Old Cellar Dweller - Driftwood Brewery

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Old Cellar DwellerOld Cellar Dweller

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92
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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 52
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 sukwonee:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Photo of atomeyes
4.94/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this side by side with the Old Barrel Dweller.
I actually liked this more.

The dry hopping was amazing. A beautiful tangerine nose with a faint hint of raspberry. The beer had a great balance of sweetness with a bit of hoppiness. the alcohol was there but not too hot.

a beautiful sipper on a cold Ontario winter night. would drink again and again. one of the best barley wines i've had.

Photo of olradetbalder
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty stuff. The alcohol is well hidden but warms as you sip ourself through the bottle. Rich malt, fairly high IBU, lots of citrus flavour. This is several months old and may be even more interesting with a few years behind it.Full mouthfeel.
Thanks Rutager.

Photo of dirtylou
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, 11.5% abv per the bottle

Served in a lost abbey teku - rich garnet body, nice bubbly beige lace. Layered aromas of dark fruit, sugars, caramelized grapefruit, booze. The 2012 vintage I had on tap recently was noticeably hoppier than this slightly aged bottle - I tend to prefer the fresher batches it would appear (surprise, surprise as aging beer is stupid). Regardless, this is exceptionally complex and layered - glazed citrus, sugars, pine sap, booze soaked dark fruit.

Photo of FalconA
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of sammytag
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The 2010 Edition. @ 11.8% abv.

a - Beautiful. A clear, deep amber. A torrent of tiny bubbles rise from the walls of my glass. A firm, white head hangs around. First barley wine of the season. I'm psyched.

s - not what i'm accustomed to as far as barley wine goes. very fruity. Powerful grapefruit note and a blast of herbal hoppiness dominates. I'm getting ready for a big hop bite.

t - Wow! Huge hop flavour, a rich malty backdrop serves to exalt the interplay of hops. i'm at a loss for words as to how to characterize the absolute forcefulness of grapefruit and apricot. So prominent, aggressive and palatially challenging. Unique for a barley wine, in that there are no detectable dark fruits (date, prune, raisin) that i've come to expect from a BW. This is all light fruit, married to a robust, peerless hop symphony. The hops are aggressive in flavour, but the bitterness is light, and just right. A boozy sweet alcoholic finish is the perfect conclusion. Very complex. Poetic, almost.

m - perfect. there's no other way to describe it. The carbonation perfectly compliments the flavour explosion occurring in my mouth as this thick, thick beer hits the tongue.

d - i would drink this every day if it wasn't $12 a bottle. Being from edmonton, I declare this brew the Yin to Alley Kat's Olde Deuteronomy's Yang. My god. Unbelievable.

I would recommend drinking this at cellar room temperature - cool, but not cold. It's truly symphonic. Drink with dark chocolates and rich desserts, or all on its own. Tastes like it will definitely stand the test of time. Try it.

Photo of jellikit
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good barley wine. Sweet. Hoppy. Boozey. Balanced though. Will buy again.

Photo of Rutager
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a cloudy, deep amber red with a finger of sticky looking, light yellow-orange head.

Smell. Fruity, floral hops and sweet caramel. Some pear, grapefruit and a little booze.

Taste. Sweet toffee initially dominates followed by raisins ...and then the bitterness takes hold. Building bitter pine sap, grapefruit rind and lasting a grassy, floral hops. Alcohol present but not overwhealming.

Mouthfeel. Heavy, full body, lower carbonation, warm alcohol.

Overall. Great stuff. If it cools down a bit it'll be even nicer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris for this bottle.
2012 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A - Poured murky dark brown and settled almost completely opaque with just a slight ruby glow around the edges. A thin layer of cream coloured head formed on the pour.

S - Sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar and a big hop profile with a citrus aroma.

T - Follows the nose. Sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar with some generous hopping that lends a big bitterness and some citrus flavours.

M - Medium, almost full body. Chewy. Light carbonation. Excellent mouthfeel.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium red-orange amber, with a nice one finger fine light tan head and lacing. Aroma of piney and citrus hops, faint sweet malt. Flavor is sweet and somewhat aromatic malt with light hints of dark fruit and vanilla. Finishes with creamy caramel malt, citrus and hops. Creamy medium to heavy body. Well integrated and seems already age mellowed; the hops are not dominating, but still have a fresh herbal taste. Alcohol is well hidden (maybe too well, @ 14% !). I hope I can find another bottle to age, because flavors are quite well blended already and it will be interesting to see what happens with a year or two on this.

