Live Oak Old Tree Hugger Barleywine - Live Oak Brewing Company
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3.04/5 rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Served on-draught into a 5oz sampler glass at the Draughthouse in Austin. Reviewed from notes.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
The head fades too quickly (inside ten seconds) for me to take any notes about its characteristics.
Body colour is a dark copper. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.
Not a unique or special appearance for a barleywine, but there are no obvious flaws.
Sm: Candi sugar. Sweet English malts. Toffee. Caramel. Heavy residual sugar presence; clearly a low attenuation yeast was used. A bit syrupy. Caraamlt. Emphasis is absolutely on the big heavy malts here.
No hop profile, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable. Aroma is inoffensive and of moderate strength.
T/Mf: Sticky, smooth, and wet. A bit overcarbonated. Thick and full-bodied. Syrupy.
Way too sweet, but fortunately the sweetness hides the ABV. It's heavy on the malts, with loads of English malts and caramalt filling out the heavy body. Toffee. Candi sugar. Tree sap. Bubblegum. Brown malts.
It's a pretty straightforward, simple barleywine. The texture suits the taste generally well but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it. This could really use more complexity and subtlety, but it's not a bad beer.
Below averge depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Mediocre amplitude.
Dr: I honestly wouldn't get this again. It's a (barely) above average English barleywine, but it's largely unremarkable and the emphasis seems to be on brewing a high ABV beer without much regard for balance. It's drinkable for what it is. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Not Live Oak's strongest offering. ABV could be hidden better. Age might help this one mellow out a bit.
Serving type: on-tap
02-07-2014 22:14:56 | More by kojevergas
4.11/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Poured a deep orange color with bronizsh colored hue, light and white soapy head crown this beer. The head retention is average. After a few sips light lacing and bubbles remain.
S: The nose presents a fruit basket of sorts; blend of light and dark fruits with some caramel, toffee in their for fun
T: Initially it was a bit of pine and citrus with some underlying dark fruits and sugar. A short blast of vanilla. As it warmed the booze came alive, this beer opened and changed personalities. It seemed to go back to fruit heavy, sticky, sweet with a backseat heat.
M: Fuller bodied, well carbonated, lots of flavor and sweetness linger on the palate
O: A good barleywine. Thanks to Dajtai for scoring hadbottles of a rare, draft only bwine for me.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2013 18:00:20 | More by barleywinefiend
Live Oak Old Tree Hugger Barleywine from Live Oak Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.