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

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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corkyrory66 (2123) - BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2017
Barley wine de 8,6 % abv, houblonné en athanum, centennial et equinox. Mon exemplaire était à 7 mois avant sa date. Couleur acajou sombre, à l'opacité forte. Mousse brun moyen, très crémeuse, avec structure ferme en haut, stable à 3 mm. Arômes de malt cara, roast, encens, lichee, cannelle, thym, romarin. 1ère bouche veloutée, à l'entame malt/épice, avec une pointe de tabac brun gênante. Arrière-bouche peu harmonieuse, entre épices et houblons. 2ème à l'amélioration primaire de l'harmonie. Arrière-bouche qui garde toutefois une astringence un peu pénible. 3ème qui semble trouver sa voie, avec malt, toffee et résine. Arrière-bouche à la belle fusion des saveurs. La longueur donne ce qu'elle doit donner, sans toutefois trouver le nirvana dans le patchwork de cette bière. Jambes à flocons moyens, longues. Levure un peu vineuse, belle ligne. Alcool bien, mais il panique devant tant de choses à arranger et mettre ensemble ... Finale qui demande un dictionnaire pour entrer les diverses nuances. CONCLUSION : un barley wine que je qualifierai d'un peu kitsch .. même si ce mot n'est pas américain !! L'autruche a encore trouvé pas mal d'objets hétéroclites, ce qui est une tare connue .. (6/3/6/3/12)

3.7
basjansen14 (436) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2017
Black/brownish coloured ale with a tan coloured small head. Aroma: Toffee, fruity and roasted malts. Taste: sweet, dark fruits, roasted malt, coffee, some hinst of smoke and quite bitter.

3.4
gyhallmanti (588) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2017
33cl bottle at home. Pours a medium pillowy tan head with good retention. Aroma of plums, dark malt, dark dried fruit, candy sugar, slight pineapple, slight red fruit, toffee, raisins. Taste is medium sweet, fairly bitter with a fairly dry finish. Notes of roasted malt, string coffee in the finish, bitter hops, liquorice root, red fruit, salmiak, candy sugar, raisins. Texture is sticky to oily, full bodied with medium carbonation

4.3
MelvinKalksma (1623) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2017
Aroma: 8
Medium/heavy aroma of malts, caramel, dark fruit, pine, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and hops.

Appearance: 5
Opaque dark brown/black beer with slight yeast and with a medium beige/brown head.

Taste/Palate: 9/4
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, dark fruit, pine and chocolate; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts, coffee and hops.

Overall: 17
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Is this a Barley Wine, a Cascadian Dark Ale or an Imperial Stout? I cannot tell. What I do know is that the mix of these three is absolutely amazing. Perfect appearance and a great aroma and palate as well.

4
GuideDogSaint (1690) - Xiamen, CHINA - AUG 1, 2017
Bottle at the brewpub. Pours clear ruby black with a beige head. Aroma of toffee with malt and chocolate. Sweetish taste. Dry bitter finish. Interesting.

3.9
mike_77 (6876) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2017
Almost black with thin head. Aroma and flavour have an abundance of sweet dried fruits, caramel and dark malts. Also some roasted, slightly burnt notes. There’s a background hoppiness which is slightly resinous and skunky.

3.6
Maakun (5959) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2017
Bottle shared. Very dark brown with good sized dark beige head. Lots of roast, nuts, cocoa, cardboard, quite some grass, soft lime, a lit of old moldy oak, dry paper, black currants. Medium sweet and bitter. Over medium bodied with a bit dry and tannic finish. A bit dry and woody for a barley wine maybe but it’s quite nice overall.

3.8
kermis (14125) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2017
Bottle shared thanks to Maakun. Near black with a tan head. Aroma of overripe dark fruits, wood, leather notes, rich malt, caramel, dark treacle. Flavour is above moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Above medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.8
tricksta_p (4861) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2017
Bottle from a local bottle shop. Aroma has tons of dried dark fruits, figs, raisins, resinous hops, malt, caramel, plums, touch of dried blackcurrant, syrup. Flavour is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Body is above medium. Nice and hoppy Barley Wine, tasty dried dark fruits, refreshing after I had a string of boozy toffeebomb Barley Wines. Slightly reminiscent of Anchor Old Foghorn, although not nearly as refined.

4
Icedwarf (1721) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2017
Zwart bier met mooie stevige schuimkraag. Smaak is licht bitter, licht zoet en krachtig met iets van koffie, chocolade, rode bessen, cognac en heel lichte rook. Bijzonder dat de 8.6% niet opvalt. Iets meer body zou het geheel af maken.


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