Old Prospector Barleywine - Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Fux:
3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
Bottle shared by Jordan. Thanks a lot for this very interesting brew!
A: Pours brown with a thin thick off-white head
S: Amazing smell, very interesting but quite strange. Aroma is of blue cheese and dark grapes, a bit muddy. A bit boring over time, but unique.
T: The taste follows the nose but a bit more balanced, with more pronounced vinous, boozy notes.
M: Medium bodied, not a heater. The mouthfeel fits well with this not so easy to drink beer.
O: Overall a very unique, interesting brew. The ageing on Zin barrels do affect this beer in a complex way. Worthy to try.
03-31-2012 02:00:59 | More by Fux
More User Reviews:
3/5 rDev -15.5%
Brown with lots of muddling, sediment, haze, however you want to say that it isn't anywhere near see through or having any semblance of clarity. Aroma was dark fruit, copper pennies and heat.
Taste, was heat and more bitter copperyness. The barrel, in terms of wood and liquor, was kind of lost on me, the alcohol was brutally hot, the wood was just not coming through. A lot of raisin like mouthfeel, would have just as easily have believed this was a belgian strong dark ale instead of a barleywine.
Sampled at Jupiter for Sour Sunday. Saw it at Ledger's the day before for $14, passed, I'm glad I did.
02-18-2012 19:21:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours half a finger of head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is musty wood with grapes... and a touch of lemon.
The taste is dark, boozy with strong bitterness, molasses, wine notes and a dry wood finish.
The texture is smooth and soft with low carbonation.
Fairly nice. This was a 2013 bottle, which will probably smooth out with age.
01-31-2014 03:28:28 | More by Fatehunter
2.6/5 rDev -26.8%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Reddish brown body. No real head. Thin collar.
Smell - Caramel. Vinous notes. Vanilla. Kinda oaky.
Taste - Starts off nice. Oaky. Caramel. A little fruity. The finish is what kills it. Vigorous off flavor manifests itself as an intense bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Extremely bitter woody flavor. Medium carbonation. Astringent.
Overall - Started off ok, but ugh, it's rough in the back.
03-25-2014 01:21:24 | More by Alieniloquium
3.7/5 rDev +4.2%
A: pours a deep brown with very limited head production that fades quickly. I couldn't even tell you what color it was.
S: smells intensely sweet and malty with notes of caramel and toffee. there's some alcoholic fruitiness as well and maybe a little bit extra from the wine barrel. no bitterness but there's definitely some malt and slight booziness in the nose
T: kinda muted but gets louder as it warms up. a bit of wine flavor mixed with caramel and toffee, hints of tobacco, slight oakiness, a bit of roast malt at times as well along with some fruitiness. it's ever so slightly tart at times too. swallow brings a slightly sharp wine flavor and a bit more malty caramel flavor. it has a lot more soft and nuanced flavors as well but they are very fleeting so I don't have enough time to place them.
M: soft carbonation and a medium mouthfeel, it feels a bit thin for a barleywine in my opinion
O: not bad but not great. kinda forgettable in the end. it's on the verge of amazing but the flavors need to be a bigger. It drinks easy for its ABV though which is nice.
08-16-2012 03:42:59 | More by SHODriver
3.31/5 rDev -6.8%
the niners make it to the championship game!!!
ba barleywine time!
this was just released right in time for this game
22oz green wax bottle
a- looks great, with a white head
s- smells alright the wine is strong up front. dark fruits are in there along bright white grape.
t- follows the nose very closly, dont think this is working for me, ripe grape with dark fruit, lots of wine, i guess it is giving ke what i asked for
m- mouthfeel is light medium, its got alot of wine elemants and even somewhat dryness that is fighting the big body.
o- decent beer, i got exactly what i asked for. not hard to drink but this is not for me.
this stuff is like champagne for me right! niners ate going to seattle!
01-12-2014 21:38:39 | More by KevSal
3.63/5 rDev +2.3%
Serving Type- On tap at the Brewery poured into a tulip glass
Appearance- Dark reddish brown, off white head very thin which is expected at 10%ABV
Smell- Strong plums, dark cherries, sweet malty notes, wine type characters
Taste- Strong plums, dark cherries, sweet malty notes, wine type characters, smooth alcohol notes, not overpowering, great hop backbone
Mouthfeel- Smooth, full, easy sipping Barley wine, each sip makes you want another one
Overall- Another great beer from a Brewery that does not get enough credit this Barley wine was aged in local Zinfandel barrels I will buy a bottle or two and age them and hopefully they hold up and improve with age...CHEERS
02-10-2014 06:10:14 | More by Tony49er
4.43/5 rDev +24.8%
Pours a dark amber color, with a decent off white head.
