Blue Point Old Howling Bastard - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 18
Gots: 28 | FT: 4
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Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit,so I asked the bartender the style of this beer he says well its categorized as a barley wine but he thinks its a beefed up rauchbier so Isaid "hmm" a knowledgable barkeep kinda hard to come by.Poured into the goblet a slight hazed light amber with a thinner white head,cherry wood aromas big on the smoke with some dark fruit as well.Now this beer has a big smokey,woody profile like the before mentioned soaked cherry wood with some brown sugar and raisin quality in the finish.This beer is unique to say the least if you like smokey,woody flavors this is for you Iam glad I tried it it is very unique in my opinion.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Cherry amber color, thin tan head.
Caramel malt aroma, fruit.
Definite caramel taste. The fruit aroma came across as raisins and plums. The caramel taste predominates.
Sweet, oily mouthfeel.
Nice beer, a good ending to our Super Bowl meal.

Photo of shapudding
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap and cask at Mugs in NY! (Schweet!) Very dark and clear amber rubied, but you can see through it. This bit of lovliness came to me served in an English pint, what a way to start out our pubhopping! Huge khaki creamy frothy head sitting over a half inch high. Smooth and silky, just glides over your tongue. Sweet and orangey, deeply malty, caramel sweetness, nice hoppiness. Not too strong heavy, or intense at all, one of my buds said it seemed like a triple IPA. Really enjoyed this one, was glad to have stumbled onto it after wondering about the $17 bottle I just passed over about a half hour before hitting this.

Photo of killergreenbulli
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I Enjoyed this fine ale @ the Brazen Head cask ale festival 2/23/07

The old bastrd was served in an American pint glass. Quite cloudy,nut brown, with a mahogany hue, no head to speak of being from a cask.
I found the nose to be a bit tame, maybe I am used to the strong hop character of other American barley wines, A sweet malty aroma, with a nice hop finsh.
The first burst of flavor is a lovely malty, chewiness that is in your face. Than layers of, leather,tobaco, and cuurants.
Like all old bastards, this perticular one is thick. Great mouthfeel, smooth, velvety, slick.
All in all a nice barley wine that deserves some attention

Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on CASK at the G man in NYC. Dark brown with a fluffy white head, nice roasted malt, hoppy and yeasty nose. Bready, whole wheat malt notes, alcohol fairly prominant , medium bodied, very smooth mouth feel, hops a bit muted, could use some more IBUs to balance things out. ( I tried this one AFTER the Arrogant bastard, so it might have been a tough act to follow) The cask pour seemed somewhat "mushy" in the overall balance of this brew.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at the brewery...$16.
Pours a cherry amber color...just a skimming of bright white lacing either.
Nice aroma of rum raisins, cherries, and some earthy hops too.
The taste is where this one shines...mildly sweet and pretty darn bitter. The alcohol finds its way to the pallet, but not distracting...just reminds you to respect this offering.
Hops linger in the aftertaste, along with a smokey finish that gives the style a unique spin.
Mouthfeel is as thick as many in the style and the carbonation is a touch low...goes down fairly easily which can be very risky.
Another good beer from a brewery that is putting out some nice offerings. Definitely not retired, as I snagged a 750ml from the cooler on the way out.
Very well received...

Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed and reddish orange with a beige frothy head that settles out slowly to a fine cap of ridged foam. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and cinnaomn, some ripe fruit and subtle spice.

Flavors of tofeee and husky malt, some caramel and ripe fruits, notes of grapefruit and star anise. Finishes piney with a little peppery spice.

Even mouthfeel, a tad slick, tingly carbonation finish, slight warming of the cheeks. Tasty beer, could use a bit more complexity.

Photo of jeonseh
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange brown liquor color with a small head and light carbonation. Glows warmly

S - Orange, caramel malt, brown sugar, malt sweetness. Light lemon and alcohol as well

T - Caramel sweetness up front with brown sugar and dates. Orange hops and a lemon lemon from the hops, rock candy, and light alcohol near the back end as well as rowok the back end Really a great balance between sweetness of the caramel and dark fruit and the light bittering properties of the hops.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation and a thick syrupy body. Finish is light astringent

O - This was a rather impressive non-BA barleywine that has a great balance between sweet, malty flavors and the fresh hoppiness found in some barleywine. This is definitely one of the better hoppy barleywines that I've had.

Photo of rdilauro
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For starters, Barley wines have never been a big hit with me. I've tried a number of them and also felt that the malt just hit you in the face too much.
So, this one started off on the right foot. The pour was clean, dark brown, not black but you could see the fullness of this beer. The aroma no question was of malt and I also picked up a bit of chocolate and something spicy, but could not figure that out.
The initial taste was bold and full. But it was very balanced, there was just enough malt, just enough body and the abv helped balance everything.
The finish was smooth and very satisfying

So now, after about a dozen or so barley wines, I have find another one that I have liked. Thats two for me!

