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Old And In The Way | High Water Brewing

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High Water Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old and In The Way Barley Wine Style Ale is brewed in the traditional English Barley Wine Style. Flavors of toffee, treacle and caramel emerge as the beer opens up. Enjoy this beer a little warmer to fully appreciate the depth and complexity of flavors in this beer. Brewed to be enjoyable as a sipping or fireside beer. Share one with a good friend.

11% ABV 95 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2011

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 54
Reviews by KevT:
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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Photo of Beerswag
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with hints of ruby, slightly murky. Smell is roasted noted with chocolate. Taste is chocolate, roasted malt, carmel, no fruit notes. Mouthfeel is heavy, and abv is hidden. Getting some bourbon notes on the end. Pair with nuts, sausage, or lamb stew.

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Photo of Two40addict
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 was very well balanced and smooth.

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Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of VictoriaAnne
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JamFuel
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13 vintage.

A: tan head, stays for a while. Very dark amber color. I love barleywines that are super dark. 3.75

S: sweet smelling, you smell the barrel. 3.75

T: only a hint of barrel in the taste, but it's awesome. Sometimes barleywines are too oaky, and this is a great barleywine with just that last good hint of wood. 4.25

M: great chewy mouthfeel for a barleywine. It's almost creamy. Leaves a great malty aftertaste. 4.

O: I had the 12 when it came out and have a couple saved. Can't wait to see where they, and this years, go in the future. 4.0

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Photo of largadeer
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Ruddy brown with some chill haze. Clarity is pretty good as it warms up. Lightly carbonated, with little head formation.

Smell: Pretty good, very promising. Heavy on the toffee and vanilla, with mild barrel notes, faint fusels, a little earthy fruit. Not a huge aroma, but it's nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: A letdown compared to the nose. Like Aphotic, it's pretty thin and light on the barrel, but while that worked for a Baltic porter, it doesn't work so well for a barrel aged English barleywine. It does open with some decent flavors, toffee-heavy as suggested by the aroma, with plenty of vanilla and some fig jam fruitiness. The finish is where the beer misses a step; aside from being thin, it's overly bitter for the style, and fusel alcohol and tannins attack the tongue after the swallow.

Overall: Drinkable, but no means awful, but not something I'll revisit. One glass is plenty for me.

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Photo of ShanePB
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of themathguy
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of sia478
1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ucsbmullet
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this to our Nov. '12 bottle share.

Somewhat hazy brown-leather color, a small tan head receded mostly, and left little to no lacing, as would be expected. Nice aroma, not quite full, but nice, with notes of toffee and vanilla, caramel malts, sweet dried fruits, and a touch of earthy hops. More of the same in the taste, with toffee and vanilla being the major players, sweet malty sugar, mellow bourbon, fig-like fruit essence, earthy hops and slight oak for a woody but not quite dry finish. Body was a little on the thin side, and kind of made this beer off-balanced with the big sugary flavors going on; some alcohol heat in there. A good brew, and quite drinkable overall.

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Photo of anson42
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of IrishColonial
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of VierBier
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vma
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark leathery brown. Complete opacity. Nice thin khaki head.

Smell: Smokey. Tobacco, rough leather. Fig and raisin. Stiff dark chocolate.

Taste: Malty, coffee. Licorice and anise. Banana bread. The alcohol is well concealed.

Mouthfeel: Stiff and chewy. Leather. Nice full flavored barleywine. Balance is nice. Not exceptionally sweet.

Overall: A great after dinner barleywine. Mature. This should age marvelously.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle received in a trade with Chebyshev. Thank you, Aaron. I've been curious to try something from Highwater, given I enjoyed some of Steve Altimari beers from his Valley Brewing Co days. Labeled 10.5%

Pouring a dark ruby red-brown with a dense, light brown head with rather excellent retention and nice lacing, this looks like a nice barleywine. The nose has a moderate barrel character right up front, rather brandy-like and quite vinous. This pairs well with the toffee and nutty aromas that are present. This does lack the depth that some better barleywines do have, though, the malt character does seem a little thin. A rather tannic astringency is noticeable. Decent. Once it breathes, it does get a nice buckwheat honey note that does add depth.

The palate opens plenty bitter with a lot of citrusy hops (especially bitterness), a moderate alcohol bite and a blend of malt flavors. The high alcohol has thinned this out on the palate. There's burnt toffee, jam, almonds, some brandy and quite a bit of tannins on the back end. The bitterness and the tannins linger on in the finish, and without much sweetness to help temper the bitterness or astringency, this just feels messy. Medium in body , moderately carbonated this beer is just OK. If anything, it makes me want to drink the last Summer Love in my fridge.

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Photo of Noahtrumble
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a fan at all, to light for me

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of brotherloco
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Vintage 2011. Bottle is labeled 10.5% ABV. Served in a snifter.

Reviewing this beer side by side with the Healthy Spirits Buffalo Trace Single Barrel Edition. (The regular version was aged in 12 Year Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels.)

Pours a slightly translucent dark matte brown with slight red highlights. A little over a finger of tan foam, settles to a thin covering and a small ring. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

Aroma is soft and somewhat restrained. Vanilla, dark fruit, a little sour fruit. Very earthy. Sweet caramel malt. No real apparent booze.

Flavor is a little more full on than the aroma. Dark fruits with a little bit of sourness. Caramel, vanilla, oak, and some spice. Finish transitions into bitter floral hops and some alcohol, although pretty well buried given the high ABV. You do feel the heat build after a few sips though.

Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Stays pretty thick and somewhat creamy. Decent for the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is very much the same with a woody aftertaste that lingers on the palate. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barrel aged barleywine with some nice aromas and flavors.

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Old And In The Way from High Water Brewing
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