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HaandBryggeriet Jækel | by Bernt Rostad
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HaandBryggeriet Jækel

A bottle of Jækel from HaandBryggeriet in Drammen, Norway, at Café Sara in Oslo.


HaandBryggeriet Jækel is a 9.5% English-style barley wine, it's the first barley wine ever brewed at HaandBryggeriet and as it was batch #666 it was appropriately named "Jækel" or "The Devil". The beer poured a murky, reddish brown color with a thin bubbly head. Aroma was dominated by a malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was full bodied with a thick, viscous texture. Flavor followed up the aroma with notes of caramel and syrup before ending with a mild bittersweet finish.


Overall a bit too sweet for me. But, by all means, this is an English style barley wine and as such should be aged for a couple of years, not be drunk this young, to round off the sweetness and perhaps bring out some dried fruit notes.

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Taken on March 3, 2014