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Blue Point Old Howling Bastard - Blue Point Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

274 Ratings
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 15
Gots: 28 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

kwjd, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

BMC, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Sco, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of beerluvr
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!

beerluvr, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of dan027
4/5  rDev +3.9%

dan027, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DmanGTR, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

CGAR, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Heathbrook, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

MADPolo, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Stumpy29er, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

reitzbrewing, Jan 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

chefduff2, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Etan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz.

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.

Etan, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

djkrause, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of MickeyCass
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!

MickeyCass, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Peyton5410, Dec 29, 2012
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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.

jt31914, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

beergorrilla, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Zaphog, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of cvm4
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...

cvm4, Dec 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

jriggins6, Dec 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Ale Yeah, Roswell, GA poured in a Sam Adam's Lager glass

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.

weeheavybutdieting, Dec 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

ucsbmullet, Nov 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Djkraz, Oct 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

ceberly, Oct 05, 2012
Blue Point Old Howling Bastard from Blue Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.