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Olde Deuteronomy - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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90
outstanding

94 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 51
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002)
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

wesbray, Aug 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

jmdr, Nov 30, 2011
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4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me, this is the definition of Barley Wine. It is 10.5% abv.
It is malty and a nice heavy mouthfeel, slightly hoppy and overall just damned impressive.
It is only made every two years, before Xmas (I took the brewery tour once and got all the inside poop). There was a millenium edition in 2000 which is still available but tough to find in local stores, even in our home province of Alberta. Go for a specialty shop or one that features out of the ordinary beers.
Well worth the search.

MAB, Sep 18, 2002
Photo of Naerhu
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to KBL Scott for bringing this beer all the way to Japan!!!

Had this 1996 vintage in Jan. 2005.

This is what I call a perfect barely wine. Massivley complex, high powered, yet very drinkable.

Chestnut body with next to no head. Many many floaties at the bottom of the bottle, be careful unless you wanna mouthful of yeast. Chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, earth, a great complexity of aromas.

The taste is still vibrant after 7 years in the bottle (though of course, the carbonation is very restrained). Figs and fruit are still in the forfront of this amazing beer. The silky malt mouthfeel is amazing. The high abv is perfectly balanced and does not show. I am a lucky man to have had this amazing beer.

Naerhu, Jan 09, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

MrTinnedPEach, Mar 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

schnarr84, Nov 27, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 edition sent to me by someone during a CanBIF, sorry dude, can't remember who and when this one was sent, but thank you for the beer! Cellared for aboot 1.5 years and served at 12 c in a "la fin du monde" belgian style glass.

Pours a solid dark whisky cooper, amasing huge tight head that settles down to a un-even film and laces aggresively to the glass, awesome looker.

Aroma of figs, candi sugar and dried fruits (plub, apricot) a faint aroma of cristalised caramel sugar. Rich a full mouthfeel without being cloying, amasing flavor of barley sugars and a extremely balanced hop bitter bite at the end to bring this beer back down on its feet.

Abso-freaking-lutely delicious, find it drink it! I want more.

bloberglawp, Apr 02, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a treat...and an amazing opportunity to try. This was the 1996 vintage, enjoyed in Japan, of all places, in 2005. Thanks so much to KBL Scott for making the impossible happen.

It was a hazy ruddy brown, with just the tiniest hint of a beige head. The flavours are rich and complex, tending to dark dried fruits and berries, with a touch of sherry. The alcohol is present, but very well integrated.

This is a phenomenal and highly drinkable barley wine. Truly an amazing treat, and literally a once-in-a-lifetime beer. Thanks again, Scott.

thesilverhand, Apr 22, 2005
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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 edition of Olde Deuteronomy.

Appearance - Pours a hazy mahogany hue with a thin white head.

Smell - Tropical fruits (predominantly passionfruit), licorice, spicy notes, slight citrus aromas.

Taste - Hint of the tropical and citrus fruits. Sweet honey character to it; slightly bitter hops in the aftertaste. Finish has a bit of leafiness/grassiness to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with minimal-to-no bubbles. Very smooth. Enjoyable to sip on.

Overall - A very nice representation of a barleywine from Alley Kat. The ABV is hardly recognizable in this one, which makes it easy to drink (and slightly dangerous). Lovely fruity flavours shine in this one.

leaddog, Jan 16, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on tap at the Hop In Brew feb1 2010

A deep ruby brown with a fingers worth of dense beige head that had average retention but even the thin film it fell to left good lace

S candied fruit with lots of caramel a little hops and booze

T loads of flavor, again dark candied fruit with a little burnt sugar mixing well with a caramel apple taste and some mild booze

M thick and syrupy with just enough carbonation to give it some life. this is a highlight in a beer that's not lacking in any areas.

D for a 11% brew it went down quick, dangerously quick. for a young barley wine it's wonderful

I feel lucky to drink this on tap it appears this is the first review from a keg. I read my old review for this from a bottle and after trying a bottle recently I think I was a little hard on it, a re-review may give the bottle a higher grade. just go's to show how quickly your taste changes. Please if you get the chance you must try this on tap, to the best of my knowledge the Hop In Brew is the only place you can do this

wordemupg, Feb 03, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, 2005 vintage. I just looked in the fridge, and it called my name...

I've been rubbing my hands over this one for a while. New to the practice of aging higher-alcohol beers, I was eager for a stab at it.

Pours a thick caramel-bronze. The carbonation hesistates before coming to the surface. This is a thick beer. The head is minimal, but it sticks in place due to the viscosity. The beer is cloudy and semi-transparent.

