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Olde Scoutter's Barleywine - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Olde Scoutter's Barleywine
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American version of the Classic British Winter Warmer, Olde Scoutter's Barleywine is a rich and hoppy beer brewed in honor of beloved brewery dog Scoutt. Malty, Hoppy, and warming, Olde Scoutter will have a place in your heart.

(Beer added by: bruachan on 03-30-2006)
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mctizzz, Jan 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool orange pour, barely a psst coming out the bottle, no label, no head. Aroma was warm, alcohol and caramel, bet this was a hoppy one back in the day.

Taste, rich in alcohol, but not harsh, very mellow sipper, moderate bitterness, citric tones leftover, but the hopping has morphed into some good sweetness and warmth. Carbonation was low, but ever the slightest notch upward would have been nice. Not overly complex. Mild rustic leathery notes.

I would say given the carbonation/oxidation, this one is probably slightly passed its prime, but is still a worthy choice at like $10 for a 22oz bottle at a brewery.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 17, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

jaydoc, Feb 12, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ad a glass of this one on tap last night before the festivities. Served cooled and into a 10oz glass, this one was consumed on 06/09/2010.

Nice dark amber pour with a very small and quickly fleeting head of light white that seemed to stay as a ring around the sides of the glass for a good few minutes until all that was left was a top, bare of any lace.

Aroma is sweet right off the bat. Lots of caramel and honey, hints of deep and sweet malts dominate. Warming brings out touches of earthy hops, light pine aroma and a deep, bready character that carries with it a touch of booze. Follows through perfectly with the flavor. Sweet bready malt dominates here with light touches of hops that are just noticeable and give it a little bit of a cut to it. Hints of boozy notes and a smooth, earthy flavor make I coat the palate with a lovely sweetness that is hinting at biscuits and buttery malts. Nice finish with a dry, nearly candied sugar and syrup like feel that really starts to warm the belly and give you that nice round feeling.

Overall a very solid ale here. A little boozy and strong, but I think it works. Would be curious to get a bottle of this one and try it out in a year or so, seems like it would work quite nicely in that time.

mikesgroove, Jun 11, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2002 vintage cellared at the brewery. Rusty, hazy amber appearance with low carbonation, minimal head.

Smells pretty nice, with oxidation being the dominant character now. It avoids coming off as stale, however, instead leaning toward sherry and cocoa. There's a touch of cardboard, but it's subtle, along with mild dried fruit and caramel sweetness.

Very leathery, meaty palate. A ton of sherry, faint cocoa, just a touch of hop bitterness left. Mildly sweet, there's a little caramel, but it ends quite dry. The body is a little thin, and it could use a touch more sweetness to balance the oxidation, but it has held up pretty nicely overall.

largadeer, Jul 24, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured deep amber-copper in color with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that slowly disappeared.
S: The aroma has a little bit of sweetness and is somewhat boozy. There are also notes of caramel malts and piney hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a good balance between malty sweetness and mild bitterness. There are notes of caramel and toffee flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat sticky on the palate. It definitely comes across as being strong and there is some alcohol warming.
D: I had to sip this beer very slowly.

metter98, Jun 13, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

bleeps, Mar 01, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Starts with a two-finger head from the bar. The bubbles never completely recede and they leave a cross between ring and blanket lace. The liquid is orange amber with a bit of haze.

Nice, deep malt aroma. Low toastiness and lightly sweet. No alcohol to the nose.

The taste is quite different because there is a very strong alcohol element. Thick body but with a decent carbonation presence the finish, while round and malt, features a touch of balancing hop and a strong alcohol warming feel. Long whiskey-like aftertaste.

smcolw, May 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

bigred89, Sep 14, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear dark amber color.

The aroma has grapefruit, citrus, piney hops, a big caramel malt and sweetness.

The flavor follows of those grapefruit and citrus notes in the front, then big breadiness and caramel sweetness. Piney and earthy hops on the finish.

A good example of the American barleywine style.

dar482, Mar 24, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i liked the stuff...maybe they'll make a habit of it. once again, not sure what to apply for the availability. served in a wine glass

caramelly copper color (we'll revisit this caramel idea) with a great bone-colored head (hmmm...great bone head) and very good lacing

more piney hops with substantial bitterness, but believe it or not this beer is malty (no...BRBC make a malty beer?). toffee, caramel, huge diacetyl butterscotchy thing going on. butterscotch aroma and a super creamy mouthfeel

the butterscotch (butterscotchbutterscotch) is bigtime, but i like it. it's a tip-of-the-tongue experience

bruachan, Mar 30, 2006
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served at the brew pub.

Rusty muddy brown hue. The bar tender poured a full 3oz snifter of sludge after filling our glasses. Tons of leather and tobacco. Mild hop presence. Some sweetness. Bit of oxidation is present. Flavors are rich with tobacco and leather. Caramel, toffee, sweet tarts. Very mild carbonation. The years have done this a bit of harm but nothing too damaging. The story that came with the bottle was worth the price alone.

beerwolf77, Dec 29, 2011
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Olde Scoutter's Barleywine from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.