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Old No. 1 Barleywine - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Old No. 1 BarleywineOld No. 1 Barleywine

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  13.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-31-2003)
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Photo of GClarkage


2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/03/07- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, vintage 2006. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Mahogony in color with about a 1/2 inch head upon the pour. Disipates very quickly not even leaving a rim. Very light traces of lace.

Smell- Sweet caramel malt, light notes of sour dark fruits plus one scent I can't put my finger on, but it was rather offputting.

Tastes- Mild sour flanders-like taste remains for the whole beer. Not super sour, but enough to get your attention. Mild caramel malt sweetness with a touch of vanilla in the background. Hops are there, but play a very small role.

Mouthfeel- Fairly smooth, lightly creamy, but has that weird sour aftertaste that remains.

Drinkability- Possibly a beer past it's prime, or maybe infected from birth. Could have been decent. I'm not buying the 12% abv listed on the label either. Seems like a 9% or maybe even less.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 17:20:37 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Fellysmarts


3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-10-2014 19:17:27 | More by Fellysmarts
Photo of ChadQuest


3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is cherry amber in color with a finger of frothy off white head.
The aroma is dull sweetness and alcohol, i actually opened this bottle because it is higher in alcohol. I like alcohol notes. The malt notes are less impressive, and have a decent dosage of dried raw dark fruits.
The flavors are a myriad of raisins, pomegranite, and other fruits with some dry toffee, and a enough alcohol to add a balance to the sweetness.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and sticky.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 06:15:43 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of Floydster


3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle once again acquired as an extra in a trade with SuzyGreenberg, thanks for the opportunity Ben, drinking right now as the nightcap, poured into an oversized wine glass, color is a dark orangish brown, one inch bubbly off white head that did not last long at all, not much retention or lacing, smell consisted of caramel, grassy accents, dark fruit, light hops, booze, sweetness, and toffee, flavor was full of malt from the very beginning, not much different in the middle, it was the sweet kind too instead of the chewy stuff, needed more hops and bitterness in the finish, did not change much as it warmed, the toffee taste seemed stale and a bit pungent at times, not balanced, mouthfeel is sweet, tangy, slightly chewy, and boozy, medium body, needs more carbonation though, taste lasts a long time, could not finish the bottle and came up prett short, heavy stuff and too reliant on malt, needs some balance to get down easier, also a fair amount of alcohol is out in the open, also my first beer from this brewery, always up for trying new barleywines, while this was not the best interpretation of the style I have had, I am glad I tried it, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 04:45:38 | More by Floydster
Photo of twelveinches


3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

07-28-2013 23:12:19 | More by twelveinches
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

04-04-2014 02:58:02 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of FishScales


3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was ok. As far as barleywines go it wouldn't be my first choice. It was recommended to me by the store keeper that I was talking to while on a trip to Seattle. It was a smooth beer, the smell was great, but I would definitely prefer a Lagunitas barleywine to this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 18:40:17 | More by FishScales
Photo of nsabo


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle. I like my barleywines malty, and while this is certainly a maltier English style barleywine, it’s still too hoppy for me. Mouthfeel is thin for the style. I taste sourdough bread, vinegar, raisins, and caramel. This is enjoyable, but unfortunately more sour than sweet (not in an infected way). I’ve encountered this sourness before in barleywines and it’s been quite pleasant, but here it seems off, like it’s playing a bigger role than it was cast for. Interesting, but at almost $5/12oz bottle, it ain’t interesting enough to try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 20:14:01 | More by nsabo
Photo of froghop


3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark burnt caramel with a thin beige head, some lacing that goes away quickly, and some lacing.

smell of caramel, dark fruit, some roasted nuts, and brown sugar.

taste is dry, bitter, caramel, dark fruit, a touch of citrus, and roasted nuts.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 22:08:29 | More by froghop
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Extremely thick and cloudy dark brown body with a decent head.

Smell – This ale just wreaks of old, burnt oak casks used to age sherry. I mean, if you found some dried oak that had been used to age sherry then set it on fire and whiffed the smoke, this is exactly how it would smell.

There’s also some malt in there (not a hop to speak of) but it’s mostly the sweet sherry and burnt oak aroma that dominates. The big alcohol of this 9.9 ABV (I had the 2001 vintage which is stronger than the 1999 that was used to add the beer to the site) makes itself known as well.

Taste – I thought this one fell apart a little bit at the taste. An unappealing sourness came out that felt spent and broken down. The malt and sherry flavors were quite pleasant, though.

Mouthfeel – The tartness of this one took away from the overall experience, but either way this was a nice, “sipper.”

Drinkability – This was a good barley wine at one point, but I thought it was a little past its prime.

Update – Since my review is now two years old I thought I’d re-taste it using an ’05 vintage. It’s better than I remember, although nothing stellar. The tartness from my original notes seems to be gone and the body is much “meatier”, suggesting that I may have had an overaged bottle. I’m giving the ratings here a small bump and picking one up from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 02:19:53 | More by RoyalT
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown with little carbonation. Sweet malty aroma. Sweet malt, dark fruits, alcohol with a malt and light hop finish. Medium bodied. Not as complex as other barleywines, but satisfactory. Will age one to see if it improves.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 23:14:44 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage sampled 2011

A: Poured a cloudy coopper color with a nice dirty white cap

S: Mainly caramel, brown sugar and booze

T: Some dark fruits play with caramel, sugars and a good booze kick, hints of what was once citrus remain

M: Pretty warm, full body, sticky, not much hop bite on this

D: Pretty good overall

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2011 14:55:12 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Barleywinefeind for sending me this as an extra. 2009, 12oz bottle poured into a small snifter. A very dark caramel color. Highlights of light tan. Head isn't much to speak of. Never did much and I'm only left with a thin off white collar. No lacing to speak of either.

