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Olde Bartholomew - Yards Brewing Co.

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Olde BartholomewOlde Bartholomew

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 12-25-2002)
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Reviews by jwhancher:
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3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

Bought a case back in December. Had about a 6-pack worth from the case. Decided to pop one open to cap off a Thursday night.

A: Pours a clear dark gold color with sufficient head and nice carbonation. Head dissipates after a short while.

S: Smells mostly of honey & light, sweet tasting malts. Reminds me of Yards' Thomas Jefferson Ale - only stronger. Some citrus & lemon notes likely from the hops. Not a lot of complexity - was expecting more.

T: Tastes sweet with the honey-like quality taking front aim at the taste buds. Some other sweet tasting characters as well like slight citrus & lemon notes. A bit of a husky grainy quality.

M: Sweet tasting beer with some good bitterness to not make it cloyingly sweet. Finishes dry - I'm guessing they used a fair amount of simple sugars to bump up the ABV. Feels lighter for a barely wine, but still has enough character to keep this one a sipper. Alcohol notes are somewhat subdued but I can feel the warmness in the back of the throat.

O: A good beer that could improve a bit with more complex malt characters. Seems a little too one-dimensional to me. Better as it warms up. As stated earlier, it seems to share too many qualities as the Thomas Jefferson Ale. Could this be an amped up recipe of that? Would take this anyday over a mass produced beer, but seems to be under par when compared to other craft barely wines.

05-04-2012 01:46:25 | More by jwhancher
More User Reviews:
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New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a dark, orange-copper with a thin, finely-beaded cream colored head. The aroma is earthy and fruity, with hints of brown sugar(?) in the background.

Wow - A lot of things going on in this brew. Flavors range from ground nuts (mild) to brown sugar/honey, hints of chocolate and maybe vanilla, some molasses and apricot, with a decent yet mild spiciness (malt? hop? Hard to tell) joining in near the finish. The alcohol makes itself known as the sip goes on, but it's never to the point of a burn. Really complex flavor - one of those "better have two to figure it all out" brews that keep life interesting. Medium bodied, which seems to allow all of the flavors to play around.

I've yet to try a product from this brewery that I haven't liked.

01-15-2003 10:15:36 | More by sponberg
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

06-07-2013 05:12:48 | More by megamass
Photo of SPRichard

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-27-2011 16:10:42 | More by SPRichard
Photo of JMS1512

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-08-2014 23:48:07 | More by JMS1512
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.6%

Yards- Old Bart

A- Deep thick orange yellow with a huge thick head. Chunky head and lacing.
S- Heavy syrupy sugary fruit. Orange, apricot, honey, and caramel malt.
T- Thick sugary caramel malt with heavy fruity syrup. Oranges, apricots, and honey really prominant.
M- Thick sticky and sweet. Heavy sugary sweetness with a touch of hot alc.

Overall- A good sipper. Thick and a bit boozy make it good but dangerous.

01-07-2010 23:35:56 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.56/5  rDev -2.5%

08-16-2014 18:38:20 | More by cfadams17
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Cloudy orange-tinged copper with light ruby highlights and a thin off-white head. The nose immediately offers Yard's distinct earthy and fruity yeastiness (mineral, apricots, figs) and a honeyish malt as well as some alcohol. The full body is enhanced by a natural (low and very fine) carbonation from keg conditioning. The flavor is far more malty than the aroma suggests, but it's not very complex. It's softly fruity and mildly toffee-ish up-front, honeyish, and then biscuity as the bitterness becomes more apparent. Some clear alcohol is present, and it finishes powdery dry with a lingering honeyish malt note. In many ways, this seems like a bigger version of their IPA. An enjoyable winter warmer that's looked forward to by many each year!

12-25-2002 15:23:05 | More by NeroFiddled
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-24-2011 21:10:58 | More by mdillon86
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-14-2014 02:08:41 | More by buzzy
Photo of MLasoski

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

01-30-2012 22:55:27 | More by MLasoski
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

04-26-2014 22:10:33 | More by enelson
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Thanks alefish for this! Nice surprise.

