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Brewed by:
Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS
Denmark | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Phyl21ca on 08-16-2009

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3.9
pDev:
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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sherry fruit nose with a suggestion of vanilla and chocolate. Pours brilliant dark chocolate brown under a 2” off white rocky foam cap that produces excellent lace. The dance of dry and sweet on the palate suggests a bourbon filled chocolate with rich malts, vanilla, faint chocolate, sherry and a hint of dark fruit playing back and forth. The bitterness on the finish is more unsweetened chocolate than citrus rind. Very fine carbonation and a body that is lighter than the flavor or alcohol would suggest.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a criminally underrated barleywine right here, one of the best i have ever had. it has aged well, i think the bottle is at least three years old, thanks to grapevine wine and spirits for keeping it cold the whole time, what a trove of goodness that place is! clear maple syrup colored brew, tons of bubbles collecting into a fluffy inch of khaki head, soapy and airy and expanding. the aroma is beautiful floral honey and rich molasses, with some sherry wine notes as well as a deeply toasty barley malt base and some odd high gravity ale yeast thats real mature and loosely english it seems. the flavor is incredible too, more of the cool sugar layers, they have absolutely gotten the most out of the malt here, and time has done this well, nothing stale or oxidized here at all. its rich and sweet, honey and maple come to mind, unoaked i think, but there is a woody mellowness to this, maybe a function of this ale yeast, which i cant quite place. you know how sometimes you taste something that doesnt seem to make sense, like when you juice carrots they are real sweet? this has a similar thing going on, sherry and oak seem to be in here, but neither one is i dont believe. the booze is scare well hidden too, i get a little loose on this bottle. i couldnt believe the depth of flavor, the brightness, and the uniqueness here, truly one of the better examples of the style i can recall. i may have to go back and buy them out of it...

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A little darker than most barleywines I've tried. Beautiful two finger cocoa head, which sticks around and leaves wonderful lacing. Very dark copper color than it impossible to see through. Wonderful appearance on this barleywine.

S- Malt, hops, rum soaked fruit. Some alcohol as well. I wish the nose was a little stronger, and I'd bump it up a notch. Had to leave it at 4 though. Very nice and balanced, although on the weak side.

T- Very smooth and more malty compared to other barleywines I've had. Almost like a shake in consistency. The hops make a brief appearance on the front side, but quickly get overrun by malt, alcohol, and rum drenched fruit. This is possibly the easiest to drink, smoothest barleywine I've had- it's really fantastic.

M- Very silky and smooth, but a little on the thin side. If it were thicker it'd be a 4.5 for sure. Not much on the aftertaste other than nuts and malt.

O- This was an extremely tasty barleywine, and it's highly recommended if you're into the style. I know I'll look for it again. Cheers.

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Photo of JamesMcPolin
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is a really surprising brew. It has a very unique nose with strong aromas of dark grape vines, raisins & dates. Usually I see other people's reviews of other various beers naming every fruit in the book and I think "yeah right, when's the last time this fool smelled a 'enter the random fruit here'" (apricot for example). But I digress, anyways, for real, this brew smells like a full fruit drawer in your fridge that's getting overly ripe. One of the best and most interesting noses I've come across in the barleywine style. Man, it's got a great flavor that I am just totally unfamiliar with even after having had umpteen different breweries take on the barleywine style by now. It has an awesome bitter fruit flavor. Not sweet fruit and not fruity in the traditional sense but rather balanced by bitter hops. I'm talking about a very different bitter-fruit balance that's awesome but hard to describe. Tastes just like the nose. Wow, super impressed. I had low expectations for this brew (I guess simply because I had never heard of it and then saw only 5 reviews on it when I got home) but super happy with the purchase! Seek this one out. I had no idea Copenhagen, Denmark is brewing such killer English barleywine style ales.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ol Baren in Copenhagen. From notes.

A - Dark red or amber colour with a creamy tan or khaki head. No visible carbonation. Bright. Nice thin cap of head remains and it leaves great, thick lacing.

S - Great dark fruit with some yeast and hops. A touch of alcohol blends in there well. Lovely, rich stuff.

