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Old Birdbrain - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 52
Gots: 17 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This robust strong ale features pale malts and generous hop additions. After primary fermentation, several American rye whiskey barrels are filled and cellared to age. The remaining beer is then cellared in a stainless steel tank. After many months of aging, the barrels are then blended into the remaining batch aged in the stainless steel tank.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-07-2010)
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lgcphoto

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

03-09-2014 07:14:57 | More by lgcphoto
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

03-09-2013 21:58:08 | More by IrishColonial
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beertunes

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

01-19-2013 23:52:51 | More by beertunes
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

02-04-2014 07:15:33 | More by rab53
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter at Smoke & Barrel DC for the dc bottle share. From notes.

A real nice light orange amber body, with an off tan somewhat creamy head. Makes a decent collar that always sticks around.

Nose is very small and closed, but there is that pickle brine again, with some indistinct mild hop presence I can't determine.

The palate opens up though on first sip with a good caramel sweetness. Thick malt action with a real crackery mix of crispness and toasty brown sugar. Feel has a good thick body but doesn't get into a huge over kill of sugar and alcohol boozy rush. Coats the palate nicely with it's caramel and lingers nicely.

Overall a real nice solid barleywine, like the toasty angle on this quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 22:45:29 | More by smakawhat
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and whiskey aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice whiskey smell and tasty barrel aged flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 17:07:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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sukwonee

Washington

4/5  rDev -8.5%

03-30-2014 22:10:57 | More by sukwonee
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

04-07-2013 12:54:20 | More by Thorpe429
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dctriman

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.5%

03-11-2013 15:57:30 | More by dctriman
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tomholland

Washington

4/5  rDev -8.5%

04-19-2013 16:39:50 | More by tomholland
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anteater

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.5%

03-24-2014 17:50:33 | More by anteater
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unclekeith

Alaska

4/5  rDev -8.5%

01-20-2013 23:17:11 | More by unclekeith
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BillHilly

Washington

4/5  rDev -8.5%

03-06-2013 02:10:01 | More by BillHilly
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.5%

03-13-2013 17:16:35 | More by alysmith4
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SixPack6

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -8.5%

03-02-2014 13:14:33 | More by SixPack6
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topdown

California

4/5  rDev -8.5%

02-06-2014 23:22:09 | More by topdown
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alistair for sharing this one. Think this was the 2011 vintage. Served in a tulip.

A - Nice amount of white foam that settles to a thick collar, leaving behind specks of lacing. Transparent amber body.

S - A nice blend of maple, caramel, mild rye whiskey, oaky vanilla, and some bread and dark fruits filling things out.

T - The taste is very sweet; more in line with what'd I'd expect from an English barleywine. Lots of maple, brown sugar, caramel, and some lingering tangy whiskey and spicy rye flavors. There's still a faint trace of alcohol, even after two years of age.

M - Sticky, chewy, medium-full body. Lower carbonation, and minimal alcohol warmth.

D - A well crafted barleywine, with restrained barrel-aging flavors; you can tell this is blended rather than 100% barrel aged. A good beer that I enjoyed drinking, but not unique or amazing enough for me to go out of my way to acquire it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 19:04:25 | More by MasterSki
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dar482

New York

4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage.

The beer comes in a clear amber color.

The aroma has lots of sweet caramel, vanilla, oak.

The flavor follows with those gentle vanilla notes and then a good amount of toffee and bright sweet caramel, brown sugar. Then onto a heavy hoppy and spicy bitterness. Definitely getting a sense that only part of this beer is barrel aged.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 04:58:46 | More by dar482
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 on tap at the brewpub.

A - Served a deep red/brown/copper with a very few dark tan bubbles on the top that quickly disappear.

S - Carmel, toffee, vanilla and lots of bourbon greatness.

T - The taste does not disappoint. Carmel, toffe and more bourbon. Drinks so freaking easy it is rediculous. It is scary how good and how easy this one is to drink.

D - Lower carbonation with a lighter than expected body and mouthfeel.

O - I had low expectations and left very impressed with this one. I very good BW that drinks easy and isn't as heavy as most others.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2012 07:53:33 | More by HuskyinPDX
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kslsc400

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-13-2012 01:47:12 | More by kslsc400
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jmccraney

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

01-26-2014 05:00:34 | More by jmccraney
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Eighty

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

02-24-2014 21:42:47 | More by Eighty
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

04-14-2014 05:28:16 | More by anticipation23
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-21-2013 02:52:30 | More by MaseFace
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HopsMatt

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-21-2013 02:43:09 | More by HopsMatt
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Old Birdbrain from Black Raven Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.