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style
Brewed by Alus Darbnica Labietis
Style: Barley Wine
Riga, Latvia
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   IBU: 49   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Redzesloku paplašinošs miežvīns. Cukurgailīti atgādinošo iesalainumu papildina vaivariņu, priežu pumpuru un Centennial apiņu svķainais rūgtums, kurš sevī ieskauj miežvīnam atbilstošā alkohola daudzuma sīvumu. Teicams alus ilgstošai briedināšai.

"Magic Forest"
A malty barley wine with distinct caramel backbone, that evens out the high alcohol content and the resinous bitterness of wild rosemary, pine spruce and Centennial hops. Perfect for further aging.

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3.5
fonefan (53735) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2016

Draught @ 7th Borefts Beer Festival 2015, Brouwerij de Molen, Bodegraven, Netherlands.

[ As Labietis Pokainu Mežs ].
Unclear medium brown color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, chocolate, dark malt, pine, spruce, rosemary. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, spicy, rosemary, pine, spruce, alcohol, dark malt, caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to lively. [20150925]

3.6
cgarvieuk (27059) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 25, 2015
Tap at Borefts 2015... Deep brown.. Thin tan lacing... Soft big berries nose... Soft sweet toffee fruit.. Soft toffee malts

3.1
Beerhunter111 (24340) - Beerland, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2015
Trübes dunkel orange goldenes Bier mit einer geringen weißen Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Gewürzen, Zimt, Karamell, leicht hopfig. Geschmack süß malzig, Karamell, Zucker, leicht alkoholisch.

3.3
Koelschtrinker (23070) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 27, 2015
Süßlicher, karamellmalziger Antrunk. Mild herb-getreidig, etwas Alkohol. OK. 10/10/11/11//11

3.6
Theydon_Bois (22350) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2015
Keg at BBF 7, Bodegraven, 25/09/15. Hazed mahogany to chestnut brown with a decent beige cap that dissipates to edgeing. Nose is caramel malt, mellow dark fruit shreds, earthy hop, sweet toffee. Taste comprises candied fruit peel, caramel, light pine, earthy, toffee. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Solid first beer that I have tried from these guys, well rounded and balanced, not too sweet, drinks below the ABV.

4
FatPhil (17745) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 22, 2015
UPDATED: APR 29, 2016 Tap (Metenis 2015, Riga) (8:4:8:4:16=4.0)
My goodness, a brilliant barley wine aroma - rich and malty, nice woodiness too, but more sweet than woody. Very full palate, soft carbonation. Beautifully sweet malty body, some herbal aspects, even some mint. A beautiful barleywine, a lovely sipper. Absolutely nails the style. Finish has soft bitter hops, and some berries. First beer of the festival - always good to start on a 11.4% beer - but the beer I returned to at the end too, it was so delicious. Bought a bottle too - lets see if it can stand up to 5 years of ageing as a barley wine like this should.
Man, I’d have loved to have had this as #10000 rather than #9999, but alas it couldn’t be arranged - it was nice to know you were thinking of me as you were brewing it though - cheers, Edgars, a great brewer and a great guy generally!
Rerate: Tap (TCBW2016) (7+:4:7+:4:15=3.7++)
Lovely berries in this sample. Super full palate - yum!

3.4
Benzai (17009) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2015
Sampled @ Borefts 2015. Hazy red-brown color, beige head. Smell and taste malts, dark fruits, sweetish, red fruits, decent bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.

3.6
Stuu666 (16080) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2015
Keg at borefts. Pours hazy orange, nose is toffee, pine, taste is sweet, herbal, floral.

2.6
DSG (15759) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 18, 2015
[9/25/15] Draught sample at Borefts Beer Festival 2015 in Bodegraven. Cloudy amber. Aroma of malt, caramel, dark fruits, spices, hops. Sweet-spicy flavor with spruce, caramel, fruitiness, bitter hops, and a bit of alcohol. Medium to full-bodied.

3.1
kermis (15420) - Amsterdam-ish, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2015
Tap at Borefts ’15. Pours cloudy brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, fruits, strange dried herbal mix, pine and toffee. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.


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