Brewed by Holgate Brewhouse
Style: Barley Wine
Woodend, VIC, Australia
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle from the brewery, 2013 release. Great. Aromas of caramel, grain, biscuit. Taste is sweet, a bit sour, long length.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2014
This was the 3rd last bottle available at the brewery. Big sweet candy sugar and roast malt aromas, raisins and other glazed fruit. Cloudy darkish brown colour with good rocky head. Big rich roasted malt flavours, some big glazed fruits and an almost nutty middle and a nice warm finish. Heavy warm body with med carbonation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 29, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2016 Bottle 500ml (2013 – 11%) - cellared for 3 years. Served at room temperature. Pours a clear mahogany. Head is medium sized, lightly tanned, dense and lasts well. Aroma is rich and malty with notes of burnt toffee, golden syrup, chocolate, dates, muscatels, dried apricots, vanilla pods, a touch of spice and oak. Flavour is very complex with strong vinous port notes, a very light bitterness, burnt toffee, dried cranberries, figs, sultana’s, dark chocolate and a spicy, woody/sappy finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation, a syrupy texture and a long complex, warming finish. A truly amazing Barley Wine in every sense!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (22315) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
22nd July 2012
Hazy amber beer with a big pale tan head. Palate is airy and soft and light. Mild fine carbonation. Nice nose of dessert wine - mango and peach. Mild creamy malt with a toffee streak. Mild minerals and aniseed alcohol. Lovely wine tones, honey - orange and red berry fruits. Sweet candy - dried fruits - dessert wine. Finishes smooth and dry with a pinch of spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle. Hazy brownish amber pour with a fizzy beige head that quickly diminishes to a ring around the surface. Malty, woody aroma has notes of honey, caramel, brandy, brown sugar and pinot noir as well as a hint of fruity hops, both citrus and tropical. The flavour is fruitier and more vinous but stil has a strong malt backbone; with notes of toffee, honey, passionfruit, pineapple, grapefruit, oak and grapes. Sticky, oily mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a lingering, slightly roasty, bittersweet finish. Was delighted to get my hands on one of these babys and I wasn’t disappointed. A very well crafted beer, the balance tips a bit towards sweet fruitiness in the flavour, but otherwise this is damn good. Wish I had another to cellar for a year or two...

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jado (778) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2015
From 500 ml bottle. Pours a deep red brown with a sloppy cream head that falls into a thin cap. Aromas of raisins, sultanas, honey, ginger snap biscuits, plums, cherries and vanilla. Taste is rich biscuit malt overlaid with stewed dark fruits, cherry, almond, vanilla and a warm alcohol note. Lingering sweet finish with a fruity aftertaste. Complex and intense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40833) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2010
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma is caramelish and slight fruity. Thick caramelish and distinct bitter. Dark toffee malty, sharp and yet sweet. Subdued fruity. Bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (5226) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of bluebetty. Pours a hazy dark amber with a lacing off-white head. The nose is nutty with some wood, roasted malt and dry caramel. Medium body, surprisingly well-carbonated, spicy, woody notes, a whiff of smoke and dry overripe fruit. Extremely dry, surprisingly for the style, but it makes it very drinkable. Some bittering hops in the finish, but this really ain’t a hoppy beer. A very different - but interesting - take on a Barley Wine. 241010

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