Amager Galanthus Nivalis

Formerly brewed at Amager Bryghus
Style: Barley Wine
Kastrup, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
1600 bottles of 37,5 cl produced.

Danish: Amager Galanthus Nivalis – en portvinslagret engelsk Barley Wine.
Midt i den koldeste tid er vintergækken (Galanthus Nivalis) en budbringer om varmere og bedre tider. Hvor vinteren måske mest kræver sort og fyldigt øl, så vil vi med denne Barley Wine af engelsk stil gerne signalere, at foråret er på vej. Dog indeholder Galanthus Nivalis tilstrækkelig med råstyrke at varme sig på også i de fortsat kolde forårsnætter – ellers havde det jo ikke været en ægte Amager Bryghus øl.
I glasset fremstår Amager Galanthus Nivalis varmt ravfarvet med et cremet off-white skum. Duften er fuld af rig karamel med et umiskendeligt fadpræg. Smagen er rigt maltet med toner af karamelliserede æbler og igen et tydeligt præg af de 13 måneder på portvinsfade, der giver en blød og oxideret kant. Og alkoholen kan du nærmest ikke mærke, den varmer blot blidt og behageligt.
Brygget af: Amarkansk kommunevand, Maris Otter malt, engelsk krystal hvedemalt, kandis, Chinook humle og engelsk overgær.

English: As winter comes to an end Galanthus Nivalis is a messenger for warmer and better times, winter requires a robust beer so we created this Barley Wine in typical English style like a signal that spring is coming. Galanthus Nivalis also has enough substance for you to warm yourselves on even the cold spring nights - otherwise it would not have been a genuine Amager Brewery beer.
In the glass Galanthus Nivalis is a warm amber colour with a creamy off-white head the aroma is full of rich caramel whilst the taste is rich and malty with notes of caramelised apples. There is a clear imprint of the 13 months in port casks, giving a soft and slightly oxidized edge, the alcohol you can hardly feel the heat is just gentle and pleasant.
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, wheat malt, candy sugar, hops and yeast.

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Palme (4823) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2013
0.375l corked bottle #159 from Bierkoning. This is a deep cloudy rusty-red brown one with a near non existing quickly sidesticking bubbly transparent top. Lovely nose with loads of barreled-aromas. Thick sweet and glazed fruity with caramel, slightly sour red currants, traces of tobacco and a strong vinous port wine touch. Smells really nice this! It’s really gentle on the carbonation - near flat actually but some soft prickling on back of the tongue and the mouthfeel is surprisingly soft and almost a bit watery. Lovely flavors though! It’s a English style barley with a lovely spicy woody and vinous touch. The port shines through all the soft herbal and spicy flavors. Not overwhelmingly sweet in any way, actually a bit of the opposite and it has a good amount of oxidation on the taste. Ends with a nice warming and peppery aftertaste A great flavorful little treat full of flavor. 24.01.2013

fantti (1033) - FINLAND - JAN 15, 2013
Ulkonäöltä samean ruskea ja niukkavaahtoinen. Haju on käyneen viininen, hapan, marjainen, voinen ja vähän vaniljaa. Maku on suklainen, hieman alkoholinen, maltainen, ruisleipäinen, makea ja hieman hapan. Suutuntuma täyteläinen. Kokonaisuutena jopa pilaantuneen hajuinen, mutta hienon makuinen olut, kannatti kokeilla,

lefossoyeur (615) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
Dark mahogany with no head. Superb flowery aromad, vinous notes, dark fruits, a bit plummy. Almost full body, vinous, long warming finale of cocoa and coca cola. Loved it. Tasted side by side with a westvleteren , I think I prefered this one!

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Cranberry jam, wood, oxidation and alcohol warmth meld before leaving the palate with a surprisingly lean, subtle finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is barely a ring of foam around the graceful plum-like mahogany.
-Caramel notes are light for a Barley Wine.
-Peach skin and apple fruitiness also appears here and there.
-Carbonation is very low.
-The finish is a tad too storyless for my tastes in contemplative strong brews.


KingCecil (2088) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle @ home.... It pours murky brown with no head...... The aroma is prunes, vinous, caramel and hops...... The flavor is vinous, some alcohol, dark fruits, caramel, bit sour notes, and hops....

Svesse (8796) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
(Bottle) Clear brownish read colour with brief, beige head. Fruity, vinous nose with dried fruit, caramel, red berries, port wine and oak wood. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, red fruit, port wine, a touch of chocolate, hints of oak wood and a slightly vinous finish with a warming touch of alcohol. There’s a slight oxidization, but that just seems to add to the complexity and balance. Almost full body, with a certain caramel sweetness. Quite well balanced and very taste. Excellent beer.

Meilby (11692) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle 375ml @ Fairbar, Aarhus, Denmark
Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, oak, vanilla, alcohol and floral. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a long caramel, oak and warming finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

yngwie (17234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2012
Bottle, 375ml corked. A quite sparkling beer, amber in color and with a small, beige head on top. Malty-sweetish aroma, quite fruity, both of dried and fresh fruits, and with some caramel. There’s some notes of higher alcohol in the flavor, as well as fresh fruits, caramel sweetness and dried fruits. Maybe a bit heavy on the carbonation, but still pleasant. Full-bodied and slighlty warming. Certainly a tasteful and pleasant one. 111209

gunnfryd (15281) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, grain, yeast. Flavour is sweet, white wine, malt, alcohol, vineous, caramel, yeast. Nice beer.

Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 16, 2012
from - pours a cloudy brown beer with an immediate vanishing foam; very malty aroma with notes of plums, marzipan and cheese (?!), some hints of herbs and tea in the background; thick and full-bodied; very sweet, slightly dry and decently bitter; long malty aftertaste with fresh notes of grapefruit and pine needles - unusual and a bit confusing

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