Photo of ggaughan
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I shared a 2003 edition after Christmas dinner with my bro and cousin, as we did several other good beers. This beer poured a nice honey bright color with a thick head and little carbonation. You can pick up some nice fruit notes in the smell of the Bastard. The taste is nice and hoppy and spicy but definitely paletable. It was a nice beer to have at Christmas time with the warming sensation of the nigh alcohol content. A bit pricey where I got it (Happy Deli in NYC at $25 a bottle but I was willing to spend it because I can't really get it in PA). I felt somewhat better when I went into the Happy Deli 3 weeks after buying my bottle and the price was up to $30! Didn't realize beer inflation was higher than other goods and services...

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003. Yellow body with some white foamy head. Lace noted, lots of it by the end of the glass, ageing has served it well.Barleywine taste is typical, on the hoppy side. Further glass reveals fruitiness and dry hoppiness Malty and quite drinkable. Noticeable alcohol.

Another interesting all-you-can-drink growler from Rudolph of Buffalo. In a word, smoke. Intense forest fire Smokey aroma, intense smoke taste. Bit of retained lace and nice initial head. Peary like a scotch. Offset should be barbeque and you don't need sauce.

immediate above may be something else and I will over those words over and the 3.7 when I verify.

Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh. Served in a snifter.

A - dark amber with a soft, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - fruity, citrusy, candy sugar

T - citrus, bread, alcohol, bitter, piny, sugar

M - warm, medium bodied, a bit thin at times

This is a decent barleywine, though a bit thin. It has a nice hop character which helps to counter the sweet sugar. A fuller body would help this tremendously, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently a filtered beer, the Old Howling Bastard pours a crystal-clear orange-ish amber body with a crimson cast beneath a full head of frothy off-white lace that holds quite well and leaves some very nice spider-web-like lacing about the glass. The nose is more intriguing than captivating, with a hint of apricot amidst a mildly sweet and toasty grainy maltiness amidst some medicinal and subtly smoky notes notes that are oddly compelling (think Islay whiskey... in fact, I wonder if there's some peat smoked malt in there?). Across the tongue and down the throat, the bastard seems more like a tame old kitty cat: slick and smooth and ready for a nap! - It's only lightly creamy, but its full body is pillowy smooth. Aggressive in it's flavor, a blend of bready and subtly crusty bread (with a touch of apricot marmalade drawn across the top) is all but overshadowed by its smokiness, bold bitterness, clearly noticeable alcohol, and leafy and fruity hop flavor (there's some pineapple and perhaps watermelon - I wonder if they're using some nugget hops). There's alot in there, and yet it all kind-of blends together; and the hops and bitterness eventually overwhelm the maltiness almost altogether. It finishes dry, wiped-down with alcohol, and somewhat astringent with rogue smokiness, some leafy & citrusy hop flavor, and some delicate malt that sticks in the mouth. Within a few sips it starts to build upon the palate, greatly reducing its drinkability, and numbing the tastebuds. Still, its lingering character (not unlike its nose) can be intriguing. The bottle states that the vintage is 2003, and that it's good in 2004, better in 2005, and "awesome" in 2006... ... ... I guess I should have waited a year! - or two even!

Photo of cjgator3
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a nice dark amber color with a sticky off-white head that leaves lacing all around the glass. Looks great in the glass!

S- The aroma is a ton of sweet malt like expected from any good barleywine, and a good dose of hops as well. There is a pretty high dosage of alcohol in the nose as well. Smells good, looking forward to tasting it. 

T- The taste like the aroma is rich and malty up front with a lot of bitterness from the hops quickly filling in and lingering well into the finish. From top to bottom, a pretty solid barleywine so far.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Perfect mouthfeel.

O- Overall, I think this is a pretty solid barleywine. It has a very nice balance of rich malty sweetness and bitterness from the hops. 

Photo of RickS95
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber

Good looking for the style. Muddy brown and thick, looks like nasty river water after a good storm. The head is a dingy white, a finger thick at its best, and leaves a thin lace.

One of the best smelling barley wines, its full of malt with a ryeness to it. Also, there's a hit of citrus which isn't something I expected, but made for a nice surprise. Very floral with a splash of vanilla.

Very pleasant taste for a barley wine, English toffee comes to mind. Again, there's a vanillaish taste. Lots of malt as you'd guess. A caramelly finish. Hops are definitely there, but don't overwhelm.

It's smooth and buttery, and exceptionally smooth for the type. There's a hint of sweetness early on that turns to citrus before the bitterness takes over. Along the way, a buttery feel works in conjunction with the citrus and bitterness for a pleasant drinking experience. Full bodied, the high alcohol is well hidden, though you'll still want to sip it.

Overall it's a good beer, much better than their oatmeal stout I had last night. It's easy to drink and goes down smoothly.

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this was interesting. Looks a dark red with a shot head. Smells a little smokey and sweet. My first taste sure surprised me. I was expecting American Barley Wine and my first flavor was smoked cheddar. Ah yes, its a smoked barley wine. Recommend for fans of smoked beer and BAs looking for something a little different.

