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Live Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine - Live Oak Brewing Company

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 83
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: chadspivey on 12-09-2006

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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.

Low C+

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First brew of the night at the Draught House in Austin.

Served in a small sniffer with no head. Dark, almost black in color, and opaque. Alcohol wasn't concealed well in this batch either in smell or taste. Got some thick malts and heavy hops in both, but the alcohol was the most dominant fella here. I didn't have much trouble finishing the glass, but I do envy those that had this aged some. I think there was quite a bite on this one, assuming it was 'fresh.'

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big bad bearded behemoth of a brew here that almost put hair on my girlfriends chest. I like a gnarly beer, but that's where I draw the line. In all seriousness, be careful with this tasty but potent mo-fo.

On tap @ Gingerman in Austin.

Ruby red in color with a slim tad head at the rim.

Aroma of black licorice, caramel malts and burnt hickory. Tastes of pine, bubblegum and sour cherries with a vein of sweet malts, a very faint spice and a medicinal tinge at the edges.

Medium to heavy and a bit syrupy with a lingering alcohol heat. Fair carbonation.

Nice and big drinkin' on a spring-like Austin eve.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Gingerman in Austin
Dark gorgeous amber to brown pour with a creamy nitro like lasting head. Smell is sticky sweet and raisin like maltiness. Kind of like a sweet raisin bread aroma. Body is thick and creamy and taste is rich, sweet and alcoholic, with flavors of malty raisin again with basically no hop presence in the flavor. Very soft carbonation and kind of liquer like. Nicely made, sipping style beer, but a bit on the sweet, alcoholic side.

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3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap in a snifter.

A - Very clear almost looks like plum wine. Amber with no head andminimal edge lacing.

S - dried fruits with an almost earthy oaky side

T - raisins, plums, figs, maple, dates, young oak, slight hint of liquorice on the very back end. clean taste up front with a bit of a slight burn in the back of the mouth.

M - clean with nice carbonation feel

O - pretty decent barleywine overall

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3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Tried this tonight at Opal Divines.

The best way to describe this beer is full of flavor! This brew has more hops and malt than anything I have tasted in a long time, if not the most flavorful beer ever. While that is a good thing, it has its limitation in the the fact that the taste is actually a little overkill in my opinion. The sip starts off with a huge amount of malt sweetness from several different kinds of fruit flavors that fades to a very bitter, spicy hop flavor to balance everything out. All throughout, a good amount of alcholol flavor is present. The alcholol is so strong that if I inhaled at all while sipping, it somewhat burnt my nose. I have to give the brewers at Live Oak credit for being able to balance such a huge beer.

I will admit, I am normally not a huge fan of a beer this strong (normally doppel bock is about as strong as I enjoy), but this beer is one awesome brew that is defenitely not for the faint hearted. The only reason for my somewhat lower rating on taste would be that in my opinion, the malt and hops are just out of wack, as they simply come on too much for the beer to be enjoyed the whole time I drank it. The flavor and amount of body is simply overwhelming, and for anybody that wants to be warmed on a cold day or just have a beer that is simply overwhelming but fairly drinkable, this would be a good choice.

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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$4 for a 9oz snifter at Black Star Co-op. A full pour seemed too heavy. Brewed Jan 2010. Limited keg-only release in Dec 2010.

Low carbonation but not inappropriate for the style. The tiny bubbles that group like little galaxies. Dense.

With a small amount of liquid, color is of a cognac; an amber-copper that reflects the light beautifully. Thick yet brilliant clarity. With a bigger pour, noticeably darker than most barleywines, but not roasty.

Aroma is of maple and nuttiness. Toffee-like English malt flavours. Smells of some of the intricacies of an aged rum or Cognac, but without the harshness.

Maple dominates. Toffee, figs, some light wood and vanilla, grapes. Caramelized malt. Restrained bitterness.

Very thick. Long lingering sweetness of brown sugar.

It's the sweetness not the alcohol presence that makes this less drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden for 13.5%.

Definitely worth trying, but not as worth seeking out as the release a few years ago.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Whip In in Austin. Not sure of the vintage, but I think it is at least a couple of years old.

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of dark fruit and caramel malt - exactly what you would expect from a barleywine. The flavor is chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and some alcohol. The beer is slightly boozy and is very sweet. I also get the slightest bit of tobacco in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft from Uncle Billy's on 4/22/07, served in a wine glass.

Dark maple syrup color with a great soft head that stays till the end.

Smells wonderful, like creme brule with some fruit.

The taste is very sweet and buttery or creme brulee-like with some fig and candied orange.

This is actually pretty balanced for a barleywine, the sweetness prevailing but kept in check by some good fruity bitterness.

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Live Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine from Live Oak Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.