Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 555   ABV: 18.5%
First batch 17.6% released Jan. 2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Overpriced 375ml bottle shared by someone at a tasting. Glad I got to tick this beer without shelling out mucho dinero for it. Not worth the price at all. Hazy orangish-amber in color with a well-formed off-white/yellowish head. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet and boozy. Lots of caramel and some dried fruit notes, along with slightly faded citrusy hops. Sweet caramel malt is the dominant flavor note. There is also some toffee, citrus (orange/grapefruit/pineapple), brown sugar, and earth. A little unbalanced and boozy, but fairly tasty. Fairly full-bodied and syrupy with an appropriate carbonation level. A little boozy, as you’d expect for a beer of this strength. A decent beer, but just not very good for the barleywine style at all. I looked up "hit-or-miss" in the thesaurus yesterday and it said "Mikkeller." These guys can be really great or really average, depending on the beer. This is a prime example of why bigger isn’t always better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle, thanks to Cole for the share. Pours murky orange, thin off-white head, no head. Nose is citrus hops, orange, booze, marmalade, grapefruit rind, caramel. Flavours are quite straightforward, citrus, booze, caramel. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Hefty, unrefined caramel builds a portly body for this bold Barley Wine, as minty, green wooden hop flavors attempt to create some complexity.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sliver of foam floats atop the cloudy pale red.
-Alcohol flavors are overdone considering it’s over 17% abv...
-That being said, I would never have drunk this by myself. Way too powerful and just not pleasant enough.
-Brown sugar flavors are overwhelming, even after a few sips.
-The malts don’t present much more than basic sugar flavors.

Bottle from the first batch (17.6% abv).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (5100) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 30, 2011
Like the other worse/worsts malty and too sweet. Not socomplex. Hardly inspiring. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremyh70 (1068) - Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Pours a clear dark amber with hardly any head and no lacing. The aroma is big and sweet with caramel malt and some butterscotch along with some booziness. Caramel malt sweetness is prevalent in the taste with a bit of citrus and obvious alcohol that is warming and increases the sweetness. Slick mouthfeel with a medium body and low carbonation. Big sweet and boozy flavors but not much else. Brought to mind cough syrup which isn’t what I want in a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (17740) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 30, 2016
Runder, malzig alkoholischer Antrunk, keine Karbonisierung. Vergleichsweise süffig auch wenn der Alkohol zum Teil deutlich hervorkommt. Vergoren fruchtig, sehr würzig. Mittellanger, etwas brennender Nachgeschmack. Okay. 9/10/8/10/9/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
charlotte (5193) - rødovre, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2010
Draught at Ølbaren.Clear amber with small white head,who stays.Aroma is sweet with powerful strong hidden alc.Very vinous almost like sherry,flavor is fruity and a littel too sweet i guess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (11372) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2010
250ml from tap at Ørsted Ølbar & Café. Murky, dark reddish body, no head. Aroma of sweet dried fruits. Sweet hops and dried fruits in flavour, dominated by apricots. Moderate impact of alcohol on the palate. Alright sipper that gets a bit too sweet (Copenhagen, 09.05.2010).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (25477) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 31, 2010
Draught@CPH BeerFest2010. Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is fruits, wood and some mild yeast, alcohol and gluelike sweetness. Flavour is fruits, alcohol, a bit gluelike sweet. A bit unbalanced, and not all too pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riseagainstme (48) - Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Draught in snifter....Clear yellow pour, seriously looks like budweiser or something similar...Aroma is sweet almost candy like...Taste is sweet with some caramel and fruit but mostly alcohol and more alcohol and when I got past the alcohol really just way too sweet.

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