Baden Baden Red Ale Especial | Cervejaria Baden Baden

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Cervejaria Baden Baden

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by soper2000 on 12-14-2004

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by WoodBrew:
Photo of WoodBrew
2.12/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tried this beer at the Figuira Restaurant in Sao Paulo. This is a big beer and now I see why. The label says red ale, but beer advocate lists it as a barleywine...which is now why I didnt like it. Not a barleywine fan and do not share the smae enjoyment with this beer as the 11 previous reviewers. The beer was rich red with white head. The smell and taste were dominated by alcohol, with mild presence of malt/grain. The mouthfeel was bad due to the high ABV that was not well balanced. Sorry...this was not a beer I enjoyed.

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Photo of mocktm
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
Validoate 18Jul12
9.2% 600 ml
A- This beer pours a dense clear deep red-garnet body with a thick creamy head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a gentle sea of microcarbonation that works its way to the surface.

S- The dry rich caramel has some toffee notes and some jammy notes come through as it opens. The finish has a wet clay and woody caramel finish with a hint of green hops.

T- The rich caramel malt turns brassy as the beer opens up and a soft green dry hop flavor pokes through in the finish. There is a slight tartness and woody character to the hop bitterness that lingers after the sip.

M- the medium mouthfeel has a nice warming alcohol heat that compliments the malt flavors very nicely.

O- The nice full hop bitterness and alcohol warmth really support the malt flavors making this a unique but very nice barley wine and I think this would really age nicely, if I had more.

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Photo of denisconrado
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Super-Wednesday tasting with another gift Kel dear, enjoying the late winter. Appearance: Red, translucent, creamy foam with average fugacity, helping to maintain temperature. Aroma: Fruity Malt. Taste: alcohol at the inlet and outlet, think BBGolden brings more flavor; this felt that the aroma of the flavor, at least lacks the metal.

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Photo of srbcurti
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of schiaveto
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Baden Baden Red Ale could be named easily "Baden Baden Barley Wine". This excelent beer is produced in the State of São Paulo, in a microbrewerie located in the city of Campos do Jordão. Alcohol content is 9,2%. Recipe includes chocolate and caramel malt, Malt extract and glucose syrup.
Toffe and caramel aroma, alcoholic, warming beer. Well balanced bitterness. One of the best brazilian beers in my opinion. Baden Baden Brewerie and Eisenbahn Brewerie (Blumenau, SC) are currently producing excelent beers, and they will soon be followed for many other small breweries all over the country.

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Photo of errantnight
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


This was the third beer I'd had while staying here at the Hilton Hotel in Sao Paulo... and what a step up.

Pours a rich, deep ruby/mahogany, crystal clear, with a rich, thick, luxurious head that is there until the very last drop, with awesome lacing. This is how I want all my rich, amber ales to look like. Perfect. Without flaw.

Aroma is big time hops... floral and bright, with a rich, malty sweetness. This reminds me more of some strong American Reds than it does any English Barleywine I've ever met.

Taste is extremely hop forward, bright and floral. Malty sweetness hits mid-palate and runs richly through the finish, but it's not cloying at all. Bitterness is bracing and balancing, and is impeccably smooth.

It's a little thin, but super smooth, just awesome carbonation. Silky smooth.

Drinkability is excellent, big malt and hop flavors and smooth mouth work well together, but it's a little thin, which takes just a note away.

I'm not sure where this is available outside Brazil, if anywhere, but I'd recommend searching this out, and if you make it to Brazil... it's a must-try.

Here's to more from Baden Baden!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phatz
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BitterBeerFace for bringing this back from Brazil. Bob explained that in all his time in Brazil this is hands down the best beer he had in the country. I can see why. What an impressive beer micro brewed in a country not known for spectacular beer. Thanks for sharing my friend.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with a white head. Nice clarity.

Smeel: Sweet dark malts, booze and a spiced rum attribute, hints of caramel and fruits.

Taste: This is a dominantly sweet big boozy Barley Wine. It has toffee caramel chocolate and coffee flavors to go with that rum attribute.

Mouthfeel: Warmingly alcoholic and yet soothingly sweet and sticky.

Drinkability: It is not a poundable, chuggable beer at it's size but I certainly wanted more. I would consider it drinkable.

Brazil; be proud of this one.
Thanks again Bob.

Hope this is helpful,

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Photo of Flavio_Gama
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of sfoley333
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle ( label says red ale) at Anhanguera Bar in Sao Paulo. Poured into Baden Baden glass. Poured a red copper color with thick white head nice retention. Smells of sweet toffee, thick malt aroma, and hint of alcohol. Taste is rich carmel flavors, bourbon bread pudding, slight rasin and plum flavors. Mouthfeel like all of Baden Baden beers is incredible smooth, which helps makes this beer while full body drink a lot easier. By the way I had this beer with an Alesmith Dead by Dawn red that I brought from Carlsbad. While the Alesmith was the hands down favorite this beer wasnt that far off in votes at the table.

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Photo of dandy14
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The apperance is of a really nice red, a bit of amber too. The foam is quite persistant.
Too much alcoholic and with a great bitterness.
Some berries in the flavour and aroma (strawberry, raspeberry and cherry), a bit of wine flavour too - quite interesting this beer. Unfortunately, the alcohol takes too much space in the aroma and taste.
I guess it would be better if I drink it with some red meat or don't drink as much as I did..

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Photo of leonardopacu
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark reddish appearance, moderate persistent and beige foam.
malted odor, docicado, fruity.
Moderate body, with a final and lasting sweetened.
moderately sweet flavor, moderate bitterness.
alcohol very well set, does not feel its entirety.
perhaps the best beer in Brazil ..

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Photo of Monks
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DanLowery
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of vandeir_bochi
2.59/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Humbaz
4.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Paracatu
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Etrusco
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Tarso
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of factoide
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

It does not look and tast like a barleywine to me.

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Photo of caiotosao
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer, strong roasty flavor and a little caramel smell.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Baden Baden is no longer "craft" as it was bought out by Heineken and has since lowered its quality and raised prices to maximize distribution potential and profits. The majority of the malts used are not barley, but adjuncts.
That said, this one is by far the best BB beer I've tasted. It pours a clear dark amber with a high foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Like all BB beers, it looks a little fizzy and over-carbonated. It smells of caramel malts and some toasted malts, plum, fig, raisins, some grain. The taste includes the warm/dried fruits, caramel malt sweetness, some darker and more roasted malts, alcohol, and some bitter hops. The bitterness augments towards the finish but the finish itself is fairly short and balanced. Body is a sturdy medium, and carbonation is a bit too high as expected. The alcohol has a nice punch at 9.2%. Overall, pretty well done.

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