Old Cellar Dweller - Driftwood Brewery
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4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
2300th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2011 vintage. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus/floral hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and citrus/floral/pine hop flavors; with a great sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine. All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus/floral/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
05-28-2014 03:45:47 | More by superspak
British Columbia (Canada)
3.35/5 rDev -19.9%
The first thing I noticed about this year's Cellar Dweller is that it is much hoppier than in previous years.
Pours a dark copper with a small off white head. A bit boozey, hoppiness balanced with a good amount of malty sweetness. Too hoppy for a barley-wine in my opinion, drinks almost like a higher abv double ipa.
Overall this isn't my favorite year for the Cellar Dweller, I don't think this one will get better with age, unfortunately.
04-19-2014 21:31:57 | More by RedSunRising
3.75/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
03-07-2014 04:26:22 | More by Phyl21ca
4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
01-23-2014 06:54:43 | More by draheim
British Columbia (Canada)
3.86/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
01-08-2014 21:23:43 | More by CookstLiquor
3.99/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
01-06-2014 18:11:40 | More by StJamesGate
British Columbia (Canada)
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-02-2014 00:39:09 | More by JasonLovesBeer
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
11-24-2013 22:29:38 | More by andrenaline
4.78/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
11-18-2013 08:47:23 | More by drpimento
Old Cellar Dweller from Driftwood Brewery
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