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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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138 Reviews
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Reviews: 138
Hads: 291
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 18
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

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Reviews: 138 | Hads: 291
Photo of Tobe
3.17/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This solid barleywine might suffer from the fact that I've been finding (and drinking, ...duh) Firestone's Sucaba barleywine lately.

A: deep amber gold, ample head

S: candi sugar, toffee, caramel malt

T: sweet caramel, toffee, some spicy vanilla

M: rich, syrupy

O: great local product, right there with other good American barleywines

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

stopped by the brewery to grab some swag and scope out old howling bastard on cask and was pretty surprised that I have no review on this one asi had it many times. brew showed up a deep amber brown with a thin creamy head. has a wonderful caramel nose and taste. the body is super creamy as I would expect on cask. cask really works for this beer. there is a subtle bitterness to the finish that is just right. one of my fav barleys and fav local beers on cask, gotta love it! what a treat!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with poor retention on a amber with golden hue hazy body.

S: light on the nose for a barleywine with mostly sweet caramel malts and candied fruits. Intermixed floral, toffee notes.

T: This one is very good. The booze aren't too prominent. The malt profile is nice and the tangy candied fruit notes mesh well with the malts.

M: nicely smooth. medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a fairly drinkable barleywine with a complex flavor and the right degree of booze.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Talking Pint in Riverview, FL. Served in a DFH pint glass.

A: Copper to brown, quite hazy, with low visible carbonation and a big creamy off-white head.

S: Caramel sweetness, some toasted malts, boozy and sweet, with some toffee and hints of butterscotch.

T: Follows the nose well. A medium kick of booze first, then sweet toasted caramel, sweet malts with a bit of toasted character, and some butterscotch at the end with the alcohol burn. Nearly no hop character in this one - just a bit of resin bitterness. A bit of oxidized flavor at the end as it warms.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation on the low side. Alcohol presence quite noticeable but average for the style.

O: Nothing objectionable here, but the oxidation and lack of hop character makes me wonder how long the keg had been around (it kicked at the end of my pour). Recommended to try, but doesn't begin to compare to the best in class.

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall I enjoyed this beer... Smells sweet caramel notes hops are present... Great ruby color nice thick tan head, creamy... Tastes sweet pretty standard barely wine very boozy alcohol is def present in this 10 percenter Slightly above average barely wine for me not one I'd run back to get but would def pick up if I couldn't find one of my favs on hand.

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Photo of redcap45
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle and poured into a glass. Pours deep ruby/copper with a thick, cream-colored head. Aroma of strong caramel and cereal and a lot of hops. Flavor about the same, a little sweet. Smooth texture. Not bad, but nothing really sticks out and the alcohol isn’t hidden well.

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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit and candied oranges and sugary honey malt, with a little dark fruit.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and citrus hops, with some resin and sweet sugary honey malt. It had a bitter aftertaste that was a bit harsh.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was more like a double IPA than a barleywine, but it had a nice enough scent and taste. The body was only ok, and the finish could have been smoother, so it wasn't super easy to drink. But it was still pretty good. Age would definitely change the brew, although I can't definitely say it would improve.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer on draft at the Pizza P in Dupont circle, served in a snifter. Beer is yellow / dark amber with a thin white head, no lacing really, moderate retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and nice, fruity with great yeast character.

Beer is thin and sweet with a lot of fruitiness, berry flavors in the beer, it is a little hot, finish was a little dry. I don't think I'd have it again but it is a fine barleywine.

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Photo of DrewZ926
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2000 Vintage

Pours a cloudy cider body, light brown and ocher, about a half inch of eggshell head.

Nose is sweet fruits and candy, lots of white grape, pear, red apple, and butterscotch. A little whiff of booze and some lingering citric hops.

Surprisingly the alcohol is still quite present. Lots of caramel and malty sweetness. Some overripe fruits, more grape and apple, slightly tart, a hint of oxidation that melts quite well with the toffee sweetness. Highly unique especially for the style. Can't help shake the white grape which seamlessly meshes with the sweet malt.

