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Thomas Hooker Old Marley Barleywine - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Old Marley BarleywineThomas Hooker Old Marley Barleywine

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BA SCORE
89
very good

192 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 41
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This traditional American Ale blends copious amounts of five different malts and various English and American hops to yield a rich and flavorful brew.

We age our Barleywine in oak bourbon- casks to add vanilla and smoky notes, then blend these flavors into a full-blown sensory experience to enjoy on a cold winter's eve.
Old Marley Barleywine is extremely complex and full-bodied in flavor. The drinker will be rewarded by first letting a small amount warm in a brandy snifter , then sipping it, similar to a fine sherry.

74 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-08-2005)
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Reviews by wyllder:
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wyllder

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Marley pours a deep, slightly clouded garnet, with a thin caramel head. He might be dead, but he looks quite appealing in my goblet.

The nose has a sharp, poignant edge to it. Behind that edge, it speeks of plums, raisins, chocolate and other scents I had a hard time distinguishing.

The flavor is slightly bitter on the front of the palate. By the midsip, bitter coffee, chocolate and a touch of plum all play out, along with some lovely alcohol hints. The aftertaste is a brilliant bitter coffee with some last, lingering, alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full and round, a delight to sip slowly on a cold October evening.

Drinkability is good, though I couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these in a night. One, however, is mighty satisfying in and of itself.

Overall, a terrific barleywine.

Wyll-

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 20:47:31 | More by wyllder
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psdriscoll

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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AGust82

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nebula1999

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2003 Vintage grabbed from my Cellar. Been aging this one since I got it just under 11 years ago. Made it though a major move too.

Pours deep, dark copper brown into oversized snifter. Thin scattered large bubbled head, then nothing.

Aroma is wood, wood, wood! The "one month in the oak barrels" really imparted a massive oakiness to the nose on this beer after all this time. Bold maltiness comes through, but zero hops. I didn't expect much of a hop presence after 11 years anyway. The hops are more pronounced when young, as I remember. Also picking up some herbal notes like fresh sage and even a hint of rosemary (?). No oxidation detected.

Flavor is a potent wood and malt explosion. I mean, not just oak but cedar and a hint of pine. Almost too much. Sticky malts in the mouthfeel, and a pinch oily to boot. Slight warming from the alcohol.

Overall, this beer should be respected for what it has become since bottling. It's completely different than its younger self. Definitely drinkable, but probably would be better appreciated a little younger.



Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 16:50:53 | More by nebula1999
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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-16-2014 00:39:10 | More by lic217
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-14-2014 03:39:22 | More by morebeergood
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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-27-2013 03:00:22 | More by blmar311
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Virginia

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08-29-2013 22:31:08 | More by JasonTaverner
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-27-2013 17:02:40 | More by WOLFGANG
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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-23-2013 20:14:46 | More by jaxon53
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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tjdrewry

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-17-2013 03:45:41 | More by tjdrewry
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Naugled

New York

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby brown with some haze. Little carbonation or head but I'm ok with that. I don't expect that from a beer like this.

Nice malty aroma, raisins, dark fruit, prunes and molassas.

Flavor is very oaky, and this beer is at least a year old. Lots of coconut and raw oak still present. Hints of caramel and vanilla.

Some late bitterness but over all a rich balance mouth feel.

Drinkable but the oak is a bit over the top, that's what kept it from scoring better for me.

12/30/12 (two years later)
I opened the second bottle of this beer to see how it has aged. It's much less carbonated now. The rubber seal on the flip top seems to have given up. It looks great though, crystal clear and chestnut brown. The aroma is dominated by oak and vanilla notes. The flavor as well, has some sweetness to it but the oak dominates. I'm surprised it hasn't aged out after 2 years. It still has a nice rich mouthfeel, but has lost some complexity and has become a single note - oak. All that said, I would still buy a few more bottles if it's offered.

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01-02-2013 19:38:30 | More by Naugled
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

06-01-2012 16:53:20 | More by chrispoint
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.55/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter. 500ml swingtop, 2009 vintage.

2.5 A: Uh-oh. No carbonation. I'm guessing this is due to the swingtop, but T. Hooker chose to use this format, so I'm continuing with my review as normal. Black color.

4.0 S: The nose is still solid. Tons of plum and caramel with raisin, prune, whiskey, and leather close behind. Minor notes of sherry oxidation, but overall very nice.

2.5 T: Surprisingly not a lot of oxidation. There is a some, but it's not undrinkable. Plum, raisin, tobacco, and caramel are strongest. Cardboard after that. The flavors are presented all that well without the carbonation though.

1.0 M: This really hurts from no carbonation. Lighter medium body. Not creamy or at all pleasant here.

2.0 D: I'm probably not being fair by reviewing this, but two years isn't so long that the bottles should have ended up this way.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 04:58:39 | More by DavoleBomb
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

12-23-2011 06:08:49 | More by JAHMUR
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-09-2011 04:50:46 | More by rab53
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Burt

Rhode Island

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11-21-2011 23:42:09 | More by Burt
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BlackWednesday

New York

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky, dark brown appearance with little to no head. Taste is sweet, a little strong on the alcohol. Some undertones of vanilla from the bourbon aging. Fairly strong malt presence with little hops present. Overall, interesting and different from most barleywines I drink. However, I do like some more hops like in most west coast barleywines. Also found that this grew on me as I drank it, but I’m not sure if I’d pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:30:02 | More by BlackWednesday
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davey101

Connecticut

1.85/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I normally don't bash beers, or post reviews for beer I dislike. However I'm making an exception for this beer. I love Thomas Hooker, but this beer has some problems.

I absolutely love the presentation, a blue tinted pop top 500ml. Its looks amazing, it really does. And that why its been in my cellar for the last few months. This is a 2010 vintage. A pop of the top reveals....whats that? Zilch. Zero noise. This can't be good. An aggressive pour yields some awkward large soapy bubbles that pop quickly...and zero head. A sip confirms that this is still and flat. Yup...the seal went bad.

The smell is amazing. I smell some candied dark fruits, caramel, and frankly...the smell is of a quality barley wine. However this is undrinkable. Buy these with caution! These tops are really flimsy and barely air tight. I'm glad I only picked up one since these were $7.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:26:49 | More by davey101
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Thomas Hooker Old Marley Barleywine from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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