Brewed by Holgate Brewhouse
Style: Barley Wine
Woodend, VIC, Australia
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
A barrel-aged and triple-fermented barley wine, this precious and rare concoction from the boys at Holgate Brewhouse weighs in at a devilish 12.5% abv. The warming effects of this strong beer are followed by a bold and assertive character derived from a French oak barrel still carrying a trace of Pinot Noir and a judicious application of a special blend of barrel-hops. Beer drinkers beware...this beer has balls!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (27375) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle at Papsø. Cloudy orange red coloured with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, hops, dried fruits and grape fruits. Fruity flavour of caramel, liquorice, hops and grape fruits with notes of alcohol. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (36506) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2010
Bottled. A hazy deep red beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has notes of spices, malt, caramel, and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and alcohol, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (12031) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2010
cloudy brown smooth white head. nice sweet malty aroma, good bw aroma. toffee. caramel flavor is hoppy, spicy, malty, quite bitter for a barley wine, pretty tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (43355) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2010
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma is caramelish and slight fruity. Thick caramelish and distinct bitter. Dark toffee malty, sharp and yet sweet. Subdued fruity. Bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11655) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2010
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Fluffy beige head. aroma of fruits, sweetness, spice. Flavour of ripe fruits, sweetenss, spice, loads of liqourice, Medium to full bodied. Dry liqourice dense end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of bluebetty. Pours a hazy dark amber with a lacing off-white head. The nose is nutty with some wood, roasted malt and dry caramel. Medium body, surprisingly well-carbonated, spicy, woody notes, a whiff of smoke and dry overripe fruit. Extremely dry, surprisingly for the style, but it makes it very drinkable. Some bittering hops in the finish, but this really ain’t a hoppy beer. A very different - but interesting - take on a Barley Wine. 241010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle. Hazy brownish amber pour with a fizzy beige head that quickly diminishes to a ring around the surface. Malty, woody aroma has notes of honey, caramel, brandy, brown sugar and pinot noir as well as a hint of fruity hops, both citrus and tropical. The flavour is fruitier and more vinous but stil has a strong malt backbone; with notes of toffee, honey, passionfruit, pineapple, grapefruit, oak and grapes. Sticky, oily mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a lingering, slightly roasty, bittersweet finish. Was delighted to get my hands on one of these babys and I wasn’t disappointed. A very well crafted beer, the balance tips a bit towards sweet fruitiness in the flavour, but otherwise this is damn good. Wish I had another to cellar for a year or two...

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