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Old Wooly Barleywine - Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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Old Wooly BarleywineOld Wooly Barleywine

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BA SCORE
89
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 17
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Big Time Brewery & Alehouse visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 03-01-2005)
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

irishgreensoda, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of aasher
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage courtesy of BrewerB, thanks Brian!

This beer pours a cloudy, muddy, creek water clay amber in color with slight carbonation. The nose features brown sugar, molasses, raisin, with a touch of vanilla. The flavors are sweet and rich. You get raisin bread, cinnamon roll, brown sugar, and soda bread. Its a little light in body, as expected. This is drinking pretty well for a vintage barleywine. I wouldn't age it further but five years of ageability is certainly possible for this beer.

aasher, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

BillRoth, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ShanePB, Oct 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

4DAloveofSTOUT, May 19, 2013
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber split with dirtman, little nightcap, you know how we do...

a: one of those not-so-necessary nightcaps dished out after an already full night of craft beer, served in a short snifter, deep caramel amber in color, hazy, nice off-white head with good retention

s: a rich, aromatic barleywine with heady notes of grain and caramel, heavily malty with a range of sweet, dark fruit aromas, estery, deeply citric and pine hop nose, very nice

m: heavy bodied, nearly syrupy on the tongue, with a cleansing light to moderate carbonation

t: always a big fan of a hugely malted barleywine with a good balance of hops, big caramel/toffee and dark fruit flavors - date and fig, brown sugar, pine and citrus, heavily sweet, coating the tongue with rich malt flavors

o: a densely flavored, satisfying sipping barleywine, particularly great as an early-morning finisher

blackie, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Smurf2055
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dec 2011

On tap at Big Time on release date, 2011. Place was packed.

Poured into snifter. Dark amber, with a nice lacing.

Smells malty with a decent hop aroma. Little bit of pine and a little bit of booze.

There was a really nice sweet tang going for it, minimal alcohol burn.

There was still some carbonation for it as it wasn’t aged too long.

I could see this getting more complex with age. As it stands it was pretty good.

Smurf2055, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Big Time at the release. Review from notes.

A: Poured into a snifter, Old Wooly is a hazy burgundy with a small off-white head on top with minimal retention but some nice lacing all around the glass.

S: Rather fruity with lots of raisin and fig aromas, some caramel, toffee, and faint chocolate.

T: Very fruit forward - more raisins and figs, slightly sweet up front. There is some faint roast, chocolate, caramel, and I got just a hint of mint.

M: Medium bodied, alcohol hidden very nicely. Extremely smooth.

O: Very impressed. Had a few glasses of this and grabbed a few bottles to sit on. Interested to see how it ages.

mdaschaf, Jan 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

benbjb, Dec 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jpbebeau, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

EasyDub, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

dtx00, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

thewimperoo, May 15, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat murky dark orange brown. Slight head and no lacing. Delicious dark fruit, caramel and sweet malt aroma. Taste follows with dark fruits, malts and caramel. A bit of hops in the finish; somewhat astringent bitter finish, but otherwise delicious and excellent barleywine. Nice job. Will cellar and review aged.

LiquidAmber, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of bum732
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jim(youradhere)

S: Rich toffee and sticky buns, very malty, some dark fruits, prune juice as well.

L: Hazy reddish brown, not much head, some dusting.

T: Prune juice and sweet caramel. Low herbal bitterness leading to loads of sweet toffee, sticky buns and rum raisin. Finishes slightly dry and astringent.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation, slick on the palate.

Very good barleywine, more English than American. Lots of layers, needs some more time i think.

bum732, Mar 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

piclee, Mar 04, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on-tap served in a snifter at the Big Time.

Appearance: rich drk amber with a goodly haze and a thick finger of creamy amber-ivory foam. Great!

Smell: rich sweet malt with a light fruitiness and a great hoppiness. Citrus notes prevail. My only complaint is that it might be *too* sweet.

Taste: rich malt with a biting strength. Nicely fruity, with raisins and tobacco. Dusty in a good way. Bracing bitterness at the end. Awesome.

Mouthfeel: edium rich body with good carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: based on word count alone, it appears I consider this beer to be quite "rich". It is indeed a very tasty and satisfying barleywine.

flagmantho, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet! 2011 edition.

Pours an eerie orange copper, minimal delayed head; smell is toffee, coffee, and chocolate in that order, Gala apple, and american hops. Taste is bitter chocolate and toffee, big C hops; body is medium and carbonation is low-medium. Some slight astringency from the hops, mild alcohol burn- cant wait to see how this one does after a year on it.

youradhere, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Hawkfish, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of mentor
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a finger of oranged head over a cloudy brown-copper liquid. Smells weedy pine, soured caramel, baby aspirin, waxy orange, pink grapefruit pith, and clean alcohol.

Tastes sweet malt with decent hop flavor and hop bitter that appears but then succumbs to the malt. Malt flavor is light-colored caramel and light brown sugar. Hop flavor is piney, orange pith, baby aspirin. Esters are apricot, pear, dark leathery fruits, and iron. Malt flavor fades in the finish leaving hop flavor standing strong. Hop flavor tapers in the end to a clean alcohol sting. Thick in the mouth, with a lightening alcohol in the finish. Moderate carbonation. Would be much more drinkable with some age to allow the alcohol to mellow, but still quite enjoyable now. A sugary sweet mixes with the alcohol to give a pleasing dessert quality.

mentor, Oct 30, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 vintage poured into a sniffer, big thanks again to Dajtai007 for sharing this one.

Appearance: Riddish-brown, mahogany, with a thin off white head that quickly fades.

Aroma: Very fruity and sweet smelling. Figs, plums, cherries, sweet malt and a touch of oxidation resembling nail polish.

Taste: Sweet and malty with a fruity edge, raisins and figs with a caramel backing.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, but a surprising amount considering its age with a syrupy body.

Overall: Very interesting experience, slightly oxidized but that didn't take away from the beer. It has held up remarkably well a testament to the storage of this beer.

jamescain, Sep 14, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Jake.

A: The beer pours a hazed dark amber color with a small off-white head.

S: Toffee and brown sugar aromas with a definite oxidation to it. Mild citrus notes as well some additional sweetness of caramel malts. There's a light floral note to it and maybe a touch of booze.

T: The flavor is primarily sweet, sugar notes with a flavors of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. There's a light toast note as well as some citrus peel and some floral and spicy hop notes. Not as oxidized as the aroma, but still some.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Had some good traits, but definitely oxidation was not helping here.

womencantsail, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

taste- caramel, oak, brown sugar

color- amber

clarity- clear but pours dense

smell- caramel, soft oak, toasted flavors

body- smooth on the palate, the alcohol slowly expands on the roof of the mouth and leaves you with a smooth, warm, medium-length finish, velvety, soft and rounded

appearance- faintest hint of lace in one or two spots on the glass, no noticable active carbonation

overall impression-

notes and comments- as the beer warms, the alcohol becomes more present

glassware: tulip

NorCalYeti, Mar 11, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of bvc over on ratebeer, thanks Brandon. This 2009 bomber pours crystal clear amber with ruby hues and off white head. The aroma is a bit boozy and also has notes of caramel, dates, some earthiness and molasses. The taste is smooth sweetness from rich honey, caramel and molasses followed by pine hops, some malts, dates, prunes, raisins and slippery spicy hops. This is one yummy barleywine.

BigMcLargeHuge, Feb 13, 2011
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Old Wooly Barleywine from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
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