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Old Wooly Barleywine - Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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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:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 03-01-2005)
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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 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 xpimptastikx
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle as an extra in a trade.

A - pours a deep copper, caramel when held to the light. A thin sheet of khaki head rises and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Hops! This is hoppy-er than fresh Bigfoot or Old Ruffian. Caramel, malts, and alcohol fill in the rest.

T - Starts with a nice caramel malt which falls into the nice hop finish. With a little less alcohol in the taste it would be my favorite hoppy barleywine.

M/D - Not much carbonation and a little thin in the mouth. Drinkability is pretty great once the glass warms and the alcohol balances back in. This would be a good cellar candidate for a year or more.

xpimptastikx, Jan 06, 2010
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 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 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
Photo of paco1029384756
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 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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Old Wooly Barleywine from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
89 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.