Baden Baden Red Ale Especial | Cervejaria Baden Baden

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Baden Baden Red Ale EspecialBaden Baden Red Ale Especial

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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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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
2.12/5  rDev -44.4%
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 DoubleJ
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my beer related priorities was complete when I ordered a bottle of this at Salommão in São Paulo a few days ago. This beer has received good marks, so that obviously was the reason I wanted to try this beer. So on to it:

The first part of the beer pours murky brown, but pouring more into my glass gets a deep, dark red color with a nice head on top and good stick. The aroma is very fruity. Ester like. Entering the mouth, it is a smooth liquid, but with a sticky, viscous, and sugary body. Lots of flavor here. It's fruity and piney with a good hoppiness. There's burnt sugar and caramel notes hitting the palate. A slight astringent note puts a close to this massive beer.

Intense and tasty. My bottle seemed a little aged, and it was served way too cold at first. It took two hours of sipping and warming up to get this beer to its optimal level, which it almost lived up to my very high expectations. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer.

Oh, and why doesn't anyone import Baden Baden into the United States? Hello, Shelton Brothers!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

600 mL bottle,

A: Pours dark red with a full white head, excellent lacing.

S: Malt city, caramel, sugary, with a hint of orange and chocolate.

T: Big caramel, light earthy/grassy hops on the back end. Certainly a malt bomb. Some chocolate orange flavour as with the nose. Not a huge complexity compared to other English barleywines, but a good flavour.

M: Creamy, smooth, good body.

D: A nice barleywine. Thanks to Jon for bringing it back, glad to try it, a sure crowd pleaser in a big ale.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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 FLima
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber reddish color with an off white head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of molasses, red fruits and wood.
Flavor of caramel, cherries, raspberries, earthy and citrus hops and oak. Dry and fruity aftertaste, red fruits are very present here.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9.2% ABV is well hidden and harmonic after it starts to show up.
Likely the best Baden Baden. A Barley Wine with a good drinkability. Although a bit less complex than top average for the style, it is not shy and it compensates given the good deal of hops.
I have the impression that it improved from last time I had it (when I had found it with too much raw malt). Maybe I got use to the style. Anyway, it is definitely a great option to warm up the colder days.

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Photo of Phatz
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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 EdgarGerik
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml served in a Pokal glass.

A: Pours a reddish amber colour forming a medium, bubbled and aired yellow head. Medium retention and lots of lingering lacings formed and left in the glass. A small layer remains forever on the top

S: Sweet and malty in the nose. Toffee, caramel malts, crystal malts and candy sugar. Strong notes of dark fruits and dry dark fruits. Raisins, plums and date fruits. Notes of buttery dyacetil and citrus hops in the end

T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee, caramel malts, crystal malts, roasted malts. Dry dark fruits: raisins, plums and dates. Bready yeasts. Nice citrus hops bitterness in the end

M: Heavy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Sweet and crispy aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. One of the best Brazilian brews for sure

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz dark brown bottle. Freshness date on label.
This strong Red Ale is a Barley Wine.
It pours a nice root beer color with a yellowish beige head.
A dark rum fuminess rises up. A sweet nutty malt smell follows.
Flavors of toffee and sweet malt extract are quite potent. A mild taste of candy sugar and hint of mint linger in the background.
Sharp-edged orange zest and tart lime-like bitterness provide an ample hoppiness to counter the heavy maltiness. A slight peppery spiciness gives this brew a nice finishing taste.
Throughout, a taste of rum and fruit punch comes to mind.
This brew packs a wallop!

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Photo of CesarLopes
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of errantnight
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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 factoide
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Etrusco
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of srbcurti
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mocktm
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of vandeir_bochi
2.59/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of VitorDamasceno
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RaphaelSC
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber dark red with a creamy head with low retention, making a lacing in the end.

S: Caramel and herbal citric hops making a good remarkable bouquet.

T: Follows the nose with a surprise bitterness in the begginning, that become more alcoholic and sweet after some time.

M: Warmth alcoholic with low carbonation and very sweet aftertaste.

O: A good beer, but maybe too heavy, with all that sweetness and alcohol, I would prefer a dry beer than this sugar sticky one, still I think this beer is really consistent and well made. A good beer but not to my taste.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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 felipeprates
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Flavio_Gama
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MaSaiani
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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