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Olde Deuteronomy - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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103 Ratings

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 53
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Alley Kat Brewing Company visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002

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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 72
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.

Photo of markaberrant
3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2007 version

A - Pours nice and clear, red/brown colour. Looks syrupy, no head, no bubbles, no lacing. I'm swirling the crap out of it in my glass, and I can't generate the slightest bit of cream on top.

S - boozy sweet caramel, just like the stuff on caramel apples, some piney hops

T - There is some good malt and hop flavour here, but it is totally ruined by the mouthfeel. Some of the malt sweetness is coming across as cloying, though it is mostly hidden by the hops... could possibly be underattenuated. Not much of a finish tastewise, possibly ruined by the mouthfeel.

M - Almost lifeless. Barely a hint of carbonation, the beer just sits there in your mouth like a heavy syrup, no creaminess, no bubbles. The alcohol is way too hot, I like a warming sensation, but this is nearly burning.

D - There is some serious problems with this beer, needs work.

I think this is a major improvement on 2006, I know they tweaked the recipe this year, and it is solid. The only thing missing is more hop bitterness, but for all I know it could be there; it is just getting obliterated by the hot alcohol. I believe Alley Kat uses a house yeast, and either it isn't suited for big beers, or they simply don't know how to ferment a large beer because 2006 had the exact same problem (among others). The alcohol is a real turn off here, and I love big beers. It may be just this bottle, but it only had a puff of carbonation. I was also surprised that it wasn't bottle conditioned... I can't recall if last year's was or not, but I have come to expect this in big beers.

I really want to support Alley Kat, and I would really like to have a dependable prairie-made barleywine, but Olde Deuteronomy just doesn't measure up.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a snifter. 2006 vintage, sampled in September 2007, a little more than a year old.

Pours a murky brown colour, semi-translucent, with lots of hazey sediment. Some reddish highlights. Mild carbonation. Sticky lace clings to the glass, not much in the way of head though, even after a vigorous pour. Aroma is pretty intense. Figs, tamarind, caramel, butter, alcohol, graham crackers, vanilla, molasses, rum, and nuts. Very Christmassy.

Flavour is a bit messy, and dosen't immediately display a lot of the good things that the aroma suggested. There's a bit of sharp metallic taste, sour, a little soapy even. There is a lot to like here though, butterscotch, earth, dried fruits, nuts, molasses, a bit of alcohol with bitter dark chocolate in the finish. Decent flavours, they're just a bit messy and undefined. Mouthfeel is medium, but thinner than I was expecting, and it seems watery for some weird reason. Mild carbonation. This is drinkable, but it's not the best Barley Wine ever. I'm looking forward to trying it again from the cellar in a year, I hope that the flavours define themselves and harmonize a little better.

Update: Jan 13, 2009

Carbonation is holding up, and the aroma is still enticing with lots of caramel, butter, graham cracker and raisin notes. Flavour is mellowing a bit, but still has that sharp metallic note off the top. I may age the other bottle 2 more years to see if it rounds out some more.

Photo of Cwrw
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of niangelo
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Mandrake
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather hazy orange-brown, with a good-sized medium tan head that is retained very well and leaves moderate lacing. Fruits ( cherries and grapes) and caramel over big and spicy hops. Bit of alcohol sweetness, but nothing to complain over. Taste is reasonably balanced, though definitely to the hoppy side. Great malt backbone though, with plenty of complexity. Bit of yeastiness and the sweet caramel from the smell is present, with the hops showing throughout and dominating in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, plenty of body, very warming, and with a decent bite at the end, and drinkability is very good. Nice effort. While it's drinking well now, this seems like it has good potential for aging. Thanks to CBA for the trade.

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.

Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to crack one of the bottles of the 2006 version that I've been holding on to. First time with this vintage.

This beer looks very red, almost a cherry red in the glass. It is dark, not quite opaque, but certainly blocks a good amount of light. Only a faint ring and a couple of small pools of tan head formed.

The smell of this one is fruitier than I remember. I get cherry and melon aromas. There is a dusty smell as well that sits on top of everything else.

Fruity to taste, cherry mostly, but almost a fruit punch impression. A bit of dry spicy flavour hits, then the alcohol takes over. Alcohol finish is much more medicinal than the last time I had one of these. I do like the overall effect.

Thick and syrupy again, but I find the carbonation a little prickly on the lips. Not bad, but a little to sharp for a sipper.

Good, but not yet great. There are more bottles in my cellar, so there is plenty of time to watch this one change.

Photo of vanrassel
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark amber with a one-finger, creamy head. An intensely fruity aroma greeted my nose, like rummy Christmas fruitcake and bready malt.

The bread theme carried over to the taste, with a pleasant raisin bread flavour and only slight alcohol despite the 9.4 per cent ABV (for the 2006 edition). A bit of an alcoholic burn lingered in the aftertaste, but it finished mostly dry. The low carbonation and smooth body made this extremely drinkable, despite the high ABV.

Photo of Orrshow
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Photo of Noxious26
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured in a snifter. This is the 2005 edition.

