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Old Cellar Dweller - Driftwood Brewery

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Old Cellar DwellerOld Cellar Dweller

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

97 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 97
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 55
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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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%

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
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maximum12

Minnesota

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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FalconA

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

03-25-2013 20:45:38 | More by FalconA
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dirtylou

Washington

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
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-24-2013 23:54:12 | More by mdaschaf
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-17-2013 02:29:44 | More by IanSpindler
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-24-2013 19:13:33 | More by Texasfan549
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-14-2013 12:32:20 | More by DaPan
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-07-2013 00:12:19 | More by ericj551
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-06-2013 04:37:49 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

02-05-2013 00:47:07 | More by injuredreserve
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atomeyes

Ontario (Canada)

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
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-26-2013 23:37:07 | More by largadeer
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thefullpython


4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

01-23-2013 08:34:56 | More by thefullpython
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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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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-16-2013 16:28:17 | More by 604growler
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-11-2013 18:09:52 | More by JonnyBeers
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Mages64

Washington

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.