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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Cranberry jam, wood, oxidation and alcohol warmth meld before leaving the palate with a surprisingly lean, subtle finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is barely a ring of foam around the graceful plum-like mahogany.
-Caramel notes are light for a Barley Wine.
-Peach skin and apple fruitiness also appears here and there.
-Carbonation is very low.
-The finish is a tad too storyless for my tastes in contemplative strong brews.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2081) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle @ home.... It pours murky brown with no head...... The aroma is prunes, vinous, caramel and hops...... The flavor is vinous, some alcohol, dark fruits, caramel, bit sour notes, and hops....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7680) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
(Bottle) Clear brownish read colour with brief, beige head. Fruity, vinous nose with dried fruit, caramel, red berries, port wine and oak wood. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, red fruit, port wine, a touch of chocolate, hints of oak wood and a slightly vinous finish with a warming touch of alcohol. There’s a slight oxidization, but that just seems to add to the complexity and balance. Almost full body, with a certain caramel sweetness. Quite well balanced and very taste. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meilby (10582) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle 375ml @ Fairbar, Aarhus, Denmark
Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, oak, vanilla, alcohol and floral. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a long caramel, oak and warming finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16315) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2012
Bottle, 375ml corked. A quite sparkling beer, amber in color and with a small, beige head on top. Malty-sweetish aroma, quite fruity, both of dried and fresh fruits, and with some caramel. There’s some notes of higher alcohol in the flavor, as well as fresh fruits, caramel sweetness and dried fruits. Maybe a bit heavy on the carbonation, but still pleasant. Full-bodied and slighlty warming. Certainly a tasteful and pleasant one. 111209

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (13850) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, grain, yeast. Flavour is sweet, white wine, malt, alcohol, vineous, caramel, yeast. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (11500) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 16, 2012
from Erzbierschof.ch - pours a cloudy brown beer with an immediate vanishing foam; very malty aroma with notes of plums, marzipan and cheese (?!), some hints of herbs and tea in the background; thick and full-bodied; very sweet, slightly dry and decently bitter; long malty aftertaste with fresh notes of grapefruit and pine needles - unusual and a bit confusing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (7887) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
37,5 cl bottle @ home. Batch #159, BBE 02/2020
Aroma is rather strong with wine-like oaky and cherry notes. Also hints of vanilla. Flavour is strong on oak. Also some candi sugar and sour notes. Unusual and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8794) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
375 ml bottle. Batch #159. BBE 02/2020.
Pours beautiful red color with minimal head. Aroma of sugar candy, malts, caramel, ripe fruits, plum and berries. Flavour of sugar candy, ripe fruits, plums, oak, some red wine notes and earth. Complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (7649) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
375 ml bottle. BBE 01/2020. Batch #159.
Pours a deep amber colour with a small head on the edges. Aroma of strong wood, tannine and toffee. Flavour of strong caramel malts, candi sugar, strong wood, tannine, toffee, some hops and weak berries. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a long warming finish with alcohol and some sweet berries. Tannine is present in the finish as well. Too sweet but the barrel smoothens the flavour a bit.

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