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

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Adnams Tally-Ho ReserveAdnams Tally-Ho Reserve

Brewed by:
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle - 2012 vintage

Pours dark maroon red with a creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like rich apples, raisins, fig, dates, pear, grape, apricot, dried fruit, toasty bready caramel malts, dark toffee, brown sugar, sweet molasses, chocolate, roast, mild smoke, spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich toasty bready dark caramel malts, vanilla, dark toffee, brown sugar, sweet roasty molasses, dark chocolate, mild smoke, sweet spice, apples, raisins, fig, pear, dates, apricot, grapes, dried fruit medley, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels smooth medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great aged barleywine.

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Photo of stortore
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2012 edition- is there any other? Hmmm... Had 5/11/17.

Pours dark, somewhat opaque, with not much of a head and very spotty lacing. Aromas of malt, caramel, raisins. Some yeast, some coffee, light dates. The taste is also malt forward, then caramel, figs, dates, some plums, less coffee than the nose, light chocolate, light bitterness on the finish. Smooth, a decent medium body, well carbonated.

This is nice, nothing special. Which is a consideration because the price point was certainly high. Not bad, but not worth a purchase, if you see it.

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Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I remember this being a good, but not great, barleywine.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle, from 2012. Has a damn near black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grapes, figs, brown sugar. Taste is boozy, oak, grapes, some plums, alcohol not hidden at all. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of daliandragon
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a 2012 bottle I bought last summer in Dayton, Ohio. Pours super black with a relaxed head, which isn't surprising in a five year old barleywine. The nose is exquisite, with leather, grapeskin, raisins, and and overall essence of aged wood and fine liqueur

Thick but still delicate in texture. Really brings the wood, so to speak, and is a little raw early in the taste. A smoothness takes over in the finish, which is long and tasty. Plenty of alcohol in the background but it never comes to the fore. Really fine example of the style.

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Photo of Duff27
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrfrancis
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SABERG
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 2012 reserve bottle into the test glass.
A - Dark cedar colored, minimal carbonation works its way topside, a thin ring of evidence is proof.
S - Raisin, fig, dark tobacco, toffee and molasses start things off. a bit of dark wood and wet earth.
T - Cigar wrap, brown sugar, caramel, fig pudding. Rich to say the least
M - Slick in body, full palate coating, the swath that's cut across the palate is huge and largely sweet, a nice dry finish is a bit of a surprise.
O - A classic in structure and feel. worth seeking out and savoring.

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Photo of jkblr
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Adnams Tally-Ho Reserve 11.2 oz bottled 2012 9% ABV. This is the best thing to hit this Old Tom glass in a very long time. The pour is murky, coffee brown with minimal tan head. Fades to a ring with impressive lacing for a 5 year old ale. Smells of toffee, dark brown sugar and dark fruit. Taste follows with balanced sweet and bitter working together perfectly. Mouthfeel is great with good carbonation, no floaties and full, soft feel. Overall, excellent. I was a little worried because my "cellar" conditions are not perfect. I have learned the hard way that 3 years is about as long as I can hang on to most things. This is going on the repeat buy list.

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Photo of Nctide
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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 EdmundBlackadder
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BladesOfBarley
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Chadbo
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Joosboyd
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +2.9%
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 +4.9%
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 cbei1261
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dmetal
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SaltofOH
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Korbynlehr
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of justme
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyable but a bit harsher than other English Barleywines. Sipping slowly, enjoying the aroma helps the enjoyment.

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