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Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Barley Wine
Purmerend, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Maelstrøm is gebrouwen ter gelegenheid van het 10 jarige bestaan van de SNAB. Terugkijkend in de geschiedenis van het brouwen komen we het verschijnsel van moeder-dochter bier regelmatig tegen. Deze oude brouwmethode, waarbij men gebruik maakte van één zelfde storting om meerdere bieren te maken, is de basis voor onze Maelstrøm (9,8 %) en Snab Pale Ale (6,3 %). Door de zware storting na te spoelen verkrijg je een steeds minder zwaar bier. Om puur praktische redenen worden beide bieren nu apart gebrouwen. In ons streven om vernieuwend te zijn op de Nederlandse biermarkt zijn we hierin ook met de Maelstrøm weer geslaagd. Speciaal voor de liefhebbers van droge, hopbittere bieren is deze American Barley Wine ontwikkeld. Door gebruik te maken van Cascade en Amarillo hop en het toepassen van "dry-hopping" heeft dit bier een zeer uitgesproken karakter gekregen. Water, Pale Ale-, Kristal en Münchener mout, Cascade en Amarillo hop en gist.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tyskevdb (20) - , NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2012
Dark red / amber colored beer. Smells sweet, rich and complex. I taste caramel, figgs, resins and ripe red fruit. The best barley wine I have tasted so far.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2009
Really good barley wine, the dry hoppy end and the aftertaste reminds me of lingonberries. Sweetness stays under control. My kind of american style barley wine, a winter warmer. My only complaint is that my bottle didn’t have that awesome eagle in it, it had a new, more "look what i made while drinking heavily and using powerpoint" kind of a flair to it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19372) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2002
Bottled. Chesntut brown. Big huge grapefruity cascade hop aroma. Rather sweet and really full bodied, but dominated by intense hoppiness. A very american style barley wine with a lingering hop bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fukito (738) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 6, 2007
Tap at Arendsnest, march 07. Pretty strong "C" hop aroma and a nice toffee touch with some pineapples, pepper and strange whisky ending. Deep, profound, bittersweet flavor, tons of different tones and a great juicy ending. Excellent. Medium to heavy MF, dangerously drinkable though. Amazing strong ale.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wyzzywyz22 (1961) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2009
Bottle, Winter Ales Festival, Manchester. This was hugely enjoyable. Poured a hazy dark orange. Wionderful fresh and fruity grapefruit cascade hop aroma. Flavour also hop packed with bags of tropical fruit. Great body, pleasantly thick, with a subdued but nicely balanced caramel malt presence. Lip smackingly tasty. Would love to get my hands on some more of this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martijnomg (7) - Stadskanaal, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2014 does not count
Surprisingly good Barley Wine. Nice creamy off white head that sticks to your glass. Raisins, yeast and ripe dark fruit in the aroma. Taste of raisins, prunes, caramel and pines. A nice dry hoppy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2810) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2008
It’s a hazy dark orange colored beer. It has a solidly beige head. It stays for a long time. Aromas of fruit, very hop bitter and touches of caramel. The taste goes from soft to bitter. Also a nice tintillating, a little dry taste in the back. Taste stays for a long time. A very good Dutch beer in an American style.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4690) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2012 28/VI/2012 - 33cl bottle from Mitra van Bergen (Eindhoven) @ Klaas’ place - BBE: 2011 (2012-663)

Clear dark red to purple beer, small light beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, rich malty, caramel, bit of chloride, milk chocolate, ripe figs, touch of mocha and ripe banana. MF: good carbon, medium to full body. Taste: chocolate, sweet malts, ripe fruits, dried cranberries and other fruits, nice bitter touch, dark chocolate, cocoa powder. Aftertaste: dark chocolate, little sour, pretty bitter yet fruity ending.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1636) - AUSTRIA - JAN 1, 2014
Deep mahogany red, almost brown with a medium, thick, sticky, frothy, lasting, lacy off-white head. Smells of full deep malt with caramel, pepper, aniseed, berries, citrus fruit and mild alcohol. Raisin, biscuit, and leather. Medium to full oily body that warms the mouth. Light carbonation. Deep delicious sweet malty caramel taste that is well blacked and not too strong. Citrus and light bitterness on the finish. Deep and delicious. The alcohol is present and could be smoothed out in time. An excellent rich barley wine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2006
Hazy reddish orange coloured beer with a nice offwhite head. Nose is hoppy and fruity (oranges, some berries, like in candy). Nice round fruity taste with oranges and berries, ending in a very intense hopbitterness. Thick mouthfeel, full palate. Very intense and good beer.


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