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Blue Point Old Howling Bastard - Blue Point Brewing Company

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very good

261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | 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 +3.6%

djkrause, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of MickeyCass
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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
Photo of Peyton5410
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Peyton5410, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of jt31914
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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
Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev +3.6%

beergorrilla, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Zaphog, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of cvm4
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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
Photo of jriggins6
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jriggins6, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of weeheavybutdieting
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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
Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ucsbmullet, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Djkraz
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Djkraz, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of ceberly
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

ceberly, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of edthered413
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

edthered413, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of jtb0608
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

jtb0608, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.6%

t0rin0, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of BK2084
5/5  rDev +29.5%

BK2084, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of nrbw23
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky copper color with a faint ruby hue to it. A nice white head pops up, head has pretty solid retention and leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is pretty sweet malty and boozy. A good amount of spices come forward and a bit of Earthy hops.

T- Quite a bit of spice up front with some burnt sugars and toffee. A fair amount of tropical fruits too.

M- Medium in both carbonation and body.

O- Not too bad by any means. Pretty solid for the style for sure.

nrbw23, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears a hazy dark copper in color, off-white head. good head retention and lacing. smell is nice mix of sweet crystal malt and earthy hops. nice.

tastes of sweet caramel, biscuity malt flavors. a fair amount of spicy hop finish. medium body, medium carbonation. appropriate for the style.

overall - a tasty barleywine, dead on.

jmdrpi, Aug 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

lupercmda, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

tdm168, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Tobe
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a ruby color with no head. There is a minor haziness to the appearance.

The aroma is sweet with a nice floral quality. There is a hint of alcohol on the nose. The flavor is full and a bit earthy. The hops are present in the flavor. A dry finish and a mouthfeel of hops coats the palette. A warming effect completes this experience.

After the beer rested there was a taste of fruitiness coming through.

Tobe, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Jason_Quad
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jason_Quad, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of cestlavie
5/5  rDev +29.5%

cestlavie, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of cowboy83
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

cowboy83, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Goobastic
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Goobastic, Jun 18, 2012
Blue Point Old Howling Bastard from Blue Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.