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Blue Point Old Howling Bastard - Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Old Howling BastardBlue Point Old Howling Bastard

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BA SCORE
87
very good

258 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 13
Gots: 23 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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Reviews by rdilauro:
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rdilauro

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +7%

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!

12-22-2013 23:08:50 | More by rdilauro
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7%

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.

05-20-2006 02:31:23 | More by oberon
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-06-2013 21:33:18 | More by Tiernan
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Kjanisch7

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-15-2013 19:25:11 | More by Kjanisch7
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

02-07-2011 13:22:30 | More by lordofthewiens
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BK2084

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.5%

08-23-2012 03:19:23 | More by BK2084
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

03-20-2005 19:56:59 | More by shapudding
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megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-07-2013 05:02:19 | More by megamass
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killergreenbulli

New York

4.13/5  rDev +7%

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

02-24-2007 04:54:48 | More by killergreenbulli
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Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

02-15-2004 17:17:21 | More by Billolick
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Growler filled at the brewery...$16.
Pours a cherry amber color...just a skimming of bright white head...no 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...

07-31-2006 00:20:09 | More by warriorsoul
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-10-2013 02:10:40 | More by reitzbrewing
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BMC


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-10-2013 00:48:22 | More by BMC
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far333

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

01-17-2010 04:13:44 | More by far333
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

10-22-2013 03:25:31 | More by jeonseh
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

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...

12-27-2005 23:22:53 | More by ggaughan
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alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-14-2011 23:27:37 | More by alamode
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

12-05-2005 23:49:33 | More by Sammy
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

07-27-2012 00:46:34 | More by tdm168
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cfadams17

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%

08-23-2014 01:05:05 | More by cfadams17
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MADPolo

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-22-2013 23:15:20 | More by MADPolo
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

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!

02-01-2005 23:56:24 | More by NeroFiddled
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pastramionrye7

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-17-2013 01:13:30 | More by pastramionrye7
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cjgator3

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

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. 

03-23-2011 02:59:19 | More by cjgator3
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RickS95

Indiana

4.31/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

05-12-2013 03:02:07 | More by RickS95
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Blue Point Old Howling Bastard from Blue Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.