Old Cellar Dweller - Driftwood Brewery

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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:
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(Beer added by: BDTyre on 12-26-2008)
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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of JimmyTango
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of mikeyv35
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rutager for getting me this beer in a nice over-the-border trade!

Date: 02/16/2012
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Glass: Ommegang Tulip
Vintage: 2010

Pours a light mahoghany brown in color w/ a 1 finger white pillowy head that leaves pretty heavy lacing. Aromas of caramel, toffee, citrus fruits, and basement mustiness. The taste started off w/ a blast of sweet caramel/toffee, which lead into citrus and mild grapefruit, and finished w/ basement mustiness and a touch of alcohol burn. Medium bodied and lush. Pretty easy to drink considering the 11.8% ABV.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, and super hoppy BWs are not my thing. However, w/ the almost 2 years of age, this seems pretty balanced and more in my style range. Will definately have to acquire a few more bottles of this brew to allow it to do what it was intended to do, dwell in the cellar.

Photo of w00ddy
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of PacNWDad
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of MBrausen
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dougofthefuture for holding this tasting!

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A. Red yellowish hue, light foaming, retained a thin head

S. Smells of sweet pine, fruit and and hops

T. Very hoppy for a barleywine, sweet with a tiny bit of booze, a little passion fruit and a tiny bit bitter

M. Medium body, dry all the way through, with a coarse finish

O. Not a bad beer, ripe and sweet, but not something I would keep around. A bit too tart and sweet, not really a barleywine to me. Much more like a hoppy IPA.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Opened a bottle of the 2009 and it is good. Complex and full of big nuances( lots of hops but the malt end is big and creates a long finish). The smoothness on the mouthfeel only adds to the drinkability. One of the best BC barley wines and it will only get better in the cellar.

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of cmadd
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2011 bottle picked up from Brewery Creek.

A: Clear amber nectar. Varies in hue from deep red to light gold. Poured into a snifter with about a finger of head and receded to wisps of lace.

S: Beautiful grapefruit nectarine and citrus hop with an alcohol kick. The hop aroma is a very powerful one dimensional Columbus hop. In the background there's the light nutty toffee of pale malt.

T: Follows the smell pretty directly. Sweet hoppy citrus and nectarine. Pale malt's sweet nuttiness holds up the backbone. This is a huge beer with a lingering bitterness from the hops and malt that plays a little rough. Balance spot on. Not cloying.

M: Mouthfeel was spot on, but not overly remarkable. Still notably good.

O: Wow. This might be one of the best barleywine I've ever had. I enjoyed the fact that it showcased the Columbus hops and the pale malt. I will definitely be putting some down to see what emerges when the beer settles with age and the hops diminish. Driftwood is putting out some really stunning beers.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of EskimoDave
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of pudoo
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of SonicAlligator
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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

650ml bomber poured into tulip 6/29/11

A dark amber nearly ruby when held to the light with a short lived finger of tan head that leaves a patch of random lace, almost looks like legs on the side of the glass when you swirl

S pine resin and big sweet citric hops mixed up with toffee and booze

T what I smell but a little nutty and even more citric notes and heaps of caramel and toffee, the booze is hard to miss but not unreasonable for a beer this strong, some candied fruit on the finish and grapefruit rind is the lingering flavor

M silky syrup at first then the bubbles cream it up a bit, it has a little bite and burn to it and its sticky on the lips, feels great flavors stick to your mouth just kept from perfection by the heat

O pretty tasty stuff, I could imagine this was quite the hop bomb fresh because there's still a shitload of hops in now, after a little time to mellow out this one would be world class

another thanks to chickenm for sending me a pair of these, I'm thrilled I have another of these to age this one will hold up for years to come.

Anyone with vintage bottles BM me and we can work something out

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

Pours a deep redish brown colour, light layer of white head not really any lace to speak of. Smell is of caramel and toffee, malty, hops, subtle citrus notes, faint alcohol but surprisingly hoppy. Taste is of caramel, malt, nice bitter hops, vanilla, almost an oak presence, brown sugar, sweet sugar notes. Syrupy feel, great full weight, carbonation is almost perfect. Great american barleywine good example of style. Would love to have a bottle at home to develop further.

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.

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 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.

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