Brewed by Hantverksbryggeriet
Style: Barley Wine
Västerås, Sweden
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
2012 vintage 10% abv
2014 vintage 10.4%

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TorbenJensen (1545) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2015
A barley wine with firm and fairly durable foam is rare, but it is nonetheless what the Baron has. It draws the finest lace on the side of the glass, leaving carbon sparkling cascades from the scattered islands of foam who refuses to drop their take from this beautiful copper red ale. It exudes an incredibly good aromas of dried fruits (prune and raisin) and the taste is velvety and delightfully of fruit and some light caramel and have weak associations with port wine. I think it will gain much by long-term storage, and I annoyed me to take just this one bottle that I have stored for about 1 year. I should probably have had some bottles lying in another 3-5 years, for here is really a possibility that it becomes something heavenly ale. Long fruity aftertaste keep alive very long and slowly heat comes from its 9% alcohol creeping in the mouth. A very light and unobtrusive hop bitterness with floral notes flying past and maintains all the aroma and taste sensations for even longer time. It’s probably one of the most accomplished barleys I have long tasted as though alcohol sharpness certainly will quiet down after a few more years of storage, I must admit that after only one year is drinkable and in the top.

rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 RERATE Stockholm Beer festival 2007. Brewed 061230. This is just amazing, one of the berrer barley wines I have tasted. Malty, fruity and well balanced... (Stockholm Beer Festival 2005) Hazy amber, nice offwhite head. Malty, fruity aroma, nutty notes and quite alot of raisins. Vinous and also with some whisky and cognac notes. Malty, nutty flavor with fruits and some vanilla. Raisins and some floral notes. The brewer said he wanted this beer to mature for another year before being happy with it. I cant wait to taste it at the next festival...

tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2011
Courtesy of Dunbar72. Pours deep mahogany with small tanned head. Aroma is sweet, fidgy, raisins, madeira, malty and some hoppyness. and, tart hoppy, excellent. Fullbodied tart sweet palate. Finishes sweet tart, well balanced.

blutt59 (6576) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2011
bottled, thanks to bu11zeye, another great beer from these guys with the lego people labels, dark amber color with soapy foam, aroma and flavor of french toast and honey comb, very floral and malty but not overbearing, almost mead like

mzaar (3591) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2015
Flaska, vintage 2013 8,7%. Mörkt brun med röda inslag. Smutsvitt skum. Dofter av karamell, torkad frukt, malt, fikon i konjak, läder. Smakinslag av karamell, trä, sötlakrits, russin, söt frukt, läder... Härlig kropp, fyllig. Värmande alkohol. Karamellig avslutning. Gräddig och mjuk munkänsla. En fantastisk öl. Ren och skär njutning.

mikeyo1 (855) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2015
bottle @ home. 2010 vintage. brown color with redish notes and a small but quite stable tan head and really nice lacings. Aroma is grainy, malty and with a clean medium caramel sweet note at the same time with moderate vinous notes and warming alcohol. Balancing dark fruits (raisins, dates, figs), toffee, dark syrup. Smooth and sweet texture with long duration, increasing mouth feel and then a dry but still very very smooth and delicate honey after taste. Initially lots of toffee, some honey, whipped cream,light vinous figs, rye bread, herbs, sweet red fruits, a little licorice and hint of milk chocolate. It has aged incredibly well and will probably continue to do so. It has developed a fantastic smooth texture where the your beer was sour and harsh in comparison, and is still just slightly vinous!

Scrumpy369 (912) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 15, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2017 Bottle at hopaholic. Deep reddish amberish copper colour head disappears immediately. Nose is sweetness light molasses, faint coffee. As it gets warmer the foffee nptes disappear and caramel takes its place. Taste is light sweetness, strong cane sugary notes. Strong, rich molasses. Caramel, burn sugars, raisins. Low carbonation smooth palate. Very nice and complex. A perfect dessert.

gnoff (10793) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2016 First rating
(Bottle at the brewery)
2004 edition.
Brownish look with a small head. Vinous typical barley wine style scent, alcohol as well. For me a really typical barley wine style taste as well, quite straight forward and nice.

Second rating
2007 release
(Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007)
Shady dark copper color, fluffy tan head. Malty and fruity scent. Sweet and bitter spicy alcohol taste. Full mouthfeel, big bitterenss. Warming alcohol. Very nice.

33 cl bottle at home on August 21, 2009
Most likely brewed in December 2006, bottle from a friend, marker 9.0% ABV
Clear reddish brown color, small orange head. Sweet, malty, dirt cellar scent. Laid down, earthy, warming alcohol, cheese, dirt cellar taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Warming alcohol aftertaste.

33 cl bottle at home on August 21, 2009
BB Apr 2012, from Systembolaget in Västerås, marked 11.3% ABV. From 2007 (label)
A bit hazy reddish color, small orange head. Malty, sweet, hoppy, alcohol scent. Alcohol, firey, malty, grainy, bitter taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

Bottle, 2007 version, thanks to Dunbar72!
Sampled on February 26, 2011
Cloudy copper color, yellow head. Sweet, malty, grainy taste. Alcohol aftertaste. Smooth full mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

Rerate on May 28, 2011
2007 vintage bottle BB april 2012
Shared with Micke (non-ratebeer) who brought it over
11.3% ABV
Hazy dark brown color, tan head. Malty, sweet, dark dried fruits, alcohol scent. Smooth, alcohol, malty, grainy taste. Smooth soft mouthfeel. Medium bitterness.

Had the 2010 vintage at Rotary Pub, Göteborg, on May 30, 2014.
Didn’t take notes, but sweet and very tasty, ages well that vintage.Full mouthfeel, very enjoyable.

Bought January 2015, Systembolaget site state "2014 at 10,4%", label state "2015 at 9,0%".
Bottled 33 cl from Systembolaget Nordstan, special release, on January 22, 2016.
Clear very dark reddish brown color, yellow to teal head. Sweet, aged, oxidized, dark fruits scent. Sweet, raisin, port wine, fruity, some ash taste. Smooth, ,big, full mouthfeel, low bitterness. Aged and oxidized, but in a pleasant way.

2013 vintage 8.7% ABV, bottle 33 cl, BB 31 Dec 2023. Purchased at Systembolaget roughly a year ago, sampled on February 13, 2016.
Clear deep reddish brown color, teal head. Sweet, malty, alcohol, toffee scent. Sweet, malty, caramel, toffee taste. Medium full mouthfeel, low bitterness. Actually a LOT less oxidized notes than the bottle released a month ago (2015/2014 version).

Furseth (2165) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2011
Draft @ -3-små rum: black colour, no head! Aroma is lots of raisins, dark chocolate, caramel and fruits. Flavor is à fruity bom of caramel and dark chocolate, big body long fruity finish! This is werry hight quality brewing!!

aenima (335) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2015
Sherry like aroma. The taste is sherry, dark fruits and caramel. Sweet finish. Great beer!

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