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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Giljagaur er af ætt sterkustu bjóra heims, sem kallast Barleywine; þurrhumlaður, rauðleitur og spennandi. Hann er jólagjöf sem heldur áfram að gefa ár eftir ár, því hann verður betri með hverjum jólum. Giljagaur hefur margt skemmtilegt í pokahorninu, t.d. þrenns konar ger og blöndu af breskum og bandarískum humlum. Ríkulegt bragðið felur m.a. í sér kóngabrjóstsykur og marmelaði - sannkallað jólahlaðborð í flösku!

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3.3
MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2017
My Bottom Line:
Caramel and candied fruit are met by oxidation and cough syrup in this heavy Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy earthenware red.
-Alcohol warmth colors the finish.
-The nose is quite potent on this one.
-The fruity sugars are a tad exaggerated in my tastes.

Bottle. Thx Per!

2.6
Oakes (18209) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2017
Cloudy dullish brown, and there’s a medium head. The aroma shows oxidation, some date-like malt notes. Palate is similar, if a little more towards the sugars, more fruitiness, a touch of alcohol in the finish that doesn’t dry so much as clash with the malt sweetness. This didn’t hold up well.

2.3
omhper (25378) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2017
Bottled, thanks SaintMatty! Cloudy dark brown, mid sized head. Oxidized caramel aroma. Sweet with full body and rounded somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Caramel and toffee, some syrup, notes of cherries. Lightly warming finish.

3.3
Rune (13196) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2017
330ml bottle at Seb’s Hotel, Hamar. Clear amber gold in body colour. Low beige head, lacing rings down the glass. Rather sweet aroma of dried fruits and caramel. Marmalade flavours of brown malts, almond and dried berry fruits. Drying mid-sweet fruity ending, noticeable alcohol. Well bodied. Quite nice, just a bit too heavy to drink (04.03.2017).

3.5
Leighton (21879) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle shared at Hop Swap - Cock Tavern. Pours clear orange-gold with a creamy head. Toasted crackery malts in the nose, some aged citrus peel, faded pine. Medium to heavy sweet flavour with some leathery berries, oily pine. Medium to full bodied, with average carbonation. Lightly warming in the finish, fairly resinous and oily, with more berries, crackers, light toasted malts, grains, caramel. Enjoyable though simplistic.

4.1
MayumiH (1214) - - FEB 5, 2017
Bottle at home. Deep amber with a frothy head. A full-bodied beer with notes of rich dark-fruit, vanilla and caramel. Flavourful. Really lovely stuff.

3.6
ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Draught on 11/28/16.
Amber, clear, with a beige head atop showing moderate retention.
Very malty and estery, though not messily so. No more alcohol than one would expect for its size. Clean. Little/no hop character, perhaps some grass and herbs, light marmalade.
Malty but well-attenuated with moderate carbonation, plentiful fruitiness from the yeast and a good amount of breadiness adding malt depth without any hardness. A good barleywine, even if that’s a bit of an oxymoron.

4
Marstonlad (934) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2016
Bottle from a beer shop in Tallinn. Pours brown with a big frothy head. The aroma features varied ripe fruitiness, toffee, caramel and berries. Taste is medium sweet at first, later acquiring fairly much bitterness and hoppiness; similar to American style barley wines. The initial sweet maltiness contains caramel and fudge; later flavours include ripe fruitiness, berries and piney hoppiness. Sherry-like warming impression. Rich, fairly intense taste but also quite well in balance. The palate is medium to full bodied, low in carbonation and smooth in texture. My kind of barley wine: varied set of flavours and sweetness is countered - and contained - by strong hoppiness.

4.2
tarmok (1433) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 30, 2016
Clear dark amber liquid with small head. Aroma of hay liqeur. Goat weed, caramel. Full body, long fin

3.6
Rask0lnikov (1380) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 19, 2016
Deep amber colour. Medium white head. Toffee, caramel, hints od berries, some sourness in the aroma. Grassy, bitter, caramelly beginning. Quite alcoholy in the middle. Hints of whiskey in the end. Burnt caramel in aftertaste. Also some alcohol. Makes the throat warm. Rather heavy bodied, medium carbonated, still young barley wine. Not balanced yet. Quite drinkable. Interesting to to try the 2015 edition after a year.


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