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Thomas Hooker Old Marley Barleywine - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 47
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: paceyourself on 03-01-2003

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
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Ratings: 202 | Reviews: 174
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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jaasen64
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

'06 vintage bottle. Purchased recently from Nikki's Liquors' vintage room in Providence for $11. 500 ml swing-top blue bottle.

A- Swing-top comes off fairly easily with a nice pop. Pours a very opaque pitch black, fairly flat with minimal carbonation bubbles floating on top but otherwise no head.

S- Caramel, molasses, toffee, licorice, booze that fades, malts, light oxidation that hides in the background. Has definitely faded with age but still maintaining a nice aroma that isn't ruined by oxidation.

T- Slick thin molasses, toffee, licorice, hints of dark cherries and char, finishes with a hint of chocolate, char, very light booze, caramel, and toffee. Like the aroma taste seems like it may have faded a bit but is maintaining a nice complexity and not too much oxidation despite the age.

M- Definitely thinner then I was anticipating, pretty much no carbonation to speak of, surprisingly slick with almost no alcohol burn whatsoever. While the mouthfeel doesn't kill this beer, it's hard to give it a better rating due to the slightly thin body and absolute lack of carbonation.

O- Taste and aroma wise this beer held up pretty decently for 6 years except I can tell it definitely faded a bit. Mouthfeel wise though this is as flat as you can get, almost like drinking water. The good thing though is the alcohol is almost completely hidden which makes it quite drinkable. Overall I'm definitely glad I tried this, but I'm not sure if I'd pay $11 again. Would have been really interesting to try this beer fresh and with 3 instead of 6 years on it.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of nebula1999
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Naugled
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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Thomas Hooker Old Marley Barleywine from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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