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Barleywine Ale | Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
Austria
hofstetten.at

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Bitterbill on 02-20-2010

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.41/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap over at the Pride, listed as Sour Barleywine and I'd say that's a better description because this isn't like most Barleywines.

Pours an amber color in a tulip glass, decent sized light tan head, sticks around for awhile although there isn't much lacing.

Smell has a nice toffee aroma with touches of dark fruit and a subtle citrusy sour scent in the way back.

Taste starts out with a mild sourness along with a strong caramel malt backing, very nice dark fruit complexity, the tartness builds on each subsequent sip but never becomes too strong to make you pucker too much, sweet but not even close to being too much or cloying, this would make a good beer to break people into sours provided they don't think "it went bad", carbonation is a touch high compared to other barleywines but works for this beer, strength is well hidden and I never got that alcohol warming feeling (at least in the mouth).

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Photo of pat61
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hoffstetten Barley Wine pours clean, bright chestnut under a 1” lightly tan tinted foam cap. It does not have a lot of aroma – hints of fruit, caramel and toffee. On the palate this in one of the most toffee intense beers I have had with a faint cola flavor in the background and some grainy spice. It has just enough hops to control the malt and finishes with a touch of astringency and a taste of alcohol and a light, lingering sweetness. Clean, smooth, medium full body and average carbonation.

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Photo of safaricook
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There are quite a few different versions of this Barleywine. As far as I know, the beer was brewed first in 2009 for the beermagazine bier.pur. There was also a 2010 bier.pur version with adapted hop contribution, notably Aurora (Super Styrian) from the hopfields around in the region. Furthermore, Calvados barrel aged versions and even brett versions.

Mine was the 2010 version and I picked it up early this summer at the brewery. If I remember it right, there was only one more bottle left in their shop.

Pours a clear copper body with only little amount of foam. Some finee bubbles. No lacing, some fingers.

Malts, caramel and faint roast, dark berries like black currant, dark Austrian bread, volatile alcohol carries the aromas but does not booze. Nice and complex.

Starts out malt sweet like a dark Doppelbock but is enhanced by those tical port flavors, dries out, leaves the mouth on a gentle bitter note and warms from the alcohol.

Little but gentle carbonation that lifts the medium to heavy towards oily body. Some dryness and some alcohol heat.

This is a well aged Barleywine that plays into the field of a Doppelbock especially considering the malt choices. I am glad I picked this one up and my wife too.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from Auslander. 2009 vintage pours a supa hazed brown color with minimal tan head and lacing.

Nose is nicely oxidized malt that totally smells like Kit-Kat bars and chocolate covered raisins floating in some Sam’s Choice Cola. Smells good, I like it quite a bit.

Taste is light and caramel, less sweet than I thought it would be…lighter body too. There is still a leafy, grassy hop finish that is nice. The main driver is caramel and toffee… and lots of it. If I had it blind, I don’t know what I would think. I guess English BW since BA is down right now. ABV is well hidden, although its not really that high at 8.3%. This beguiling, yet straightforward beer has been able to keep me interested all the way through and my random musings are now at an end, alas the glass is empty. Very fun beer to have Chris, and I wont be forgetting my first Austrian barleywine anytime soon!

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3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 11.2 FL.OZ. bottle of this from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO for $4.39 (discounted price!). Poured from the dark tan/brown labeled bottle w/ beer barrels & wheat on the front into a 16oz Dewey's Pizza Pint Glass. Has BREWED IN YEAR "2009" / CHG No "11" on the back of the bottle.

Aroma- Has a great amount of malt and caramel notes from the get go. Semi-rich but mostly smooth and easy going on the nose. Appreciate it since this is an English Barleywine and not an American version.

Appearance- Pours a less than .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has a rich amber/caramel looking body with semi-haziness. Leaves TONS of rings of lacing and suds down the glass.

Flavor- A nice subtle, sweet, and heavily caramel influenced barleywine. Tons of toffee and complexed flavors throughout. Light bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Semi-Chewy but smooth, and then leaves toffee on the palate.

Overall Impression- Very subtle and light richness! Enjoyed the toffee and caramel flavors throughout also. Would love to pick up more of this and lucky to have gotten a discounted bottle. Recommend for an English Barleywine!

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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprized to find a barleywine from this brewery( B.United website calls this an Austrian Barleywine).
Poured into a snifter, deep red and very clear with a small foamy head that drops quickly, but laces nicely.
Smell is strong noble hop aroma and floury-grainy...kind of a super pilsner smell.
Tastes sweet and very malty at first..hint of corn and honey, but the hops follow with a quick bite; not overdone, but a sharp contrast to the sweetness. There are a lot of subtle fruit flavors that blend well with the malt...not so much with the hops; although the melding does improve as it warms. Slight heat from the alcohol along with another whack from the hops at the finish, which is pretty dry, but does leave a lingering ,earthy,honey aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is much lighter than I expected, with pretty good carbonation.
All the while I'm tasting this I'm thinking that it's kind of a punchy concentrated version of their Keubelbier(an imperial zwickel?), same flavors, much more intensity and bite.
Pretty good. I'm guessing that not much will be gained from aging this one....but I'll probably age one just to see.

