Brewed by Ørbæk Bryggeri
Style: Barley Wine
Ørbæk, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
To celebrate the brewery´s 100th birthday we have brewed a Barley Wine with specially selected malts and types of hops. This brew is the strongest (12%) ever made by Ørbæk Brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flemmingwillum (1108) - Nysted, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2011
Rating #586, bottle from SuperBest labeled Ørbæk Vintage 2008

It’s a hazy red-brown beer, but it only manages to create a small and unstable head when poured into the glass. Aroma is a surprise with cherries, blackcurrant, elderberry soup, yeast and alcohol - much more fruity than I dared to hope for. However, flavour is a bit destroyed by the heavy alcohol. Other flavours are yeast and a bit berries. There’s honeyish sweetness as well, but the flavor never appears as fully developed as the aroma, and the beer always seems unbalanced with the massive alcohol and sharp bitterness at one side, and an undeveloped sweetness with lack of the berries from the aroma on the other side. The honeyish sweetness is probably supposed to hide the alcohol, but it never succeeds. Palate is comfortably soft, but quite thin, especially for a 12% Barley Wine. It is a drinkable beer, but I guess it would be better if matured. If it already has matured since 2008 if not impressed though, it ought to be more round, soft, sweet and balanced. I really can’t figure out what’s going on with this beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
humlelala (1174) - DENMARK - MAY 7, 2011
(50 cl bottle - don’t remember from where, but it’s a 2006 vintage brewed to celebrate their 100 year anniversary. Capsule says "B21" and best before August 29th 2010) Pours a hazy copper brown with little, off-white head that laces the sides of the glass. Aroma of earthy malts with a whiff of cardboard. Medium-bodied with watery texture and soft to lively carbonation (impressive for a 5 year old beer). Taste is .. sweet, sour, alcohol and not very harmonic. I was quite disappointed with this beer as it was the first I chose to store and the label says it’s a good beer for that purpose. I guess they didn’t expect people to store it for 5 years, which is a bit odd considering the ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (8414) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 23, 2011
Bottle @ Home. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, nuts. Taste is sweet with caramel, fruit, nuts, some alchohol. Medium body, low carbonation. Not bad, but abit on the sweet side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (13482) - DENMARK - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle. Clear amber/brown with small tan head. Flavour is malt, sweet, alcohol, caramel, fruit, hops and a little ash.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jesperhammer (3688) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2011
11-FEB-2011, bottle 2@home with Ulkløbben, from "Superbest". In a flight of three barley wines this is the sweetest. Not better than the "standard" GB Barley Brew. Very very sweet, malty (on the light side!), fruity (peach...?). Ends a little alcoholic. So this is a couple of years old? Hmm. Ørbæk suggests saving this for some years, but for what reason? Hoping for an improvement? I am saving my second bottle. I can do that without being tempted to open it prematurely... ...I do not expect any improvement, but hey...why not.two or three years? ..or perhaps more? Meciocre barley wine from Ørbæk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle #003770 at Mikkel’s. Cloudy red/amber - white head. Sweetness. Metallic. Cardboard. Raisins. High sweetness. Light bitterness. Honey. Oxidation. Not good.
Earlier Rating: 12/5/2006 Total Score: 2.7
Bottle at home - Deep red/brown - white head. Flowery aroma. TAste: Very sweet - far too sweet. Candy, sugar, berries, light bread, light chokolate, alcoholic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (19648) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2010
6th May 2010. Copenhagen Beer Festival. Cloudy amber beer. No head. Wet dog and malt nose. Dry and semi crisp palate. Light dry toffee malt with an alcoholic bite. Softer toffee malt comes through with some spicy licorice. Overall the beer feels a bit tired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Bottle, 12%. Fat malt syrup aroma. Almost clear dark copper colour. Small frothy white head. The flavour is quite sweet and caramelly. Has a little metal note in the finish, Lots of alcohol, but not too much for the style. Creamy and dusty with some dried fruit. OK bitterness in the finish to round off. This still has 9 months to go unitil its expiry date, but I am convinced it would improve with at least a year more from now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Borup (8980) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle. Unclear dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, dried fruit, sugar, alcohol and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2009
(Bottle) Pours medium reddish brown with a creamy, off-white head. The aroma holds honey and flowers up front. Some esters. Undertones of toffee, caramel, toast, sugar, anise, mint, dried fruits, nuts and bready malt. Hints of cheesy hops and light cardboard-like oxidation. Overall, a nice aroma that reminds me of good Mead. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet and light bitter with tones of honey, sugar, flowers, caramel, resins, anise, dark fruits and a light oxidation. The mouthfeel is not bad, no tart or astringent notes but maybe a bit too sticky. Light carbonation. Fruity and syrupy sweet finish. Medium to full bodied. No that bad, just too sweet.

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