T - Dark fruit in the form of plum or raisins or dates. Alcohol and yeast are there also. A touch of hops too. Sweet to finish. Nice.

M - Light carbonation with a full body. I do not have much written aside from that and do not remember this being all that interesting to hang around in the mouth.

D - Nice stuff. A good barleywine but obviously the ABV is a barrier. Very tasty and a pleasure to drink though.

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Photo of drpimento
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I let the bottle warm up a bit out of the fridge before opening. Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy, thick, creamy, light tan head that soon settled to a light cover and a little lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy brown amber. Aroma is dark ripe fruit, malt, caramel, toffee, fresh baked black bread. Flavor is bittersweet and like the nose. Body is full and soft with light carbonation. Finish is like flavor with a lingering bitterness. Don't notice any alcohol. Great for sipping but not session.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice at Local Option.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza continues its takeover of Local Option! This victim pours a dark sienna-garnet topped by about a finger of dirty khaki foam. The nose comprises toffee, Belgian dark candi sugar, cashews, light oak, dark fruit, light cocoa, and a touch of spiced rum (the darker the better in this case). The taste heaps on the toffee, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, and light cocoa; some dark fruit remains, particularly fig; and the rum is now accented with vanilla bean and molasses. This is one damn-tasty beer, my friends! The body is a stolid medium, leaning toward some minor heft, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, this was one of the highlights of the Extravaganza. It's a decidedly tasty b-wine, one that is meant to sipped and enjoyed in the company of fine folks. Good times, indeed.

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Photo of claytong
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

so, im curious is this something decently rare? why so little reviews? i hadnt seen it before i bought it but thought it might be something new or seasonal. though it seemed strange sitting there at the beginning of summer as an english barleywine.

appearance - a nice dark ruby red in color. fizzly inch head that laces nicely

smell - raisins, cream, caramel, lots of roasted malts (a bit of chocolate in there), not strong but not weak

taste - caramel, raisins, malt, cream

mouthfeel - wonderful body, very creamy and rich without being cloying whatsoever. pretty good young (at least im assuming its young since i picked it off the shelf about 2 months ago)

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Photo of jdhilt
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and alcohol nose, flavor is dark fruit, caramel and some alcohol. Decent barleywine. Pricey at $9.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 9/9/11

A dark amber with a short lived finger of tan foam that leaves no lace

S loads of toffee and butterscotch with some faint candied apple, some brown sugar both burnt and crystal and just a little booze

T some herbal hops and rum raisin cake on top of what I smell, not overly sweet but big caramel and toffee with a little butterscotch and very faint nutty chocolate. lots going on here and very well concealed booze add up to one tasty brew

M quite thick and syrupy, slightly sticky on the lips and ultra smooth with zero heat and for over 10% that's pretty impressive

O looks basic but pretty solid in all other areas and it tastes great

I'm curious to know the age of this bottle but see nothing on the bottle, tastes a little aged with faded hops and loads of malty caramel and the booze is quite mellow. If this stuff is fresh I'd be even more impressed, worth looking for give it a go if you get the chance

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Photo of BierJager89
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark purple/red with no head.

S: Red wine, grapes, and maybe some oak in the nose.

T: Malt, vanilla, caramel, a touch of alcohol and some dark fruit.

M: Full bodied, smooth, perhaps even flat,but the alcohol has a kick to it that seems to make up for this, just not in a very good way.

O: This is a great barley wine, and I'd love to try a barrel aged version (particularly Elijah Craig 18 barrels).

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a translucent amber red with a medium tan head, some lace, murky at times.

S: Strong dried dark fruit, endemic to the English barleywine style, light hopping, but I do get some pungent pine initially.

T: Raisins and dates, Oloroso sherry, this is sugary and it should be. Strong malt flavour, light hopping as with the nose, keeps it in check. Reminds me of a lighter Avery Samael's.

M: Full to very full-bodied, viscous, smooth, light carbonation.