Pours like a DIPA - bright tangerine with a crisp, white head that shifts out to a ring, minimal beading. Slightly medicinal booze on the nose - evolving with warmth. Sweeter fruit lingering behind the booze, and caramel-centric malt presence. Almost a little cinnamon? Sort of a random note that I just caught. The taste is really different than any Barleywine that I can remember. The booze doesn’t dominate the way that I thought it might either. There’s no smack in the face toffee malt bombing going on here. It’s much closer to the middle of the road - something that I wish more beers of this style could achieve. Surprisingly drinkable. I wish I could get this one in MN.

03-26-2012 03:50:38 | More by yamar68
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

11-21-2011 02:04:08 | More by Amalak
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-07-2012 00:15:00 | More by richbrew
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-27-2012 02:52:43 | More by mendvicdog
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3.55/5  rDev -2.7%

12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pours a clear, amber-orange with a minimal white head.

S - Sweet caramel malt, light plum, mild citrus hops.

T - Caramel malt, plum, brown sugar, and light citrus. Very sweet and bready up front, but spicy citrus hops quickly lend balance with a mild bitterness. Finish has hints of dark fruit, molasses, and spice.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, average carbonation. Warming alcohol, semi-dry finish.

O - Decent barleywine. A nice beer to sip and enjoy slowly. Good flavor and balance, but nothing really stands out to put this ahead of other examples.

07-08-2012 03:32:28 | More by mooseo
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

12-25-2013 01:52:52 | More by weeare138
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3.23/5  rDev -11.5%

Very happy to see this bottled now. Poured into a snifter. Pours a crystal clear copper color with some lighter golden-yellow highlights. Amazing carbonation that leaves a nice white bubbly cap and legs after every sip.

Mostly lighter citrus fruits bring the nose. Oranges , apricots, honey and slight woody touch as well.

Taste is not what I remembered from old bart on tap 2 years ago at the brewery. Mostly dominated by a thin, hot, boozey alcohol. Slight touch of the citrus fruits detected from the nose.

Light bodied, thin and boozey but it does have great carbonation that tingles the palate.

This seems to be a totally different beer now. I remember a lower ABV and much thicker body.

01-08-2012 14:46:56 | More by TheFightfan1
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

On tap at the brewery winter 2011.
A: deep orange to red. Half finger white head.

S: fruit, some bitterness, subtle and smooth.

T: fruit, bitterness at the end, some alcohol warming. Good stuff.

M: thin and more sweet but drying and alcohol is noticeable.

O: really balanced. Not boozy, nice fruity and slightly complex.

01-29-2012 20:14:56 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of alefish

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

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!

02-04-2012 01:47:18 | More by alefish
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2.48/5  rDev -32.1%

Deep reddish-orange with frothy white head, about a finger and half thick. Good retention.

Light nose of fruits, light caramel, some nuts and toffee. Nothing too powerful, just pleasant.

Medium body, with unimpressive taste. Some fruitiness and light nut flavors , but that's about it. Not much going on here.

Have definitely had better barleywines than this, and trust me, there is better.

04-16-2014 00:03:37 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours an orangy, light brown, thick with moderate off white head and decent lacing. Smell is of sweet carmel and honey, roasted nuts, dried apricot and oranage zest. Taste is slightly sweet, nice roasted nut and carmel taste backed by honey, dried appricot, orange peel. Booze is noted but does not have a huge impact. Nice body... slightly thick and sticky without overcoating and lingering on the palate. Overall a nice english barleywine that is not as thick, sticky and sweet as others in its class.

02-15-2010 15:44:31 | More by rfgetz
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-12-2012 16:21:07 | More by Kaydogg
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-11-2013 21:01:11 | More by Drknight
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Olde Bartholomew from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.