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Old Cellar Dweller - Driftwood Brewery

Old Cellar DwellerOld Cellar Dweller

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%


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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draheim

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz (2011) into a tulip. Pours a crystal-clear amber w/ a minimal beige head.

Aroma is mostly caramel malt and floral hops. Some light toffee.

Taste is caramelly and sweet, malty, balanced by floral/bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth, satisfying.

Overall a pretty good barleywine but, at about $20 as I recall, not that good. Kind of similar to Stone Double Bastard actually.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 06:54:43 | More by draheim
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 04:08:56 | More by Sammy
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***2008 Vintage***
For my 100th review on Beer Advocate we're breaking out a gem.

A: A solid chestnut brown, a bit tawny and ruddy hazed brew with a hint of lacing and variable bubbles, each glass has an island of foam adorning the top.

S: Scent of fruit cake, deep malts, dark dried fruits of raisins, dates and currents and an alcohol ester similar to a dark rum. Some notes of acrid dark coffee and sweet from start to finish.

T: The fruitcake taste is still there with rum raisins especially. Dark acrid coffee with deep dark toffee, not as sweet as the nose would suggest. Alcohol does show through - but that's reasonable at 12%. Really hangs on at the end with an acrid dry flavour that clings to the sides of the tongue.

M: Burst of fizz at the front of the palate, with a pleasant coating throughout the drink that allows those flavours linger. Alcohol esters are vaporized, giving a small amount of heat.

O: Great sipper that is best enjoyed slowly with great cheese, the saltiness allows the sweeter notes to develop. Would be great to try a vertical tasting of OCD vintages to see how it develops in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 04:43:42 | More by FondueVoodoo
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage.

Beer is orange/caramel in colour, with a minimal white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell contains caramel and bread, and seems sweet. Very malty. A bit of fruit. Fairly simply but good, quite rich.

Taste contains caramel, bread and some fruit (apple, a hint of cherry). Booze. Sweet. but not insanely so. It tastes as if there was a strong hop component when bottled, but only traces of that are present now, a very slight bitter element.

Full bodied, low to moderate carbonation. Sticky but fairly smooth.

Overall, very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 18:34:56 | More by jrenihan
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MBrausen

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:47:31 | More by MBrausen
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for sharing this one. Served in a tulip.

A - A hard pour rouses a thin tan foam that settles to wisps and a thin collar. Transparent amber-orange body.

S - This must be fresh, as the Columbus hops are front and center here, imparting earthy and spicy notes with perhaps a touch of orange. Underneath there is a hefty caramel and brown sugar malt backbone that has a slightly burnt character to it.

T - The malt steps up, with more of a bready character and a tad less sugary flavor. Hops add a mild herbal flavor but mostly contribute bitterness in the finish. Gets sweeter as it approaches room temperature, but thankfully never gets cloying.

M - Smooth, lightly toasty, texture, medium-full body, with lower carbonation, and surprisingly little heat for the listed 14%.

D - This is definitely a sipper, between the high alcohol and the fatiguing hop bitterness. If you like barleywines in the Bigfoot tradition you'll probably dig this, but if you prefer sweet barleywines I'd recommend sitting on this for a year or two. Unfortunately my tastes tend toward the latter.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 01:56:28 | More by MasterSki
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StJamesGate

New York

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 18:11:40 | More by StJamesGate
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 00:29:32 | More by barleywinefiend
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

***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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 11:41:29 | More by papat444
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 02:56:52 | More by maximum12
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 21:23:43 | More by CookstLiquor
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

12-15-2011 19:08:42 | More by DaftCaskBC
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 04:31:43 | More by BDTyre
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 04:26:22 | More by Phyl21ca
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 03:39:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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RedSunRising

British Columbia (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 21:31:57 | More by RedSunRising
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Old Cellar Dweller from Driftwood Brewery
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