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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

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.88%
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%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
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 barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 version

Poured a deep orange/ copper color with a decent dirty white head. Nose was malty, mosy hops had taken a back seat.Lots of caramel sweetness, dried fruit and molasses. Mouthfeel was thinner than I expected from the aging. On this. WHile Old Wooly is very good tap. Two years, it was peaked.

barleywinefiend, Aug 02, 2009
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
Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

ShanePB, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
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 flagmantho
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
Photo of ccrida
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub, Old Wooly is pleasantly glowing, chill-hazed garnet with a light tan head that leaves scattered lace. Really nice color.

Smell is pretty strong cured fruits, dates, humidor. The sweetness of the malt comes though as it warms, gingersnaps.

Taste is pretty good, a nice rich barleywine, fruit and sweet for sure, but not too cloying, and the ABV is well hidden by the smoothness, although there's enough of a bite to remind you this is barleywine.

Mouthfeel is slick, a bit flabby perhaps, medium bodied.

Drinkability is fine, it's pretty typical BW, rich and satisfying but not one you're gonna suck down in too much of a hurry.

ccrida, Dec 01, 2010
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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4.1/5  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 RedDiamond
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A somber beer weighted with fruit leather, congealed honey, and static charged bittering. The aroma is modestly sweet with a pliable caramel effect. But the bittering is firm, especially in the finish. You can't turn your back on it.

Old Wooly is brewed in June and released annually on December 1st. Big Time serves it in 8-oz. snifters. It is ember-glow red and is seductive as barleywines can be. I'd say the 2009 could stand some further cellaring. But it's a must-try when available.

RedDiamond, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of hopdog
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!). 2008 Vintage.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy copperish/amberish/brownish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, chocolate, some nuttiness, toffee, and some earthiness. Tastes of citrus, caramel, toffee, chocolate, burnt brown sugar, toastiness, and some dark fruitiness. Alcohol content well hidden with the body on the weaker side.

hopdog, Jun 11, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +1%

Kurmaraja, Oct 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

4DAloveofSTOUT, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

thewimperoo, May 15, 2012
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
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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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange brown color with a short white head.

Scent of strong caramel, sugars, candy, a hint of chocolate, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste of caramel, oats, a hint of chocolate, and sugars. Rich and tasty, more than worth the price.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a small amount of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 Vintage

A friend hooked me onto this beer years ago, which nobody but the lucky people in Seattle can really get. I've been a huge fan ever since.

Got this gem from a buddy who properly cellared it and it is a treat. Snifter pour with a nice caramel apple colored ale with burgundy streaks. I was able to produce an off-white creamy colored head. The aroma is awesome. Sticky sweet hop aroma with caramel, some wood, syrup and candy corn in the mix. Great taste after 4+ years! Smooth bourbon like taste with some wood and leathery aftertaste hints. It truly tastes like a well aged spirit without the harsh burn. Awesome! Not sure of the ABV, but this will kick you in the festive mood pretty quickly and easily.

I went to the 2010 Toronado Barleywine fest and I would say this would have given the field a run for it's money. I may be partial to this brew, but I only wish it had easier access for the masses to taste the love. There should be a mandatory one year wait period on all BW's to really get the best out of these gems.

kaseydad, Feb 26, 2010
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
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

dtx00, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

irishgreensoda, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of czechsaaz
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

REally nice malt profile. Deep amber malts that smell like caramelized brown sugar. There's a significant amount of hop aroma too, of the spicey variety and maybe a little citrus. But a very deep smelling beer with esters of fruit and spice from the yeast.

Dark amber, smallish head but it lasts around the rim of the glass for a long time. Pretty cloudy though.

Man, big sweet malt proile. Hop bitterness is good so it's not sugary or syrupy. I get flavors of fruit nectar (apricot or peach). Big deep and rich malt flavors. Hop flavor is slight adding a citrus touch. Great caramel and toasted marshmelow flavor too. Basically there is a ton going on with every sip.

Huge bodied, viscosity would be a good way to describe it. Carbonation level is great for a fresh barleywine.

Very frutiy and drinkable right now. It gives every impression that it would stand up to 5 or more years of aging. Really a great beer. Drinkable, not really, this is a sipping and savoring beer, not a drinking beer. But a glass of this and a warm fire or the kicker to a great meal, this is perfect.

czechsaaz, Dec 11, 2005
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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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Old Wooly Barleywine from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
89 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.