O: Djaevlebryg impresses again. I'm glad that more of the very underrated English barleywine style is being made. Good stuff.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rust color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

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

T: Tasted of hops, roasted malt, caramel, and a slight vinous quality. A generally well-rounded and a flavorful beer. Gets better as you go along.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, a solid, well done, drinkable beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, suitably evil looking, what with the Judas Priest album cover evocative label imagery. Their tag line, in Danish, is 'damn good beer' - ha, suck it, Minhas!

This beer pours a hazy, damned-near opaque dark golden brown hue, with three fingers of creamy, foamy, and mildly bubbly beige head, which leaves a broad hanging curtain of lace around the glass in its wake.

It smells of dense caramel malt, hard toffee, dates, burnt dark sugar, pear syrup, bitter leafy hops, and warmed sherry. The taste is not-overly-sweet chocolate-draped toffee, real vanilla, soused holiday raisins, stewed red apples, herbal, grassy, and somewhat musty hops, tanned leather, and a nicely subtle undertow of vinous booze comfort.

The carbonation is soft, but hardly absent in its supportive tingling, the body nearing full weight, and fairly smooth, just a few pricks here and there from hop and booze alike. It finishes with a back-burnered, but still a-bubblin' butterscotch sweetness, giving way to a prominent dryness, borne of restrained hop bitterness and swelling booze edginess.

A rather finely rendered (ok, f'ing bitchin'!) barleywine. The Anglo angle does drop this a few points in this biased reviewer's estimation, but that doesn't mean I can't admit that this is a kick-ass example of said style. I do kind of wonder where the initial vinous character went off to, but in the end, that doesn't matter a whit. This is kooky drinkable with the usual big ABV caveats, and exhibits old-world complexity of flavour in spades.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The pour is a deep dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: A surprisingly hoppy nose to this one. Lots of floral, perfumey hops with a bit of citrus peel and pine. Great maltiness with tons of dark fruit undertones, specifically black cherries and raisins. Definitely some alcohol as well.

T: Just a bit of an alcohol bite to the beer, but it's nicely masked by the sweet caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Dark fruits help to do this as well. Still a solid hop character with lots of floral notes and piney bitterness.

M: Just about full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A very well balanced barleywine that toes the line between hopped up American barleywine and sweeter old ale/English barleywine.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a lightly hazy medium orange amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass with little lacing. Aroma is classic English barleywine; caramel malt, fresh and dried dark fruit, dried light fruit, hints of apple, a touch of honey. Lightly oxidized. Flavor follows with rich caramel malt, full bodied dried fruit with hints of fresh light and dark fruit, lightly nutty. Finishes with interesting caramel and biscuit malt and a touch of dry hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Hits all the note I want from this style of barleywine and the flavors are quite full bodied and complex. Interesting rich malty finish. I liked this Danish barleywine and hope to see it again.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dense cloudy opaque oaky hue, with a short creamy off-white head that retains.

On the nose is sweet sugary toffee malt, brown sugar, raisin, Concord grape, chocolate, grapefruit rind and herbal hops.

Sweet toffee/chocolate malt up front in the flavour, rummy notes, finishing with bright citrus hops along with spicy, herbal hops. Prominent alcohol warmth lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, mostly from the sediment and unattenuated sugars, turbid rather than chewy, with low carbonation.

A very enjoyable, approachable Barley Wine that delivers the goods. Mouthfeel could be a bit cleaner (really, there's a lot of extra unnecessary sediment floating around in there, almost gives off the impression of plankton), however it does give it a very old school feel. Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of beergoot
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-amber body with a thick, creamy white head. RIch, grainy aroma with caramel and toffee notes and robust, warm bread character. A touch of ripe fruit. Taste is malt-forward with hints of apricot and pear. Alcohol warmth nicely balanced with hop bitterness and the malt notes. Medium-bodied.

