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Live Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine - Live Oak Brewing Company

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92
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29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 85
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 18.22%
Wants: 88
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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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Photo of BeerZack
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep rusty orange-amber color with a short white head that fades into a heavy lace. Nose is sweet dark malt and floral hops—the aroma really opens up after the beer warms a bit. Full-bodied, almost chewy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet fruit and malt along with a strong hop presence—more so than in your typical barley wine. The alcohol is well hidden considering the ABV. Very enjoyable, but watch out as the alcohol sneaks up on you.

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Photo of beerdiablo
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Don't look for Live Oak at 7-11 anytime soon" remarked brewer Chip McElroy when asked if his draught only offerings were going to be bottled.

Focus is a good thing.

Live Oak's Old Treehugger Barleywine is a fine welcome to the longstanding tradition of Texas brewed barelywines. Now we have two! Obviously, this doesn’t count homebrew.

This dark brown ale pours with a nice, head. Old Treehugger has a thicker mouthfeel than usual for this style. Though sweet when it warms up, this is a more hoppy barleywine. Ever had one brewed in SoCal? Then you know what I mean.

This is good now but would be better with aging. Being draft only, get it while you can.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Live Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine from Live Oak Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.