Barleywine Ale - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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4.13/5 rDev +16.3%
There are quite a few different versions of this Barleywine. As far as I know, the beer was brewed first in 2009 for the beermagazine bier.pur. There was also a 2010 bier.pur version with adapted hop contribution, notably Aurora (Super Styrian) from the hopfields around in the region. Furthermore, Calvados barrel aged versions and even brett versions.
Mine was the 2010 version and I picked it up early this summer at the brewery. If I remember it right, there was only one more bottle left in their shop.
Pours a clear copper body with only little amount of foam. Some finee bubbles. No lacing, some fingers.
Malts, caramel and faint roast, dark berries like black currant, dark Austrian bread, volatile alcohol carries the aromas but does not booze. Nice and complex.
Starts out malt sweet like a dark Doppelbock but is enhanced by those tical port flavors, dries out, leaves the mouth on a gentle bitter note and warms from the alcohol.
Little but gentle carbonation that lifts the medium to heavy towards oily body. Some dryness and some alcohol heat.
This is a well aged Barleywine that plays into the field of a Doppelbock especially considering the malt choices. I am glad I picked this one up and my wife too.
07-31-2014 19:27:17 | More by safaricook
4.43/5 rDev +24.8%
On tap over at the Pride, listed as Sour Barleywine and I'd say that's a better description because this isn't like most Barleywines.
Pours an amber color in a tulip glass, decent sized light tan head, sticks around for awhile although there isn't much lacing.
Smell has a nice toffee aroma with touches of dark fruit and a subtle citrusy sour scent in the way back.
Taste starts out with a mild sourness along with a strong caramel malt backing, very nice dark fruit complexity, the tartness builds on each subsequent sip but never becomes too strong to make you pucker too much, sweet but not even close to being too much or cloying, this would make a good beer to break people into sours provided they don't think "it went bad", carbonation is a touch high compared to other barleywines but works for this beer, strength is well hidden and I never got that alcohol warming feeling (at least in the mouth).
08-30-2013 18:55:32 | More by deltatauhobbit
2.9/5 rDev -18.3%
Here goes my first Austrian tick. Picked this one up at West Lakeview Liquors. Appearance is a deep tawny with tame head. A bit of cloudiness here, and some lacing left behind. The nose is rich and malty. Notes of dark fruit, red grapes, caramel, and molasses come through. Not picking up any barrel character. Taste is super sweet and fruity up front. This taste more like a doppelbock than a barleywine. Again, heavy grape candy like flavor with tons of of sweetness and minimal hop presence. Finish is sweet, nearly cloying. Again, no barrel character. Mouthfeel is heavy with low carbonation. Overall, quite disappointed by this. It doesn't really taste like a barleywine and the wooden barrels is claims to have been aged in are absent from both the smell and taste. At 5.49 for a 11.2 ouncer, I will gladly pass on this in future occasions.
09-05-2012 06:22:14 | More by homebrew311
2.65/5 rDev -25.4%
2009 is the year in which this beer was produced.
Murky brown with loose lacing and collar.
Aroma has some alcohol, pecans, dry toffee.
Flavors all around are sorta dry for a barleywine. There is not much hiding the low 8% alcohol, it stands out more then i would expect. Dry toffee and nutty notes, some off Metallica notes and Dark Fruit.
Dry and light for the style.
Another Barleywine slayed.
06-26-2012 04:19:49 | More by ChadQuest
3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
12 oz from Auslander. 2009 vintage pours a supa hazed brown color with minimal tan head and lacing.
Nose is nicely oxidized malt that totally smells like Kit-Kat bars and chocolate covered raisins floating in some Sam’s Choice Cola. Smells good, I like it quite a bit.
Taste is light and caramel, less sweet than I thought it would be…lighter body too. There is still a leafy, grassy hop finish that is nice. The main driver is caramel and toffee… and lots of it. If I had it blind, I don’t know what I would think. I guess English BW since BA is down right now. ABV is well hidden, although its not really that high at 8.3%. This beguiling, yet straightforward beer has been able to keep me interested all the way through and my random musings are now at an end, alas the glass is empty. Very fun beer to have Chris, and I wont be forgetting my first Austrian barleywine anytime soon!
03-18-2012 17:16:48 | More by twiggamortis420
3.93/5 rDev +10.7%
Bought a 11.2 FL.OZ. bottle of this from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO for $4.39 (discounted price!). Poured from the dark tan/brown labeled bottle w/ beer barrels & wheat on the front into a 16oz Dewey's Pizza Pint Glass. Has BREWED IN YEAR "2009" / CHG No "11" on the back of the bottle.
Aroma- Has a great amount of malt and caramel notes from the get go. Semi-rich but mostly smooth and easy going on the nose. Appreciate it since this is an English Barleywine and not an American version.
Appearance- Pours a less than .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has a rich amber/caramel looking body with semi-haziness. Leaves TONS of rings of lacing and suds down the glass.
Flavor- A nice subtle, sweet, and heavily caramel influenced barleywine. Tons of toffee and complexed flavors throughout. Light bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Semi-Chewy but smooth, and then leaves toffee on the palate.
Overall Impression- Very subtle and light richness! Enjoyed the toffee and caramel flavors throughout also. Would love to pick up more of this and lucky to have gotten a discounted bottle. Recommend for an English Barleywine!
01-07-2012 17:34:25 | More by DCon
3.4/5 rDev -4.2%
A- Pours a dark brownish color with a light tan with a some lacing around the glass.
