Trying to Remember a Drink

Good afternoon all,

Wonder if anyone can help me?

I am trying to remember the name of a bottle of drink (maybe a barley wine) that used to be stocked behind bars in a holster during the 1970’s - 1980’s in the UK. The bottle was about 5 - 6 inches in length and of a high percentage (a bit like a Stingo).

One of those where I can’t get it out of my mind until resolved I’m afraid!

Many thanks,


@BlackHaddock @imdownthepub may know…

Any more clues eg which area of the UK, what colour label etc?

Long before my time but I’ll have a random guess at Watney Mann Stingo as they might have done something tacky like a holster!


No. But damnit now I’m wanting one!!

Surely it’s not that ‘Colt 45’ that hit our shores for a few years before leaving forever (hopefully). It is still around though, but thankfully only in the US.


Many thanks for your suggestions. Used to see it at my old rugby club around late 1970’s early 1980’s. When I mean a holster, more like a gun cartridge belt, so bottles were quite small.

Apologies, May have found it and it wasn’t a barley wine it was a herbal digestive called Underberg. Many thanks for your help. I should be able to get a better nights sleep now.

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Bugger me, I should have guessed that was the answer, but claiming it was a beer didn’t help!


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They still have that in the US in bars.

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They still have similar in the UK. I was in a pub in London with German mate. He spotted the bottles and I explained they were popular with the yoof. He then said, “But they are for old people,” and couldn’t stop laughing.

They used to be a hang over/stomach ache cure when I lived in Germany, it settled your head/belly or made you sick!