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Amager Galanthus Nivalis

Formerly brewed at Amager Bryghus
Style: Barley Wine
Kastrup, Denmark
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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
1600 bottles of 37,5 cl produced.

Danish: Amager Galanthus Nivalis – en portvinslagret engelsk Barley Wine.
Midt i den koldeste tid er vintergækken (Galanthus Nivalis) en budbringer om varmere og bedre tider. Hvor vinteren måske mest kræver sort og fyldigt øl, så vil vi med denne Barley Wine af engelsk stil gerne signalere, at foråret er på vej. Dog indeholder Galanthus Nivalis tilstrækkelig med råstyrke at varme sig på også i de fortsat kolde forårsnætter – ellers havde det jo ikke været en ægte Amager Bryghus øl.
I glasset fremstår Amager Galanthus Nivalis varmt ravfarvet med et cremet off-white skum. Duften er fuld af rig karamel med et umiskendeligt fadpræg. Smagen er rigt maltet med toner af karamelliserede æbler og igen et tydeligt præg af de 13 måneder på portvinsfade, der giver en blød og oxideret kant. Og alkoholen kan du nærmest ikke mærke, den varmer blot blidt og behageligt.
Brygget af: Amarkansk kommunevand, Maris Otter malt, engelsk krystal hvedemalt, kandis, Chinook humle og engelsk overgær.

English: As winter comes to an end Galanthus Nivalis is a messenger for warmer and better times, winter requires a robust beer so we created this Barley Wine in typical English style like a signal that spring is coming. Galanthus Nivalis also has enough substance for you to warm yourselves on even the cold spring nights - otherwise it would not have been a genuine Amager Brewery beer.
In the glass Galanthus Nivalis is a warm amber colour with a creamy off-white head the aroma is full of rich caramel whilst the taste is rich and malty with notes of caramelised apples. There is a clear imprint of the 13 months in port casks, giving a soft and slightly oxidized edge, the alcohol you can hardly feel the heat is just gentle and pleasant.
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, wheat malt, candy sugar, hops and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6556) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
375ml Bottle - Copper brown in colour. Toffee, dates, plums, syrup and some earthy notes in the aroma. The taste is moderately sweet with notes of toffee, daim, dates, prunes and apples. Not really tart to my tastes which was partly what I was expecting after it had aged a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Karstenborg (717) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2016
Hazy dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, wood and malt. Taste is Apple, caramel and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NBird (626) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2015
Looks..murky, slick brow syrup, no head. Smells..big caramel, boozy christmas cake, dark honey & some choc. Tastes..sweet caramel, honey, a little liqueur/fortified wine like, boozy dried fruits and a little alcohol heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3250) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
375ml bottle, batch 159, hazy brown-ruby hue, with no head. Sweet mild port wine liquor, corky red wine, subtle whisky, faint prune juice nose, with some faint port wine tannin, woody, candied black cherry, fruitcake, dark dried fruit, raisin pie, mild brandyish oak barrel, faint prune sauce accents, and a subtle brown chocolate, toasted, caramel, bread, roasted malt, light toffee note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth syrupy liquorish port wine, prune juice, brandyish, dark dried fruit, raisiny, woody, sweet corky port wine tannin, raisin pie, faint oak barrel, phenolic boozy character, with some fruitcake, subtle chocolate, candied orange blood peel, faint toffee, caramel, toasted, bread, roasted malty flavours, leading towards a warming prune juice, port wine tannin, raisiny, brandy liquorish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kavu (3812) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2014
0,375l bottle @ Pikkulintu. Pours clear dark brown with a nonexistent head. Aroma is malts, caramel and hops. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, alcohol and some hops. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ktingleff (165) - - OCT 24, 2014
Beautiful port-oak-aged barley wine. Chocolate notes. Vanilla. Ripe fruits. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StoutHead (941) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle, batch #159. Opened today. Pours a murky red color with absolutely NO head. No carbonation. Sweet aroma of fruits, malt and raisins. Taste is very fruity - raisins, banana, grapes, caramel, sugar and of course malt. Very vinous and sweet with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. The port barrelling comes through very clearly. Aftertaste is sweet and bitter. Body is less than full but above medium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
Backlog. This wasn’t my cup of tea, too sweet and strong in alcohol. Nice experiment though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (16252) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 10, 2014
Hell würziger, dezent alkoholischer Antrunk. Dezente helle Kräuternoten, , rund, für einen Barley Wine erstaunlich rund und vor allem nicht wie sonst oft süß und schwer. Geringe, für einen Barley Wine aber erwähnenswerte Hopfigkeit. Vanille, mild herb. Sehr gut! 11/13/12/13/12/12

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
In short: A boring lifeless syrupy sipper.
How: Bottle 330ml, corked & caged, consumed with some age on it but more more than 6 years before expiration date.
The look: Cloudy dirty-bronze body with no head to speak of.
In long: Nose is alcohol fumes, old wood barrels soaked by some kind of hard-liquor, cardboard, overripe fruits. In mouth the beer feels pretty lifeless, syrupy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Sweet jam made with overripe red fruits, caramel, cardboard, sherry, old wood, port wine, alcohol heat. Consumed 6.5 years before expiration date but my bottle showed signs of oxidation and quite a bit of maderisation. Not offensive per say, strangely this 12% wasn’t even aggressive enough to be offensive, it was just very boring. Pretty sad to think it took centuries of wars and genocides so we can arrive at a point where I can spend my days typing on a keyboard in a cubicle to acquire currency that I then exchange for a beer like this.

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