Old Herb Barleywine - Southampton Publick House
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3.45/5 rDev -15.6%
Not sure of the vintage, but notes seem in indicate 2011. Sampled Jan. '14. Reddish brown pour with a small tan head that fizzled down to a thin ringlet, dotting the glass with scant lace. In the nose, solventy alcohol, notes of citrus zest, bready malts, potpourri. A lot of what was in the smell came out again in the taste, solvent-like booze, bready malts and toasted grains bringing in a bit of token sweetness, with some herbal notes and dried citrus peel lending a bitter element. While I have had barleywines like this in the past, it's not really the kind of stuff I look for in the style. Medium body, awkward mouthfeel, average carbonation, drinkable in moderation. It wasn't bad overall, just seemed messy and unbalanced.
01-26-2014 00:53:48 | More by Rifugium
4.5/5 rDev +10%
Pours a deep orange with a 1 finger white head
The smell is still pretty hoppy for some reason picking up on a little bit of peach and some sweet crumb cake like notes
Taste is slightly faded hops with a very sweet butterscotch and brown sugar flavor...no sign of the abv
Mouthfeel is on the heavy side and although the pour brings on a decent sized head it seems to have a slightly lower carbonation.
Overall very good beer...it has changed quite a bit since I had the last one right after they released.
08-02-2012 02:16:44 | More by joefuzz
3.45/5 rDev -15.6%
A - Pours a murky light brown with a small 1 inch foam that fades to a frothy top to the beer. Just a little bit of lacing on the glass
S - Very malty, grainy, toffee aroma. Hints of a minty herbal smell as well.
T - The taste is alot of caramel malts, some plum along with some oxidation. Almost a wet cardboard taste along with a bit of a minty and hebal quality.
M/D - medium to thick body with a nice carbonation. The drinkability is a bit rough on this one, it has an interesting flavor but might not be one that I could drink more than a glass full of. Definitely a sipper but interesting to try something new to me.
06-24-2012 03:09:39 | More by mikereaser
3.1/5 rDev -24.2%
No ABV listed
12oz bottle to snifter. $10.00 for the bottle picked up at the 2010 release of Southampton IRS. Hand numbered bottle #214 of 500. Sampled nine months later on 10/15/11.
A: Filled within a centimeter of the bottles rim, Old Herb pours with 1 finger of foamy khaki head which slowly fades to a creamy film and collar. The body is auburn brown in color and completely opaque. Retention is great, lacing is minimal.
S: Heavy malts of caramel, toffee and grain - all moderately toasted. Hop character is herbal/minty menthol and rather muted. Yeast strain is neutral except at higher temperatures when some plasticky phenols become apparent.
T: More English than American (at least at this point). Rendered caramel and light toffee are most prominent while a plum and grape-like fruitiness adds nuance. Mild notes of cardboard and construction paper suggest a little oxidation. Long lasting flavor. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter.
M: Fantastic. Thick and chewy. Full body with the perfect amount of carbonation. The texture is a little more alcoholic than I care for but for an 11% beer, it isn't out of line.
O: This beer changes considerably throughout the glass. The flavor evolves while the nose devolves. All of it is marginal as the highs and lows still hover around average.
02-14-2012 12:42:19 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Old Herb Barleywine from Southampton Publick House
91 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.