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Olde Deuteronomy - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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90
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94 Ratings
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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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Photo of Sammy
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
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2005 vintage courtesy of Presario): Poured a deep amber color ale with a nice small dark foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of caramel and figs is clearly evident and it seems this barley wine is more akin to the English style then the US hops heavy style. Taste is very enjoyable with some nice roasted caramel-like malt, sweetness reminiscent of figs and a nice bitter finish. Body is a bit thin for the style but alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff and glad I have some other bottle for aging.

Phyl21ca, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: How appropriate after seeing the musical "Cats". Hopefully, this'll make more sense. Pours an opaque, reddish-brown body with no head (that's not exactly how I wanna see cats).

Smell: Strong aroma of spice, caramel malts, sauteed fruits, and burnt sugar.

Taste: Rich, sweet maltiness with a fruity raisin and plum taste that really jumps out at'cha. The dessert-like sweetness is inadequately countered by a light, earthy bitterness and spicy alcohol hints. Still finishes sweetish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty tasty stuff and I even like the label.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
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
Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Volo, courtesty of biegaman! 2006 vintage served in a snifter. Notes are a little lean, as it came at the end of a long day.

A - Transparent ruby red, with minimal foam and lacing. There's a ring and some patchy foam on the surface but that's about it.

S - Vinous, dark fruits, berries, raisins, brown sugar, tons of caramel-covered apple.

T - Lots of grape, bready malt, still some mild residual hop bitterness, as well as a slight sour prune flavor.

M - Some surprising carbonation tingle, full-bodied, smooth and creamy. Lots of residual stickiness.

D - I've had this beer a couple years ago, and it hasn't lost anything in the aging process. It's among the best barleywines produced in Canada. Definitely a slow sipper, but the moderate carbonation keeps it from getting syrupy or cloying.

MasterSki, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark auburn/ violet hue, with a small but sure head.
Forceful aroma, bright and fruity, cherries, grapes, apricot, and more flavors, a rich cornucopia unfolding in the senses.
Taste: dark fruits dominate, deep, rich , delicious, rich amd malty, thick and strong, with a solid fruity flavor that holds out over all else.
Hops remain big, malt feels bigger, but put together, it's an excellent barleywine, one of the best that I've ingested!

feloniousmonk, May 13, 2004
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a chilled bourbon snifter)

A- Dark auburn color that is slightly translucent at the neck of the snifter. A few bubbles at the top but no head to speak of.

S- A bit of roasted malt and some nice floral hops as well

T- Roasted malt with spicy hop bitterness. Grapefruit hop flavor mixed with a hint of alcohol warmth and sweet aftertaste finish the beer.

M- medium mouthfeel with a sweet warm finish

D- It tasted like a young ABW in the sense that the flavors were very separate but it didn't have the malt complexity to stand to much aging. I would like to taste it after a year or 18 months more on the cellar.

rhoadsrage, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(2006 Vintage) Sampled February 2007, this time by a fireplace! Pour reveals a rather flat, candy-apple coloured body. A pleasent aroma, slightly resiny, tree-sap like qualities from the over-generous amount of hops. Some light alcohol notes blended in as well. Mouthfeel still a little 'hot'; I could see this improving with age. Ripe flavours - sticky crystal and caramel malts, an overcoating of hop bitterness, with lasting notes of sherry, fig, dates, and strong apple taste. Quite a nice barleywine, a great Canadian offering.
I look forward to more vintages in the future.

biegaman, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown, small white head forms, lots of lace. Smell is very malty, hops are definately there, can kind of smell the alcohol as well. Taste is sweet, with chocolate undertones, alcohol, pretty malty, dry finish. Not very complex, just kind of there. Mouthfeel is pretty full and chewy, high carbonation, very warming and an oily consistency. Good but lacking.

Viggo, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear, deep caramel amber colour. Beige, thin head of small bubbles, decent retention and good lacing. Nice malty aroma, caramel, ripe fruit, raisin, light alcohol, some spice (nutmeg?). Lots of complexity. Flavour is much more muted than the aroma, which was a little disappointing. Still, there's malty sweetness and a mild bitterness. Alcohol warmth appears at the short finish. Flavour seems more like a strong/old ale, but still tasty. Medium/low carbonation, medium/full body, off-dry finish. Overall, a good beer, just not as big or aggressive as some US counterparts.

DrJay, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of wordemupg, 2010 vintage. 341ml shared with a friend in a pair of snifters, vintage listed at 11.4%ABV.

Pours a translucent mahogany, less than a finger of cream coloured head. Only a collar remains in terms of retention. Nose has toffee, some candied notes, brown sugar and a bit of alcohol. Taste is quite sweet upfront, some candied pomaceous fruits (candied apple in a way), some toffee and finishes with some warming alcohol. Lingering sticky sweetness, and good weight in the body. Fairly low carbonation, medium mouthfeel. More of an English barleywine it seemed, not alot of hop character here. Simple and effective, but I wanted this one to carry more 'weight' in terms of body feel and overall flavour.

liamt07, May 05, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage.

A: Hazy copper-brown with a thin ring of light tan head, no retention, some leg/lace.

S: Dark raisins, rum, raspberry, cotton-candy, brown sugar, plum, figs, christmas cake & orange rind.

T: Plenty of plum, dark raisin, raspberry, cotton-candy, dark caramel, treacle, hints of roasted nuts & chocolate, good bitter-sweet balance, light tartness. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Modest carbonation with some residual sweetness and a drying alcohol finish.

D: A sipper.

Derek, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
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
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Mattsander for this bottle.
2011 Vintage. Poured in to snifter.

A - Deep copper colour. Carbonation appears very low as almost no head forms on the pour.