Photo of beerluvr
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice eggshell white head melts into hazy deep copper liquid contained in the appropriate 0.3l Victory snifter. Deep doughy/biscuity sweetness then the hop makes itself known in the nose...very much the "olde Englishe" style 'wine. The taste is long and complex, more biscuity notes and hefty sweetness here, hops are an afterthought yet noticeably felt on the tongue, not very much alcohol detected given its heft. Finishes long and warming, nice interplay of hop and malt, malt winning out. Very nice authentic English style. I see a malt bomb here with cellaring. Good job Blue Point!

Photo of nickd717
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at a tasting.

Pours a clear golden-amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt and light fruits, mild hops, and a little smokiness.

Flavor is sweet malt - pale and caramel - with light fruity esters along with mild hop bitterness. Above average to good.

Medium body with average carbonation and some slight hop oils on the palate.

Average-plus drinkability, and overall a solid barleywine, if nothing to write home to yo' mama about.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into two snifters.

Appearance - Beautiful red amber with a smallish head that fades to lacing pretty quickly. The beer clings to the glass very slightly when swirled.

Smell - I really don't get much, which is strange. I get some caramel and vanilla. Maybe some raisins. Perhaps more than anything I smell alcohol, though.

Taste - Malty start with some sweet toffee. Not a lot of complexity in the taste, but nothing to complain about. The finish is a strong hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - It starts off quite thin for such a big beer and such a malt profile. As it warms, it gets a bit more syrupy. The beer really should be enjoyed at about 65F. Decent carbonation.

Overall - Nothing bad, just nothing of note. Indistinguishable malt flavors and some hop bitterness. I really didn't have any trouble finish both of my snifters, though.

Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The LAST bottle from my Florida min-haul, here's to good memories! Love the label

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of tan head. A trace of lacing & zero head retnetion

S: Breadyness & cakeyness & fusel alcohol once warm

T: Follows the nose, loads of marmalade, plums & some brown sugar up front, some herbal woody hops up front. Plums & toffee dominate as this warms along with leafy hops, this seems as much an English BW as an American... Finishes dry, fruitty & with a nice toffee sweetness &

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, pretty warming

Drinks fairly easy, I would love to try some fresher for comparison purposes

Photo of Imbiber
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

[Sampled from a growler filled up from a firkin] Malty nose, little head which doesn't last too long. Big malty flavour and alcohol warmth; malt lingers in the aftertaste, some hops are there too. Very smooth and quite an 'easy drinker'. Quite rich, but not as much as other barleywines (not necessarily a bad thing).

Photo of roopy40
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sifter from tap

A - Rich ruby in lit background, otherwise darker brown. Small head from the pour, no chance for retention, but some lace was left behind.

S - Raisin, cherry, perhaps prune and the alcohol was definitely present in the nose.

T - Nice, sweet taste, again the fruit is there and some hop bitterness in the finish, alcohol again, but not unpleasant.

M - Syrupy and thick, medium body with great carbonation.

D - I would be in trouble if I sat with too many of these. The alcohol is there in the nose and the taste, but I still like this barley wine a great deal. You know what you're getting yourself into with this style, so enjoy carefully. It is extremely drinkable.

Overall I liked this offering from Blue Point and wouldn't hesitate going after it again. If you like barley wine, try this one.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Poured into an 8 oz. glass...

Really beautiful looking barleywine. Dark copper/reddish hues. Massive cream colored head, nice lacing. Smells delightful- dried fruits, figs, and sugars. Taste was not overly sweet/cloying. Nice hop presence and well balanced with the malts. Candied sugars, prune...great flavors....excellent brew right here. I will seek this out again and pick some up to age.

Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ML Capped Bottle. Pours a light golden color with some reddish highlights. The head was almost non-existant and settled into a light ring around the glass. The aroma is of aged grassy hops and a noticable alcohol aroma. A nice big hoppy blast kicks things off. The hops seem to be aged and have grassy, woody and citrus characteristics. Not a very strong malt presence and there is a noticable alcohol flavor. The feel is light with rather soft carbonation, finishes sweet and slick with some alcohol burn. A hoppy brew with plenty of alcohol presence. A decent drinker.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful coppery-amber is filled with a medium dense and moderately paced effervesce creating a misty haze of tiny bubbles. The head is modest in size, beach sand in color with a good retention all the while layering a meaty coating on the glass for lace. Nice coloring.

S: Malty and hoppy nose, sweet caramel grains and toffee meets a touch of fruitiness of cherries and apples. The hopping is generous of sweet floral notes mixing with some alcohol on the finish but very manageable for 10%.

T: Sweet toasted caramel flavor with some unfermented sugars is warmed by an alcohol presence , but much like the nose is very manageable for its 10% nature even at warmer serving temperature. Dry caramel apple, dried cherry fruitiness is topped off by a evergreen hopping. Strong caramel and pine finish with a boozy cough medicine alcohol flavor at warmer temperatures.

M: The body was much lighter then to be expected per style. Medium base would be a stretch. Warm alcohol, boozy becoming apparent after the swallow.

O: After a few of these you just might find yourself howling ala the name. Decent example but ill stop there, appears easy at first but doesn’t go down without a fight.

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Blue Point Old Howling Bastard from Blue Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.