Olde Bartholomew - Yards Brewing Co.
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3.55/5 rDev -2.7%
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
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
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
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
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
03-27-2012 03:06:36 | More by CuteZombieDoll
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
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
4.3/5 rDev +17.8%
Poured into a tulip shaped glass, color is a nice bright gold to light amber, head presents thick but dissipates to a nice 1/4 inch thick with lacing on the glass.
Smell is a mix of resinous malt hints of raisan, plums and light citrus hop quickly followed by some booziness.
Taste is great mix of light caramel sweetness, hints of some fruitiness and light toasted malt with a solid amount of bitterness. A nice estery booziness lingers throughout which works very well with the flavors.
Mouthfeel is a lightly on the cloying side, kind of strong on the tongue, but the lingering sweetness and solid carbonation balance it out.
Overall, this is a very tasty barleywine, nose is a little heavy on esters/booze and a little strong on the tongue but the well balanced flavors make up for these things to make it surprisingly drinkable.
02-21-2012 00:11:33 | More by mvanaskie13
4.4/5 rDev +20.5%
Bright orange-yellow in color with good clarity. Pouted with a frothy, stiff foam that slowly reduced to ta thick cap that lift sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Buttery smooth with light carbonation. Sweet caramel and biscuit malt aromas with honey and an earthy undertone. Hints of citrus hop and alcohol in the aroma as this warms. Caramel and biscuit malt flavors with honey undertones from beginning to end. Finished with a boozy, lazy hop bitterness that lingered for a bit. Most certainly a sipper as the alcoholic heat strengthens as you go, but enjoyable nonetheless. This made me think of a pilsener on steroids.
02-18-2012 20:54:46 | More by IronLover
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
3.68/5 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
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
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
Olde Bartholomew from Yards Brewing Co.
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