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Blue Point Old Howling Bastard - Blue Point Brewing Company

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284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 18
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

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Ratings: 284 | Reviews: 136
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4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

I found this beer to be overly sour and musty. Like old fruit and old socks sour and musty. Complex, but most of the flavors were not good. Color and head were good, but the smell matched the taste.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: somewhere between amber and mahogany. A bit hazy. A thick compact impressive head on the pour. Still coats the top after a while. This is a looker.
smell: That nice butterscotch/caramel a Barley can sometimes have. Not a lot of depth but very nice. Has more of an English nose.
taste: There's the American Barley. Plenty of hop bite in the taste on top of the malty caramel.
overall: Decent enough.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BarleyBeatsGrapes
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I like barley wines. I've had a few different brands and I overall like the style. Old Howling Bastard ("OHB") is an excellent representative of the style. I agree with other posters here that there are better barley wines out there but this is a great brand to use as the "standard" representative of the style. There will likely be better brands and there will likely be worst brands depending on your taste but the OHB is a great, balanced, everyday barley wine suitable for most palettes. An extremely enjoyable beer!

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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- 3 finger luscious head that peaks out above the wine glass I poured it into. that's right, the bottle suggests a wine glass. a light brown with copper tones that is somewhere between opaque and clear.

S- sweet caramel malts dominate the nose at first. it actually smells like a caramel chew candy. alcohol is the other smell I gather.

F- sweet and sour caramel malts with alcohol. brown sugar and raisins/dates comes out on the back end. I also gather some sort of citrus hop as well.

M- booze booze and booze. Warm and strong alcohol feeling as it goes down the throat. In the mouth it feels slightly overcarbonated but the flavors compensate well for that.

O- A good barleywine. it has been awhile since I have had a barleywine and this one I would have again. The caramel really sells me on this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Blue Point Old Howling Bastard from Blue Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.