Nose is that of an average Barleywine. Candied malts, sweet hard candy, a hint of vanilla and some alcohol.

Taste is much like the nose. Sweet malts, caramel apple, butterscotch, hard candy.

Mouth is average for the style. Medium to light carbonation. Body is quite thin and the finish is medium long and on the wet side with some alcohol burn.

Overall I didn't expect too much from this one but wasn't too let down. This is three years old so most of the flavors have had a chance to blend and come together but it comes out just an average Barleywine in my book. Thanks again to barleywinefeind for sending me this extra. Much appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 07:06:36 | More by azdback
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours deep copper with thin off white head. The aroma is dark fruity sweetness to go along with a mild level of pears as well as some mild booziness. The taste seems similar with prunes and dates mixing with pears and apricots. Off in the background is a smooth mild malt sweetness. This is tasting very nice considering how young this is and the immense size of the ABV. A couple of years will round this out very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 04:19:40 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
Photo of masikon


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was glad to find this one in a grocery store since the brewery is quite local. I found this to have a very pleasant aged attitude...almost as if it had been aged in wood, which perhaps it has. Flavors are well blended without a dominant hop bitterness that others have eluded to although the mouthfeel wasn't quite right for me, a bit overly cloying and sticky...overall however a good barleywine from a local brewery, too bad it was almost 4 bucks for a 12 oz. bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 02:10:08 | More by masikon
Photo of Seattle_Suds


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-01-2014 03:00:46 | More by Seattle_Suds
Photo of Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, translucent, with a circlet of lace.

Smell: Roasted malt with maple and caramel, hops were peppery.

Taste: Felt grainy on my tongue, yet not overly sweet, something I appreciate within this style, warm but not too boozy, another thumbs up, a bit of dark fruit and not too bitter. A rare Barleywine I wouldn't mind having more than half a pint of.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 23:48:24 | More by Goldorak
Photo of Airyk12


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. 2009 vintage.

Pours a deep brown, with a hint of caramel. a very thin head, hardly noticeable.

Smell has an initial scent of pear, with strong alcohol in the nose. Subtle notes of citrus.

Taste has definite maltiness, with a hint of bitterness and citrus. Alcohol is strong in the finish, but not too boozy.

Definitely not a sessionable beer, but enjoyable. I'd like to see what a little more aging could do with it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 08:53:19 | More by Airyk12
Photo of jdense


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased at By the Bottle, Vancouver WA, note label shows ABV as 13.2%.

Garnet amber clear body, minimal carbonation, not much more than a thin ring of head around edge of glass. Sweetish nose, very little hop aroma. The taste is very sweet up front with some floral hops on backend. Mouthfeel is very full and sticky, with decent effervescence. At this ABV I'd suggest sharing one, wicked alcohol kick. A nice interpretation, close to style, worth seeking out for all English Barleywine lovers.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 16:36:19 | More by jdense
Photo of MTNboy


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a beer that is retired I saw it all over Spokane on my recent visit. It was in two grocery stores and a World Market. I bought this sample at Jim’s Homebrew. It was of the vintage of 2005.

Appearance- A dark aged wood color. It is brown but at the same it is red. The head is slightly off white and there is a nice bit of lace.

Smell- A strong prune raisin like scent fills the air after the bottle is open. The smell is strong I could smell it about three feet away.

Taste- It is pretty strong and complex. It has all qualities of a wine, beer, sherry and aged whiskey rolled in to one. You can taste different fruity tones like dates, prunes, raisins followed by some malted grain flavor. The aftertaste is very dry but good.

Mouthfeel- Thick, chewy and just a little sticky. Very very smooth.

Drinkability- I liked it and shared with some friends who are not beer geeks but they said this one opened their eyes to new styles.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 13:48:42 | More by MTNboy
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-20-2011 02:59:10 | More by therobot
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scuttlebutt (2005 vintage) is a peculiar animal indeed, and thanks to Weefisheads for rracking this one down for me. This b-wine pours out a pleasing ruby honey color, nice clarity, dusted with a light covering of fine white foam.

The aroma of this one is quite peculiar, a near unfathomable mélange with notes of cotton candy, spice, cherries, and raisins. Lots of caramel sweetness in here too. Flavor is quite sweet and populated with lots of fruit, getting some apple in there along with more hop bitterness than I expected from the nose, this one is full of suprises. Through the middle you are immersed in sticky malt filled mishmash, slightly toast with lots of caramel/toffee and lingering hints of vanilla. Finish is a bit hot, with more dark fruit and bitterness capping it off. Carbonation is about perfect for such a beer and mouthfeel is full. Quite tasty and a bit of an asskicker at 11.9%, lots going on in there, I like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 03:52:25 | More by mikeys01
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-21-2013 07:22:56 | More by muchloveforhops3
Photo of juhl31


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a small barleywine tasting at home including full sail old boardhead '08, scuttlebutt old #1 '08, and deschutes mirror/mirror

-really dark amber in color. white head without much retention

-alcohol and some barley malt

-taste is really in and out for me. not too alcoholly for the 12.5 abv. a good taste, but its not there for too long...fades out quick. pretty nice balance though

-smooth enough

-liked it, but again the taste needs to be around longer

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 19:26:15 | More by juhl31
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-30-2012 19:24:57 | More by Doveshack
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Old No. 1 Barleywine from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.