S - Sweet toffee, brown sugar and caramel dominate. Some floral and lighter fruity notes are als present.

T - Dark caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavours dominate. Raisin and some stick hop flavours come through - some fruity esters and floral notes.

M - Medium body. Sticky. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, May 23, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks CBA. Bottle split with a buddy. 2010 Vintage.

A - Amber or ruby in colour. Tan head gone fast. Thin cap ring sticks around edges. No visible carbonation.

S - Dark fruits, dark brown sugar, mild alcohol and mild hop. For some reason I also get a pear note which is quite interesting. Smells good.

T - Dark fruit, candi sugar sweetness that doesn't cloy. Finishes sweet. Apple, pear and dark breadiness come through too.

M - Low carbonation. Thick and chewy. Full bodied, almost too full.

D - Great drinkability. Sweetness is a little aggressive otherwise a good barleywine.

tbeckett, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes:

rusty russet brown with flam edges. Soda pop head is virtually non existant with no lacing really. Aromas of dark fruits and heavy bready malts, a bit of caramel a hint of whiskey. Taste follows through, this is quite sweet, hops are there but buried deep behind this wall of malt on the back palate. Raisins and figs come to mind, finish is warming with just a touch of smooth, sweet warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium>thick, drinkability is good.

Nice.

francisweizen, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev -2%

canucklehead, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

tom10101, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark murky swamp water with an amber hue, thin layer of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Robust and fruity, earthy bark, caramel and toffee malts, and some leafy hops on the finish.

T - Again quite complex, dark Belgian flavours with some bananas and cloves, but the dark roasted malts with raisins and plums also have a strong presence. High ABV is nicely hidden offering up only a little heat. Bitter hops and some sour citrus notes linger on the finish.

M - A silky and syropy feel to it, thicker body and some pricky bubbles going down. ABV heat is complementary and bitterness is present but not overly dry.

D - At 11.4% it's tough to take down more than one bottle in a sitting, however, it's very tasty with complex flavours and aromas. My second pleasureable barley wine, though I have found this to be a style that takes some getting used to. I presume this is one of the better examples of the style and would be recommended to any barley wine fan.

andrenaline, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of bobsy
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
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Pours quite thick into the snifter, thin lacing stays intact and the dark chestnut color is clear when put to the light. Caramel is the first suggestion in the aroma; soon after, comes a fig and marmalade sweetness and a spicy alcohol. Viscous mouth- feel, smooth carbonation ... saying it’s full bodied is an understatement. Maltiness is very thick and slowly unfolds as a hop bitterness slowly rakes across the palate, yet doesn’t seem to make much of a dent. Hints of madera wine, chocolate-cov- ered candied oranges, nougat, jasmine, caramel and plum pudding. The 11 percent is pretty mellow but very noticeable. Not too far from being epic, we bet some age might meld the flavors even more—but it’s absolutely delicious to drink now.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2003 offering of Alley Kat's Olde Deuteronomy barley wine, the first chance I've had to sample it, and it's still a little young. However, if its present characteristics are any guage, then this stuff will age like a bat out of hell, and drink like a velvet glove cast in iron. In other words, this stuff looks like it'll age very well.

Came in a brown 341 ml bottle, 2003 on the barrel of the label, gold foil around the cap. Poured into my Leffe chalice, it is a stunning chestnut hue, but with minimal beige head capping it, which lingers as a thin layer most of the way down the glass. Also leaves stippled lacing. Rum and raisin malt on the nose, accompanied by dried fruit, a boozy spiciness, and mild herbal hops, almost grassy. Flavour starts with a vinuous character, that of figs, dates and currents soaking in spiced rum, more tart in the middle, with lingering grassy notes . The alcohol is very present in the flavour, as well as the mouthfeel. However, this one is still young, I have a feeling that the characteristics will become far more bold with age, and hopefully round out. I'll have to get my paws on a couple more to cellar and age. Still, it's a very pleasant barley wine as it is now, worth checking out.

IronDjinn, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of kwjd
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Copper colour with very thin white head. Smells of sweet caramel, brown sugar, dark fruite and some alcohol with a hint of hops. Flavour is quite sweet and alcoholic, but it works nicely. A bit syrupy in the mouthfeel, but it works for a barleywine. A very good beer from Alley Kat.

kwjd, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

got this bottle courtesy of presario as part of CanBIF3. thanks trevor!

341ml bottle. 2006 vintage.

pours deep ruby red, beautiful colour really, with a scant bit of very fine off-white head. no lace.

aroma is good. tons of rich caramel. alcohol. big biscuit malt. hint of grapefruit, but this one is really dominated by the caramel and malt. touch of date. maybe just a little vanilla too.

taste is good. another big blast of caramel. nice warming alcohol. biscuit and bread malt. low bitterness level. very light sweetness. hint of orange and tangerine.

mouthfeel is good. low carbonation level. medium body. feels just a touch thinner than i'd expect.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, good solid malt base, and overall quite enjoyable. i know it's a year old, but i'd still expect a little more hops, at least as bitterness, to be present. still, it's pretty solid.

grub, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A big thank you to Wordemupg for this 2011 bottle, a long time want.

Appearance. Pours an murky orangey-brown with a very thin off-white head that doesn't last very long.

Smell. Big caramel, brown sugar, and raisins, a little sweet grainy malt and a touch of orange rind. Smells awesome.

Taste. Caramel, burnt sugar, and raisins. There's still a little orange rind going on as well (like the smell) ans some herbal hops. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel. Full body, low carbonation.

Overall. A really nice BW that I would enjoy every year if it came here. Great stuff.

Rutager, Aug 30, 2013
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Olde Deuteronomy from Alley Kat Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.