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Brewed by:
Bryggeriet Djævlebryg ApS
Denmark | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Phyl21ca on 08-16-2009

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Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

run of the mill barleywine. sugary sweet more than hoppy. Mahogany body with good lace. Boozy and malty aroma. Caramel Bought for 59 Danish kroners and sent from far, before it was all over the shelves. I have to be in the mood for this and that would not be too many days.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep copper color ale with an average size off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of cookie dough with some light dry fruits. Taste is also dominated by cookie dough with some dry figs and minimal residual sugar. Body is about average with good carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. A bit too much cookie dough in the mix for my taste and lacking some character though still enjoyable.

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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 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 liamt07
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from wordemupg, 500ml into a tulip. Thanks dude.

Mahogany body, light cream coloured head. Some legs and shreds of lacing are left behind. Nose has lots of candy and caramel, light alcohol and subtle fruity notes. Lots of malt character here, certainly English in style. Taste adds more caramel, rich malt notes but subtracts the strong 'candied' impression I got from the nose. Dark breads as well. Fairly full and quite dense in body, alcohol is present but doesn't interfere. A solid barleywine, but this doesn't do much to stand out and differentiate from others in the same vein. However, this does do well as a cold weather sipper.

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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 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 Evil_Pidde
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours murky orange with a really large tan compact head that takes it's time to set, but does it leaving nice lacings.

S: Loads of frutis; oranges and red apples, but also dark dried fruits. But rather mild in smell.

T: Sweet and syrupy. Rahter boozy. Loads of fruits but also a hard-candy-like sweetness. Marmalade. A bit rough and unbalanced.

M: Rather long aftertaste considering the style. Body is like molasses and carbonation is held way back. Way too alcoholic.

O: Well, it's got potential. The rough edges and the boozyness should mellow out if properly cellared for a couple of years. For now; just too unbalanced and boozy...

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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 rudzud
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a light reddish orange hue with an off white head that fades to a light, thin halo.

S - Aromas of some nice dark fruits, light caramel, flashes of booze.

T - Taste is better, lightly toasted malts, burnt sugars, bitter finish. Good malts, alcohol hidden nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style, decent enough to keep it up off the tongue.

O - Overall, not a bad barleywine, just somewhat one dimensional though.

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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 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 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 sweemzander
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a very murky chestnut brown color. Some minimal off-white bubbles formed.

(S)- A subtle underlying nutty roastedness throughout. Tons of caramel and toffee amidst raisin and a resin-like bark aroma.

(T)- It is heavy on the caramel, but not overly sweet. It has a subtle woody bitterness with a hint of raisin. Ever so slight resin character on the finish.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. It is sweet, but restrained for the style with a moderate level of bitterness.

(O)- It is a robust barleywine showcasing a caramel-rich bitter profile overall. It is enjoyable but there are far better examples.

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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 morimech
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No bottle date, age unknown. Pours a murky brown color with a thin head that quickly settled. Just a thin film of suds after a couple of minutes. Just a little spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Malt driven aroma. Caramel and toffee notes. Brandy like smell. Alcohol in the aroma tells the drinker this is a high-test brew. Also smells slightly oxidized.

Flavor is a combination of caramel and wood. Some earthiness. Alcohol is upfront and bracing. No subtley shown by this brewer.

Full bodied with nice carbonation. Nice soft, smooth texture.

Overall this was a letdown. I expected a lot more considering the pricetag. Slick and attractive packaging that needs a bottle date.

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Photo of tpd975
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden hue with red highlights. Medium sized off white head with no lace.

S: Aromas of caramel malt, mild spice and boooze.

T: Flavor of nutty toffee, summer fruit, light hops and booze.

M: Fairly full in body, rich, sweet, chewy.

D: Just okay not a favorite of mine.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 08/03/2009. Bottle thanks to my Secret Santa. This beer pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. The aroma is of raisin and sweet malt. Flavor of super sweet caramel malt and some raisin. Very sweet. Your typical barleywine here. Meh.

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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 Flounder57
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: The beer poured a small off white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a murky reddish brown with visions of slow moving bubbles coming up the side of the glass.

Smell: caramel and toffee followed by citrus characteristics and a little booze in the end.

Taste: same as above, but the bitterness lingers for this beer even though it is supposed to be well balanced. Still very tasty though with some nice and warm boozy alcohol in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to high carbonation, medium bodied, tingly numbing in the back of the palate, and lingering bitterness.

Overall: A nice barleywine hailing all the way from Denmark. I wonder if aging a bit more would mellow out the bitterness in this beer and the maltiness would be stronger.

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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 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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