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Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 828   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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English: Big Badís big bro......
Barley Wine brewed with water, malt (pilsner and cara-munich), candy sugar, hops (nugget, cascade and centennial) and yeast.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2008
Bottled. Pours out dark brown with red hints with a thick beige foam. Sweet and resinous aroma of fruitcake, brown sugar, pine-needles, caramel, figs and alcohol. Full-bodied with warming and sweet notes of brown sugar, dates, prunes and mild alcohol with dense undertones of sappy floral hops and citrus. Long warming finsh of raisins, gigs and dates with a tart undertone of lemon.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Pours dark brown with a hint of purple around the edges and produces a thick beige head. The aroma is different than expected with a bit of sweet funky sourness along with the typical strong bitter hop scents. The flavor has some sweet sugary notes up front with of course some hops. Alcohol is noticeable all the way. Has a dry finish. I think this would be a good candidate for aging.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Looks like an off-colored wine, as it is nearly still - no head, no bubbles. Dark coppery colored. Very sweet and raisin-filled aroma. Prunes, plums, dates, figs in the aroma. It is very, very warming. The alcohol is very evident, and its obvious why the beer is so overly sweet. It is too sweet for my pleasure.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Thus ends my New Yearís weekend - 12.7 ounce, corked and caged bottled - ruby-colored beer with just the hint of a lacing - tangy, nearly tart, citric aroma at first, but a long draw of air up the nose reveals cherries, fig, caramel, sherry, alcohol/rum - some dry sherry notes at first, followed by bright citrus notes, some mildly tart cherries - a sweeter, caramel aspect arrives later, bringing with it darker fruits (raisins) and heavier liquor flavors (rum and brandy) - there are some good things happening, but the flavors are not entirely well-integrated, and itís a little hot - it seems designed to age, but has been released too young.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
courtesy of Miver. Pours a clean thin but syrupy orange/brown body with a beige head. The aroma is loaded with caremel, brown sugar, and feint bananas. Flavors are carmel, bubble gum, light citrus, light alcohol, and some sweet bread. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5449) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Courtesy of Styles

Bottle: The aroma is very malty with lots of caramel, toffee, faint banana bread, fruit, and a floral and light citrus hoppiness. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head. The flavor starts very malty with lots caramel and light banana bread. The finish has an aged citrus hoppiness with very faint alcohol. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
$10.99 bottle from Texas Liquor in Carlsbad on 12/22/07, Green 12.7 oz bottle with no date, but I think these just arrived in the store. Pours with zero head, but there is still carbonation in the liquid, as you can see a small single trail of bubbles to the surface. Deep, deep amber color. Malty alcoholic aroma. You would almost think you are about to try a Brandy. Taste has tons of tongue sting from alcohol burn and high bitterness, and some carbonation too. Sweet a hint of tartness. Very young and green. This will be much better with some age and oak on it. Darn my impatience with a whole cellar full of other goodies.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2007
A good BW, though not quite up to the standards of the best of the style. Nice color and a lively, vinous, nose. Flavor is nice as well. No real weaknesses to this one!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Deep reddish copper. Wild aroma. Caramel and dried red fruits with herbal hops. Flavor follows the aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2007
A fine looking beer with strong aromas of hops, sweet caramel malt, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor reminds me of an IIPA with intense fruity hops, yet finished with a strong alcoholic maltiness appropriate for the style. This beer is good, although I wish it was a bit lighter on the hops.


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