The head reveals some hops, a whiff of alcohol, a prominent malt that features some dates.

At first sip, I'm treated to a cascade of notes... first dates and plums, with some dark malt characteristic and caramel. Then as it warms up and the thick brew travels around, it transitions to black cherry and raisin notes. Finally, with a little sweetness and a little hoppiness, it finishes with a meandering rye bread and walnuts.

What a beer. Hats off to the Kats.

niangelo, Jun 26, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

HumanParaquat, Nov 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Vandelayindustri, Jan 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

shagal, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ScottWestmaas, Jun 09, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle is a 2005 version so it has had a short time to age.

Appearance – This one pours a nice looking cloudy brown with a slight redness to it. There very little beige head on top which dissipates to a ring.

Smell – Typical Barley Wine smells here and all in a good way. Lots of alcohol, wood, some rum, hops, caramel, and butter. I like it.

Taste – Mildly sweet with some alcohol on top. It’s very smooth. There is caramel and toffee as well with some bitter hops which are somewhat citrusy. It’s very tasty and balanced.

Mouthfeel – This beer is fairly silky and viscous. Nice toned down carbonation.

Drinkability – Superb. I couldn’t stop sipping.

Olde Deut is always a good choice. A very solid Barley Wine which I look forward to aging!

Orrshow, Sep 11, 2006
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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this beer on july 2nd 2011.

341ml bottle into Boston Lager perfect glass. 2009 vintage.

Thanks to Bobsy! I’ve been excited to try this since Mondial 2011.

Might be my first taste of Alberta. Very funny label. Looks just like my girlfriend’s cat.

A- Some sort of beautiful amber/caramel/cherrywood. Slight haze. Decent size kaki head. Looks good.

S- Caramel , candied apple. Touch of chocolate. Hint of cinnamon. Alcohol is beautiful in here. Eager to taste.

T-Such rich malt in here. Dark dried fruit. Alcohol is really warming. Reminds me of eating a cognac or liqueur stuffed chocolate. Hops are more herbal than woody. Tastes great.

M- Big body. Low carbonation. Moderatly dry and of course a bit of numbing from the alcohol. Very enjoyable.

O- Very, very good. Not sure what I’d change to make this better if I could.

Yoonisaykul, Aug 14, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's a beer worthy of my citizenship celebration. One of my favourite Canadian barleywines with a good few years on it, and well kept at my favourite bar. It doesn't get much better than this. 2006 vintage. I love the picture on the bottle. If the beer didn't have me at the name, it would get me with the picture of the fat majestic cat and the flying kittens pouring beer in the background. Kudos to Alley Kat for that one.

Classical barleywine appearance - a ruby/brown body with a small cream coloured cap, which slowly diminishes to a spotty film and gives up a nice amount of lace. It has the clarity and radiance that I look for in a barleywine, so we're immediately off to a good start. Sweet caramel aroma, with light spicing, and sticky fruit flavours of fig and plum. Tastes of honey, caramel, dark fruits, and well integrated warming alcohol. Brown sugar is present throughout making the dark fruits almost jammy and providing a really good springboard for the other flavours. A touch of sharp hoppiness helps to prevent things from degenerating into a malt bomb. This drink is on its game. Mouthfeel is medium, with pretty low carbonation, which is almost perfect for the style.

This is a very drinkable, and a fine beer, holding up well as it enters its fourth year of maturation in the bottle. A lot of Canadian brews are under appreciated because they don't have the buzz and hype attached to them like some other beers, and that's a shame because this is a top-notch barleywine worthy of the upper echelons. Buy it and try it folks, you won't be disappointed.

bobsy, Apr 24, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 version - it's been almost two and a half years, let's have a look-see. Same old cheap, malformed, thin gold foil enclosure, some shiny window dressing on their standard 12 oz brown bottle. This is another one of Alley Kat's line that hasn't had the generic label update of a few years back - I find myself missing these feline-themed works of art for some reason.

The beer pours a mostly clear, but with fine swirling sediment, medium orange-brick amber hue - a lot like poorly mixed iced tea - with one finger of loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly beige head, which wisps away fairly quickly, leaving a few random instances of sea-spray lace around the glass.

It smells strongly of rum-steeped raisins, lightly biscuity caramel, overripe apple and black fruit - plum, mostly - brown sugar, and a remote leafy, earthy hoppiness. The taste is warm, bready caramel, thin molasses, stewed prunes, a bit of tannic red grape must, and leafy, citrusy hops, which increase in intensity, along with the subdued alcohol, as it warms.

