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Brewed by Brouwerij ’t IJ
Style: Barley Wine
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 473   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A barley wine brewed in the English style. Struis is a full-bodied beer with a deep, dark colour and a soft, long-lasting head. The aroma is dark and sweet, with clear tones of chocolate and dried fruit. The aftertaste is dry and long-lasting, and leaves you yearning for more. A delicious accompaniment to food and ideal with skeapsrond cheese. Struis is only available as a bottled beer.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marstonlad (422) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle at Janoinen Lohi, Helsinki. Pours murky dark brown with a little white head - not a very tempting appearance. The aroma features an interesting mix of malty and yeasty elements: some caramel, plenty of nuts and bisquit, and a touch of dark fruitiness. Taste is also peculiar. It is medium sweet and fairly malty with caramel, nuts and dried fruits present. Earthy, leathery notes set this apart from other barley wines I have had. The palate is full bodied and a bit sticky with a moderate carbonation, not as flat as many other examples of this style. A Dutch take on the English barley wine style; original and quite interesting to drink. Completely different from American BWs, should be given different style categories.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
melush (698) - SPAIN - SEP 18, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Slainte. Color marron. Sabor a malta, dulce, nueces.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjorsvdg (62) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2014
Een bier met diepgang. Hout, gebrande mout, fruit. Lichte schuimkraag en donkerbruin van kleur. Aanrader.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoplover66 (8) - SPAIN - AUG 28, 2014 does not count
Excelente barleywine. Tomada en Snifter. Espuma abundante y duradera. Aroma a caramelo. Buen cuerpo. Sabor a caramelo y algo de frutas. El alcohol queda muy bien enmascarado. Amargor final muy moderado pero apreciable. Una botella sabe a poco. Esencial saborearla a temperatura moderada.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjsint (772) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle from Beautiful Beers, consumed at home. Hazy purplish brown. Fair bit of carbonation but no head. Heavenly aroma of slivovice, caramel, malt. Sweet taste with a full alcohol hit. Very sweet. Not quite cloying, but not a hint of bitterness until the finish. Body is surprisingly thin and a bit oily. Can’t feel the carbonation very well. Very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fantti (705) - FINLAND - AUG 9, 2014
Meinasi tulla pullosta pihalle, ja hieman tulikin. Kuohunnasta huolimatta lasissa yllättävän vähän (n. 1,5 sormen paksuinen) vaahtoa, joka laskee suht nopeaan. Lopulta vaahto jää kauniiksi ohueksi kerrokseksi oluen pinnalle. Ulkonäöltään muuten likaisen ruskea ja vahvaa pitsiä jättävä. Tuoksusta huomaa selvästi belgihiivan tuoman mausteisuuden "normaalimman" BW:n marjaisuuden rinnalla. Tummaa hedelmää, banaania ja ruohoisuuttakin on joukossa. Maku on hyvin samankaltainen: belgihiivaista pippurisuutta, alkuun marjaisuutta, välillä banaania, lopussa taas tummempaa hedelmää ja maiskutellessa marjaisuus on suussa. Lievä yhtymä maitosuklaaseenkin tulee, mutta hyvin lievä. Suutuntuma on alkuun hyvin hyökkäävä ja pistävä, mutta tasoittuu todella miellyttäväksi ja tasapainoiseksi kokonaisuudeksi. Humalan puraisukin on suht reilu. Hyvin belgityyppinen barley wine, jota olisi voinut kuvitella enemmän vahvaksi belgialeksi. Toisaalta tukeva humalointi ja vahva maltaisuus on hyvin BW:mäistä...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (835) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2014
Had a bottle the other night, pours dark brown, big caramel malt backbone with lots of dried fruit, nutty, raisin. Enjoyed it. Tasty

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GBZ59 (1129) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - AUG 7, 2014
Botella de 330ml. Copa Globo. Color marrón y opaca. Espuma amarillenta y corona tupida que se disipa lentamente pese al alto ABV. Aromas de maltas caramelo y tostadas, de uva y pasas con trazos herbales y de chocolate subyacentes. La entrada presenta sabores de caramelo y chocolate, matices de azúcar moreno, “calorcillo” y agradable amargor. Cuerpo pleno y carbonatación moderada. Paladar denso y sedoso. Las maltas caramelo y chocolate quedan bien equilibradas por un amargor sutil, aunque evidente. Prolongado final dulce redondeado por chocolate y frutas en el retrogusto. Para saborear con pausa y sentir el calor!! 330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Brown color, opaque appearance. Yellowish froth & close crown that slowly dissipates despite of its ABV. Caramel & toasted malt, raisin & grape aromas as well as chocolate & herbal hints on the back. The upfront shows caramel & chocolate flavors, brown sugar hues, heat & kind bitterness. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Dense & silky palate. Well balanced caramel & chocolate malts by subtle but evident bitterness. Long sweet finish rounded by chocolate & fruits on the aftertaste. So drink it paused then feel the heat!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (755) - USA - JUL 30, 2014
Dark brown/deep copper, clear, persistent tan head. Aroma of toffee, dark ripe fruits, raisins, an earthy damp cave character. Flavor is similar with cocoa, more dried fruit, more earthy notes of damp, moldy stone. Complex and interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (333) - SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle @ Nedre Mölla 9/7-14. Aroma: Malty, caramel, yeast, light chocolate. Taste: Dito + sweetness. Medium body.


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