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Old Cellar Dweller - Driftwood Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 51
Gots: 28 | 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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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.

LiquidAmber, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

andrenaline, Nov 24, 2013
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.

liamt07, Apr 06, 2011
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

wordemupg, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 3/5/12 just catching up.

2011 Vintage

Thanks to Mages64 for grabbing 2 of these for me, you're a great dude.

A- clear ruby with an inch and a half of beautiful beige head, decent retention, sticky lacing

S- sweet and biscuity malts, huge citrus hop character

T- I can vividly remember the maltiness of this, it was fucking huge and bready. Big hop bitterness, tropical, grapey, citrusy, floral. Alcohol was well hidden for 14%, didn't really burn or anything.

M- Sharp, coating, well integrated heat, lingering bitterness entwined with the giant malt base.

O- probably my favorite of the american variety of barleywines that i've come across. would love to get more if possible.

GrindFatherBob, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz foiled bottle, I think bobsy cracked this one at our barleywine tasting.

Pours a mostly clear reddish amber, nice colour, big and thick off white head forms, settles down to a very thick layer and ring, tons of lace sticks to the glass.

Smell is really nice, citrus and grapefruit hoppiness, tons of caramel, alcohol, dark fruit, earthy, very pungent hops, toffee and biscuit, big malt and big hops, delicious.

Taste is similar, toffee, biscuit, raisin, brown sugar sweetness, grapefruit, alcohol, pine, spicy and herbal bitterness, huge malty middle, great balance.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth going down. This is a fine barleywine, maybe the best example of an American barleywine made in Canada. I look forward to seeing how this one ages. Thanks Rob!

Viggo, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of montrealbcr89
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a snifter. A deep orangey-red with minimal head.

S: When I poured it, there was a ton of citrusy/tropical fruits on the nose. Big grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Smelled similar to an IPA. As it warmed up, however, the malt started to appear. Coupled with the fruitiness, there was caramel, toffee, and brown sugar.

T: Right off the bat there is big bitter, fruity characteristics. Again, ver IPAish. Towards the back on the tongue emerged the malt character. That sweet toffee and brown sugar really made its presence felt towards the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. I started drinking this beer probably seven minutes after taking it out of the fridge. It was super drinkable then. Once it began to really warm up, however, it got a little more boozy, and turned into more of a sipper.

O: Definitely could have drank the whole bottle to myself (really tasty), but is better enjoyed when shared. Have another one that will be sitting in the cellar for a few years to see how this thing changes. Highly recommended.

montrealbcr89, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of bobsy
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped the 2008 at a barleywine tasting a year after its bottling.

Pours the colour of blood orange, with a thin tan cap that had decent retention and lacing.
The nose is really cool, and puts me in the mind of a big imperial ipa. There's certainly a boatload of hops in there, and they come through with strong grapefruit and floral notes. Underneath there's a caramel base mixing in with dark fruit. The hops come through strong on the first sip. They are slightly piny and fruity with an emphasis on grapefruit, and the bitterness they deliver is substantial. Brown sugar and dark fruit provide some sweetness and help craft a delicate balance. Medium bodied and carbonated.

I liked this one a lot. It manages to be big and bold, while also having great balance. Thanks to ritzkiss for trading me the bottle earlier this year.

bobsy, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of SebD
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

SebD, May 08, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

mdaschaf, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

jaydoc, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

largadeer, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of ritzkiss
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit: 2008 A year later, hops have died down to give a pleasing balance, carbonation doesn't distract, nice balance of roasty and caramel malts - very more-ish. Editing the score up slightly.

New brewery in town, saw it on the shelves and had to try the barleywine ale - not everyday a local microbrew crafts one of these bad boys, 2008 vintage.

Pours a brown/copper/mahogany color with lightish, tight head. Bold, non-murky color with a fair amount of carbonation bubbles. Smell is hoppy with a hint of back sweetness, brown sugar with some hints of fruit.

First sip - the hops nail you head on.

Normally I am not a huge fan of high hops content beers but this one could be an exception. As it glides through the sweetness hits the back of the mouth and there is some complex flavoring going on. As you drink it opens up and you taste the fruits, brandy, a hint of nut.

Still perhaps a little too carbonated for my tastes but this is a nice contender for a new brewery. Definitely going to have to try some of their other offerings.

ritzkiss, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of WILD-THING
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

WILD-THING, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

JRod1969, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

drewone, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Ericbeech_87, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Googs
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Googs, Dec 28, 2012
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.

mikeyv35, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

strongaf, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

twelveinches, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Beersnake1
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Beersnake1, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of KalanM
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

KalanM, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of seldomseen
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

seldomseen, May 28, 2014
Old Cellar Dweller from Driftwood Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.