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Live Oak Old Tree Hugger Barleywine - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Live Oak Old Tree Hugger BarleywineLive Oak Old Tree Hugger Barleywine

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

75 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 81
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chadspivey on 12-09-2006)
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -12%

10-21-2012 12:48:08 | More by t0rin0
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-01-2011 19:05:28 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-29-2012 09:41:23 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-26-2013 23:56:15 | More by spycow
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 03:37:47 | More by Mora2000
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kojevergas

Texas

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+

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2014 22:14:56 | More by kojevergas
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-15-2012 17:22:30 | More by drummermattie02
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champ103

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very happy to see this at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

A: Pours a dark red/brown color. Nearly opaque. A one finger beige head forms and recedes to a ring. Light watery lace is left behind. I love the color.
S: Dark fruits are big. Raisins and figs. Vanilla, and caramel malts in the nose. Very sweet in the nose, but enough fruitiness going that is does not become cloying.
T: Follows the nose. Big on the dark fruits up front. A candy, sugary sweetness as well. Some vanilla, toasted malt, bread, and caramel.
M/D: A big full body that is not syrupy or heavy at all. Well carbonated. Velvety smooth and creamy. So easy, and enjoyable to sip on. I would never have guessed this was near 14% alcohol.

This is a monster of a beer, but really well done. It reminds me a bit of Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 10, but a bit more mellow. Which is saying something considering the huge ABV. Something I really enjoyed, and would highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 16:41:35 | More by champ103
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Durge

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found pouring at the Whip In in Austin, Texas, this beauty is a rusty orange-caramel color with an off-white ring and almost no lacing. I can smell deep red wine, oak and malty pine hop. Very satisfying to any barleywine fan. The flavor brings a bit more of a cherry, B&B idea with some of the same woodsy malt-wine I noted in the nose. There’s fair alcohol noticeable but it’s not intrusive. This stuff is smooth and full bodied, somewhat cloying but not unusually for the style. Just a very nice offering here, wish I had some to take home to Connecticut!

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 03:42:36 | More by Durge
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-25-2013 05:13:00 | More by Gagnonsux
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Whip In...new "Cellared Taps" selection. $10 for an 8 oz. pour (2008).

Been looking forward to trying this beer for a while now...very happy to have finally found it. Old Tree Hugger sports a cloudy, murky, yeasty body of deep mahogany-brown. A well-retained cap of sticky khaki head rests comfortably above and refuses to budge. The aroma brings rich notes of toffee and caramel with a hint of earthy hops. Vanilla and pungent alcohol in the background--the nearly 14% ABV is definitely still alive.

A breathtaking depth of toffee, powdered chocolate, and dark fruits (fig & raisin) coat the tongue with each sip. Plenty of booze to bite the back of the tongue, as Old Tree Hugger shows little of its age--not much oxidation, either. Mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious on the palate, but a bit too sharp and boozy. Could easily use another 3-4 years to round out its edges. Still, this is an amazing beer. Somewhat of a barleywine-doppelbock hybrid at this point, but phenomenal nevertheless.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2010 00:53:52 | More by wagenvolks
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duff247

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-18-2011 06:33:02 | More by duff247
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JDV

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2008 20:58:49 | More by JDV
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elNopalero

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big malty thick delicious barleywine? Sign me up.

This is a dark caramel amber in color with low, bubbly foam. It has a thick, malty aroma, with some caramel and roasty coconut notes. I pick up a thick sweetness rounded by more roasted coconut. Reminds me of a Scotch ale in that regard. Malty, with a subdued hoppiness, and a thick chewy finish. A real enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 21:11:12 | More by elNopalero
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Jame515

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-12-2013 00:09:15 | More by Jame515
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JohnBender

Texas

3/5  rDev -29.6%

05-26-2012 04:02:22 | More by JohnBender
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brandon911

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-14-2014 04:08:02 | More by brandon911
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rtepiak

Poland

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a keg from 2010 noted at common table as 13.7 abv. This is a wonderful texas beer opportunity and quite a toffee delight. Pour is amber with a finger and some of a head. Great retention. Nose of heavy malt and port undertones. Yeasty but i'm sure after 2 years of aging the aroma is not hop distinct. Palate funnels to a bitterness that dries with a nice accompanying heat. Nice bright edge is well balanced with the caramel notes. Mineral dry and a nice tingle on the tongue. Great beer. Good with turkey, dry fatty cheeses, earthy herbs, and believe it or not, marinara. Heavy on the belly. Hard to have more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2012 03:22:26 | More by rtepiak
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greenspointexas

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-14-2013 21:10:10 | More by greenspointexas
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csfcmitchell

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-27-2014 16:08:19 | More by csfcmitchell
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phishbone23

New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-23-2013 13:19:12 | More by phishbone23
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12%

08-11-2013 02:21:04 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 01:20:00 | More by stephens101
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-27-2012 23:23:40 | More by sprucetip
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Live Oak Old Tree Hugger Barleywine from Live Oak Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.