Olde Bartholomew - Yards Brewing Co.
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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
3.66/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
04-06-2014 04:35:47 | More by RblWthACoz
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
01-11-2012 05:43:25 | More by BARFLYB
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
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
12-29-2013 02:50:15 | More by Darkmagus82
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
04-07-2013 03:11:15 | More by Suds
4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
Served via gravity from a firkin at The P.O.P.E. in Philadelphia, PA.
A-Orange kissed copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin ring of retention and left spotty lace.
S-Woody astringency with orange rind bitterness, honey sweetness and a touch of hop spiciness. All of this is rather subtle but pleasant nonetheless.
T-Spicy, biting orange rind along with moderating honey sweetness. Dry woody bitterness adding some depth in the finish.
M-Medium bodied, quite smooth from the honey sweetness and long lingering spicy bitterness. Dry, astringent finish.
D-Really tasty stuff. Oak orange with moderating honey sweetness. A true sweet/dry battle rages on throughout the entire pint. An eminently approachable and drinkable barleywine.
03-26-2011 23:02:33 | More by Deuane
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
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
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
3.96/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
07-24-2014 01:10:09 | More by DIM
Olde Bartholomew from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.