Feel is slick and oily, very full body with a taste that lingers.

With 12 years of age on it, the Old Howling Bastard has evolved into an extremely complex animal. Its complexity combines fruits, hops, and sweet candied malts into one highly tantalizing body. A fantastic representation of the style that is not overly sweet or boozy, but rather highly balanced and robust.

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Photo of OldCrustacean79
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 22oz bottle cellared for the last 3 years

App: Pours a golden orange/rust in hue with a thin film of tan head.

Aroma: Aromas consist of honey, toffee and caramel

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel goes along with this sweet honey flavored ale. Dash of flowers are present, with some warm alcohol on the finish. Finish is slightly hoppy, and sweet.

Overall: A respectable middle of the road barley wine.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber courtesy of fthomasl pours a hazed copper color with a fluffy cap of beige head. Fades pretty quick and leaves some spoty lacing. Bonus points for an awesome label and name...love the old crusty dude on the front.

Nose is very barleywine...caramely-sweet malt with some toast and toffee. Hops are more floral than anything and a big ol dollop of alcohol.

Taste is not too shabby really...the caramel and toffe are very prominent. So is the alcohol...its a big beer. Not too sweet and has plenty of bittering hops on the end to clean things up nicely. Mouthfeel is solid, not too thin nor is it syrupy. Well carbonated, its one of those beers where the mouthfeel is never mentioned because it is just nice and flys under the radar. This is a pretty good beer, I like it. Id be more than happy to buy this one again.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant clear copper with columns of carbonation and a short lived fine off-white head that leaves a veil of lace.

Opens with a strong orange aroma followed by grapefruit, apricot and a hint of smoked grain.

An intense bitter bite comes from the Dogfish Head snifter with abundant citrus and sweet malt quickly following. Alcohol and bitterness blow the taste buds off. But the tongue quickly adapts allowing toffee and butterscotch. None of the smokiness can be found. The finish is long and tetering between bitter and sweet.

A medium to full body with smooth texture and prickly carbonation. The alcohol is powerful and warming which is surprising given this is a vintage 2003 bottle.

A good sipper, Old Howling Bastard requires a commitment, but is worth the effort. Find a fire in a dark room and settle in for a long while to savor.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured into pint glass from tap at The House of Brews in Jensen Beach, FL.

Appearance: Reddish bronze body with an off-white head that dissipates into a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Citrusy hops with a lot of malt characters. Smells fruity and spicy at the same time. Notes of toffee too.

Taste: Figs, some citrus from the hops, grapefruit maybe. Bitter finish. A little caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is disguised. Not boozy.

Overall: A good barleywine. Sweet but balanced thanks to the hops. My kind of barleywine.

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Photo of silentjay
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

light mahogany copper with a towering light tan head that slowly recedes, leaving chunks of lacing.

Lots of caramel, cereal grains, bread, and booze. not much else. maybe a bit of piney hops. very tame for the style.

lots of caramel, bready malts with plenty of booze. a slight bitterness tries to balance the sweetness, but falls short.

boozy medium bodied beer with a touch of prickly carbonation and a brandy-like sweet and boozy aftertaste.

It's not bad, but it comes nowhere close to many I've had in the style. It doesn't taste bad, but it lacks the complexity that really defines the style for me.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a brandy snifter.

A: Poured a dark, caramel colored, copper-amber with a thin, sudsy veil of beige foam that leaves a viscous resin on the glass but little in the way of head retention or lacing.

S: Lots of candied fruits, spicy and citrus hops, hot, boozy aromas and hints of pine, white pepper and dates.

T: Cloying sweet and boozy up front with a sweetened bread flavor backed by spicy, boozy and peppery candied fruits. Grapefruit, dried cherries and bitter earthiness are backed down by an aggressive pint and citrus hopping. Leads into a hot and savory finish with a good deal of lingering heat and bitterness.

