American Barley Wine
Brouwerij Kees

American Barley WineAmerican Barley Wine
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American Barleywine
Ranked #116
Ranked #10,868
4.03 | pDev: 6.2%
Brouwerij Kees
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Photo of Spike
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. In Europe, this has the same label but with just ‘Barley Wine’. 11.5% ABV. Guessing it’s the same recipe. Definitely a British-style barley wine, very malt forward, backed up by some of the comments below that mention the lack of a hop profile.

Rich, luxurious, oily, malty, treacly, fruity, treacle & booze. A fireside sipper.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from just under fridge temp. Pours a murky brown - lovely looking. Nose is caramel, sugar, and dark fruit. Taste is hoppy, caramel, sweet, and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is dry - really nice. Overall, a fantastic barleywine - almost a hybrid between American and English style.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, Etre Gourmet - Pours clear amber with a small thin tanned head. Medium carbonation. Oily lacing. Aroma - Sweet caramel, dark hedgerow berry fruits, dark stoned fruit notes. Taste - Sweet, candied sugar, berry fruits, dark stoned fruits, light bitter finish with nice alcoholic warmth. Very nice well balanced barley wine.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I tried this at Billie's in Antwerp on 01OCT17. A 0.33l bottle set me back €6.90.

Color was a lovely shade of chestnut/garnet. Head was a creamy, beige layer, which ebbed to a fine, thin covering. Lacing was on the light side. Nose had lots of dark fruit and sherry-like notes. It passed very smoothly over the tongue, and body was medium-plus.

Taste had more dark fruit - raisins, figs, dates and cherries. Hopping was on the very light side, with an emphasis on the dark fruit and mild sweetness. Overall, a nice, warming barleywine. Zum Wohl!

4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


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Photo of Bruno74200
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Clear red color, no head

S - really nice smell with caramel, apple, pear, grape, booze

T - a bit deceiving after the smell. Grain, caramel, booze, nuts

M - Low champagne like carbonation, semi-dry a bit astringent

O - Good balance even if it's almost out balance

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a semi-dark ruddy burnt amber to copper color with a finger's worth of dieing level head. Sly lace.
The aroma had some toffee to caramel malts, light tobacco leafiness (somewhat dry), touch of dark fruits and Maraschino cherries, some red delicious apples, light pear, brown sugars, light floral and ended with a little bit of earthiness.
The flavor moderately leaned towards the sweet side allowing the hops to create a sly bitterness. Aftertaste was semi-malty, dried and a little bit of tobacco.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice carbonation. ABV felt appropriate. Somewhat smooth along my tongue, but also the dryness assists in some grip along my tongue.
Overall, I liked it for me and can see it as an American Barleywine. I'd have this one again.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Kees 'American Barley Wine' @ 11.5% , served from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $6.60
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a brown/amber in the glass with a small beige head leaving a fine spotty lace along the snifter
T-big tasting
MF-mild carbonation , big full body
Ov-above average barley wine
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Dentist666
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy red/copper beer, thin off-white head, low retention, caramel, raisins, toasted, not very hoppy, but some floral notes still can be detected, warming alcohol, full body, moderate to soft carbonation.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice from the bottle.

Appearance: Mahofany colored and cloudy with a light orange tinted white head maybe half a finger's length.

Smell: sweet malts, light sugars with a touch of hard hops.

Taste: Sweet hops, has a nice unique feel whic. Reminds me of one of my favorite with a touch of salt.

Mouth: Full bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: Good brew but I wouldn't trade my favorite American barleywine for it. Doesn't need tweaking just needs a glass. Salud!

