Brewed by Brouwerij ’t IJ
Style: Barley Wine
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (509) - - APR 12, 2015
Dark amber brown colour, with almost no light brown head. Aroma of malts, oak, yeasts and caramel. The same is flavour. Malty notes with sour finish. Fruity aftertaste. Delicious beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (866) - CROATIA - APR 11, 2015
Hazy deep amber color, thin off white head. Aroma and taste of figs, raspberries, malts, wood, yeast. No alcohol. Fairly sweet with dry finish. Full body, soft to average carbonation. Fruity, complex, little bit strange, good.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (3406) - BELGIUM - APR 6, 2015
UPDATED: APR 10, 2015 Strong ale intended as an English-style barley wine. Loose and irregular, light beige head, breaking open quickly and further decreasing to a thin rim around the edge of the glass; colour is a very dark burgundy brown-red with light fizz, clear at first but misty with deposit. Sweet, very malty and quite attractive aroma of home made caramel, strong cookie dough effect like in a Scotch ale, crème au beurre, walnut liqueur, baked banana, hazelnuts, chocolate paste, brown rhum, candied cherries, gingerbread, raisins, toast, hints of burning wood and wet paper. Fruity taste, with a pleasant candied sweetness, raisins, dates and banana, light sourish accent, soft carbonation, full and creamy malt body, deeply caramelly but in a ’noble’, refined way, nutty and chocolatey impressions too, smooth and a bit oily, leading to a big malty finish, clear caramel sweetness (almost like caramel candy) but still nowhere cloying, a bit yeasty (bready) too, with a nice earthy and leafy, ’low tone’ hop bitterishness with a few mildly peppery ’stings’ and a big deal of warming, rhum-like alcohol, which does not become too wry or burning. Very pleasant sipper, but I hesitate to call this an English barley wine; it certainly has the sweetness and alcohol warmth of a barley wine, but lacks the ’vinous’ feel of it and the yeast and malt profile actually remind me more of a ’massieve ale’, or the style which is here referred to as ’abt’ and ’quadrupel’. Bears some resemblances with a Scotch ale as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matbli (136) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 20, 2015
bottle 330 ml, pours clear dark reddish to brown with white head that falls very fast. Aroma of cherries, red fruits, figs, sugarcane, raisins, chocolate, toast and yeast. Very sweet taste with only a touch of bitterness and very light sourness. More like a cross of Belgian Strong Ale and Barley Wine. Carbonation is soft, texture is slick. Alcohol is very good hidden. Not exactly what I’ve expected, but a very good drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5803) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2015
330 ml bottle, probably from Voldby Købmandsgaard. ABV is 9%. BB-date 04.13. Cloudy brown colour, pours fizyy with a low beige head that soon subsides. Strong malty aroma, notes of caramel, molasses, oak and alcohol. Malty flavour with a slight fruity acidity, also notes of caramel. Not bad. .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (1272) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Pours a murky chestnut with an off white head. Chocolate and roast malt aroma. Coffee taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonkiedeaap (446) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle from de Mitra in Gorinchem. The beer is deep dark brown colored and pours a long staying cream colored head. The aroma bitter and sweet at the same time, with tones of roasted malts, dark chocolate, candy and dried dark fruits. Delicious mild flavor with clear tones of ammonium chloride and a nice bitterness. Fine soft aftertaste with hints of licorice at the end. Very nice brew from Holland. This is one of my favorite brewers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tomekboniek (260) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Butelka. Termin ważności 10.2014 - wypite 02.2015. Mocno nagazowane, wyleciało podczas otwarcia. Barwa ciemny bursztyn. W smaku wyczuwalne brzoskwinie, słodkawe. Jak dla mnie mało przypominające styl Barley Wine bardziej Strong Belgian Ale. Nie przypadło mi do gustu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (2286) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle at Rotterdam. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with hops, chocolate, coffee, nuts and coffee. Bitter finish with hops, coffee, chocolate and nuts. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidtjm (956) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle from Bierlieb, Berlin. Pour is black with a frothy head, aroma is fruity, pine, toffee. Taste is dark fruits, roast malts, gentle bitterness, sweetness, warming alcohol. Good

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