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


on tap

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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
2012 vintage 10% abv
2014 vintage 10.4%

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mikeyo1 (871) - 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 (951) - 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 (10891) - 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!

omhper (25740) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2005
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival. Hazy amber. Intense graefruit aroma. Sweet, peachy and very malty with soft mouthfeel. Both very hop aromatic and malt accented. Gentle, yet powerful. Well balanced, and really enjoyable!

SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Hazy golden orange with a thin but enduring beige head. Syrupy full body with high carbonation.

Aroma: a ton of pale malt, a touch of chocolate malt, german noble hops, hints of toffee and piney american hops.

Taste: lots of pale malt, aromatic malts, fruity ale esters, toffee, caramel, citrusy hops, butter, and alcohol.

Malin_aiisa (1242) - SWEDEN - APR 1, 2016
Bottle Red brown, light brown head Aroma of caramel, oat, Taste sweet lovely, caramel, vanilla. Fizzy, nice balanced

Mad_Ferret (1025) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2016
Baronen 2014. Fl, hemma
App: rejält mörk rödaktig mahogny färg med ett svårbyggt gulnat skum.
Aroma: Oj vad mycket farin! Eller är det honung med soja? Soja, farin, karamel/sirap med djupa toner av plommon/sviskon och romdränkta russin plus klistrig alkohol. Udda men spännande.
Taste: Stor sötma av knäck och sirap som balanseras bra med lite lätt rostade av kaffe och sötsyrliga plommon och beska med pomerans och örter. Russin, lakrits och läder är med i mixen också.
Palate: Stor men ändå slimmad och följsam med mjuk kolsyra och viskös/klibbig textur.
Overall: Sveriges bästa brittiska barley wine? Tydlig men mjuk alkohol, hög sötma, bra maltkaraktär, inte för forcerad humlekaraktär. Känns som en superkandidat att slänga i källaren några år till. Men visst fan går det att dricka nu.

Szulo (178) - Płock, POLAND - MAR 13, 2017
Piana drobna, gęsta, pozostaje wraz z piciem mała warstewka. Barwa rubinowa, opalizująca. Aromat bogaty słodycz, melasa, miód, daktyle, rodzynki, figi. Jeden łyk wystarczy żeby wykleić podniebienie. Alkoholu nie czuć w ogóle.

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