Blue Point Old Howling Bastard - Blue Point Brewing Company

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276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 15
Gots: 27 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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


A: Pours a cloudy light caramel color with a small off-white head.

S: A little cardboard oxidation, treacle, sweet caramel, dried peaches.

T: Cooked apples, leafy bitterness, molasses, brown sugar, some bready malt.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A decent hoppy barleywine, but it's getting a bit of a stale feel to it from the oxidation creeping in.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Barleywine. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter. Hazy reddish-brown with a nice finger of pale white head. Aroma about ad good as it gets. Fresh- baked bread with a hi t of sweetness and alcohol on the nose. Fairly similar in terms of taste. A little thick but deliciously good. Not THE best Barleywine style ale I've had, but pretty high on the list!

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was surprisingly good to me. It has a little bit of a light color, but the head and retention is nice. The lacing is beautiful for a Barleywine.

The smell is the best part. Nice Bready aroma that is a bit unusual for a barleywine but is very pleasant and enhances the beers flavor.

The taste is very nice and i was surprised by how delicious the beer was. it is not my favorite barleywine, but it is certainly an upper tier barleywine. A very nice bread character from the Vienna malt and a nice hop presence. The booze is not overwhelming and overall i find this to be a stellar barleywine.

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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright amber but murky. Thin, one finger head that's eggshell in color.

S - Malty, candy sweet, spices and slight piney hops.

T - Spices & burnt caramel start you off. Turns fruity with maltsand ends slightly bitter.

M - Medium bodied & medium carbonation.

O - Pretty good barleywine...

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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A: Copper penny. Closer to a pale ale than a barleywine.

S: Mostly toasted malt scent with a hint of caramel and spice.

T: You definitely get a full taste of the hoppy spiciness up front. It quickly gives way to the alcohol esters and then rolls into the creamy and sweet malt on the back end. Not an overly sweet barleywine at all. Really quite balanced for the style.

M: A light and crisp feel. Fairly refreshing. Probably from the specific gravity.

O: This is a good well balanced beer. It is a good representation of a not to sweet not to toasted malty barleywine. If you avoid barleywines for the sticky sweetness then you owe it to yourself to have a go with this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Blue Point Old Howling Bastard from Blue Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.