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Olde Bartholomew - Yards Brewing Co.

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
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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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

MONKandTUCK, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Kaydogg
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Kaydogg, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of PhillyFurt
4/5  rDev +9.6%

PhillyFurt, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

BARFLYB, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

TheFightfan1, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind loose webbed lacing. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

N: Honey, concord grape, plum, banana and caramel. Smells delicious!

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.

justintcoons, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +9.6%

mdillon86, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Amalak, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Deuane, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of strangefate
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour on tap at the Hulmeville Inn on 10/29.

Pours a dark brown with little head and good lacing.

The scent is sweet and fruity - a mashing of fruit smells really, but noticeable was a touch of grapes and oranges.

The taste is sweet and sugary. It retains the fruitiness present on the nose, but with a sweet honey-like malt character. No hop presence here.

It has a medium-to-heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. It's somewhat syrupy, but a good feel nonetheless.

This is a solid barleywine - something I will definitely buy again. It's not something I could see myself drinking large quantities of, but it's definitely worthy of my money.

strangefate, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

rfgetz, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of thequeen711
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

thequeen711, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

NJpadreFan, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of sponberg
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, orange-copper with a thin, finely-beaded cream colored head. The aroma is earthy and fruity, with hints of brown sugar(?) in the background.

Wow - A lot of things going on in this brew. Flavors range from ground nuts (mild) to brown sugar/honey, hints of chocolate and maybe vanilla, some molasses and apricot, with a decent yet mild spiciness (malt? hop? Hard to tell) joining in near the finish. The alcohol makes itself known as the sip goes on, but it's never to the point of a burn. Really complex flavor - one of those "better have two to figure it all out" brews that keep life interesting. Medium bodied, which seems to allow all of the flavors to play around.

I've yet to try a product from this brewery that I haven't liked.

sponberg, Jan 15, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

NeroFiddled, Dec 25, 2002
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Olde Bartholomew from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.