Cloudy, deep bronze colour. Light beige head is thin and quickly disappears. Carbonation streams lend a cool effect as they run up the curved sides of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with more traditional beer scents (malt and hops) in the background. Has a slightly medicinal quality to it.

The strong, rich malt profile hits you right off the start. Bold, full and round, this first flash of flavour is exemplary as the malt is highlighted by touches of sweetness and caramel. The hops enter to balance things out in the middle. The finish becomes a dance of flavours (hops, fruit, sweetness, malt, alcohol and medicine) all winding around one another and giving a slightly different ending to each sip. Aftertaste is a little medicinal, which is a turn off.

Medium bodied with little carbonation. There is a definite alcohol bite at the finish at warmer temperatures. This bite, combined with the medicinal quality, hurts the drinkability somewhat.

This is a nice barleywine with rather high pros and very low cons. The rich maltiness at the start is simply tremendous. In other barleywines I've always found the last sip in the snifter to be the best, but with this one, the first sip was the best. When the malt flavour first hit me I was totally won over, but the medicinal aftertaste left something to be desired. The obvious alcohol bite is another detraction (in my opinion), but I could sit back and just smell this brew all day. Take the good with the bad though since there is far more good than bad in this beer. I'm seriously considering getting my hands on another couple bottles (next time I'm in Alberta) to cellar for a year or two and do side by side tastings with other barleywines I'm cellaring. I think that a bit of aging would smooth things out nicely.

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
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.


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

Photo of BigBry
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the Beer of the Week at Bottlescrew Bill's, on sale for $3.95 for a bottle, 2005 Vintage. The waitress was a little taken aback when I ordered it. She was freindly about it, but wanted to make sure I knew what I was getting: "it's very strong, it is very bitter, not many people like it". I know she was just doing her job, because I'm sure lots of people don't know what to expect and end up complaining to the serving staff.
Poured a hazy, deep amber color, with a small beige head. Foam shrank away quickly, no real carbonation to speak of. Lots of malt aroma, along with fruits and spices. Taste is mellow (comparatively) and the complexity of flavors hides the high alcohol. Malty sweet with a mild bitterness at the end. I didn't think it left a bad bitter aftertaste though, again kind of mellow. The alcohol warms, but doesn't overpower the taste. Very well done, not 'over-the-top'. Greatly enjoyed this one.
Now have a 2003 and 2005 in the cellar waiting for the perfect time.

Photo of pootz
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 edition. Looks like a typical barley wine...dark amber, moderate cap. The aroma was very unique with a lot a strange aromas melding to work well....grapes and dried fig over some floral hops and slight mustiness...there was a distinct sweetness in the aroma but it was more like succulent fruit than sweet malt. Substantive body. The thing that makes this barley wine stand out is absolute silky smoothness and a wonderful departure of bready-treacle-fruity malt flavors that completely mask the alcohol. The best domestic barley wine I have rated to date. I intend to buy a dozen to cellar.

Photo of Beersignal
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this barleywine's mellow character and harmonious complexity, especially after a year's cellaring.

The pour is deep chestnut brown with a thin to non-existent film of foam that sits on top of the murky brew. Carbonation is nearly absent. What little of it there is lends a silky depth to the whole.

The aromas are harmoniously blended and balanced with silky notes of caramelly malt up front and hints of vanilla beans and faint traces of nutmeg. Fruity aromas of ripe plums and dates express themselves near the finish before a faint trace of mint falls off the end.

Flavours are redolent of the same malty sweetness and spicyness found in the nose. The fruitiness leans more towards ripe orchard fruit in the mouth and expresses a subtle dryness that appeases those minty aromas found earlier.

Very drinkable barleywine with a sublime mellow character that makes it a very fitting nightcap for those early september nights when your daughter just does not want to go to sleep!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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.

Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of thesilverhand
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of Naerhu
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of Garin
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 bottle sampled in 2004...

A thin but creamy head forms on top of the coppery gold (surprisingly clear) beer.

Intense fruity flavours and nose, with a rich sherry undertone and a strong hoppy finish. Maltiness abounds, and without a cloying sweetness too! Not too much different on the nose. Alcoholic warmth kicks in nicely. It feels very rich and full bodied. It packs a peppery punch, in a good way.

Photo of Goldorak
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 edition, many thanks to Beersignal for giving me a bottle to sample.

A nice caramel brown, with very light greyish head.

Smelled very hoppy, something I'm not used to detecting in barleywines. Usually, the caramel sweetness of the malt and/or the phenolic/alcohol that floods the nose makes the hops too subtle for me to detect, but not this one. Maybe it's a sign that it was a little too young, but I enjoyed it at lot anyways.

The caramelized malt came out really strong the first two-three sips, with a very hoppy finish that mellowed out to that warm alcohol feeling coming down from the bottom of the tongue all the way down the neck. Coats really well and would make a great winter warmer, if I wasn't so impatient. If I ever get another one of these, I'll cellar it a few years, because this one shows great promise.

Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

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Olde Deuteronomy from Alley Kat Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.