This is a dark chestnut – ruby coloured ale, described as a full bodied strong ale. It has prune and molasses aroma notes with hints of aged wood.
The taste is rich in malts, with coffee notes, going into a toasted malt and hop bitterness. This is a good winter ale, with winter plum and prune flavours. An excellent stronger ale from this North Devon Brewery based in Bideford.
This is a golden amber strong ale, with good malty aroma with toffee notes. It has a strong warming flavour of malts, toffee and hop bitterness reminiscent of the lighter coloured barley wines. It is a good warming winter and Christmas ale from this Cornish Brewer based near Launceston. This gets my 5* rating but watch the strength.
Barley wines were produced by most breweries historically, with Ind Coupe’s – Barley Wine and Whitbread’s darker coloured ale – Final Selection. Gold Label is a lighter coloured barley wine originally launched by Whitbread in the mid 1960s, possibly aimed at the female market. It remains as one of the few barley wines still available; although it has less orangey citrus bitterness in the present day version. It is now produced by the InBev combine, Whitbread having long since exited the brewing business.
Gold label is a dark golden orange coloured ale, with an orange/ yellow head and a malty aroma. It has a malt taste with little of the orange pith bitterness of the original version and lacks the more complex tastes of ales such as the Belgian Trappist beers, or British craft ales of similar strength.