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Olde Scoutter's Barleywine - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Olde Scoutter's Barleywine
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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: bruachan on 03-30-2006

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.
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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Torondao Bwine Festival 2008: It was a blend of 1999 and 2007 and man was it good. One of the crowd favs!

Poured a deep rich copper color. Had some piney hops on the nose and man you could smell the malts too. ..very nice..there was a lsight butterscotch taste. The ABV I thought was well above 11 but it was not overbearing. A few of these and I wouldhave been out. A good sipping barleywine but so sweet and potent only a few would one be able to handle...if you are a lightweight

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of smithj4
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Snallygaster 2014. Great taste, very smooth, a bit hot.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a sampling glass at the brewery. 2010 edition.

A: Dark amber, clear and pleasant. Light head good lacing.

S: Superb. This is what a barley wine should taste like. Rich, bready malts with strong alcohol and hops offering accents.

T: Initially, almost overwhelmingly sweet. Rich Demerera sugar and overripe fruit fade into a bittersweet finish with strong American hops providing an insidious undercurrent of citric acid and heavy bitterness. The aftertaste is dry and pleasant.

M: Smooth and lightly spicy, but flattish.

O: A wonderful beer that I would drink again, highly recommend, and quite enjoyed.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce glass at the Bistro in Hayward last weekend for four dollars, excited to try this beer and happy to see it is in fact still brewed, color was a deep red and more copper, one inch foamy off white head that stuck around for a few minutes, left some nice lacing too, aroma is made up of a weird mixture of vanilla and funk that is mostly like from a red wine barrel, also various fruits, big caramel malt, and alcohol, taste is nicely balanced between sweet and bitter but has some boozy tones mixed in as well, gets fruitier as it warms with mostly berries, quite a bit of oak in the finish as well, mouthfeel is sweet, fruity, boozy, and malty, thick and rich body, on the lower spectrum of carbonation, taste lingers, could have drank another glass, little heavy at times, strong beer and you can taste that about it, hopefully Bear Republic barrel ages more of their beers because this was quite interesting and think there is some serious potential here, recommended

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.85/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Olde Scoutter's Barleywine from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.