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Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 800   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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.


StewardofGondor's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2008
Transparent and pale copper in color with bubbles rising and dancing on the surface. Aroma speaks of sandpaper, bing cherries, toffee talc and chestnuts nesting in a moderate pool of brandy and honey, cunningly like a light fruited fig. Flavor produces a thick, sweet profile that doesn’t skip a beat. Amaretto and brandy plum crème brulee hum lovingly throughout the palate. A dry, earthen chestnut edge is won over sharply by an equally citric and earthen hop bouquet. Honey, lavender and rose intertwine as the tongue draws numb and the rater goes speechless.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlasgowTAD (37) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - SEP 14, 2014
Amber in colour. Eggshell head which does not last long. Aroma of tropical fruits; mango and pineapple. Taste of sweet mango and sugarish pineapple (not the sour kind)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1190) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2014
37.5 cl bottle @ home (2012 vintage). Pours reddish amber with some sediment and a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are caramel, dried fruit, sugar, and hops - with an ever so slightly alcoholic finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
Stronger version of Big Bad Barley Wine with off-white, loose and quickly dissolving head and murky bronze colour. Aroma less strong than you would expect from a big barley wine, impressions of overripe fruit, tomato, tobacco, caramel, raisins, cocoa powder. Relatively complex taste, beginning with overripe fruit sweetness, pear, peach, smooth, then honeyish and caramelly malt sweetness, full, bit nutty, bit smoky, peppery, warm liqueurish finish, but not astringent. I had better barley wines, but this was still a great example.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (2450) - NORWAY - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle. Mahogny body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, pineapple, orange, raisins, juniper and alcohol. taste is sweet, sugary, with plum and orange, bitterness coming through at the finish, ending with a massive dark fruit and caramel aftertaste. Full bodied. Pretty nice stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fkoolen (286) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2014 On tap @ Mikkeller, Bangkok. Beautifully hazy reddish light brown colour, no head. Sweet (too sweet imo) nose and taste, red fruits, grapes, berries, vanilla, honey, walnuts: port-wine like tones. Nice (not too) boozy burn. Long lasting aftertaste, a bit dry but mainly fruity sweet. Oily but soft mouthfeel, low carbonation, fully body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (951) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle from Watson. Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a minimal ring of beige head. Aroma of booze, oak, and caramel. Taste is heavy on the raisins and booze upfront, with more caramel on the back end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emartell (244) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - JUL 6, 2014
Embotellada en Julio del 2011. Aroma potente y complejo. Destacan notas a frutos rojos, pero principalmente a Oporto y ligeramente vino tinto. Se perciben notas amaderadas. En cuanto a su apariencia, color Rubí rojizo, cuerpo medio, carbonatacion y corona de espuma nulas. En boca es suave, dulce, frutal y posteriormente algo amarga. Al paladar es una cerveza dificil de degustar. En primera instancia sumamente suave y dulce. Da la sensación de degustar un vino oporto, a pesar de no percibirse, extrañamente sus 12 grados de alcohol. De igual forma su inicio tan dulce te hacen pensar que tomas algun jarabe o jugo de frutas. Posteriormente e intentando equilibrar las notas se percibe un amargor que corta el dulzor percibido y es al final cuando se logran diatinguir las notas amargas. Cuesta oler y aun más distinguir las notas del lupulo que deberian estar muy presentes. En rwsumen una cerveza algo compleja, pero que a la vez exagera algunas de sis caracteristicas y adolece de otras que deberia tener. Le falta un equilibrio adeciado ya que el dulzor es agresivo y el lupulo brilla por su ausencia, aun que tiene mucho que ver con el tiempo de embotellamientos.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours dark copper, fruity caramel, toffee, raisins, dry.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fantti (704) - FINLAND - JUN 23, 2014
Kaatuu snifteriin kuparinruskeana ja hieman sameana, tiivis vaahto on 1,5 sormen paksuinen jättäen vahvaa pitsiä. Tuoksussa vahvmpana on karamellinen maltaisuus. Raaka banaani ja makea marjaisuus työntyvät joukkoon yhdessä puumaisen humaloinnin kanssa. Maussa jatkuu sama tuhti karamellisuus, jonka kanssa täydellisessä tasapainossa on makeampi marjaisuus (mansikka?) ja tumma hedelmäisyys. Lievä puumainen humalointi tuntuu lievän yrttisyyden kanssa. Suutuntuma on paksu ja täyteläinen, joka alkuun meinaa tuntua hieman alkoholiselta, mutta lopulta kuitenkin vain lämmittää eikä tule pahemmin läpi. Harvoin törmää olueen, jossa päämaut nivoutuvat täydellisesti toisiinsa luoden loistavan kokonaisuuden. Upea tasapaino, joskin tuoksu oli hieman yksipuolinen.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTan (497) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle. A- Red wine, sweet, bourbon, dark fruits. A- Mahogany color, cloudy liquid, off white head. T- Dark fruits, slightly sweet, slightly malty, bourbon, alcohol. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish. O- A solid barley wine no doubt. The only thing I didn’t like was the appearance. I hate the yeast particles floating around in beer. Just a big turn off for me. Makes it look like it’s full of backwash. Otherwise an outstanding beer. The alcohol doesn’t seem like 12% but is still noticeable, especially as it warms.


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