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Copper Snow Barleywine Style-ale - Xbeeriment I/S

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Copper Snow Barleywine Style-aleCopper Snow Barleywine Style-ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 01-09-2013)
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Reviews by metter98:
Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy caramel amber in color; close inspection of the sides of the glass reveals a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts and grapefruit and pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel and some malty sweetness, but for the most part the sweetness is balanced off by the underlying hops, which contribute slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some faint hints of warming from the alcohol. No stickiness is present.
O: This beer is currently listed as an American Barleywine, but seems to be more reminiscent of an English Barleywine because the hops aren't as prominent in the taste. It's a nice beer to sip and isn't too difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

metter98, Feb 13, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
01199 on bottle
A- This beer pours a slightly dense clear deep aged copper body with a wall of microbubbles that support a thick sticky light tan head that sticks to the glass in sheets.

S- The hint of iodine is soon gone and a very light dry toasted malt comes through. There is a touch of butter aroma in the finish.

T- The dry toasted malt has some sweetness that grows as the beer opens. There is a spicy carbonic acid flavor that follows with some green brassy hops that linger. There is some softer British yeast esters that come through as the beer opens a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz that tingles the tongue in the finish an no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has some nice malt flavors but they are a bit dry and one-dimensional. The carbonic acid and hop bite start to cover all the malt flavors and make it hard to enjoy.

rhoadsrage, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of RickS95
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle

The pour is a really rich looking, dark brown. It's got lots of spicy looking stuff in it. The head is a finger thick, has moderate retention and a decent lace.

You can tell from the scent that this beer means business. Despite being from Denmark, this has the American style down pat. Lots of malt, mostly caramel it seems, a boatload of hops, some citrus, some biscuit, a bit of pine and a heaping of alcohol.

An initial splash of cola, undertones of citrus, earthy flowers, dark fruits, pepper, and a skosh of alcohol.

Very easy on the palate for the type and for that much ABV. Slightly sweet, a bit acidic, highly bitter, and very alcoholic, but everything, while done in excess, never breaches crossing the line. Clearly a sipper, but easy to drink.

This beer is better than the sum of it's parts. It's quite tasty, certainly a hop bomb, but your palate never cries "Uncle." Really good stuff, and only $8.99 a bottle.

RickS95, May 27, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, I'd guess it's about a year old more or less. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a hazy copper color with about a half inch off-white head and some sediment floaties noticeable. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel, dark fruit, toffee, herbs, and some sweet malt. It tastes like caramel, dark fruit, molasses, herbs, toffee, and some booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's chewy, coating, and easy enough to drink. I thought it was a good enough brew, definitely worth a try if you've never had it before.

bluejacket74, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Another random import at Firkin, my first XBeeriment in a couple years. This stuff pours a clear copper (how thoroughly appropriate) topped by a finger of glowing khaki foam. The nose comprises funky wheat, lightly-funky lemon zest, caramel, light fennel, and light apricot. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some mild pine resin and a hint of mint. Everything also comes through sweeter in general. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a solid b-wine, one that, though it doesn't necessarily "wow" or anything, goes down incredibly easily and pleasantly.

TMoney2591, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

drewone, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

nmann08, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

10% ABV confirmed. 2012 vintage. Bottle served into a Samuel Smith's nonic at a tasting. Reviewed from notes; I was rushed at the tasting but bear with me.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness. Body colour is a rich copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Heavy caramel, biscuity malty sweetness, herbal notes, and floral hops. Evocative malty body. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Quite malty and a bit candied, with biscuity notes and stunted floral hops. Very well layered malty body. Caramel. Toffee. Balance is excellent. It's a classic malty barleywine; there's not much to say about its malts - but it's quite complex.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: Qutie drinkable and enjoyable, especially considering the high ABV. Well built for the style. I quite like it. I'd have this again. Tasty. Will age nicely.

B

kojevergas, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Chico1985
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Splitting a 500ml, a fitting beer to drink while preparing for another snowstorm. 2013 bottle.

Appearance - A kind of light amber color with lots of haze and floaties. Off-white head eventually forms a thick ring and patchy cap. Dots of lace.

Smell - Lots of candy caramel and toffee malts, some earthy and spicy hops there but sweet malts rule. Just a little bit of dark fruit. On the simple side, but malts are nice and rich.

Taste - Nice, big candy caramel malts all the way, buttery biscuit tones going on as well. Hops are light but definitely getting piny and earthy, maybe some mint there too. Black pepper, raisin.

Mouthfeel - Malty with a decent chewiness to it. nice lowish carbonation. Some alcohol warmth but pretty drinkable for 10%.

Overall - Despite the somewhat off-putting name this is a pretty nice beer. Sweet and rich malt profile with a just a bit of hop flavor showing through, and the spiciness is a unique touch. I have a few more bottles I will look forward to aging and consuming on cold, wintery nights much like this one.

Chico1985, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of codynevels
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

codynevels, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of QueerBeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

QueerBeer, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of oldvines
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

oldvines, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of beergoot
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark copper body with a relatively thin off-white head; lacing on the glass; lots of yeast sediment suspended in the body. Rich malt nose with solid hint of apricot; caramel and toffee. Excellent malt flavor; brown sugar and caramel; nice, understated hop bitterness and nicely subdued alcohol presence. Heavy body with an almost syrupy character; semi-dry finish.

Based on taste and mouthfeel, this is a really good brew for the style. It's like drinking a rich holiday sugar cookie. An excellent cap to my day while relaxing near a hardwood fire in the fireplace during a cold winter evening.

beergoot, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of cozmo
4/5  rDev +4.4%

cozmo, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

duceswild, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of edk218
5/5  rDev +30.5%

edk218, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of mxchap
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(served in a 15cL sample glass)

Appearance: Copper and transparent. Nice reddish hue.
Aroma: Fig and dates, crystal malt. Noticeable sulfur.
Taste: raisins, toffee, caramel, some malt, and fusel alcohols at the end.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and well-carbonated. A bit chewy and dry at the end.
Overall: A nice attempt at a smoother barleywine (feels more english than american). It's not a bad beer by any means, but it's not a great barleywine either.

mxchap, Mar 16, 2013
Copper Snow Barleywine Style-ale from Xbeeriment I/S
85 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.