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of montrealbcr89
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a snifter. A deep orangey-red with minimal head.

S: When I poured it, there was a ton of citrusy/tropical fruits on the nose. Big grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Smelled similar to an IPA. As it warmed up, however, the malt started to appear. Coupled with the fruitiness, there was caramel, toffee, and brown sugar.

T: Right off the bat there is big bitter, fruity characteristics. Again, ver IPAish. Towards the back on the tongue emerged the malt character. That sweet toffee and brown sugar really made its presence felt towards the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. I started drinking this beer probably seven minutes after taking it out of the fridge. It was super drinkable then. Once it began to really warm up, however, it got a little more boozy, and turned into more of a sipper.

O: Definitely could have drank the whole bottle to myself (really tasty), but is better enjoyed when shared. Have another one that will be sitting in the cellar for a few years to see how this thing changes. Highly recommended.

Photo of CookstLiquor
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.

Photo of pudoo
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of injuredreserve
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit: 2008 A year later, hops have died down to give a pleasing balance, carbonation doesn't distract, nice balance of roasty and caramel malts - very more-ish. Editing the score up slightly.

New brewery in town, saw it on the shelves and had to try the barleywine ale - not everyday a local microbrew crafts one of these bad boys, 2008 vintage.

Pours a brown/copper/mahogany color with lightish, tight head. Bold, non-murky color with a fair amount of carbonation bubbles. Smell is hoppy with a hint of back sweetness, brown sugar with some hints of fruit.

First sip - the hops nail you head on.

Normally I am not a huge fan of high hops content beers but this one could be an exception. As it glides through the sweetness hits the back of the mouth and there is some complex flavoring going on. As you drink it opens up and you taste the fruits, brandy, a hint of nut.

Still perhaps a little too carbonated for my tastes but this is a nice contender for a new brewery. Definitely going to have to try some of their other offerings.

Photo of papat444
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

***2010 Vintage***

Thanks to glouglouburp (ratebeer) for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle and split with my wife.

Appearance: Burnished light copper is the color of the body with a nice thick head that latches a bit to the sides.

Smell: Burnt sugar, caramel, malt candy, fleshy fruit and dare i say hops?

Taste: Wow, that's sweet baby! Sweet malt, a rustic feel, intense, bitter orange flesh that reminds me of hops a bit. Sugar throttles in the middle right through the end bringing with it some leafy herb bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The feel is long and it just rakes the palate yet doesn't quite rip it apart thankfully.

Overall: Not for the faint of heart and it needs to be shared. Still, i enjoyed this one quite well.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***2008 Vintage***
For my 100th review on Beer Advocate we're breaking out a gem.

A: A solid chestnut brown, a bit tawny and ruddy hazed brew with a hint of lacing and variable bubbles, each glass has an island of foam adorning the top.

S: Scent of fruit cake, deep malts, dark dried fruits of raisins, dates and currents and an alcohol ester similar to a dark rum. Some notes of acrid dark coffee and sweet from start to finish.

T: The fruitcake taste is still there with rum raisins especially. Dark acrid coffee with deep dark toffee, not as sweet as the nose would suggest. Alcohol does show through - but that's reasonable at 12%. Really hangs on at the end with an acrid dry flavour that clings to the sides of the tongue.

M: Burst of fizz at the front of the palate, with a pleasant coating throughout the drink that allows those flavours linger. Alcohol esters are vaporized, giving a small amount of heat.

O: Great sipper that is best enjoyed slowly with great cheese, the saltiness allows the sweeter notes to develop. Would be great to try a vertical tasting of OCD vintages to see how it develops in the bottle.

Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sampled at Volo, poured into a flute glass. Labelled as being LCBO lab tested at 14.1% ABV. 2010 vintage.

Poured a golden amber with a transient off whtie head that fades quick, leaving behind a small collar. This one has big legs. Nose has a shit load of malt and hops going on here, citrusy, with some toffee and caramel. Some vanilla and a sharp flash of the alcohol also. Relatively complex and full. Opens up thick and viscous on the palate initially, and suddenly the hops begin to take over. More huge citrus notes interplay with the malt, loads of caramel and toffee again. More vanilla, and maybe some oak (?). Alcohol comes through mid-palate and lasts, burning down the throat. Mouthfeel is sticky, viscous and full; alcohol comes through a bit more than I'd like it to. Again, something I'd like to sit on to see how it turns out, but this one was quite good.

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Old Cellar Dweller from Driftwood Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.