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Old Herb Barleywine - Southampton Publick House

Not Rated.
Old Herb BarleywineOld Herb Barleywine

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

115 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 115
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 61
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2003)
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cretemixer

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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage Bottle 125 of 500

It almost feels like a sin to open such a limeted offering. I say almost, because the real sin would be never opening it at all. Beer is for drinking!
Pours a murky russett color with a thin, dense head. Ultra fine bubbles rise slowly.
The aromas are noted even before pouring. Chocolate covered raisins, vanilla and caramel.
Not as sweet as many barleywines, not at all cloying. A big, full bitterness fills the mouth. Creamy texture with a full body. More of an English style barleywine, more earthy than most too. Becomes dryer by mid-glass and saharan towards the end as a peppery spiciness kicks in. Masterful!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 13:36:34 | More by cretemixer
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No ABV listed

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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.

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Old Herb Barleywine from Southampton Publick House
91 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.