Baronen - Hantverksbryggeriet AB

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Sweden

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The name means "the Baron". All the brews from this micro brewery got names from medieval titles.

2005 edition: 9% ABV.

(Beer added by: bark on 10-08-2005)
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3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. 2009 bottle.

Appearance - Pours a clear amber with a strong reddish hue. Nice off white head for a beer of this gravity. Doesn't retain so well, but still an impressive showing.

Smell - Definitely has an alcohol aroma, but it isn't overpowering at all. Light malts in abundance, giving it a grainy aroma. Maybe some sherry and apple notes.

Taste - Much more of a light caramel flavor here. Just a hint of the darker sugars and a strong bready malt character. The apple aspect is less intense. Finishes with a hint of dryness and a strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Dry and very bitter. Not as boozy as I would have expected. It's a sipper, but I find myself finish it faster than I would have thought.

Overall - Tasty with an interesting take on the malt character. Shies away from being a standard caramel bomb of an English barleywine and instead goes for the slightly oxidized pale malt notes. Interesting and kinda nice.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear deep chestnut amber brew, an off-white head, good lacing and some curtains.

Smelling of toffee, muffin batter, butter scotch, nuts and almonds. Some vanilla.

Starting with brown bread, brown sugar, syrup, dates, raisins, some bitter orange peel. Eggnog.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, smooth, oily, sticky. A warm feeling (of alcohol), a big body.

A very sweet and warm barley wine. A real candy shot. Wonder how it will mature. This was the 2010 vintage, 10% ABV.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

English style barleywine for sure, as tastes maple and caramel. Good mouthfeel, but a complexity of malt rather than adding in some bitterness for good measure. Some colour and head. A sipper, yet good drinkability over a meal at that.A little boozy. Trade with continent.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. Label says 2009.

A- Pours a murky dark copper color with a 1/4 inch head that fades at once to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and spotty surface foam. Resilient clots of lacing.

S- Blast of oak, malt sweetness and alcohol. Some astringency. Hops have a big hand in the aroma too, bringing a slight citrus smell along with it. This is one that seems to be firing on all cylinders. Minty?

T- Intense flavor upfront with all of the elements in the aforementioned aroma section, but then it levels off into a smooth, pleasant finish. Extremely well-balanced with no ingredient overriding the other. Bitter aftertaste and notes of oak plus toffee. Astringency and booze are toned down in the flavor compared to the aroma.

M- Surprisingly easygoing for the intensity of flavor and alcohol it carries. Not overly dry but certainly has a bit of sting in the front. Medium-low carbonation has held up for the 2+ years it's been sitting.

O- What a gem! Would have never known about it if it weren't for Total Wine & More's vast selection of imports. One of the best barleywines I've laid lip to.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium orange-brown amber, almost toffee colored. Nice one finger fine white head with good retention and lacing. A light caramel malt and faint light fruit aroma. Constant, attractive carbonation. Looks nice. Delicious caramel malt, toffee, raisins, complex fruit flavor. A bit of a hop bite at the finish. Nicely balanced and integrated. Medium to heavy bodied and creamy. I really liked this barleywine. I wish it wasn't so pricey.

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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 01/24/2012
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2009
Glass: Half Acre Chalice

Pours a light brown in color w/ a 1/2 finger white head that leaves minimal lacing. Aromas of bouquet of fruits comprised of dark fruits(raisin/plum/fig) and light fruits(apple/pear), and some basement mustiness. The atste was big fruit up front as described in the nose, followed by caramel/toffee, and finished w/ mild hop bite and basement mustiness. Borderline medium bodied, almost thin, but rich in flavor. Easy to drink, rich, but not cloying at all.

Overall, this brew really surprised me. Kind of like one of those cars you call a "sleeper". On the outside the car is rusted and really looks like hell, but little do you know that it has about 600HP due to the $50K soaked into the motor and tranny. Good brew, but also very strange.

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3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 Bottle.

Appearance: Slips out a clear, amber-edged, dark golden body with a smallish, but fairly persistent, near white head.

Smell: An even split of sweet-scented clover honey, simple syrup, and caramel ahead of florals, pureed fruit, and plenty of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and deeply fruity with toothsome tastes of fresh honey, syrup, and light-colored caramel. Bready base malts. Figgy fruitiness. Mild oxidation giving a hint of sherry. Subdued hop character and bitterness. It's a bit boozy, the Baronen, particularly on the heated, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: A beer that barely achieves and never exceeds being merely OK.

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3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle into a tulip.

A: Looks a bit light for a big barleywine. Similar to a coppery IPA in color. Head retention is surprisingly good, and the head itself is a surprising pearl white. Doesn't look right for a barleywine.

S: Malty, but very small aroma. Some caramel and vanilla, bit of cardboard though. Does have some English malt aroma, but it really is faint.

T: Where is this flavor coming from!? Dull appearance and aroma...very nice on the palate? Full of nice bready malts and wonderful sweetness. Still has a bit of alcohol bite. Nice raisin and fig character, with definite signs of age. Think this might be near its end as far as aging goes.

M: Body is a bit light, carbonation is still biting and it really strays from what is expected from the style. Finishes sweet with the carbonation prickling the tongue.

O: Not sure if age did this one wrong, or if it was poor from the start. I suppose a Swedish English Barleywine is a bit of a stretch.

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4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage: Purchase at Capones

Clear dark caramel hue yielding a 3/4" white head that quickly fades to a fizzled cap....

Smell: nice caramels...figs..resinous earthy hops....dark fruit and honey suckle...

Taste: definitely smooth dark fig malts...as it warms it really brings out the caramel....nutty side...some heat but very well disguised for the high abv it has....somewhat similar to j.w. lees...faint brandy notes

Mouthfee: nice smooth chewyness...great sipper

overall a very good rendition and offering...

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Baronen from Hantverksbryggeriet AB
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