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Photo of wordemupg
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/7/16

A a clear maroon glow when held to the light, two fingers of foam has decent retention for something this strong leaving a few random patches

S lots of dark toffee and burnt brown sugar, herbal notes, iced tea powder, leafy, sugar coated raisins, some faint citrus, even fainter pine not bad at all

T still heaps of burnt sugars, sweet mats, still has some piney citrus, more I think about it the more it mimics the smell

M leaning towards heavy, syrupy, faint heat, sticky on the lips, piney, caramel and citrus linger

O enough going on to please, well concealed booze, I thought it was pretty solid start to finish

Still a little fresh and could use some age for everything to mesh but the booze is already mellow, I could see this doing well with a couple years on it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, a wholly new to me brewery, which appears to be a New World-fancying, Old World-located going concern.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark rusted brick amber colour, with one skinny finger of weakly puffy, somewhat foamy, and mostly bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of roiling ocean surface lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of pungent caramel/toffee malt, besotted sultana raisins, Mars Bar-quality nougat, some muddled common citrusy notes, a touch of that unfinished basement room that you haven't been into in a long time, and further leafy, piney, and certainly perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, slightly biscuity toffee, a steady nougaty otherness, still hard to quantify citrus flesh essences, a faintly astringent and musty yeastiness, and more gentle leafy, weedy, and piney green hoppiness.

The carbonation is damned-near non-existent, beyond a very hard to sense, trilling frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and kind of smooth, the hops and emerging booze kind of making one bristle, that is, until a pleasant creaminess kicks in as things warm up a tad. It finishes still fairly sweet, the complex malt performing its sworn lingering duty, while the purported Yankee hops are not exactly off trying to re-up their visa to stick around.

Yeah, not a bad barleywine, by any such measure, however, the idea that this falls into the same hopped-up category as the maelstroms made at Stone, Great Divide, and Sierra Nevada, et al, does not hold water. Is this a damned tasty brew? You bet your ass. Is is really all that American? Nope - more of a cross between the two existent options here, and as a Canadian, I can surely appreciate that.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger off-white head fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Mostly caramel nose, sweet malt and caramel flavor. $6.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tullys Beer & Wine. Label says 500ml, not!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a hazy, medium orange with a thin white head that dissipates to patches and slight lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee, stone fruit, hints of citrus; classic barleywine profile. Flavor is caramel malt, dark and light stone fruit, toffee and raisins with rapidly developing citrus and grassy hops. Finishes with lingering grassy hop bitterness, warming. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A hop forward barleywine, with a malty caramel body and expected fruit flavors. The hop herbal flavors have faded a bit in this bottle of unknown age (but recently on this area's market), but the finish has a nice hop kick. A straightforward classic barleywine of the North American style.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from the Duvel guy.

From a bottle into a snifter
EBC: 30
EBU: 70
Malts: Pale and caramel
Hops: Cascade and Citra
Described as strong, lively and fruity

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, creamy, off-white head with great retention. Head fades to a nice full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Burnt umber or maroon red, clear, with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Good looking for the style.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee, lemon and some spicy aromas as well. A touch of soap from the citra perhaps.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel, toffee and alcohol up front. Lots of flavor at the swallow with soapy notes, piney flavors, lemon, sweet caramel and toffee, as well as a good burst of hop bitterness and alcohol. Boozy and spicy, though quite flavorful.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight on the palate, creamy, goes down smooth and finishes a bit mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff. A little too soapy perhaps, but the flavors are enjoyable and the feel is nice as well. A hoppier barleywine that actually reminds me a bit of The Samurai. In any case, this is yet another good beer to come out of Kees' brew kettle, and we hope for more good batches of beer to come. If you're a fan of hoppier and more bitter interpretations of well-known styles, you'll enjoy Kees' stuff as much as I do. Cheers!

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: mostly clear amber bronze. Messy off white head and lacing.
smell: Citrus, and pine. Some caramel sweetness.
taste: much like the nose. malty caramel and a long blooming bitter finish.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted bread, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, dark fruits, and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, raisin, plum, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted bread, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, dark fruits, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and moderately slick/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American barleywine style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, dark fruits, and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

mid brown body with good splatterings off mostly coverage white head
the aroma & flavour are pretty much the same
it's like liquid alcoholic candy floss/seaside rock which isn't a bad thing but slightly heavy going and very cloying
solid mouthfeel that saves you from over indulging
My mum would have loved this
here's to you Kay

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Photo of lmaduells
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of a beer style that I enjoy whenever I open a complimentary bottled. Forceful, balanced within the forcefulness, the alcohol is well treated. I found it somewhat lacking in depth.

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