Appearance - dark reddish brown color with beige head

Smell - rum, sherry, grape, cherry, raisin, plum, toffee

Taste - similar to the aroma, rum, sherry, grape, cherry, toffee, booze

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower level of carbonation, sweetness upfront, a bit of alcoholic harshness at the back end

Overall - Good beer that I bought on a whim. Glad I gave it a whirl. If you like the style, give it a run.

Price Point - $3.49/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%

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).

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(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

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Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark chocolate, almost opaque color in a snifter with a 1/2 F head.

Raisin and plum wafted from the glass. Later, as the beer warmed up, toffee, and more fruit. I found that the beer tastes best between 50-53F( 10-12C).

The mouth feel is relatively mild. The beer is thinner than other beers I have tasted in the style- but this does not detract from its complexity.

The taste follows the aroma- raisin, plum, toffee with a strong alcohol finish.

Overall, a very enjoyable barley-wine. I will buy another bottle to cellar.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How could anyone pass up a chance to buy a barleywine named Tally-Ho? I couldn't. It was quite affordable as I remember, which is another plus to the ploy.

Pours a dark blackish brown, a brownish to rust and burgundy hue. A light tan, thin head. At first I was concerned it was not carbonated at all. Looks good though. Pretty dark for a barleywine.

The smell is quite fruity and boozy. A fair amount of black cherry, a hint of banana, slightly earthy. A dusty tone to it. Obviously sweet. I get maybe a hint of caramel malt. A pinch floral.

The taste is quite dark fruit forward. Prunes and black cherries, raisins. It does have a burst of fresh plums, near the middle. I detect some nutty undertones. I catch a bit of caramel, very dry dark chocolate undertones toward the end. A bit of herbal hops at the end as well. You get a bit of the booze in there but for me it is not overwhelming. It blends decently with the herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and just a bit dry. It has an oily quality to it. I would say a medium body but pretty easy to drink.

Overall, I was pretty satisfied with my experience and my oddball purchase. I would probably try other things from this brewer if I saw them, especially if they bore a similar and reasonable price. Nothing overwhelming though, a pretty refined and mellowed out barleywine. Personally I like a barleywine with a bit more of a punch and a bit more robust on the malt. But this was good for a cold, rainy, and very windy, spring evening.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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