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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mjp12 (358) - York, North Yorkshire, - FEB 21, 2014
Drunk from unchilled bottle. Thin tan head, sweet nutty taste. Wish I had drunk it chilled.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kleurplaatje (23) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2014
Pours clear dark with quick disappearing white head. Malty aroma that smells quite roasty. Some fruits very far away... Quite poor. Taste is pretty much in line with the aroma, despite not being that bland. Clear roasty mouthfeel, yet a nice soft sweetish malty touch. Bit sugary, some chocolate, oaks, hints of spices and yeast, and a soft bitter ending. Slightly alcoholic as well, resulting in a bit warm aftertaste. Some far tones of roasty single malt whisky as well. Not bad. Quite full bodied, with a slight creamy mouthfeel. Bit too much carbonation to my likings. In general, this beer is far more loveable than the ’t IJ Barley Wine, which comes closer to this BW than many (more sweet) others (e.g. De Molen Bommen &Granaten). Softer, less alcoholic and still it has that whisky-like feeling and flavor. Not bad, if you like the more roasty, less sweeter kind of Barley Wines. However, the aroma remains quite poor. Well, at least it doesn’t smell as bad as the other.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
aenima (268) - Askim, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2014
Oxidizied, sherry like aroma. In the flavour, the sherry is there with a hint of caramel in the background. Balanced finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZodiacM (89) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2014
Een mooi donkerbruin bier met creme-kleurige kraag. Geur van mout en hout en gedroogd fruit. Smaak van gebrand hout, gedroogd fruit, noten. Een volle, complexe smaak met een prettig prikkeling van koolzuur. Ietwat zoetig maar niet overheersend. Heerlijk bier!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marstonlad (437) - 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 (842) - 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 (74) - 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 (12) - SPAIN - AUG 28, 2014
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 (831) - 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 (712) - 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 (892) - 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


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