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Old Cellar Dweller - Driftwood Brewery

Old Cellar DwellerOld Cellar Dweller

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%


Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 12-26-2008)
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Reviews by cbnz:
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-21-2013 00:28:58 | More by cbnz
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-11-2014 05:19:54 | More by Kmat10
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-08-2014 07:53:26 | More by schnarr84
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a dark copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of residual sugars notes with some warming alcohol notes and some light caramel and toffee notes. Taste is also dominated by caramel malt with light woody notes with port and some light warming alcohol notes. Body is not as full as expected with good carbonation. Well brewed thought maybe a tad too much alcohol is apparent.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 04:26:22 | More by Phyl21ca
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Fader

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-17-2014 15:59:18 | More by Fader
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-12-2014 03:05:26 | More by Axnjxn
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

02-11-2014 02:29:59 | More by ygtbsm94
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CaptainQ

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-01-2014 05:11:33 | More by CaptainQ
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draheim

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz (2011) into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear amber w/ a minimal beige head.

Aroma is mostly caramel malt and floral hops. Some light toffee.

Taste is caramelly and sweet, malty, balanced by floral/bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth, satisfying.

Overall a pretty good barleywine but, at about $20 as I recall, not that good. Kind of similar to Stone Double Bastard actually.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 06:54:43 | More by draheim
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Poured from a 650 ml bottle. Pours a surprisingly bright lager yellow colour. Nose is dank with herbaceous notes of cannabis, resin and lemon. Taste is similarly unusual for a barley wine with big hop notes of marmalade, resin, and overripe fruit as well as a huge malty sweetness. Punishing bitter finish. Very boozy and, I suspect, bigger than 11.6% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 21:23:43 | More by CookstLiquor
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jmdr

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

01-06-2014 22:25:27 | More by jmdr
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StJamesGate

New York

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola coloured with amber highlights and a film of taupe that trails.
Toffee, woody brandy, dried orange peel, and Marmite on the nose - lots of candy sweetness.
Black rye, treacle, and licorice up front, some chocolate bark, a hit of pine tar, then more dried orange rind hops.
Pledge (citrus, oil, and solvent) finish and humming oily linger.
Medium to full, lots of chew, oily.

Big and mellow. Hops are faded a bit but the IBUs are still there. A bit dark to start for my tastes, but ends up with a bit of a Terry's Chocolate Orange (Dark) going on.

Definitely one for by the fire.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 18:11:40 | More by StJamesGate
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle. Drank NYE 2013.

A: Before even opening the bottle you can see this is very light for a barleywine, much lighter than years past. Poured in the glass, it's a shade darker than a double IPA with a deep golden hue. Head is cream coloured and not huge, reduces to trace amounts after a bit. Some lacing.

S: Deep, resiny hops was my first reaction. Pine, sweet honeyed citrus.

T: Big honey sweetness (like a sibling of caramel sweetness) with big, bright citrus and floral hops. Bitterness is all but eliminated by the sweet malt body and alcohol. The alcohol itself isn't really that noticable despite the 11.6% ABV and fresh bottle.

M: Creamy medium body with a fairly dry finish.

O: I really love this new and completely different Old Cellar Dweller but it will disappoint the barleywine die-hards. It is not your typical barleywine, not by a mile! It's also so different than other Driftwood barleywines I've had. It's very much just a barrel aged DIPA, but a very good one. It's bright and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 00:39:09 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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emottram

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

12-12-2013 12:44:26 | More by emottram
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 Edition. Props to my bro for sending this bottle my way. Super pumped to finally try this beast!

A - Pours a nice hazy ruby mahogany colour, thumb of off-white head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Big bold scent, booze is noticeable, dark chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar, hints of blak licorice and tobacco smoke.

T - Insanely smooth at 11.8%, molasses and black licorice flavours dominate alongside earthy hop notes, burnt caramel, and alcohol sweetness. Candied sugar, molasses and milk caramel linger with a touch of ABV heat.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - Another high quality brew from a brewer that continues to impress me. Definitely a privilege to have had the opportunity to try it. Worth picking up for anyone who has access, as it will surely not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 22:29:38 | More by andrenaline
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer! Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, foamy, cream-colored, short lived head and no lace. Color is a clear honey amber. Aroma is malt, caramel, bread dough, resin, pumpernickel.. Flavor's much like nose, complex, mammoth; has sweet/bitter/tang all intertwined and up front along with hop. Body is full and while very bitter, there's enough sweet to round it off and just right carbonation to keep it lively. Finish is like flavor, very long and surprisingly only slight alcohol warmth for its strength. Would love to get some more to lay by.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 08:47:23 | More by drpimento
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

09-30-2013 14:44:53 | More by drummermattie02
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

09-08-2013 04:45:12 | More by LampertLand
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sukwonee

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-04-2013 02:37:47 | More by sukwonee
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-27-2013 07:11:58 | More by strongaf
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pixieskid

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

08-27-2013 07:03:46 | More by pixieskid
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SGToliver

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

08-22-2013 17:13:11 | More by SGToliver
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Geno206

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

06-14-2013 06:10:40 | More by Geno206
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-10-2013 14:48:53 | More by KStark
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle courtesy of FondueVoodoo in CANBIF 2013

Appearance: It has a nice hazy orangy/amber color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit, (alot of raisins), bready malts, sweet caramel, toffee, brown suguar, mild hops and some booziness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of sweet dark fruit, caramel and toffee along with some brown suguar, a nice piney bitterness and a boozy warming feeling at the end. I'm not tasting much of that breadiness that I picked up in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 20:47:47 | More by SebD
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Old Cellar Dweller from Driftwood Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.