Old Prospector Barleywine - Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.88/5 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
4.33/5 rDev +22%
Pours a dark auburn hue with a finger of off white head. Retention, and lacing are awesome.
Smells of caramel, oak, dark berries, tannins, quite vinous.
Taste follows smell. Caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, pine, dark berries, brown sugar.
Viscous and full bodied. Low carbonation.
12-21-2011 23:17:13 | More by billshmeinke
4.43/5 rDev +24.8%
Some gold paint-pen writing on the side shows a #806, 2011 and some other scribbles I'd hope I could read. I can make out BWood, but that's it.
Pours a very clear but dark mahogany brown hue. Off white head comes and goes, leaving a thin layer of foamy film.
Notes of wood, malty dark fruit some grape-like sweetness. Hints of milk chocolate, too.
Nice blend of wood and hop notes dominating the front with a nice, also woody, dark fruit and white wine finish. Notes of pepper carry its ways throughout the beer, which actual helps blend the hops and wine flavors almost perfectly. Slight hint of warmth in the finish. This is very different from most English-style barleywines in that the malt is not crowding things, but acting more as pillow for everything else. Hints of dark fruit rise to the font, but just a little. There are parts of the wine character that lean towards tasting a little like brett, which ain't a bad thing in this case. The hops zin and pepper flavors are so dominant that the malt notes almost seem nonexistent, although they're totally there, but playing second fiddle to everything else.
This achieves new flavors in my BW tasting travels. It almost doesn't have much of a BW character to it anymore. While I regret not aging this, I couldn't wait to try this brew. Very good.
12-20-2011 04:04:12 | More by 100floods
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
3.38/5 rDev -4.8%
This barleywine is pretty good but not great, a little bland and one-dimensional in taste and aroma.
It's somewhat hazy dark brown with a medium, dense tan head that shirnks very slowly and leaves a little decent lace.
The aroma is not very strong, a bit muted, but is definitely a barleywine. It smells of malt, sweet, caramelly-fruit and hints of winey alcohol, chocolate and fruit.
The taste is slightly on the sweet side but not very sweet and has a light, pleasant bitterness near the finish. It has caramel, raisins, and strong red wine. At first, the alcohol seems a bit too evident, but then it settles down into a fairly pleasant, tasty drink with some pleasant spiecy-fruity sharpness with a hint of bitterness to balance the sweetness. For the style, it also goes well with food, developing a light spiciness. It's fairly easy to drink and is overall good, but it's a little bland and one-dimensional for barleywine.
04-13-2009 17:45:51 | More by Offa
Old Prospector Barleywine from Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.