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Old Knucklehead Barleywine - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Old Knucklehead BarleywineOld Knucklehead Barleywine

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BA SCORE
89
very good

168 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 37
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-16-1998)
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Bottling no. 11
Pours a dark leather amber with a tight, thick, tan head. Great lacing.
Nose is very aromatic. Smells of earthy whiskey, tangy grapes, oak, bread pudding, and a whiff of alcohol leap out of the glass. Tangy/vinuous character is stonger than I would have thought for a barleywine.
Sweet, rich, fruity malt flavors up front. Tangy, musty, grape character comes through stongly in the middle. Hops ride in at this point as well. Bitter, resinous, and spicy pin pricks on the tongue. Bitterness swells into the sweet, caramelly/grape finish. Big, creamy mouthfeel that warms you up real nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2004 03:00:28 | More by alexgash
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-25-2013 03:25:35 | More by TimoP
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-07-2013 05:06:19 | More by megamass
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-12-2013 00:48:36 | More by ste5venla
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red hue with a slightly off-white one-finger head with tons of lace on the glass.
Aroma deep dark fruits, hint of caramel candy apple and some grain alcohol.
Flavor is somewhat nutty, with caramel and fruit flavors. Some biscuity hits and a spicy, peppery alcohol note.
Mouthfeel is very full and dense with a grainy and somewhat phenolic hit
Drinkability is fairly high. Far some reason this beer didn't work fully for me, the transitions wern't quite right an didn't find the balance between sweet and bitter that appealing. That being said it is still a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 04:04:37 | More by CRJMellor
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-31-2013 04:27:45 | More by jaydoc
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obrike

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-23-2014 02:12:22 | More by obrike
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-02-2014 06:33:43 | More by tobelerone
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hoesweizen

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-18-2011 19:38:55 | More by hoesweizen
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mcallister

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Russet colored, deep and bold with vibrant ruby hues. Head is brilliant white with tremendous length.

Pine riddled hop with sweet toffee malt and a fig backing. Prune and some raisiny aspects witha maple and brown sugar push.

Coconut and nutty flavors come to the fore front and lead into a fresh smyrna fig flavor. Dates and brown sugar seem to mystify the senses with a dry finish that may be too fruity. A feathery light body and mouthfeel fit this beers style and is a good barley wine for a warm fall evening at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2007 22:17:13 | More by mcallister
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-22-2013 05:02:57 | More by kjkinsey
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JDV

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with small offwhite head. Smell is sweet, touch of alcohol, and nice fresh hops. Taste is smooth mild malt followed by a bit of warming alcohol that is unobtrusive, however, and some nice spicy bittering hops. Nicely bittered as well. Slightly syrupy body with medium carbonation. This is definitely a well above average barley wine and I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 20:45:02 | More by JDV
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DbbC

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-21-2014 18:50:42 | More by DbbC
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-18-2013 00:13:58 | More by KiMiRaiK
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woemad

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11th bottling (2003). This year's knucklehead is Fred Eckhardt, a "craft brewing pioneer." Poured a dark reddish amber color, with a big beige head that eventually simmered down to a foamy collar.

Smell is of sweet, sugary malts. But its not cloying, as there are also elements of caramel, cherries, raisins, dates, etc.

This is a very tasty barleywine. Up front is a caramely, sweet candy taste, but it is balanced by the dark fruit flavors. There is a very slight hoppiness at the end, but it is really just along for the ride. Also a slight warming alcohol lurking in the background.

This beer has a nice mouthfeel, I had no thinness issues with it.
Drinkability was quite good, although it would be a bad idea to make this a session beer due to the 9.1%abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 08:48:40 | More by woemad
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ccozzi

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-26-2013 03:05:48 | More by ccozzi
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HKUSPC40

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-15-2013 04:23:58 | More by HKUSPC40
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep bronze with a nice creamy head that dissapates pretty quickly leaving a light amount of lace seems to be quite heavily carbonated for a barleywine.

S: Very fruity aroma not much hop presence very juicy and effervescent,maybe a touch of brown sugar.

T:Alot of different malty/fruity flavors going on some caramel and raisin with alcohol cutting hard thru the fruit a light dryness in finish but I didnt pick up the hops as much as others have.

M:Big and bold very flavorful the beer has a prickly feeling in the mouth and it warms the insides.

O: Not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2007 22:44:05 | More by barleywinefiend
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-02-2012 20:50:27 | More by dmorgan310
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William85

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-02-2013 05:46:52 | More by William85
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-18-2011 20:08:51 | More by Rochefort10nh
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pumaguy021

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-26-2013 19:23:54 | More by pumaguy021
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-07-2013 17:48:22 | More by GrindFatherBob
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arizcards

Arizona

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber in early February from Total WIne for $5.99. From No. 013 bottling.

Beer poured reddish-brown with a nice white head that has some pretty good hang time.

Nose is toffee and caramel with some dark fruits.

Taste is well balanced, dark fruits and caramel dominating up front with a nice citrus hop punch finishing things nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and pretty smooth.

Overall a tasty barleywine that is not to far off from being an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 01:28:01 | More by arizcards
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep bronze with a nice creamy head that dissapates pretty quickly leaving a light amount of lace seems to be quite heavily carbonated for a barleywine.Very fruity aroma not much hop presence very juicy and effervescent,maybe a touch of brown sugar.Alot of different malty/fruity flavors going on some caramel and raisin with alcohol cutting hard thru the fruit a light dryness in finish but I didnt pick up the hops as much as others have.Big and bold very flavorful the beer has a prickly feeling in the mouth and it warms the insides.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 02:39:10 | More by oberon
Old Knucklehead Barleywine from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
89 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.