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Beer Tasting Theme - Barley Wine

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Barley Wine

Anchor Old Foghorn

Anchor Old Foghorn
85The daddy of American barley wines: a big, sumptuous beer, defined by dry hopping with Cascade hops. It really hits the spot.

Bank's Barley Gold

Bank's Barley Gold
78A strong, smooth ale in which the strength shows through perhaps a touch too boldly. It could also use more complexity.

De Molen Bommen and Granaten

De Molen Bommen and Granaten
80This adventurous Dutch beer is meant to offer a Champagne-like mousse. Sadly, my sample was completely flat, with not a twinkle of carbonation. Maybe this will develop as the beer ages. I hope so beca...

de Proef SNAB Maelstrøm

de Proef SNAB Maelstrøm
79A complex, unusual, deep amber-coloured beer brewed for this Dutch enterprise by de Proef in Belgium.

Durham Benedictus

Durham Benedictus
81A robust and tangy – rather than smooth and mellow – barley wine, perhaps more akin to a strong IPA.

Fuller's Golden Pride

Fuller's Golden Pride
81A very well-balanced and smooth barley wine, the brewery-conditioned brother of Fuller's bottle-conditioned Vintage Ale.

JW Lees Harvest Ales 2008

JW Lees Harvest Ales 2008
84A complex, orange-golden ale that offers something new with every sip. A year old but still on the sweet side.

O'Hanlon's  Thomas Hardy's Ale 2005

O'Hanlon's Thomas Hardy's Ale 2005
82A beer currently in the wilderness, following the decision of O'Hanlon's to cease production. Hopefully, another brewery will pick up the reins as this remains a world classic, the perfect companion f...

Orkney Skull Splitter

Orkney Skull Splitter
83After all the unnecessary controversy over its name this year, this beer shows its class. It's packed with flavour yet also easy drinking for the strength, satisfying, rounded and smooth.

Otley O8

Otley O8
82A fruity, quaffable barley wine that drinks more like a 6% beer.

Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf

Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf
81A polished, well-rounded ‘imperial red ale' that will do a fine job of keeping out the winter cold.

Samuel Smith Strong Golden

Samuel Smith Strong Golden
80A strong beer that doesn't disguise its power, even though there's a prominent oak note throughout.

Sharp's Massive Ale

Sharp's Massive Ale
82A substantial but fairly subtle ale that is very easy to drink for the considerable strength, with alcohol kept wonderfully in check.

Stone Old Guardian

Stone Old Guardian
82A chunky, take-no-prisoners barley wine with the hop rate of an IPA, or even a double IPA.

Woodforde's Head Cracker

Woodforde's Head Cracker
83A full-value, golden ale that initially veers off in the sweet direction but comes together very well once the hops kick in.

A very big house in the country (Thornbridge Hall)
Richard Jones dons his gladrags for an evening of fine beer and food at the magnificent setting of Thornbridge Hall in the Peak District

Beer vs wine
Beer and wine go head to head at the Ra!n Bar in Manchester, at an event organised by JW Lees brewery. Sally Toms was there.

Top of the Glas
Ben McFarland samples some of Sweden's finest beer and food combinations.

California soul
Ben McFarland visits the beer hot spots of sunny San Diego

Beer nirvana of the Midwest
Chicago is a beer lover's paradise. Mark Peters gives us a whistle stop tour of some of the city's best bars.

The final course
Ben Mcfarland British beer writer and regular BOTW columnist Ben McFarland has written extensively about beer's culinary kinship with food. Six things you shouldn't do at the dinner table: 1) Pick ...

The Netherlands - Beer in the Netherlands
Des de Moor shows that the Dutch have more to offer than just Grolsch and Heineken

Italy & Spain: A brave new world
Italy and Spain might be best known for wine, or for cold lagers suitable for quenching a Mediterranean thirst, but there's a lot more going on. Adrian Tierney-Jones reports.

Japan: Big in Japan
Matthew Knott gets to grips with the beer scene in Japan.

East Anglia: Full of Eastern promise
East Anglia has emerged from the shadow of one large brewer and is producing some of Britain's most exciting beers. Andrew Burnyeat reports

North West: Still very much a family affair
The North-West of England is still a healthy area for quality beer. Andrew Catchpole picks out the best buys

Putting the ales into Wales
Jeff Evans discovers the beers and breweries of Wales

Southern style
Dominic Roskrow gets to grips with the breweries of Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

Star of the East (Adnams)
Few breweries dominate their locality the way Adnams does in Southwold. Adrian Tierney-Jones visited it

Norfolk's big hitter
Norfolk brewery Woodforde's is a long-surviving and much-respected boutique brewery now selling nearly four million pints a year. Dominic Roskrow looks at what has made it so successful.

Good honest values
On the face of it family brewer Batemans might seem to be a traditional small time regional brewer, but it's anything but. Innovation, good business practice and an emphasis on fun are all part of the...

Scotland's new national drink
The opportunity to drink a few beers in Scotland has Alastair Gilmour on a ‘high'.

World Beer Awards 2009
world beer awards 2009 intro html pbafter five months and three separate rounds of tasting the third annual world beer awards is in the bag the results are spread out over the next eight pages for you...

World Beer Awards 2011
world beer awards 2011 intro html pthe 2011 world beer awards saw a surge in entries and judging began its lengthy meticulous process in june with more rounds and judges taking part more than ever in ...