Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 838   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
English: Big Bad’s big bro......
Barley Wine brewed with water, malt (pilsner and cara-munich), candy sugar, hops (nugget, cascade and centennial) and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5345) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Sampled during joebrew’s beer tasting at Cellar’s Wine and Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a semi-hazy light amber brew with a thin off-white head that has some good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweetened caramel malt, toffee, dark grape skin, with a touch of brown sugar. Taste is medium bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of sweet caramel, toffee, some dry raisins and a touch of cotton candy. Finish has a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness with a raisin/bread and toffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Sweet nose with some hoppyness to it. Pretty mild for a barley wine with a very malty body. From Joebrew’s Cellars tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3900) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Lots of sweetness to my taste, with a champagne quality somewhere in the flavor, plus woodiness and something reminding me of the Fullers Vintages. A bit thinner than I’m used to, but not flat. There’s something annoying here as I keep drinking it....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Lightly cloudy umber color with a moderate, actually larger head by style, beige head. Big fruity aromas. Tropical fruit, raisins, apple along with plenty of malt with caramel and sweet dough mix with some some floral and citric hops. Perhaps too sweet, but I prefer this over many of the latest, that seem to focus on the hops and strength. Sweetness in the front seems to focus on caramel and apricots. Middle is full of hops with lots of citrus, including grapefruit, lemon and orange zest along with some lime juice. Also quite hot and burning from the middle of the quaff well into the finish and linger. This shows more promise and is better now than many out there. A little too hot right now for a higher score on the palate. Hope to get another one or two of these to set for a few years. A real warmer now. I can see this being a real knock out in three to five years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2012 Hazy, light amber body with a tiny off-white ring of a head. The nose is caramel, toffee, citrus, grapes and light alcohol. The flavor is light/moderately sweet, moderately bitter with toffee, pine, grapefruit and cotton candy. Full body is soft with light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2008
Warm brown color with Cognac highlights and good off white head. Great beer with round full taste, good malty and beady taste and smooth sweetness and bitterness in the finale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle on New years. Poured brownish amber with a quickly diminishing head. Aroma of caramel and brown sugar. Tastes of caramel, yet not too sweet. I got hints of a fruit loop taste, and a mildly sweet finish with just a tad of alcohol burn. I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle. Quickly dissipating head - aroma was subtle fruit, sweet malt, alcohol - not great. Flavor is simple and plain - sweet caramel, mild bittering hops, alcohol. Needs a long time to develop - it’s good, but nothing spectacular at all. With a few years, this could be solid!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2417) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Reddish brown, moderate to small head, decent to good lacing and retention. Aroma is malt dominated with caramel, sugar, alcohol, fairly fruity as well. Medium to heavy body, fairly syrupy with a sweet finish with some alcohol burn. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle. Muddy brown, slightly red pour, opaque, with a thin film on top. Aroma of peppery alcohol, caramel malt, sugar, and bittering hops. The flavor is quite strong; lots of malt and peppery alcohol, raisins, brown sugar, some yeast, and hops. Probably will be better with some aging.

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