Adnams Tally-Ho Reserve
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery

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British Barleywine
Ranked #174
Ranked #16,491
3.89 | pDev: 12.6%
Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Reviews by FBarber:
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 jdhilt
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep clear mahogany color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is almost rotten plums. Flavor is dried fruit, caramel some dryness. Not a bad barleywine. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.50 for a 330ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME. Agree with previous rater that this should be a separate rating.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2012 bottle.Pours into a small tulip glass a deep mahagony with a ruby hue, a half finger off white head atop.Deeply fruit in the nose along with some cake and sweet alcohol.Malty to the hilt on the palate.Dark fruit and caramel sweetness on the palate,the alcohol lends more sweetness,it's a sipper.I like this beer,take it for what it is,a English malty sipper.Great beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$3.99 for the 2012, 11.2 oz bottle, purchased from John's Grocery online. Dealt with Andy..he's a pleasure to deal with.

A- pours a very dark brown with reddish hues, small head of foam but does very well with the lacing.

S- I get lots of a plum/dark fruitiness and a respectable and anticipated nose of caramel malt. A bit of the alcohol also peeks through.

T- this isn't very sweet at all. Dark fruitiness, getting some bready notes, a wine like flavour that seems to impart, I had to check out other reviews and saw the mention of tobacco. Yes, that's what I am getting! It's a strange bitterness going on here that doesn't kick me in my palate with the's the hops, you idiot! palate is probably spot on. Very different brew here and hard to nail in words.

M- Big bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

O- this is a tough cookie to pin a score on for me. I like it a lot for its complexity but at certain times during the session, I didn't like it that much.

I'd bet, though, cellaring would get some interesting results.

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

Deep rich nearly black with ruby highlights, big creamy beige head, fine speckled lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma tart sliced apples, hints of cherry, mild oak aging character toasted wood, vanilla highlights. Really nice smelling beer. Dark roasted malts, full on bitter sweet interplay between caramelized sugars, oak character, and dark roasted malts. Earthy bittering hops apparent as well, this is a complex barleywine dated from 2012. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even smooth carbonation layers of bitterness left between sips, odd dry finish. Overall, a decent English brewed barleywine, big and complex lacks intricacy and balance that would make it world class.

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Photo of woemad
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

11.2oz bottle purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho, for $4.99. 2012 vintage.

Poured a dark, cola-ish color, with a good two inches of head colored somewhere between dark beige and tan.

Malty in the nose. Fruity and candyish scents, along with some booze.

The flavor is sweet, along with some dark fruit bitterness and a slight tart taste. There's some alcohol heat that increases as it warms up but never becomes overbearing.

Semi-full bodied, with a coating mouthfeel.

Like most UK barleywines, it's not a hophead's take on the style. I found it a nice after dinner beer, and think it could stand as a good example of the style.

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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 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 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 JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 "Limited Edition"

Not sure that this one should be a new entry, but it is a full 2% higher than the other Tally-Ho. Anyway, picked this up at the COOP today for a very reasonable $4... Poured into my slim tulip shows a nice tannish head with decent lacing... The brew is clear deep walnut.

Nose shows a fairly rich maltiness.. caramel.. bready... light molasses... something that makes me think of the inside of a walk-in humidor and pipe tobacco.

Flavor is bready and nutty with an all encompassing caramel essence that is never sweet.. deep toast...

Body is fairly heavy as expected.. carbonation is on the low side..

Fairly good... I am going to buy a couple more for the cellar.


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Photo of daliandragon
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Rochefort10nh
4.24/5  rDev +9%

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle. Poured out a murky amber color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled very malty with toffee, butterscotch and caramel. Sweet and boozy with a strong toffee presence and a subtle bitterness.

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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 bmwats
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark brown. Pours a slight, bubbly, whit-ish head. Settles quickly, leaving a mere slight beer ring. No real lacing.

S: Roasted nuts, molasses, raisin, and tea leaf.

T: Roasted cardboard, unsweetened chocolate, with a little bitter licorice.

M: Hearty and full. Very dry. Very slight aftertaste mostly disintegrates in a hurry.

D: Sipper.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Slight ahead, and very little lacing. Nose is roasty, and sweet, with some earth tones. Bland combination of carbonation and unsweetened chocolate... just not a lot in the flavor profile. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of DIM
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Dark chestnut brown, it poured with a small frothy cap that faded to a few small spots of lace.

s: Pretty subdued overall. Some spicy apples and raisins plus sugary toffee.

t: Sweet, sugary toffee with hints of dark fruit up front. The toffee lingers, getting drier. There is a little potpourri flavored, bitter warmth at the end.

m: Doesn't quite have the heft of a 9% beer.

o: Pretty tasty, but I don't think I'll revisit this one.

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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 papat444
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***2012 Vintage***

Poured from 11.2 oz.

Appearance is totally blood red, can see through it a bit. Huge cascading head, strong retention, good legs with thick bands. Aroma is pungent dark fruits, caramel, wisps of coffee (?). Rich dried fruit and leather make most of the flavor. Smooth as silk and gentle for a barleywine.

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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 tykechandler
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BigJim5021
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 SABERG
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 soccerman7
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a white wine glass

A - beautiful steady carbonation with a nice quarter inch head that slowly receded. Dark garnet / mahogany color.

S - Candied sweetness upfront moving towards biscuit cookie. Almost a mild coffee note. Hops are barely detectable. Sherry notes start emerging after a minute or two in the glass.

T - Really interesting. Sherried raisins scone comes to mind. Sweetness is not cloying but present every sip. There is a coffee note that lingers. Hops act as a balance to the sweetness. Dark fruits and breads linger.

M - A bit thin on the body for the style. The 9% is well hidden. Finish kind of falls off rather than lingers.

O - Glad I tried this. I will certainly buy when I see for the colder months. This is a beer worth sipping on its own before or after dinner. Interesting enough to sip and contemplate. A wonderful change to the hop bomb American takes on the style.

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Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Adnams Tally-Ho Reserve from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 120 ratings