The carbonation is pretty tame, barely perceptible in its innocuousness, the body a decent medium weight, and maybe not as full as it could be, but smooth and sticky in its uber-maltiness. It finishes on a drying trend, the residual hops finally screwing up the courage to do something about it. The 9.9% ABV is indeed a constant reminder, maybe a wee bit too forward up front, but thereafter lurking in the background, consigned to the promise of being very close to breaking through.

I have made the mistake of including a couple of these bad boys when making a mixed sixer at the brewery. Later, at the campsite, or wherever, their added kick reminds me (usually the next morning, 'cause they taste so good, especially after dark) of their potency. So, while quite easy to drink - if you're accustomed to the style, that is - they are not something to be trifled with, because if you do, they'll knock you on your fat cat ass.

biboergosum, Jun 12, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage is here, this time clocking in at 9.9%. Same labelling, same botteling.

The first sensation I had after twising the cap was a distinctly sweeter profile than previous vintages. Pouring into the glass the beer assumes a light-ruby, mandarin colour, with little head. Yes, the aroma to me is definitely sweeter, more full of buttery almond and caramel notes. Plenty of hopping too, but it remains similar to other vintages.

The body hits the tongue full and creamy, with slightly tingling carbonation and a medium to high bitterness in the finish. Again, this 07 tastes sweeter, tastier. Full of cooking bread, strong resinous hopping, candy sugar, mollasses, bitter chocolate, raisins, roasted almond, and plenty of dried fruit, as well as some yeasty esters.

Mm. I'll say this--far above fresh 2005 or 2006s. Much preferable. To me, the 2007 has hit the mark, finally! After trying the 04-06s, I felt Olde Deut was good, but not quite "there" in terms of balance as a barley wine. Wait till you try the 07--something is distinctly "different" from previous years, and I love it.

Cwrw, Jul 22, 2007
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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 03/20/12
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2008
Glass: SH Large Tulip

Pours a dark mahogany brown tobacco in color w/ a very light skim coat head and little to no lacing. Aromas of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, light citrus, and basement mustiness. The flavor was caramel/toffee sweetness up front, leading into dark fruits (raisin/fig), and finishing w/ a touch of tobacco, hop bitterness, and basement mustiness. Medium bodied w/ carbonation on the lower end of the spectrum. Easy to drink for the style w/ well masked ABV.

This brew has been on my wants list forever! Finally acquired a bottle and it did not disappoint, now all I have to do is figure out how to get more.

mikeyv35, Jun 09, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big mucho merci to Cwrw for providing me a bottle of the 2003 edition during the last CANBIF.

2003:

A dark ruby beer with no head retention at all, she was headless nonetheless, very light carbonation, wine like color and impressions.

Her smell was very malty, with caramel and toffee touch, with very aromatic hoppy touch.

her taste was different that the smell, it was hoppy at first, then with sweet note of maltness and followed by an alcohol warm, then finish with a floral hops touch and a shy hoppy bitterness.
I also noted some cherry like flavors, and it reminded me of a sweet nectar.

again thanx Cwrw

3Vandoo, Feb 21, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rigorous pour produced a tall tan head on a ruby colored brew that is opaque. Very little head retention, good lacing on the glass.

The smell is of apple, caramel, esters and alcohol. All the individual smells combine to a high level of sweetness. Just the smell warms the body.

Taste is complex to say the least. Big fruits, with an emphasis on apples. A lot of malty goodness, sweet taste all around. There is a slight bitter finish. Mouth feel is not as thick as it could be but it's still on the heavier side. This barley wine is not as syrupy as others. The alcohol is there in the taste but not overpowering. Not only does this brew warm the gut it also goes to the head and fast.

A good barley wine. Whenever I find a good one, it goes in the cellar.

alpineclimber, Jun 06, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. ABV listed at 10.3%.

Beer is a very dark maroon with a small tan head that dissipates almost immediately. A bit of lacing.

Smell is rich. Toffee, caamel, sweet malt, dark fruits (fig, raisin, plum), brown sugar, leather. Intoxicating.

Taste is like the nose. Rich toffee and caramel, bread, brown sugar, dark fruits. Quite sweet. Alcohol is pretty strong- I imagine it gets smoother with some more time, but rather hot right now.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, syrupy.

Overall, very nice!

jrenihan, Jul 15, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold with bit of cloudy lace. Moderately fruity rich grape yeast aroma and taste. Cream and spice.
A fine example of barleywine and like a fine wine, intense and thoughtful. Aftertaste bit astringent and alcohol burn. Praises to Irondjinn for the sample.

Then had a 2005 version young in June 2005 and liked just as much, so similar that I left the rating as is.

Sammy, May 18, 2004
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Olde Deuteronomy from Alley Kat Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.