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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, slight hops, hint of grain, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of an English Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of hop, slight yeast, and hint of grain. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and mouth feel. Body is a little weak, though.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from The Wine & Cheese Place.

12oz screw cap bottle, label says brewed Nov 2009.

It pours a clear brownish red with a 2 finger head of foam and some nice lacing.

The smell isn't very Barleywine like at all...smells a lot like the very good Kubelbier that I also just tried so see my review of the nose there. ;^) More sweet notes showed up during the session so I can now say it does have a BWSA sort of nose.

The taste is also Kubelbier-like but intensified both in flavours and alcohol.Very little sweetness here that I'd expect to find in a beer called an English Barleywine. Too much orange citrus and overall general bitterness. I'm not saying it tastes bad, put it under the American Barleywine style and that would be a better fit, imho. Ok, I'm getting more used to the flavours hitting my palate and there does seem to be more appropriate levels of sweetness but it doesn't quite get there for me.

The mouthfeel consists of some lightish carbonation and a rather thin body. Too thin, me thinks.

Drinkability? It isn't al that easy to drink and it isn't even on the high end range for the style. Good but could be much better.

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Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in 2009?!...This has some age on it.Pours into a small tulip glass a murky tawny brown with a half finger creamy light beige head atop.Port-like notes in the nose,quite nutty with a good amount of alcohol dipped stone fruit.The feel is a little thin for the style ,the back end is where it's noticed most but it's also mellow and good for sipping.Raisin and fig notes on the palate with underlying nuttiness and sweet alcohol holding court to the finish.Very English in nature with vinous qualities as well as the mellow feel.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of daledeee
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I spotted this beer and thought it was worth a try. A barley wine from Austria.

It poured a very dark brown with an off white head.

Nose is very malty with some fruit such as plum blended in

Taste is somewhat earthy with some fruit malt is also a part of the mix.

Mouth feel is a little too effervescent. The beer comes across as not having a complete taste. Interesting taste but it does need something else.

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Photo of crossovert
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz twist off bottle.

It pours like the standard Barleywine, odd that it is out of Austria. It is a beautiful deep reddish brown with a foamy, frothy off-white head that sticks for ever, receding to some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit one-dimensional. It is huge on the caramel, just a caramel bomb. There is some golden raisin int here as well. It smells like a prototypical English Barleywine.

The flavor is not as sweet or carmally as I would have expected. Instead it is slightly bitter with a huge fruitiness and an underlying of malt sweetness. The sweetness is like another reviewer said, more like a regular sugar than caramel.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and I think that is what irks most people with this one.

A decent barleywine.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a ruby color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

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

T: Tasted of caramel, hops, plums, and some other dark fruits up front, but was surprisingly watery in the finish. A mixed bag in this category. Not as robust as other English barleywines.

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

D: This is an uneven beer, but not entirely undrinkable.

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Photo of kwjd
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper colour with thin off-white head. Very sweet caramel and butterscotch smell. Little bit of hops up front, this this seems to be all about the sweet caramel. I smell lots of barley too (similar to the smell of going in a brewery). Nice carbonation.

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Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy brownish-amber color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with moderate amounts of raisins and candied apple aromas. Also present are mild amounts of dark toffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by good amounts of light toffee flavors. Shortly thereafter mild amounts of raisin and soft apple flavors work their way into things. Midway through the sip the sweetness fades and the malt flavors turn slightly grainy, joined by faint metallic notes. The grainy malt flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this is one of the weakest barrel-aged beers I've ever had. It's not necessarily bad as the only major flaw - the metallic notes that are faint to begin - with fade as the beer warms, but it isn't robust enough to be above average.

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3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light brown which collects as a dark amber in the snifter. Fairly white head stays around 1-1.5 fingers until I begin drinking.

S: Big dark fruits, especially prunes. Grape lollilop.

T: Actually starts off a bit bitter, then prunes come in. A bit of malty sweetness in the middle, and then finishes off with a tiny bit of bitterness.

M: A bit undercarbonated. This doesn't particularly hurt the beer, but it doesn't lend a creamy feel to it either.

D: Dark fruit flavors are pretty strong, but there's nothing that would stop most at just one.

This beer tastes much, much more like a belgian dubbel to me than anything else. Not bad for a dubbel, though a bit one-dimensional. Nowhere near the malt presence to call this an english barleywine, however.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Correct take on a barleywine, pleasing without anything particularly remarkable.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Front label offers an illustration of barrels and barley in a brown color orange. Back notes signature of brewmaster and main ingredients. Shows brewing year (2009 11), and 8.3% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Amber brown pour, with a short and short lived head, minimal surface memory and lacing.

S - Shy nose, malty and sweet with a boozy edge.

T - Taste offers a fair sweet malty range with adequate bitterness completing it. Nothing much else actually, dash of generic dark fruit, and sugar.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Good flow, correct, but nothing memorable.

Notes: Glad to have tried it. And coming from central Europe this is a great offering, in particular if one is around there. As an import... Not so exciting, really.

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