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Live Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine - Live Oak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 29
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chadspivey on 12-09-2006)
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

LadyOfMuchBeer, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of silentnoiz
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
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

silentnoiz, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev -6.1%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev -6.1%

mhenson42, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +17.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
5/5  rDev +17.4%

nickhiller, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Daveychu
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Daveychu, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10oz tumbler at Draught House

Appearance: Dark brown with red hues when held into the light with a white head about a finger thick that dissipated into a lacing that clang to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Dark fruits, malty sweetness, a hint of vanilla and a slight smokiness.

Taste: Chewy and malty, pretty sweet, toasted malts and dark fruits. Almost a maple like quality and a slight alcohol taste.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and a thick syrupy mouth feel with a slight alcohol warming as you drink it.

Overall: A very good barleywine, the alcohol is very well hidden considering the 14%, you know it’s there but it is not in your face. I’m glad I got to try it and I’m glad they have started to make it again.

jamescain, May 17, 2011
Photo of bisonkron
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its a cloudy beer. Light murky brown color. Light on the head, about what you would expect from a barleywine.

The aroma is amazing, smells really sweet and toffee like. The smell really enhances the flavor profile here.

Its really really smooth for so much ABV, but i still knew the alcohol was there, which was nice. I pick up a bit of fruity spiciness like raising.

Creamy, silky mouth feel is very pleasent.

Overall one of my favorite beers around.

bisonkron, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of stephens101
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.

stephens101, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ The Ginger Man in Austin

A - Pours dark brown with a ruby hue to it into the mini pint glass here, about a finger of brown head that has pretty good retention and some lace.

S - Lots of raisins and figs, big caramel malts, sweet vanilla, very inviting.

T - Sweet caramel malts, candy like sweetness, vanilla, toasted malt, dark fruits.

M - Full bodied, smooth and creamy.

D - I have a hard time not ordering this beer when I see it out there, super good and easy to drink, just watch out for that 13.7%.

StoneBrewFanatic, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of MEsquandoles
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.

MEsquandoles, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of champ103
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.

champ103, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in a 2 oz. pour at the Flying Saucer beer fest and was impressed enough to get an 8 oz. pour at the Draught House on 10/25/2010.

A - An inviting dark copper.

S - Poured without much of a head... but I was able to pick up some of the sweetness and dark fruits. The smell was the least impressive part of the beer.

T - One word quickly comes to mind - raisins. Also some underlying sticky toffee notes. Surprisingly, it's not overpoweringly boozy for a 14% ABV beer.

M - Thick and rich. The beer wonderfully coated my entire mouth.

D - Shockingly good. For how big of a beer this (definitely a sipper), it went down extremely fast. I had it for the first time two weeks ago and I had to have it again when I saw it.

Overall, drinking this is an excellent beer experience. I had a smile on my face the entire time I was drinking it and I wouldn't hesitate getting it again if I have the opportunity.

UTCengOwl, Oct 26, 2010
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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.

Mora2000, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
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.

wagenvolks, Oct 17, 2010
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4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh, sweet mystery of life at last I've found you! At last, I know the secret of it all! Enjoyed at the Draught House 41st anniversary party this evening.

A: Hazy caramel/amber color. Not a ton of head, but it's on cask. On appearance, it looked like it had quite the body to it.

S: Candy and malts. Very sugary aroma, some hops to it but not much. Really impressive, very appetizing, falls somewhere between vanilla, brown sugar, and molasses.

T: Lighter than I anticipated. A sipper for sure but very drinkable. Boozy, creamy, carmel, vanilla. Quite a pleasant amount of sugariness to it that doesn't come off as being too sweet.

M: Great body to it, absolutely wonderful.

D: Most drinkable barleywine I have ever had.

aggiearcher13, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of midaszero
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Draughthouse 40th anniversary party

A - Hazy amber with a small off white head and good lacing

S - Malts and sweet vanilla. Light fruit background

T - Creamy and warming boozyness. Caramel, toffee sweet and lots of malt. A little hop bite as well.

M - Thick body with medium carbonation

D - Tasty treat but not something I could drink all the time

midaszero, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of BgThang
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stuff is wicked good.
The nose is that of candy and sweetness.

The color is a deep dark amber.
It is a little thicker than your average barely wine.

The drinkabilty of this is certainly a sipper, but very quick sips
Live oak has definitely hit this barley wine out of the park.

If you ever have a chance, highly doubt it due to them only making like one batch of this stuff. (hopefully they will make more) slap your mamma if you have to its well worth it.

BgThang, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of JDV
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.

JDV, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of chadspivey
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the barrel-aged version from late '06.

A: dark amber color with a nice one finger head.

S: Vanilla, caramel, malt, booze.

T: Vanilla, caramel, booze, fig, raisns, candied orange. The two flavors that stick out the most is vanilla and caramel. Words really can't describe how much I like this beer. It's Freakin' Delicious.

M: not as thick as a a stout, but thicker than an average barleywine. sure does warm the throat.

D: Very drinkable considering the alcohol percentage. This one could get you into a lot of trouble...

chadspivey, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of ballewblake
3.75/5  rDev -12%
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.'

ballewblake, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of hopsleeroy
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one tap at the gingerman in Austin. A 2006 keg tapped in 2008. I haven't had a lot o beer with age on it especially beers like barelywine which people recommend laying down for a while. I understand why you do it now. Old Treehugger was like nothing I've tasted. It smelled like dates, caramel, and vanilla with some mild hops(little piney) as well. The taste was a huge blast of caramel and vanilla with the fruit smells fading back and the hops coming forward. Very balanced between the strong sweet flavors and the piney hops. Creamy in the mouth and the alcohol gave the sensation of warmth in the mouth in a great way. Only had a half pint and savored it the whole time. There are more subtle flavors (slightly fruity) that I couldn't describe but really enjoyed. It became more complex as it warmed. I hope Live Oak makes this again. It's really something special.

hopsleeroy, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, oh man, this was a spectacular barleywine. Thank you Chad, for letting me know that the Gingerman was going to tap the one keg they had left. I owe you buddy.

As far as I can tell, this keg was from late 2006. Time has treated this brew extremely well.

Served in a half pint glass.

Appearance - It is a deep caramel amber brown color, comletely transparent. It is produced a single finger head that had amazing retention - it left a ton of lacing behind.

Smell - The nose on this brew is awesome. It smells of rum raisin, pear, and booze with a HUGE vanilla and caramel scent. It has a very slight hop scent at the end, which is somewhat piney.

Taste - The flavor is as equally appealing as the scent, and they smell and taste exactly the same. It is an equal mix of booze, malt and hops in perfect balance with one another - the way a barleywine should taste.

Mouthfeel - This beer is definitely full bodied. It leaves both a sticky and oily feel in the mouth. The carbonation level is awesome - not too low to feel flat, and not to lively to detract from the flavor.

Drinkability - The drinkability is nothing short of awesome. I have heard that Live Oak doesn't have any plans to make this one again, and I seriously hope that isn't true. This is probably my favorite barleywine to date, and I have been to the Gingerman three times this week just to make sure that I get my fill of it before it disappears. I suggest that you do the same.

MiguelMandingo, Jan 14, 2008
Live Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine from Live Oak Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.