Old Cellar Dweller - Driftwood Brewery
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4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
05-08-2013 20:47:47 | More by SebD
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
4.51/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
03-25-2013 00:31:11 | More by dirtylou
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
02-10-2013 16:09:01 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.94/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
01-27-2013 21:00:14 | More by atomeyes
4.83/5 rDev +15.6%
2012 vintage red wax from firefly.
Appearance: deep brown with Marion edges. Big fluffy head with lots of lacing.
Nose: big pine hop nose, alcohol heat, malty and caramel. Some brown sugar notes too.
Taste: huge hop flavor with a solid malt backbone. Hops and malt are super balanced and play immensely well together.
Mouthfeel: alcohol heat is noticeable but I love my barleywines with some booze underneath. Full and thick with tight carbonation.
Overall: one of the best non barrel aged barleywines I've had.
12-31-2012 17:15:02 | More by Mages64
Old Cellar Dweller from Driftwood Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.