Aromas are of dark fruits, booze, and light cereal grains.
Taste is much like the nose. Tons of complex dark fruit flavors, chocolate like sweetness, and a finish that has a hint of flint like hops, and nice cutting alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel is good, pretty smooth and full.
Drinkability is great. Very nice barleywine, lots of sweet fruity complex flavors. A pleasure to sip. In fact... my glass was empty pretty quickly.
02-22-2010 05:15:47 | More by flexabull
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
This beer was Guilherme choice. Split three ways at Beer Revolution, on to the beer:
Zin barrels in a barleywine? Aging beers in wine barrels is a two way street, so let's find out where this goes. The beer is dark brown and looks almost black. The head is a half inch thick and retains decently. Aroma is a good sign with brown sugar, toasted malts, and some sour grape. Not out of whack yet.
The taste starts with raisin. Toasted sugar is brough to the front as well. Then comes a blast of sour,which I'm betting is the zin doing the talking. The overall flavor shouldn't work, but it just does. The beer is medium heavy bodied with a smooth texture.
Sour barleywine? If so, this is a good one.
11-13-2012 02:54:18 | More by DoubleJ
3.83/5 rDev +7.9%
Bottle: Vintage 2012
Pours out a deep red/brown, with ruby highlights. 1/2 inch tan head with minimal lacing.
The smell starts with dark, fruity malts, oak and caramel. Alcohol follows, with a hint of white wine and pine.
Very mellow taste. Chocolate plum comes to mind for the start of the taste. Slight booze followed by dry oak around the middle. Slight, tart grape followed by a hint of pine for the finish. Slightly hot with a moderate thickness.
In all honesty, with wine barrel aging, I wouldn't cellar any longer on the 2012 Vintage. It's good now, but when I think cellar potential, I think probably not.
09-20-2013 04:15:43 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
3.6/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured from the 22-oz bomber into a Delirium snifter--picked this bottle up at the brewery in March. This is an English-style Barley Wine that has been aged in Zinfandel barrels.
A: Deep dark brown with red hues, wearing a delicate off-white cap that fades to leave intricate lacing behind.
N: Very interesting tobacco, oak, dark fruits and toffee....with hint of something funky--like buttermilk or blue cheese. There is a lot going on here.
T/M: It all comes together with the taste, which really does not follow the nose here. There is a the hint of oak and stone fruit aspects. In the middle, that note of "funky cheese" comes through for a flash of flavor mixed with some tartness that gives way to the hints of the zinfandel. Ultimately, this comes across as a sour. The zin really comes through making this beer seem much more light bodied than it really is. The alcohol remains slightly eclipsed by the tartness, but the heat is present as the glass warms. Very sippable.
I think this is incredibly interesting... but NOT an English-style BW. Not sure if this is a one-off due to the barrel being infected, or if it is what they were going for, but it is...interesting. Lots of flavors and aromas...some pleasant, some questionable. Overall though, an intriguing attempt at something different.
05-05-2012 01:17:04 | More by peacebone116
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
I received this bottle from Azureoval, thanks Josh.
Wax dipped bottle, siged, and scribbled on by the brewer. Barleywine aged in Zin barrels.
The pour is right on for the style, dark brown in color with a few bubbles on top. The aroma was fantastic. Tons of wine barrel. Vinous notes all over the nose, some booziness, and dark malts. Not very sweet in the nose. Very appealing.
The flavor was less stellar than the nose but still pretty good. Fairly flat and one dimensional. Malt complexity didn't exactly blow me away. A touch of herbal, perfumy hops in the finish. Pretty dry for a 10% Barleywine. Highly attenuated for the style. The Wine barrel offers a nice vinous quality with a light, almost peppery character.
The body and mouthfeel were good. I liked this beer, it's an interesting take on a Barleywine.
02-09-2012 13:31:43 | More by Brew33
Old Prospector Barleywine from Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.