Old No. 1 Barleywine - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
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2.95/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
10-04-2007 17:20:37 | More by GClarkage
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
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
03-03-2011 14:55:12 | More by barleywinefiend
British Columbia (Canada)
4.6/5 rDev +22.7%
A: Deep amber-chestnut, still, no retention or lace.
S: Raisins, maraschino cherries, sherry, light spice, pear, apple, brown sugar and raspberry buds.
T: Dark, caramalized raisins, Christmas cake, maraschino cherries, candied pineapple, roasted nut, brown sugar, warming alcohol (though I wouldn't guess it was this strong), balanced bitterness. Exceptional. Truly one of the best brews I've tried.
M: Well-attenuated, fairly full body, slight residual sweetness, mild carbonation.
D: Very approachable & enticing, but limited by its strength.
12-26-2010 04:37:41 | More by Derek
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
07-04-2012 23:14:44 | More by LiquidAmber
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
Theres also some malt in there (not a hop to speak of) but its 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 Id re-taste it using an 05 vintage. Its 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. Im giving the ratings here a small bump and picking one up from time to time.
09-08-2003 02:19:53 | More by RoyalT
4.43/5 rDev +18.1%
Apparently, Scuttlebutt brews this big ale to different recipes annually. I drank mine without realizing that it was 13.3% ABV. I did a complete double take when I looked at the label afterwards and realized this was one of the most potent beers in Washington. The presence of alcohol was modestly detectable in the aroma. But nothing suggested 13.3%.
Old No. 1 is lush burgundy with an extreme malt-sweet aroma ripe with plum, mango, passion fruit, and most especially, maple syrup. An unexpected smokiness steps forth at first sip followed by a big wash of maple sugars and assertive, spicy bittering. There's also an enticing swampiness that integrates as an earthen spice might. The slight aroma of alcohol adds further excitement.
A hearty and excellent barleywine.
12-18-2009 04:11:40 | More by RedDiamond
3.18/5 rDev -15.2%
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
03-14-2009 04:45:38 | More by Floydster
4.5/5 rDev +20%
2006 vintage has aged quite nicely and should do so for at least another few years.
A rich clear mahogany color with a silky tan head. Color is very impressive.
A nose of fruity malts, residual sugars, complex alcohol and floral hops. Fantastic.
The taste has a huge candy/honey profiel with a good amount of bready malts and soem delicate hops.
A full body goes down well. This really has aged nice and is a superb exampe of an English Barley.
07-24-2008 04:13:57 | More by rye726
4.2/5 rDev +12%
12oz bottle, vintage 2009.
Pours murky brown with a burgundy tinge when held to the light. Barely a trace of a skim coat directly after the pour as well as for the duration of the glass. A few dots of lacing also.
Aromatics lead off with toffee, caramel, Sherry, and alcohol. Grapefruit and pine start coming through with some agitation as does a fusely blast. Raisins and a hint of nougat run under.
On the thicker side of medium bodied. Chewy and tacky. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy.
Red fruit, pine resin, grapefruit pith, and boozy alcohol start the palate. Toffee, drizzeled caramel, plump malt, and a mild vineousity follow through.
Finishes with lingering alcohol, vineous fruit, toffee, and sweet malt.
Big beer and I like it. The Sherry character in the nose is without the usual wet paper/cardboard found in aged Barleywines and the vineous finish cuts through some of the heat. Probably peaking at this point though, drink up.
01-22-2011 00:55:29 | More by brewandbbq
3.9/5 rDev +4%
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.
06-23-2010 16:36:19 | More by jdense
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
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 Jims 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.
01-06-2008 13:48:42 | More by MTNboy
3.48/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
04-18-2009 22:08:29 | More by froghop
4.08/5 rDev +8.8%
Very sweet and fruity to the nose. Could smell this from a few feet away even, as I was throwing the bottle away. Kind of an opague root beer color with little to no head. Just some light white splotchiness on the top. Very strong taste as expected. Very alcoholic, brandy with some wood notes. Taste like it may have spent time in some whiskey barrels. Though I mentioned it in the color, there is a sort of root beer taste to this at first. Subtle but there, interesting. Caramel and vanilla aftertaste. Minimal hop presence. Little to no carbonation. Smooth texture yet heavy body. Lingers in the mouth for quite a while. Not necessarily a bad thing. Overall it's enjoyable and I would sip on one again.
01-12-2013 22:59:42 | More by Braz
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
09-12-2012 07:06:36 | More by azdback
3.1/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
05-16-2012 06:15:43 | More by ChadQuest
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
05-29-2005 23:48:24 | More by Goldorak
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
01-22-2011 04:19:40 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
.5 liter bottle brewed on 1-4-01. The pop top bottle pours a beautiful clear garnet color. Thin head and very little carbonation. . Smells of candy sugars, sweet brown raisons, with bread and yeast, like a fresh baked cinnimon roll. Has a sweet raison taste surrounded by a dry, almost sour port wine flavor.Medium bodied with a flat mouth feel. Finishes with an appropriate alcohol taste on the breath.
oh, the joy of aged beers.
10-17-2004 18:01:30 | More by beerceller99
4/5 rDev +6.7%
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
-liked it, but again the taste needs to be around longer
12-28-2009 19:26:15 | More by juhl31
Old No. 1 Barleywine from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.