S- The aroma is a lot of sweet malt, dark fruits and a touch of hops.
T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt, dark fruits and a a little metallic twang in the finish as well.
M- The mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodies with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O- Overall, this is a pretty average Barleywine. Not horrible, but not great either.
11-15-2011 03:08:03 | More by cjgator3
3.48/5 rDev -2%
Pours a see through burgundy. Smell is weak. All raisin. Nothing else. Taste is better. Pretty much all raisin, but it works well. Very refreshing and drinkable. No layers, just raisin. Barely any carbonation, which really works for this beer. Overall, one dementional, all raisin. It's still good, but no layers at all, nothing special. Definitely not worth 6 bucks for a 12 oz bottle. Good, Drinkable, Nice, but I won't buy this again. Just nothing to it at all.
08-09-2011 00:25:36 | More by 1Adam12
3.35/5 rDev -5.6%
11.2oz bottle with a Brewed in Year on the back of 2009. Pours a murky, muddy brown color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Mimimal lacing. Aromas of caramel, booze, brown sugar, raisins and other dark fruits. Malty. Taste is mostly of caramel and brown sugar. Some alcohol flavor, of course, but not a whole lot. The ABV isn't too high for a barleywine so I guess it is expected. A bit of a taste of dark fruits, but mostly this beer is sweet. Pretty easy drinking for a barleywine. Overall, an alright barleywine, but I don't ever have to have it again.
07-17-2011 06:20:20 | More by PicoPapa
3.6/5 rDev +1.4%
11.2 oz twist off bottle.
It pours like the standard Barleywine, odd that it is out of Austria. It is a beautiful deep reddish brown with a foamy, frothy off-white head that sticks for ever, receding to some nice lacing.
The smell is a bit one-dimensional. It is huge on the caramel, just a caramel bomb. There is some golden raisin int here as well. It smells like a prototypical English Barleywine.
The flavor is not as sweet or carmally as I would have expected. Instead it is slightly bitter with a huge fruitiness and an underlying of malt sweetness. The sweetness is like another reviewer said, more like a regular sugar than caramel.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin and I think that is what irks most people with this one.
A decent barleywine.
03-10-2011 02:47:07 | More by crossovert
District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
Correct take on a barleywine, pleasing without anything particularly remarkable.
Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Front label offers an illustration of barrels and barley in a brown color orange. Back notes signature of brewmaster and main ingredients. Shows brewing year (2009 11), and 8.3% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.
A - Amber brown pour, with a short and short lived head, minimal surface memory and lacing.
S - Shy nose, malty and sweet with a boozy edge.
T - Taste offers a fair sweet malty range with adequate bitterness completing it. Nothing much else actually, dash of generic dark fruit, and sugar.
M - Medium body with medium carbonation.
D - Good flow, correct, but nothing memorable.
Notes: Glad to have tried it. And coming from central Europe this is a great offering, in particular if one is around there. As an import... Not so exciting, really.
03-01-2011 01:54:26 | More by Daniellobo
3.8/5 rDev +7%
Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, slight hops, hint of grain, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of an English Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of hop, slight yeast, and hint of grain. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and mouth feel. Body is a little weak, though.
01-02-2011 02:08:17 | More by Tone
2.88/5 rDev -18.9%
Brewed in 2009. Equal parts copper, orange and brick red topped with a slim slice of khaki colored froth that gets the job done. Small splotches of smeary lace are pleasing to the eye without being eye candy.
The aroma is not English barleywine-like. In fact, there isn't much aroma at all. Warming brings a toasted brown bread earthiness and hints of fruit brandy. Hopes are definitely not high at this point.
Barleywine Ale doesn't have much going for it on the taste buds either. If blinded, my guess would have been caramel-malted Euro strong ale from Albania or Bulgaria. That might be a bit harsh, but it isn't far off the mark.
Flavors include well-toasted brown bread, steely caramel, baked nuts and lemon-infused saccharine-sweetened iced tea. That might sound okay (though odd for the style), but it doesn't taste okay. There's no depth, no breadth, and no complexity. Alcohol is decently buried, for whatever that's worth.
As always, it's difficult to sort out the mouthfeel when the flavor profile grabs so much attention. Given what most (even semi-aged) English barleywines feel like, this ale is slightly above average. More heft and better buried bubbles would have helped.
Barley Wine Ale is not as good as Kubelbier (the only other offering that I've had from this brewery), and that beer wasn't anywhere close to the cat's pajamas. My advice: pass this one by unless you gotta catch 'em all (Pokeman reference).
12-27-2010 13:20:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a ruby color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Very good lacing.
S: A decent aroma of hops, caramel and some fruit.
T: Tasted of caramel, hops, plums, and some other dark fruits up front, but was surprisingly watery in the finish. A mixed bag in this category. Not as robust as other English barleywines.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp finish. Medium-bodied.
D: This is an uneven beer, but not entirely undrinkable.
11-02-2010 12:36:47 | More by avalon07
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
I spotted this beer and thought it was worth a try. A barley wine from Austria.
It poured a very dark brown with an off white head.
Nose is very malty with some fruit such as plum blended in
Taste is somewhat earthy with some fruit malt is also a part of the mix.
Mouth feel is a little too effervescent. The beer comes across as not having a complete taste. Interesting taste but it does need something else.
08-22-2010 23:36:55 | More by daledeee
Barleywine Ale from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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