Brewed by Brouwerij de Molen
Style: Barley Wine
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 51   EST. CALORIES: 486   ABV: 16.2%
Bourbon barrel aged

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 5, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2012 18 cl bottle, brewed Jan 12th 2011, bottled Feb 7th 2012. The dark amber color looks great in the clear glass bottle with red wax! Pours lovely dark amber/mahogany, completely still. Quite nice looking. The aroma is very full of dark fruits - figs and dates especially, fudgy caramel, a lovely implemented barrel quality which leaves coconut and a trace of vanilla, too. There is a lovely Sauternes quality with a sweet, juicy late harvest white grape which plays particularly well with the bourbon notes. Rich plum quality as it warms. A hint of leather and tobacco. The taste is out of this world. Lots of sweetness, of course - dark fruits, caramel, bourbony oakiness, coconut, again it has the Sauternes quality which gives it somewhat of a freshness on the palate. That brings me to the palate - itís so incredibly smooth! Very chewy texture, but a very very delicate carbonation providing a slight prickle on the tongue. I canít believe how smooth it is and how easily it goes down - I have a hard time believing this is a 16% beer. Most definitely THE best high abv beer Iíve had. Most definitely THE best barleyed wine Iíve had. (9-4-9-5-17)

2nd bottle wasnít nearly as good, slightly oxidized and more unbalanced sweet, so I cut the top off the rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 2, 2012
(180ml bottle, red wax, #16/1722, brewed 15 Oct 2010, bottled 19 Apr 2011) Pours a hazy deep amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and coconut. Flavor of bourbon, toasted coconut, vanilla, dark fruit, wood, and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
180mL nip red wax, clear bottle from De Bierkoning. 16.2% Clear, deeper amber pour with yellow bubbles. No real head formation. Rich tawny Barleywine nose with rich buttery bourbon. Excellent nose. Aged and full. More on the English side of the style. Taste is fruity and tangy with red fruit juice and hints of spicy bourbon ending with some oily warming and excellent thick heat. Very nice stuff. Definitely on the stickier sweet side but nicely balanced. Could use some hop balance or more body. Too sweet and fruit juicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11981) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2012
At Carlsens Kvarter. Amber with a tiny white head. Malty biscuit aroma with port, walnuts, wood and vanilla, and some calvados-like alcohol notes. Sweet malty flavour with caramel and biscuit, rich vanilla notes and quite a bit of alcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyit (3669) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2012
Clear brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of caramel, toffee, spice, liqurice, sweets and vanilla. A flavor of sweets, prunes, spice, vanilla and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
MotherBrother (849) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2012
Shared with Steffen and Stefan. Pour reddish, vinous, with no head at all. Aroma has plenty of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar and some dark fruits. Taste is pretty sweet, and long lasting. Very oily body, with no carb. at all. Quite thick.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunnfryd (13319) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malt, alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, sugar. Flavour is Sweet, malt, alcohol, bourbon, alcohol, caramel, dried fruit, sugar. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2012
12/8/11 ba weer and wind. Bottled april 2011. #1598. shared by nbutler. Red wax. Clear glass. Hazy amber. No head. No carbonation. Thick syrupy leggings. A is sweet,maple,bs,peppery wood,spicy,grain/worty. F is super sweet...kinda maple flavored dog food. Menacingly sweet. Thick.glad its in a 187ml bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1475) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Thanks to nbutler11. Bottle pours brown/amber with a khaki head. Aroma is sweet, showing plenty of caramel, light to moderate roast, vanilla, bourbon, and maple. Flavor shows basically the same with an added dried fruit quality that wasnít quite present in the nose. Overall body is moderate and the alc is hidden extremely well considering the 16%. Now I know why the bottle is so small.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7112) - Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
2/24/12. Small bottle shared by bu11zeye at RBWG 2012. Hazy amber pour with a small khaki head. Really sweet, musty aroma with a huge, sweet, almost cherry like flavor... the 16% is definitely hidden. Snap.

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