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Brewed by Brouwerij ’t IJ
Style: Barley Wine
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12498) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 2, 2012
The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a khaki head. Sweet dark fruit and brown sugar on the nose. A mild toasted quality, some yeast, and a bit of molasses. The flavor is also rather heavy on the sugar and dark fruit characteristics. Some molasses, toffee, and toast. Maybe a hint of spices, some yeast, and that’s about it. Just quite sweet and not terribly complex or interesting.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Swaroga (1663) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2015
The bottle has over one year. It has still a very big head. The aroma is dark honey and burned caramel. The flavor is balanced and quite easy to drink. Aftertaste makes me think again about old honey. There is also a flavor of cooked red fruits and tart. In the aftertaste I sense some baryard and wet cardboard. The wet cardboard intensifies after each sip. Despite this error the beer is drinkable.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
huineman (300) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 6, 2015
Very dark brown. Rocky tan froth. Aroma is very low: dough, bread, coffee, grape, caramel. Thin, too sour, light body, short finish. Disappointing.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
corkyrory66 (844) - BELGIUM - APR 29, 2015
Bière qualifiée de barley wine, mais qui ressemble plutôt à une double un peu forte. Niveau abv de 9 % , refermentation en bouteille. Couleur brun roux, et rousse en transparence. Bulles fines et très vives partout (forte saturation en co2 à l’ouverture). Mousse beige claire, bien crémeuse, qui nappe à 2 mm. Arômes de malt grillé, noisettes, fèves sèches, acajou, pointe de réglisse. 1ère bouche très soyeuse à l’entame curieuse sur de l’eau de cuisson de riz, et des cacahuètes !!! Arrière-bouche plus classique, d’une double basique. 2ème à la texture toujours très soyeuse, mais les saveurs manquent d’harmonie. Arrière-bouche de faible niveau, avec quelques herbes. 3ème avec malt chocolat, pointe de tourbe et fumée, pointe de bogue de noix. Arrière-bouche déséquilibrée, courte. Longueur mieux équilibrée, un peu de fût, mais toujours de curieuses herbes. Jambes marquées, un peu collantes. Levure mince, très petite ligne. Alcool qui vient sur la longueur soutenir un peu l’ensemble. Finale plus sympathique. CONCLUSION : bière qui ne commence que sur la longueur, et montre quelques bonnes dispositions à la fin. La texture par contre est belle dès la 1ère bouche. Donc mi-figue, mi-raisin (sans jeu de mots....) pour une double forte qui voulait plagier un barley wine.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
cervmagpt (353) - PORTUGAL - APR 16, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 19B). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 223 09188. AROMA: initial stale aroma like moldy or wet cardboard, with faint vinous and a sweet background. APPEARANCE: very dark copper with slight ruby highlights and hazy. medium beige head with medium-low retention. alcohol viscosity and lacing present. TASTE: slight oxidation flavours (wet cardboard) mixed with faint mold, sweet maltiness and a vinous aspect. low bitterness with a semi-sweet ans roasted finish. no hop flavours. PALATE: full body with a velvety texture and medium carbonation. smooth alcohol warmth. OVERALL: a barley wine with defect flavours and aromas.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (385) - - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (781) - 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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (3019) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matbli (115) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5616) - 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. .

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (1238) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Pours a murky chestnut with an off white head. Chocolate and roast malt aroma. Coffee taste.


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