DraftDodger (1948) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2018
Copenhagen 16/3 2018. 50 cl bottle from Meny. Stark Raving Mad Elk on the label on the label. Recommended by the Brewery as a Beer you cann drink to your Christmas Dessert. Pours dark reddish Brown with small bubbly white head. Disappears after 10 seconds leaving only faint traces of foam. No lacing. Aroma is very sweet and intense on the verge of being cloying. Sweet sugar, sweet Cherries with acidic tart notes and faint notes of chocolate. Low carbonation and thick oily texture. Flavor is sweet, dark berries. Heavy, sugary sweetness. Followed by tart acidic sourness from the Cherries. Aftertaste has fine balance of sweetness and acidity. A bit too heavy on the berries for my taste. But manages to hide the impressive ABV quite well - and not a bad take on Christmas Beer. Alengrin (6184) - BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2018
Fruit barleywine with cherries and orange peel, older 50 cc bottle from De Caigny. Medium thick, ‘dirty pinkish’-tinged off-white head, quite moussy and stable around the edge but quickly reduced to flat islands in the middle, over an initially cristal clear, very deep and warm vermillion-hued copper red beer, hazy and a touch more brownish with sediment. Aroma initially reeks very strongly of concentrated gravy and beef stock, but this rather uninviting effect fades a bit after a while, unveiling notes of indeed sweet cherry juice, blackberry jam, cranberry sauce and elderberry syrup – a lot of sweet, sugary and only mildly acidic fruit, in other words, next to background impressions of melting blonde sugar, marmalade (rather than actual orange peel), tomato concentrate, damp leaves, stewed red cabbage, raspberry vinegar, red wine, caramel candy. Notably sweet main flavour, lots of sweet cherry but also cranberry and elderberry, even grenadine-like aspects in the onset, sugary and even sticky, but partially balanced by an underlying, passionfruit- and apple-like sourness; softish carbo, smooth and very resinous, even bit cloying mouthfeel, feeling thinner than expected from a 10% ABV barleywine. The slick caramelly malt core carries the sugary fruit sweetness onwards to a sweet, still rather cloying finish, wherein the initial acidic aspect also lingers a bit, yet insufficiently so to balance out the sweetness. Hop bitterness, if any, remains very low and hidden faraway in the background, alcohol is unsurprisingly more prominent and provides a liqueurish, warm afterglow. This is a very weird concoction, if you ask me: way too sweet even for an English style barleywine, feels more like a high ABV sweet fruit beer really, but with more depth, complexity and balancing sourness to it. The cherries provide flavours reminiscent of sweet ripe berries more than actual cherry and the orange peel is a bit lost in the whole. Probably the sample was a tad too old already, but in any case this is not really my kind of beer, the sticky sweetness and that beef stock aroma bothering me the whole time. Poorest Hornbeer for me personally so far. Sigmund (8254) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2018
500 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10%. Dark reddish brown colour, large off-white head. Aroma of cherries, malts, caramel, brown sugar, oak, chocolate and orange peel. The flavour is moderately sour with notes of sour cherries, red wine vinegar, oak and orange peel. Moderate hops. Holmen2 (4488) - NORWAY - JAN 29, 2018
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 29.01.18. Cloudy chestnut. Beige head. Aroma and taste of sour dark malt, berries, rasins, brittle, roasted nuts, roasted almonds and acidity. Dry and astringent. tandembrauer (1738) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2018 On tap at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy amber with off-white head. Aroma of cherries, some chocolate. Tastes slightly sour with some bitterness. Thin to medium bodied, sour finish.
Jorn69 (3503) - SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2017
Beer tasting @ fillepolo 20171227. Bottle (500 ml) from Boxbeers.dk. Malty, spicy and caramely, cherries, sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, sweet, malty and spicy. Gaultier (1946) - SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2017 Beer tasting @ fillepolo 27/12-17. Bottle from Boxbeers.com. Fruity with cherries, also acidic. Body is medium, the finish is fruity with cherries. fillepolo (1265) - SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2017 Bottle from boxbeers.dk. Pours a redish colour beer with a medium head. Fruity with cherries and vinegear. Well balanced. Dry finish. Casper0904 (687) - DENMARK - AUG 3, 2017
Fantastic BW. So great for Christmas. Lots of cherry and so fresh and powerfull. nybol (2800) - DENMARK - JUL 12, 2017
Hm.... Ja, når jeg drikker en Barley wine, regner jeg med at få en tyk alkoholstærk øl. Jeg får så en mellemting mellem barley winen og en geuze...... Hørnbeer foreslår selv at den kan bruges til risengrød. Jo, det ville jeg nok også vælge den til.