Seems to fit the malt-forward style of an English barleywine. Definite alcohol prominence, yet pretty well balanced across the board. Nicely complex and intriguing. Big, powerful, delightful.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +2.6%

(no date on the bottle - poured into a balloon in 2 stages)

A: open-spongy, creme-hued foam... chill-hazed deep-orange liquid... notable amount of sediment in the final pour

S: big, dark caramel (malt) lusciousness... prune, tobacco, and maybe date... bit of estery fruitiness... booze is a bit squashed under the weight of the malt... musk and leather... did I mention caramel?!... in total: wood polish and malt syrup

T: alcohol definitely shows up much more on the first sip - floral tinge... big, American-style, nutty, nearly-cakey malt constitution... hops perhaps there to balance with a mildly herbal bitterness, but not pungent in any sense... when the yeast was poured in - nutty... sugary sweet leavings

M: definitely some chewiness here... very long, nectary finish - the residual dextrins slide back and fade away, leaving a comforting glow in the pit of the throat, down to the mid-thorax... full-bodied+...

O: hefty barley-wine - you get a lot of each here - perhaps a first runnings method used here? who knows?

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Photo of ChadQuest
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is nice looking, a dark amber body that gets really dark in the center, with a healthy head with lacing.
Aroma is on the sweet side of the spectrum, with dark fruits predominant.
This is a real tasty beer, a balanced and complex web of pomegranate,grapes, and currants are mixed with caramel, grains, and molasses and lightened up by a nudge of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is full and slightly sticky, low carb, and a delight to drink.

This is a really good English BW, glad i bought one, i will buy more.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer served from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a dark oak brown colored body; plenty of carbonation; nice beige colored head formed, about 1 finger in size; some lacing formed on the side of the glass and the appearance of the beer was slightly viscous

S - Nice brown sugar, candy scents; sweet caramel and toffee; nutty malt backbone and finish of alcohol; fig and dark fruit

T - Sweet brown sugar taste; touch of vanilla; back flavor of caramel and toffee are topped off with a nut and biscuit malt back-end; slightly buttery; slight oak flavor; fig and dates

M - Nice and effervescent; kind of thin consistency; aftertaste of sweet nut malt and dark fruit; alcohol flavor lingers for quite a while

O - Great drink; caramel and sweet brown sugar flavor are perfectly balanced to created a great Barleywine; perfect for a meal pairing

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Photo of derkfromwi
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very light tan head, very dark amber color, very hazy, the tiniest carbonation bubbles noticeable

S: Fruits and dark fruits, smell is good, dark chocolate and figs, some toffee

T: Sweet fruits including fig, raisin, etc., some alcohol and nice bitterness

M: Feels decent, smooth & creamy, okay carbonation

O: I want to pair it with some strong WI cheese, good stuff, hope to have some more soon

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish orange. Thick, viscous, with a yellow/cream head that dissipates. Held to the light, there are bubbles rising. Very pretty color for the style.

Might be touch too cold -- not getting as much as I'd like. Some rich toasted malt, some fruit, some toasty woody notes.

I like this because the alcohol is so very well hidden. Toasted malt that flips between woody sugars and rising bitterness. This is well hopped, as the bitterness at the end is apparent. Rich thick flavors in the middle, though not overly complex. Finishes with malt covered by bitterness.

Full bodied with some decent carbonation.

This is not overly sweet, and the richness of this beer, and the strength as well, is well balanced throughout. Nice brew. My plus here: a 1 pt. 9 oz bottle, so I don't feel destroyed and can enjoy all of this myself.

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Photo of DIM
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Dark, hazy, ruby tinted mahogany; pours with a big sticky head.

s: Lots of rich smelling caramel and raisins; kind of quad like, minus the yeast. A little chocolate and some rummy booze.

t: Sweet overall, but not cloyingly so. Lots of sugary raisins and caramel up front plus a little molasses up front. Not much of a finish, this ends a bit abruptly.

m: Big and sticky.

o: Good stuff, but doesn't live up to the price tag.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing bonus beer courtesy of madsberg. Thanks mads. Pours deep amber with thin tan head. The aroma is full with loads of dark fruitiness, sweet nutty extract butter and sweet yummy goodness. The taste is smooth rich blended dark fruity yum with dates, prunes, raisins, brown sugar and a light amount of booze. Wow, this is very nice and will only improve will years of cellaring.

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