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Old Herb Barleywine - Southampton Publick House

Old Herb BarleywineOld Herb Barleywine

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

115 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%


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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meathookjones

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 04 12oz bottle with no number in the spot where it was written on the 03’s. Deep amber body with a light tan head that leaves little scatterings of lace as this was consumed. Big sweet malty aroma. Notes of dark fruits, such as figs where present. Alcohol was there but not too strong. Light syrupy aroma as well. The flavor is rich with sweet malt, fruit notes and a light bitterness. A bit sticky sweet after a while. Lingering sweetness with a slight alcohol bite at the end. Sticky sweet with a creamy thick feel. Pretty easy drinking stuff. Tastes good but might benefit from another year or so of aging. The alcohol is hidden remarkably well for an 11% brew. Great stuff pick it up if you get a chance. Thanks go to Steve for the bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2005 12:35:36 | More by meathookjones
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Old Herb Barleywine from Southampton Publick House
91 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.