Hantverksbryggeriet AB

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Hantverksbryggeriet AB
Barleywine - English
3.93 | pDev: 12.47%
Jul 29, 2019
Oct 08, 2005
Very Good
Notes: The name means "the Baron". All the brews from this micro brewery got names from medieval titles.

2005 edition: 9% ABV.
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Photo of bark
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by bark from Sweden

The colour is red-amber; the large head is compact and beige.

The smell is mild and a bit bitter. Notes of dried fruits and raisins. Do I find a synthetic hint of esters?

The taste is spicy with sweet notes of raisins, apricots, deep fry-oil, some alcohol and walnuts. A slowly growing bitterness and notes of fruit candy in the aftertaste.

The carbonation is mellow and soft. The liquid is thick. Overall mouthfeel is luxurious.

A very elegant and well crafted beer with a good bitterness in the finish.

Oct 07, 2008
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3.9 by AreSoms from Sweden on Jul 29, 2019
4 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Feb 26, 2017
3.56 by JamFuel from Sweden on Mar 06, 2016
3.54 by Heeenrik from Finland on Mar 03, 2016
3.79 by Waggman from Sweden on Jan 31, 2016
4.03 by Domvan from Texas on Oct 26, 2015
3.61 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden on Jul 21, 2015
Photo of TX-Badger
2.71/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by TX-Badger from Texas

2009 edition. Pours a hazy light brown with off-white head. Sweet malts and dark fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some funky malt. Just ok.

Jan 18, 2015
4.25 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 01, 2014
4.75 by UlfAndreas from District of Columbia on Nov 25, 2014
4.32 by Scsinger85 from Missouri on Oct 10, 2014
4.5 by GClarkage from California on Jul 08, 2014
3.5 by WynnO from Florida on Jul 07, 2013
3.5 by illidurit from California on Jun 25, 2013
4.25 by Imaster from Sweden on Jun 05, 2013
3.5 by Hultkrantz from Sweden on Jan 21, 2013
4 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia on Nov 25, 2012
3.75 by t0rin0 from California on Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

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.

Sep 02, 2012
Photo of rarbring
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rarbring from Sweden

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.

Jul 28, 2012
3.5 by aztraz from Sweden on Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

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.

Jun 24, 2012
5 by Harkrank from Sweden on Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Immortale25 from North Carolina

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.

May 01, 2012
4.5 by morningthief from Massachusetts on Mar 24, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by LiquidAmber from Washington

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.

Mar 04, 2012
Photo of mikeyv35
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mikeyv35 from New York

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.

Jan 29, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

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.

Jan 26, 2012
3 by Jenray from Texas on Nov 25, 2011
4 by patm1986 from New Jersey on Nov 18, 2011
4 by JAHMUR from Connecticut on Nov 16, 2011
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by kiddynamite920 from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 06, 2011
Photo of nuggetsofnectar
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by nuggetsofnectar from Pennsylvania

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 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...

Apr 27, 2011
Photo of vince4953529
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by vince4953529 from California

11.5% abv indicated on the label, again loving the whimsical label.

Color is a deep orange rustic amber color, with healthy carbonation for a barleywine.

Smell of yeast, sugar, and an assortment of fruity odors, very pleasant.

The taste began with a wave of aromatic sugary sweetness, the fruity taste followed and ended with taste of a mix of date and chestnut.

A sipper for sure, but smooth and enjoyable. An exceptional English barleywine from Sweden, but at $10 for a 11.2 oz bottle this is a once-in-awhile experience for me.

Mar 12, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by avalon07 from South Carolina

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very sharp aroma of hops, caramel, and some fruit.

T: An interesting flavor here. Caramel, raisins, hops, malt, and some other light fruits. Different from what you normally get in an English Barleywine, but very flavorful nonetheless.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very solidly made, drinkable beer.

Mar 11, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by woosterbill from Kentucky

Thanks to JAHMUR for sharing this obscure brew; poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Clear, very light amber body with a thin, fleeting white head. Ok, but extremely pale for the style.

S: Bizarre. Candied nonsense. Toasted hazelnuts. Vanilla sugar cookies. I kind of like it.

T: Big nutty malts are up front, with vanilla, candied fruit, toffee, and spicy alcohol backing everything up. Crazy flavorful, and interesting.

M: Medium body with light, fine carbonation. Very nice indeed.

D: Pretty good for the strength. I'm a fan.

Notes: This one was unlike any beer I've ever had, and defied easy categorization. Far from a traditional Barleywine (English or otherwise), my speculation as to its style was the imaginary "imperial altbier." The nutty, toasty maltiness goes pretty well with the sheer bigness that the alcohol lends. Enjoyable.


Mar 07, 2011
Photo of dqrull
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dqrull from Sweden

Looks really beautiful with a huge tan head, and an amazing deep red, almost crimson.

Notes of port and melted brown sugar, dried fruits, dates, raisins and prunes - a very interesting maltiness!

Really flavoursome. An almost overpowering presence of caramellized sugar, really huge, almost supressing the dark fruits that are still abundant. Figs, plums and dried peach come through, as well as a hint of apples and plums. A good note of red dessert wine as well, sweet.

Smooth and approprietly viscous, with a light carbonation, alm ost too light.

Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Crosling from Colorado

Bottle, Tegnérs Gömställe, Stockholm, Sweden. A deep orange/brown colored beer with a small head. Expressive smells of chocolate, brown sugar, sugared fruits and caramel. Flavor has nice balance, lots of taste, mostly malt accented and possesses notes of caramel and nuts. Quite a nice beer.

Jun 11, 2008
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