Olde Bartholomew - Yards Brewing Co.
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2.33/5 rDev -36.2%
12oz bottle, courtesy of alefish (thanks David), into a Kate snifter.
A - Pours a clear golden-amber, with a huge three fingers of fluffy off-white head. Plenty of lacing and great retention. Nice start.
S - Sweetness and malt lead off, with a slight nuttiness in the background. It smells more like a nut brown ale than a barleywine.
T - The nut brown theme continues -- it's sweet, but not in the typical English Barleywine way, where you'd expect toffee-like flavors. This is more of an acrid, unpleasant sweetness, more almond than peanut, and a short, bitter finish. I can't help but think this is classified in the wrong style.
M - It's reasonably meaty, but for a barleywine it's thin. Carbonation is a touch too sharp, and it's very drying.
O - Definitely a disappointment. After having some stellar English Barleywines recently, this is certainly a lower-tier offering.
04-16-2012 02:53:43 | More by djmichaelk
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
2.75/5 rDev -24.7%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.
A- pours a dark orange with a 2 finger white head. Has a nice ring of lacingq.
S- not much here. Pilsner malts, some sweetness and slight brown sugar, cinnamon.
T- high alcohol beer with some sweetness and spices.
M- medium body, slight creaminess with some alcohol bite.
O- bad Barleywine, bad beer. Not sure how this is even close to a 3.anything but not a good effort here.
04-21-2012 03:45:03 | More by kawilliams81
3.18/5 rDev -12.9%
poured into snifter from bottle
Surprisingly light gold very clear one finger white head and little lacing
Aroma of mild breads and sweet fruits maybe honey too
Taste was light sugars honey caramel and soft ripe fruits pear and apple apricot perhaps
Mouth feel was moderate properly carbonated nice finish with the alcohol
02-11-2012 21:32:25 | More by muskiesman
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
3.25/5 rDev -11%
Purchased from 1 Stop Beverage in Wyomissing, PA. Packaging is dated 12/07/11 with a sticker gun. I'm guessing this is a purchase date at the distributor as Yard's wouldn't have much need to date their products in this way.
Using a Mad Elf goblet Old Bart gives off a light coppery hue with the slightest hint of ruby red. A small amount of bone white foam develops a cap on top and quickly gives way. Our first hint of some serious ABV. I expected a bit of head retention due to using a glass that tapers towards the top but such is not the case. Mildly effervescent and only tiny, champagne like, bubbles at that.
I get fruit in the nose along with a touch of citrus in the back. There's some spice like qualities developing which I get up front and towards the finish. Maybe licorice? Copious amounts of alcohol.
I'm on my third pour now, about half way through my second 12oz and the hops are really starting to catch me. It's almost pale ale/IPA territory. There's a good amount of malt sweetness up front and a tinge of plum/raisin sorts of things going on but at this point the bitterness is gaining on my taste buds.
Feels slick in the mouth. I tad prickly but more from the hops than the bubbles. Overall body is thin for this style.
I don't know if I would recommend this one. At least not now. With some time the alcohol might mellow out and the hops should subside but at this point it's no bueno. Even with some age I feel other examples may be more indicative of this style. Your mileage may very.
Maybe they parti-gyle this one. A pale ale would certainly make sense behind this beer.
09-27-2012 01:55:56 | More by emericanchaos
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
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
The heat is well-hidden and this is an American made Barleywine that aspires to be English rather than West Coast, thank God.
A - very light. Nice head at first. Impressed by light hue and clarity.
A - hops, some toffee. Really lively. Nothing else, happily. It doesn't have the burst of a good IPA or Bock, its too neutral.
T - A lot is going on here, not all of it good. Zesty. Solvent. The profile is pronounced, but not endearing. It's not rounded, or perfectly sweet enough. I just feel that in a beer so big something more interesting could be offered.
M - Thin? I dunno if I want syrup, but it feels like it is thin just to drive up ABV.
O - A pallet is temperamental. It is hard to fairly judge a beer. A lot relies on time and place. Having other beers today, I'm slow to criticize. Still, I wanted something to cap the say, and this did not.
01-24-2012 23:53:45 | More by MONKandTUCK
3.33/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
11-18-2013 23:31:54 | More by RandomExile
3.38/5 rDev -7.4%
12 oz bottle, with bottled on code of 120711.
appears a clear dark golden color with amber highlights. fine white head, good retention and lacing. aroma is sweet, slightly spicey, earthy hops.
taste is a balance of malts - caramel, raisin, with fruity esters and spicey hops. medium thickness, slick mouthfeel, medium carbonatoin.
overall - decent, but I think it could be a bit thicker, and have lower carbonation, to fit better. also, some more malt depth would help.
02-22-2012 05:00:44 | More by jmdrpi
Olde Bartholomew from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.