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Olde Bartholomew - Yards Brewing Co.

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Olde BartholomewOlde Bartholomew

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BA SCORE
83
good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
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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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

01-01-2014 21:27:16 | More by nmann08
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

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
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

12-25-2013 01:52:52 | More by weeare138
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-21-2013 14:45:23 | More by ColForbinBC
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Drknight

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-11-2013 21:01:11 | More by Drknight
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-08-2013 05:51:39 | More by AngusOg
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cfinch2

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-07-2013 23:45:40 | More by cfinch2
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flyersfan900

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-05-2013 20:08:01 | More by flyersfan900
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-28-2013 02:21:45 | More by Phillyz
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-26-2013 04:02:23 | More by ygtbsm94
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.6%

11-26-2013 00:49:42 | More by jpd7374
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

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
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

11-16-2013 17:24:53 | More by Tucquan
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Corburk

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

11-10-2013 02:40:22 | More by Corburk
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

09-04-2013 14:53:03 | More by HRamz3
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megamass

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

06-07-2013 05:12:48 | More by megamass
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-19-2013 15:55:09 | More by InspectorBob
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

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
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-27-2012 02:52:43 | More by mendvicdog
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emericanchaos

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

07-31-2012 22:46:51 | More by brez8791
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-14-2012 17:02:08 | More by djrn2
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

07-08-2012 03:32:28 | More by mooseo
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-09-2012 05:49:16 | More by RoryOMoore
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rodkin

New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

05-14-2012 23:49:19 | More by rodkin
Olde Bartholomew from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.