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Old Cellar Dweller - Driftwood Brewery

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 55
Gots: 26 | 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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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -28.2%

02-11-2012 18:12:05 | More by w00ddy
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

08-27-2013 07:03:46 | More by pixieskid
Photo of RedSunRising

British Columbia (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -19.9%

2013 vintage

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
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

02-11-2014 02:29:59 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-10-2012 01:47:08 | More by DaveJanssen
Photo of bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

05-09-2012 03:13:02 | More by bumchilly25
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

12-17-2012 19:31:54 | More by tigervette
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

06-14-2013 06:10:40 | More by Geno206
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3.58/5  rDev -14.4%

Thanks to MaxStout for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a slightly salty flavor on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

10-07-2012 03:39:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-25-2013 20:45:38 | More by FalconA
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

02-05-2013 00:47:07 | More by injuredreserve
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

12-12-2013 12:44:26 | More by emottram
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Nice inaugural Barleywine from Victoria's newest craft brewery. Brown-mahogany-copper in colour with a thin, tan almost cola-like head.

Very rich malt smell with definite vinous and vanilla hints. Slightly one-sided if served cold, but as it warms, the scent opens up and reveals hints of spice, brown sugar, fruit and wine.

Taste is high on the malts and gives a good balance of brown sugar, fruit and brandy traces. Very low hop profile. Again, starts off one dimensional, but as it warms slightly, it becomes more complex, with the flavours floating in and out and interacting with each other.

Carbonation could be toned down a bit, and the high ABV (12%) limit this to a one-a-night beer.

12-26-2008 04:31:43 | More by BDTyre
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

08-22-2013 17:13:11 | More by SGToliver
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Casked at the Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" tan head over amber liquid.

S: Pine and citrus hops.

T: The nutty malt taste that many Phillips and Driftwood beers have is quite concentrated in this one. In small doses I enjoy it, but in both of their barleywines it becomes too much for me. This is complemented by citrus and pine hop flavours.

M: Thick viscosity and medium carbonation.

O: Thick and full of rich complex flavours.

12-15-2011 19:08:42 | More by DaftCaskBC
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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
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

Thanks to Rutager for sending me this bottle as well as its barrel-dwelling brother in a receipt of great-looking Canadian beers. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife after a not-so-good start to the evening.

For the second straight bottle I almost have to use a broadsword to remove the wax & get to the bottle cap. Why, why, why? It's an oxygen barrier, not a recreation of the Berlin Wall. Pour has a touch of carbonation, & looks like a horse track after a passing thundershower. Nose is quiet: caramel, toffee, sweet malts.

Old Cellar Dweller is a boozy shot to the nether regions. Alcohol slips almost unnoticed down the throat, before stomping its warm boots all over the inside of my chest. There's some taste here too; lovely caramel & toffee. Brown sugar overload adds to the sweetness. Odd, nice, unfocused fruitiness lingers in the middle. Nice light hop bitterness at the end. My brain is starting to marinate. I like it.

Simple, sweet, straightforward, & enough alcohol to kill the flu virus. Sometimes simple is best. This is one of those times. Very good beer.

05-08-2013 02:56:52 | More by maximum12
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Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

***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.

09-18-2012 11:41:29 | More by papat444
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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Poured an amberish color with good carbonation presenting a dirty white cap.

S: Pine, faded and old orange peel,s with toffee, booz and faded caramel.

T: Sordove nutty with toffee, some cramael, light pine and citrus backed with booze and s very bland, sticky, bitter and coating taste on the end

M: Well carbonated but a bit thin and boozy

O: Good, but in no way does this beer match the sticker price

01-15-2012 00:29:32 | More by barleywinefiend
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New York

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
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-10-2012 21:16:50 | More by chickenm
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

09-08-2013 04:45:12 | More by LampertLand
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-01-2014 05:11:33 | More by CaptainQ
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-22-2012 03:16:00 | More by Stizz19
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Old Cellar Dweller from Driftwood Brewery
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