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Olde Bartholomew - Yards Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 108
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 12-25-2002

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 108
Photo of djmichaelk
2.37/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (885 characters)

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (393 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
2.76/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.
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Photo of muskiesman
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (326 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (698 characters)

Photo of emericanchaos
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,607 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,380 characters)

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (857 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (475 characters)

Photo of mooseo
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (584 characters)

Photo of rodkin
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks alefish

Pours a clear amber color with a decent head and visible carbonation. A little lighter than I'm used to, almost an IPA color.

Smells sugary sweet, honey and caramel. Little hint of hops.

Taste is like the smell, pretty sweet but with more hop bitterness than I expected. Mostly a sugary, caramel sweetness. Not much of the dark fruit flavors I normally expect. Some slight graininess in the back as well. It's pretty tasty, but there's not a ton going on.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium bodied, creamy carbonation.

Overall a tasty barleywine, if a little simple. (577 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 10.3% barleywine in a 750ml bottle. Well at least I won't feel shorted.

Pours beautifully. This is a mainly malty sweet barleywine with minimal to almost no io influence. Nothing outlandish on the sweetness. Pretty smooth. Not a lot of variance or complexity on the ride though. A quintessential English barleywine. Probably a good one to age for a while. (358 characters)

Photo of 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! (851 characters)

Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Coppery gold, not at all hazy, decent head

S- Fairly hoppy, more so than expected, with a mild undercurrent of fruit, maybe dates?

T- Initially fairly sweet and full flavored, almost toffee like at first, with a floral, hoppy finish. Not bad. Not bad at all.

M- Full with a decent degree of carbonation.

O- A good beer, you can't really taste the alcohol content as much as you usually can with a high ABV beer, which seems odd. Refreshing and tasty, definitely a good beer to have on hand, if not a must have beer. (522 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (726 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (2,220 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Weyerbacher Tulip.

Bart's color is a hazy orange with light shades of faded amber with a dismal cream colored cap that left minor sticks. Smell is on the English side for real, with English malt, toffee, the lightest spice character, earthy hops, and a minimal fruit character. Taste is on the malty side as well, rich with English essence, caramel, light nut character, earthy hops, a bit of grain and a touch of alcohol. As always, the malt profile is the creme as with most Yards beers. Light fruit character with warming. Feel is a big medium with a good amount, not so much so. After twenty minutes or so, this one just goes down. This is a solid effort. I'll keep an eye for it on draft(even though I've been dodging it for two years) and might even grab a sixer for everyday B-wine drinking in the winter. One at a time though. (854 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew is golden and pale in color with a thin white head. The smell is boozy, with a sharp grain and fresh hop aroma. It has a very sweet front taste, malty and intense. High bitterness and a lot of fruity esters. Black currant, apricot, and peach. Loads of malt. The beer is very warming, almost hot, with alcohol. Full body. Serious beer, but mediocre for a barley wine. (376 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful clean honey colored pour with 2 fingers of head.. Excellent retention.. Honestly one of the best looking head I've seen on any beer in a long time. Slow dissipation leads to a very nice creamy drink session. Smells bready, malty, candy sugar sweetness, caramel. The flavor is a bit on par with a nice heavy alcohol dominance up front... Hints of Belgian sugars and plum, very reminiscent of a quad.
Medium to full body with modest carbonation.
This is a very enjoyable drink - and gets even better as it warms up. (526 characters)

Photo of thequeen711
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a local barleywine worthy of a review. This Yards brew is quite tasty, flavours of mild nuts, hints of chocolate, vanilla and apricots and mild spices make up their best creation. Fruity aroma, fruity taste, flavours of vanilla are in there with the apricots. A very tasty barleywine from Yards! (303 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Two and a half finger's worth of crisp tightly packed head that is slightly off-white in terms of color with a dollop of big chunky bubbles sitting a top... Rock star retention... The color is a vibrant honey hue... A light to moderate bit of carbonation some of which clings to the sides of the glass and some of which rises at a moderate pace throughout... The nose is definitive malt bomb... Loaded with overly ripened dark fruits... Fig... Raisins... There are pleasing notes of toffee and caramel as well... Slightly boozy... Not nearly as sweet as I expected... The malt is tamed by a surprising mix of hops and booziness... Medium to full bodied... Warming booze sensation... Stern carbonation... Just a tiny bit sticky... A bit on the dry side throughout with a big crescendo on the finish... Not a bad beer by any means... Much more reminiscent of an American Barleywine rather than the English style it is listed as... The end result is a solid enjoyable Barleywine that is solidly above average but far from remarkable... (1,052 characters)

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (328 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (503 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 750 with no cork and cage. God bless Yards for skipping that pretentious BS.

This was an amber tinted honey color; it poured with a massive, frothy white cap. I smelled toffee, potpourri like fruit, and toffee. Some warmth, but it was mellow and well incorporated.

Mellow flavor profile but it comes together well. Lots of toffee, not sharp or charred. Some spiced fruit and light, lingering bitter astringency. Medium body and overactive carbonation. Really nice b-wine, wish it came in 12 ouncers. (503 characters)

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Olde Bartholomew from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.