Olde Bartholomew - Yards Brewing Co.
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Reviews by alefish:
3.68/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a snifter.
A: Pours coper amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly leaving small amount of webbed lacing. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.
N: Honey, fruits and caramel. Smells great!
T: Overripe plum, banana and caramel upfront. Mid-palate brings in molasses, honey, concord grape skins and toffee along with some earth and possibly hay. Finishes with huge caramel notes, earth, hay and tobacco. Notes of leather persist to linger.
M: Medium-full bodied, silky, warming, sticky and dry.
O: This is one easy drinking English Barleywine. Beautifully complex and balanced. Starts out fruity, slowly transforms to earthy and never quits. Nice dark fruits, molasses, leather and tobacco flavors. Barleywines are either hit or miss to me and this one is definitely a hit.
I'd buy it again....if I can find more!
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2012 01:47:18 | More by alefish
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3.73/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from 750 ml bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a clear reddish-amber/copper color with a one finger of a creamy just off white colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave lots of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The beer has a quite big aroma of lighter fruits with apple, pear and peach all there. Along with these aromas are some caramel as well as some dark fruit smells of cherry and plum. A little bit of a bready smell is there as well and when mixed with the rest of the sweet and a hint of alcohol it has an overall quite sweet and almost cidery like smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter fruit flavor mixed with a little bit of a bready flavor. The sweeter fruits are largely of an apple and pear flavor with some flavors of cherry and plum in there as well. As the taste advances, the fruit flavors begin fading with a caramel and toffee flavor replacing them. Like the fruit, the caramel,which makes its max presence at the middle of the taste, begins to decline toward the end. As the sweeter flavors decline, some hop flavors of a grassy and herbal nature begin coming to the tongue. At the end, some other hop flavors of an earthy nature join the taste profile along with a little bit of a rubbing alcohol like taste to really bitter out the flavor. In the end, the mix of flavors that is left on the tongue, leaves one with a slightly sweet, hot, and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both the thicker body and lower carbonation are fantastic for the style and rather nice for the flavors upfront as they really allow all the sweeter flavors to linger on the tongue. While the feel isn't perfect for the later flavors of the brew it is overall pretty nice with a feel that is overall good for the beer.
Overall – A rather decent barleywine. The starting flavors are very distinct from the later flavors in the taste. The smooth and fruity flavors upfront are quite nice while the later flavors are just OK. An interesting barleywine that is worth trying at least once.
Serving type: bottle
12-29-2013 02:50:15 | More by Darkmagus82
3.33/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
A: foamy, moderately dense persistent head colored orange-tinted beige; a genuine amber, persistent fine speckled and latticed lacing
S: toffee, citrus
T: 10.3% abv cuts through sharply, leaving an astringent aftertaste, surprisingly yeasty and breadlike, caramel, bitter
M: sparkling, medium-bodied, smooth finish
O: A lot of beers shoot for high abv without the structure to handle it, and this may be one, as the alcohol was the strongest note, masking the more compelling malt, yeast, and tertiary flavors
Draft, poured in a snifter.
Serving type: on-tap
11-18-2013 23:31:54 | More by RandomExile
Olde Bartholomew from Yards Brewing Co.
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