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Amager Galanthus Nivalis

Formerly brewed at Amager Bryghus
Style: Barley Wine
Kastrup, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kavu (2613) - 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 (151) - - 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 (778) - 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 (11753) - 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 (6104) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (1891) - DENMARK - OCT 16, 2013
Bottle batch 159, best before 02-2020, thanks Papsø. Clear chestnut brown with a small off white head that quickly vanishes leaving just a rim of foam. Caramel, dark dried fruits, port wine, light wood, brown sugar, light cocoa. Medium body, medium sweet and bitter, near flat carbonation, a bit thin oily texture. Pretty soft with no alcohol showing. Light sweet finish with lingering oxidized notes. Very pleasant barley wine that is quite drinkable as it doesn’t feel big or boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4974) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle: Thanks Papsø: Batch 159: Served in a Chouffe glass: Dark orange pour. Smaller sized, sparkling and lively and fairly quick disappearing off white to light beige foamy head on top of a hazy almost brown colored beer. Aroma is a strange mix: there’s rotten wood, old plums with dust and iron, some raisin, oat, alcohol, some berries, leather, light vinous notes, earth, tabacco, hint of vanilla, toffee and some plums. Flavours of old wet darker wood, malts, dust, earth, some port, alcohol, malts, porridge, some berries, bourbon, vanilla, hint of wet cellar, liquorice wood, some toast, hay and cream. Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, malts, wood, porridge, liquorice wood, warmth, alcohol, honey, earth and light spicy liquor notes. Low carbo, spicy yet soft mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture. Rotten wood dominates, unbalance it, but there’s also some bice things to discover. Strange beer, did not expect this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5836) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Sampled at THE FESTIVAL 2013 in Maine with Andrew, Jay and Kramer. Pours a deep, dark mahogany body with dark brown head and minor lacing. Aroma is vanilla and rich caramel candy, dark fruit, light sweet chocolate, oak and booze. Mouthfeel is medium to full with rich notes of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel syrup, dark fruit, chocolate, oak, molasses and booze. This and the pale ale were the stand outs for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
humlelala (1060) - DENMARK - JUN 7, 2013
(sample at tasting with Mark, Kasper and Sandra) Pours a semi-clear dark amber with little white head. Decent retention. Aroma is port wine, a bit of toffee and malt. Oily texture, medium carbonation, full body and a sweet finish. Flavour is moderately sweet with barrel notes. Pleasant but probably even more enjoyable in the winter.

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