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Brewed by Holgate Brewhouse
Style: Barley Wine
Woodend, VIC, Australia
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A barrel-aged and triple-fermented barley wine, this precious and rare concoction from the boys at Holgate Brewhouse weighs in at a devilish 12.5% abv. The warming effects of this strong beer are followed by a bold and assertive character derived from a French oak barrel still carrying a trace of Pinot Noir and a judicious application of a special blend of barrel-hops. Beer drinkers beware...this beer has balls!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJestersBeer (2391) - SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2012
750ml bottle, as pointed out, this latest bottling is described as a Quadrupel. Clear, deep mahogany, beige head. Quite complex, vinous aromas, caramel, toffee, dried fruits, yeast, candied sugars, hazelnuts. Semi-sweet, medium to full bodied, medium bitterness, balanced CO2. Spicy, slightly earthy taste, yeast, dried fruits, walnuts, apricots, candied sugars, alcohol. Quite complex, but will need some time to mature. (2012-09-01)

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fletchfighters (1404) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
A-- poured a deep, dark, slightly hazy ruby color. Short lived half finger of light brown head. Went to light brown film. Head retention is good. Got a finger of head on whirling. Visible alcohol legs on the sides of the glass. S-- Like the smell. Like a thick, rich spiced rum cake. Not so much rum but a lot of stewed dark fruits with touches of candied sugar. Slight amount of alcohol to this but reserved. Smells like an English Barley wine or a Belgian Strong Dark Ale than a US style one. No smell of wood at all in this. Thought this was barrel aged?? T-- Big, thick and rich again. Very jammy tasting. Get strawberry jam, plumbs, rum, some spices, wood (finally) and touches of wine. M-- Some hops in the mouth. Just a small bit of tingle but not much else. Lots of malt with this. Has portions of a lot of thinness and then over the top in just being almost pure alcohol. More it warms up the more the alcohol is pronounced and the fruit really drops off. D-- Great nose, great look but as it warmed it just became total booze with small flashes of what it should be. Really liked how jammy it was and just oozed of big bold juicy flavors. Drinking wise just a lot of booze. Bummer. Could have been very good.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (19119) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s
Cloudy dark amber color; small creamy head. It has a nice aroma of malt and caramel, a bit buttery, cheesy and maybe phenolic. It has a correct body strength, but somehow the flavor is evanescent, and the mouthfeel dryish; there is malt and caramel, a bit sweet, also alcoholic; correct bitterness; the final is warming, because of the alcohol. Unbalanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crispi (107) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2011
Actually this was the 2011, which is a Belgium style quadruple, rather than Barley wine. 0.75l bottle from Beer DeLuxe in Federation Square. Bottle poured into 6 glasses to share with family. Sediment obvious towards the end of the pour. Pours as a hazy dark amber. Huge amounts of spiciness, and essence of pinot noir wine. 12% alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (5145) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2011
At Ministry of Beers Craft Beer Festival at Archive. Big, bold and worth waiting for this is a full flavoured high alcohol brew that hangs onto the palate long after the beer is gone.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2011 Bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy tan coloured head. Beautiful aromas that I can best desribe as spicy christmas pudding. Lots of spice, sweet caramel toffee and plenty of dark stone fruits. Good. Flavours are very sweet with some spice coming through near the end. Fullish mouthfeel. Enjoyed this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23005) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty spicy aroma with hints of caramel. Dry malty warming caramel flavor with spicy hints anf hints of dark fruits. Has a dry malty and weak hoppy spicy caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2010

Bottle 750ml.

Clear medium amber color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, nutty, fruity, grape, alcohol notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, licorice, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20101024]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15149) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2010
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Cloudy red/brown - white head. Barley, red berries, fruity, peppery, nutty, dryness, light oxidation, green walnuts, high dry finish. OK.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle at Papsø. Cloudy orange red coloured with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, hops, dried fruits and grape fruits. Fruity flavour of caramel, liquorice, hops and grape fruits with notes of alcohol. Dry hoppy finish.


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