Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Brauerei Hofstetten Seit 1229 Barleywine Ale

I picked up a bottle of Brauerei Hofstetten Seit 1229 Barleywine Ale from Discount Wines and Liquors in Boonton, NJ. The beer pours a raisin color with a bubbly cream colored head. The aroma consists of raisin, oak, caramel, and malts. The taste is dry with oak and a sweet raisin and fig base. Caramel comes out as well before oak appears again and dries out the finish with some peppery spice to it as well. The alcohol content is 8.6% ABV. This was an interesting brew with quite a different flavor than I was expecting. The oak flavor really dried out the beer, but thankfully it had enough of a sweet base to balance it out.

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