Copper Snow Barleywine Style-ale | Xbeeriment I/S

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Copper Snow Barleywine Style-aleCopper Snow Barleywine Style-ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Xbeeriment I/S
Denmark
xbeeriment.dk

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rhoadsrage on 01-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
30
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
8.9%
 
 
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3
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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter.

This beer pours with a hazy brown-copper colored body. Thin, weak head. No significant lacing.

Aroma: smells like toffee, dark dried fruits, faint herbs, fruitcake and baked bread.
Flavor: caramel, dark dried fruits, molasses, faint spices, toffee, and some booze.

Mouthfeel: medium+ body with light carbonation. Well hidden ABV.

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Photo of CPAles
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vylo
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Mike’s Barleywine tasting, thanks for the opportunity!
Earthy spicy pine hops against a fruity caramel sweet malt base. Nice hop blast after a night of aged barleywine drinking.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dradair
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ronricorossi
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of QueerBeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Chico1985
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Splitting a 500ml, a fitting beer to drink while preparing for another snowstorm. 2013 bottle.

Appearance - A kind of light amber color with lots of haze and floaties. Off-white head eventually forms a thick ring and patchy cap. Dots of lace.

Smell - Lots of candy caramel and toffee malts, some earthy and spicy hops there but sweet malts rule. Just a little bit of dark fruit. On the simple side, but malts are nice and rich.

Taste - Nice, big candy caramel malts all the way, buttery biscuit tones going on as well. Hops are light but definitely getting piny and earthy, maybe some mint there too. Black pepper, raisin.

Mouthfeel - Malty with a decent chewiness to it. nice lowish carbonation. Some alcohol warmth but pretty drinkable for 10%.

Overall - Despite the somewhat off-putting name this is a pretty nice beer. Sweet and rich malt profile with a just a bit of hop flavor showing through, and the spiciness is a unique touch. I have a few more bottles I will look forward to aging and consuming on cold, wintery nights much like this one.

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Photo of cozmo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, I'd guess it's about a year old more or less. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a hazy copper color with about a half inch off-white head and some sediment floaties noticeable. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel, dark fruit, toffee, herbs, and some sweet malt. It tastes like caramel, dark fruit, molasses, herbs, toffee, and some booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's chewy, coating, and easy enough to drink. I thought it was a good enough brew, definitely worth a try if you've never had it before.

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Photo of codynevels
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of RickS95
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle

The pour is a really rich looking, dark brown. It's got lots of spicy looking stuff in it. The head is a finger thick, has moderate retention and a decent lace.

You can tell from the scent that this beer means business. Despite being from Denmark, this has the American style down pat. Lots of malt, mostly caramel it seems, a boatload of hops, some citrus, some biscuit, a bit of pine and a heaping of alcohol.

An initial splash of cola, undertones of citrus, earthy flowers, dark fruits, pepper, and a skosh of alcohol.

Very easy on the palate for the type and for that much ABV. Slightly sweet, a bit acidic, highly bitter, and very alcoholic, but everything, while done in excess, never breaches crossing the line. Clearly a sipper, but easy to drink.

This beer is better than the sum of it's parts. It's quite tasty, certainly a hop bomb, but your palate never cries "Uncle." Really good stuff, and only $8.99 a bottle.

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Photo of mxchap
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(served in a 15cL sample glass)

Appearance: Copper and transparent. Nice reddish hue.
Aroma: Fig and dates, crystal malt. Noticeable sulfur.
Taste: raisins, toffee, caramel, some malt, and fusel alcohols at the end.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and well-carbonated. A bit chewy and dry at the end.
Overall: A nice attempt at a smoother barleywine (feels more english than american). It's not a bad beer by any means, but it's not a great barleywine either.

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Photo of oldvines
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Another random import at Firkin, my first XBeeriment in a couple years. This stuff pours a clear copper (how thoroughly appropriate) topped by a finger of glowing khaki foam. The nose comprises funky wheat, lightly-funky lemon zest, caramel, light fennel, and light apricot. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some mild pine resin and a hint of mint. Everything also comes through sweeter in general. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a solid b-wine, one that, though it doesn't necessarily "wow" or anything, goes down incredibly easily and pleasantly.

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Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy caramel amber in color; close inspection of the sides of the glass reveals a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige colored head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts and grapefruit and pine resin hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel and some malty sweetness, but for the most part the sweetness is balanced off by the underlying hops, which contribute slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some faint hints of warming from the alcohol. No stickiness is present.
O: This beer is currently listed as an American Barleywine, but seems to be more reminiscent of an English Barleywine because the hops aren't as prominent in the taste. It's a nice beer to sip and isn't too difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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