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Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 555   ABV: 18.5%
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First batch 17.6% released Jan. 2010


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2010 Clear amber with a medium white head. Hoppy and sweet aroma with malty and caramel notes. Powerful grapefruit flavour with pine, loads od hops and malty notes. Extremely sweet. It’s just to much.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7129) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2010
Bottle. High creamy and lasting off-white head. Slightly hazy amber orange body. Hoppy apricot apple pine aroma. Pretty sweet and smooth flavor of apricot and sugar with a hint of pine. Alcohol hardly noticeable. Low carbonation. Long sweet aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2010
Dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy, alcoholic and sweet with notes of caramell, grapefruit and orange and peach like liqour. Flavour starts on a really sweet caramell note with piney sharp hops and some alcohol. Ends on a really bitter and warming note with a dry lingering hop fruityness alongside light fudge and caramell. Body is big and sticky with some carbonation to lighten things up. Warms the belly (nicely placed alcohol) and way too drinkable for the abv, really dangerous.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11191) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2010
Tap @ Lord Nelson, Cph.
Pours a very impressive clear red with a small, creamy, off-white head that soon ends up as a thin film. Aroma is fruity, there is a strong note of rhubarb at first, softly vinious (which is impressive), caramel, toffee, grapefruity hops. Very low, slightly prickly carbonation, super oily mouthfeel. Flavour starts very, very sweet with lots of caramel. But this is luckily balanced well by alcohol and a powerful hops dose. Very dry in the finish actually. There are sherry notes everywhere, but still feels like a beer with rather chewy malts (almost crisp, even). The aftertaste, though, is sublime. The bitterness stays on my tongue and the top of my throat, while the warmth settles nicely in my belly. It is lovely non-alcoholic, yet still very strong. Very good for what it’s attempting, though I might prefer a Big Worse.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 Hmm... Thought I’d more or less retired myself in terms of entering my ratings. This little number changed that... (at least momentarily). Sample at Ølbutikken (Thanks, Jeppe!) and bottle split with my brother. Served in Riedel white wine glass. Slightly hazy dark amber with decent tan head. The aroma is wonderfully c-hoppy, fat’n’fruity, and enticingly aloholic without being even slightly harsh. Yum! Flavorwise, it’s intensely and freshly c-hopped, deliciously sweet(ish) - the ’ish’-part due to the violently aggressive and bitter hop onslaught without which it would certainly be very sweet indeed. But then again; 400 IBUs ought to make themselves known somehow... Huge fruit notes collide with abovementioned Jaws-like citrusy hop bite and sugary goodness and end up completely over the top and yet somehow utterly, perfectly balanced. Like having an intensely ripe, sugardosed and alcohol-laced grapefruit shoulder-tackled into your mouth by a brutally no-nonsense 250-lbs. linebacker who somehow knows what’s best for your tastebuds (if not for your liver...). At this point words fail me. Somehow my glass is empty. The evaporation rate of liquids in this room must be tremendous. Yes, the mouthfeel is luxuriously full and smooth, yes the drinkability is ridiculous for a beer of this potence, yes, it is the best extreme beer I’ve ever tasted. But it’s gone. What’s all this crap about the glass being either half full or half empty? My glass is definitely, completely and irrevocably empty. Just like that. Wait.. Wha... How did that happen? YOU THIEVING BASTARDS! NEED MORE BIG WORST. NOW. NOW. ... How ’bout now? I’ll promise not to break any more fragile stuff?... Big Worst? Just a sip? Please? [At which point the previously hibernating rater - briefly turned active - staggers off to the kitchen in search of the three (yes, three (3!) bottles stashed for an upcoming tasting event. Mad laughter echoes off the walls, dark clouds assemble in the heavens above, and small animals in the vicinity tremble in fear). ... How will I ever get to work in the morning?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
From tap at Plan B. Pours dark hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is crisp peachy hoppy. Dense caramelish and very floral to fruity in the beginning. Solid fruity, citric and peachy. Dense sweetness. Lingering fruity finish. Slowly building bitterness but constantly balanced by the sweetness. Starts to get slowly cloying after a while however, recommended to keep in half pint size at a maximum.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13537) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle at ØLbutikken, Launch - Thanks. Clear reddish - offwhite head. High sweetness, candy, dark sugar, barley, syrup, licorice, light alcoholic, sharp hoppy, sourich, citric, light acid notes, vegetables hoppy - not a bad thing, dried fruits, caramel, piney, apricot, something light dry and powdery !!! - Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (21072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle in Ølbutikken. Clear amber coloured with a medium sized off white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits, hops and pine needles. Very sweet flavour of hops, pine needles, apricots and alcohol. Hoppy and warming alcoholic finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29474) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
Draft. A hazy amber beer with an orangey head. The aroma is very hoppy - citrusy on a lightly malty and caramel back ground. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of malt, alcohol, and citrusy as well as medium notes of dextrose and caramel, leading to a dry, bitter, and dextrosy finish.


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