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RATINGS: 1468   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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A barley wine with deep amber color, the brandy of ales. This beer has vintage character and will mature in the bottle at cellar temperature for years.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (35353) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2012

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ home.

[ Courtesy of polomagnifico ]. Clear medium to dark red amber colour with a small small, frothy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, dried fruit, caramel, moderate hoppy, wood notes. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, alcohol, dried fruit. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20120103]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31495) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2008
12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of KimJohansen. Pours hazy amber to brown with a diminished light tan head. Smooth roasted caramel malty aroma with a light hoppy note. Dry and wooden flavoured with a dry caramel and breadish malty base. Ends roasted malty and chocolate smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (29528) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2004
An unclear red beer with a fine beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of roasted bread and yeast. The flavor is sweet and very hoppy both with aroma hops and bitter hops - which gives it a rather bitter finish. A great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25084) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2007
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of JCapriotti. Pours a hazy, dark, orangey golden with a yellowish head. Fat aroma of caramel and aroma hops. Quite full-bodied with notes of burned caramel. all-sorts and nuts. Very bitter finish. Solid. 080707

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21120) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottled. Cloudy orange brown coloured with an off white head. Sweet aroma of dried fruits, caramel and hops. Flavour of fruits, caramel, dried fruits and hops.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20670) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 16, 2006
Bottled, thanks heemer77. Dark reddish brown colour (muddy red), mediumsized brown foamy head. Pleasant aroma of plum with redwineish attributes, also a sting of alcohol. Flavour is Plummy, roasted malts, some fruits and berries and dark sugar are atleast present in the flavour. Creamy and smooth palate. Aftertaste of dark bread (malax limpa, which is a quite locally produced thing). Totally mindblowing barley wine! Hides ABV very well, though it is a bit noteable. Lovely!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19698) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 Re-rate, 2001 vintage sampled in February 2003. Deep ruby, pours thick with no head. Rich aroma of hoppy citrus, nuts and toffee. Sweet and syrup with very soft mouthfeel. Full bodied. Lingering grapefruity bitterness. Still after two yeasr this beer has a lot of potential to develope further.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16948) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to kramer17801 for this one. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Malty caramel aroma with hints of dark fruit. Sweet malty hoppy bitter caramel flavor with some hints of dark fruit. Sweet malty warming finish with some hints of dark fruit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (15420) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
8th June 2008. Strong ale. Slightly sour caramel and matl that has a hint of saltiness. Goes down easy enough but I could not have drunk a second bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (15000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011
2011-09-28, vertical tasting, batch 7800 packaged 2007-01-31, 5 years old, 10.2% ABV, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Dark mahogany color, with nice creamy head, reducing to a more frothy layer. Wonderful aroma of old time cookies at first; then caramel, malt, fudge, light phenol. Good body strength, and smooth mouthfeel; strong caramel and malt flavor, correctly sweet without being cloying, also because of a nice nutty touch; it still has a quite strong bitterness, that blends with a pinch of roastiness and the warm alcohol feeling. It aged with grace, and still holds some complexity.

2011-09-28, vertical tasting, batch 9358 packaged 2009-09-23, 2 years old, 10.2% ABV, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Compared to the older bottle, this one has a bigger and more persistent head, more carbonation apparently, a darker shade of brown. The aroma comes in immediately with caramel, vanilla and phenol, with a light soapy sensation, and without the additional cookies found there; but after a while they tend to be similar. The body is equally strong and the mouthfeel equally smooth; there is more focus on the caramel flavor, slightly more sugars, and less nutty touch (that could be both a sign of the age or presence of roasted malts); more pungent, more bitter, more roasted nutty malts in the ends, less harmonious. Equally good.

2004-003-26, 9% ABV (not sure), 8-4-10-5-18=45
Cloudy amber color. Original aroma: malt, nuts, caramel, cookies, milk chocolate. Perfect body structure; malt, caramel, cookies, fudge, medium liquorice, very strong bitterness. Excellent! Thanks Philippe (Bov) for sharing this bottle.


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