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Barleywine Ale | Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 02-20-2010

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Photo of gford217
2.43/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

330ml bottle.

Pours a hazy caramel orange with a small creamy off-white head that leaves good lacing on the way down to a small cap.

The aroma is sub-par for a barleywine. There are some light sweet caramel notes and some red apple rinds.

The taste is not good at all. It's sour with green apples and little caramel or hops. Bitter and grainy. Metallic even. Meh.

The mouthfeel is thin bodied with low carbonation.

This is an umimpressive beer in general with a taste that seems to be a bit off. Not recommended.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 is the year in which this beer was produced.

Murky brown with loose lacing and collar.
Aroma has some alcohol, pecans, dry toffee.
Flavors all around are sorta dry for a barleywine. There is not much hiding the low 8% alcohol, it stands out more then i would expect. Dry toffee and nutty notes, some off Metallica notes and Dark Fruit.
Dry and light for the style.

Another Barleywine slayed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed in 2009. Equal parts copper, orange and brick red topped with a slim slice of khaki colored froth that gets the job done. Small splotches of smeary lace are pleasing to the eye without being eye candy.

The aroma is not English barleywine-like. In fact, there isn't much aroma at all. Warming brings a toasted brown bread earthiness and hints of fruit brandy. Hopes are definitely not high at this point.

Barleywine Ale doesn't have much going for it on the taste buds either. If blinded, my guess would have been caramel-malted Euro strong ale from Albania or Bulgaria. That might be a bit harsh, but it isn't far off the mark.

Flavors include well-toasted brown bread, steely caramel, baked nuts and lemon-infused saccharine-sweetened iced tea. That might sound okay (though odd for the style), but it doesn't taste okay. There's no depth, no breadth, and no complexity. Alcohol is decently buried, for whatever that's worth.

As always, it's difficult to sort out the mouthfeel when the flavor profile grabs so much attention. Given what most (even semi-aged) English barleywines feel like, this ale is slightly above average. More heft and better buried bubbles would have helped.

Barley Wine Ale is not as good as Kubelbier (the only other offering that I've had from this brewery), and that beer wasn't anywhere close to the cat's pajamas. My advice: pass this one by unless you gotta catch 'em all (Pokeman reference).

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Photo of homebrew311
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here goes my first Austrian tick. Picked this one up at West Lakeview Liquors. Appearance is a deep tawny with tame head. A bit of cloudiness here, and some lacing left behind. The nose is rich and malty. Notes of dark fruit, red grapes, caramel, and molasses come through. Not picking up any barrel character. Taste is super sweet and fruity up front. This taste more like a doppelbock than a barleywine. Again, heavy grape candy like flavor with tons of of sweetness and minimal hop presence. Finish is sweet, nearly cloying. Again, no barrel character. Mouthfeel is heavy with low carbonation. Overall, quite disappointed by this. It doesn't really taste like a barleywine and the wooden barrels is claims to have been aged in are absent from both the smell and taste. At 5.49 for a 11.2 ouncer, I will gladly pass on this in future occasions.

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Photo of TicoCali
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of derkfromwi
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours an amber color with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells of sweet malts, and grain or wheat.

t - Follows nose, just some sweet and bready malts.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - Not a great barelywine. Wouldn't look to have again.

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Photo of DIM
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottled in 2009

a: This was a clear, ruby and gold tinted copper color. It poured with a quickly fading, but lightly sticky tan head.

s: A bit mild, but fairly pleasant. I found warm toffee and something sweet that I want to call taffy. I also got some flowery hops, citrus, and syrupy fruit. Smells good, but it might not be to style.

t: Starts off well. Up front I tasted flowery cherries, toffee, and something sweet that I gues I'll call caramel. The finish is a bit rough, with harsh, jagged grains, some flavorless bitterness, and some perfumed heat. On second thought, the finish reminds me of toffee concentrate. If there is such a thing.

m: Nice, velvety body with gently creamy carbonation.

d: I bought this for the novelty of trying a baleywine from Austria. It wasn't bad and some more time might have smoothed out the finish.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle with a Brewed in Year on the back of 2009. Pours a murky, muddy brown color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Mimimal lacing. Aromas of caramel, booze, brown sugar, raisins and other dark fruits. Malty. Taste is mostly of caramel and brown sugar. Some alcohol flavor, of course, but not a whole lot. The ABV isn't too high for a barleywine so I guess it is expected. A bit of a taste of dark fruits, but mostly this beer is sweet. Pretty easy drinking for a barleywine. Overall, an alright barleywine, but I don't ever have to have it again.

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Photo of csmiley
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours fairly clear and medium brown in color. Some red shows in the light. Off-white head comes to about one finger and recedes quickly. It ends up a thin ring and leaves little lace.

S - Starts out pretty sweet with toffee and cooked caramel. There is a little nuttiness that pops up midway. Burnt sugar also comes in middle. Dark fruit is persistent throughout. Raisin and plum is what I'm getting. Alcohol is present but very mild.

T - Metallic. Very metallic until it warms. Dark fruit shows a little more in the flavor - fig and raisin. The sweeter malt flavors still have a strong showing all the way through. More caramel than toffee although both have a significant presence. Alcohol is covered nicely. It's a little grainy toward the end.

M - Lighter bodied with a smooth carbonation. Finish is metallic and a little harsh. Doesn't hang on the the palate at all. Somewhat creamy from the carbonation which keeps this score from being much lower.

D - Drinkability is not bad at all. The alcohol is warm but well under control. Combine that with a lighter mouthfeel and you've got a pretty easy drinking English Barleywine. Still, it's just a little on the bland side overall. Don't see myself seeking this one out again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish color with a light tan with a some lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is a lot of sweet malt, dark fruits and a touch of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt, dark fruits and a a little metallic twang in the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodies with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a pretty average Barleywine. Not horrible, but not great either.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Premiere, shared by Radek. Pours mahogoney with a nice head. Lots of foam. All caramel, a little nutty. Tad above average mouthfeel. Brewed in 2009. More like a strong brown ale. One-dimensional. Smells like a barleywine.A little boozy. Below average for style.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a see through burgundy. Smell is weak. All raisin. Nothing else. Taste is better. Pretty much all raisin, but it works well. Very refreshing and drinkable. No layers, just raisin. Barely any carbonation, which really works for this beer. Overall, one dementional, all raisin. It's still good, but no layers at all, nothing special. Definitely not worth 6 bucks for a 12 oz bottle. Good, Drinkable, Nice, but I won't buy this again. Just nothing to it at all.

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Photo of Clinton
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of t0rin0
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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Photo of WorldWideStout
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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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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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 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 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 cadaugherty
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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 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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