M: Bold, sticky, sweet, cloying and hot, this barleywine could stand a few years to mellow, but its still a categorical sipper.

O: A big, brash, hopped-out and boozy American barleywine, this brew could stand a couple years to mellow. At 10% ABV, its an attainable feat, but may not even be worth it, depending how the craft holds up. I like Blue Point, but wouldn't put it past them to just have created a big, bold, sorta one-dimensional barleywine like Old Howling Bastard.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Superior amber with a 3/4" white-orange head. Head is thick but settles after one sip...not too bubbly at all just looks to fine.

Smell: Honestly smells pretty damn good. I wish it didn't leave the nose so quickly, I do mean quickly.

Taste: This beer represents hops, hints of caramel which honestly give this beer personality. Slight bitterness which in my opinion gives this beer even more flavor. Smooth beer (for real beer drinkers) and easy delight.

Mouth: I Would say this is medium carbonation but to me little too heavy for a barleywine. Honestly weakest property of the beer I personally just wish it was a little less (who knows maybe ai got a bad batch).

Overall: My second favorite Bluepoint beer. No it's not a bad thing...I can drink this all day! Pretty good stuff and honestly if you haven't had it...have it!. Cheers to all.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to JoeyBeerBelly. Thanks Joe!

It pours a reddish orange with a close to 2 finger head of foam and some good lacing.

It smells bready, sweetish malty, and has some piney notes. A good aroma for the style.

It tastes exactly like the smell. Bread, with a nice balance between the piney hops and sweetish malt. A nice tasting American BW.

Medium bodied with mediumish carbonation, it has a good mouthfeel and the 10%abv is well hidden. A very nice brew indeed.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, garnet color with alot of small, tight bubbles and carbonation that adhere to the side of the glass with thin, white lacing around the top.

S - Roasted toffee, mild pine, and some brown sugar.

T - Brown sugar, oak woodiness, dark fruit in the form of raisins, plums, and figs; mild maple syrup, green apples, toasted caramel and boozy.

M - Lip smacking sticky with a heavy medium body.

O - A solid barley wine that I suspect would be even better with some age on the bottle.

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Photo of OutFox
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cant find the bottled on date on this thing. But reagardless 22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A - Its a light sort of amber bronze color. Not what I expected honestly from a barleywine. Good white head and decent lacing.

S - Smells of alcohol, barley, raisins, and some other stuff. Has a sort of thick smell to it. Its musty and earthy. It has a super mild caramel roasted characteristic to it.

T - Same as the nose really. The caramel sort of sweetness is almost hidden. The first thing me and my compadre said to each other was 'its missing something'. I cant pinpoint it but theres a sort of dusty characteristic here that I dont really like.

M - This is what its was really missing for me. It doesnt have the weight or the body feel of a barleywine.

O - It was just ok to me. Ive had a lot of Blue Point beers and I love the brewery but this one just didnt hit the mark for me. Its a decent barleywine but I feel it needed more weight to truly elevate itself.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours the color of fall into my DFH signature glass! Orange/Yellow/Brown with highlights of each depending on how you twist the glass! A peach tinted, 1 1/2 finger of foam lays on top... fades kinda quickly... but leaves a ton of spider webbing all around the glass! Damn near perfect to look at!

S- Sweet caramel, ripe apple, pungent and piney hops, with an underlying nose of fresh cut figs, prunes, raisins and brown sugar! I wish I could get a candle that smelled like this!

T- Exactally like the smell but with a nice bitterness from the hops. Sweet caramel/candy corn... fresh cut apple sourness, bready yeastiness, pie spices, and lovely dried fruit! Some vanilla and smokey wood notes underneath. This is fuckin' brilliant! One of my all time favorite BW's!!!

M- Chewy like buttered raisin bread. The sweet, sour, and bitter blend seemlessly together to create an almost fresh bread-like feel. Sometimes it's more caramel than apple... and the next sip is more buttered popcorn and fig!!! I don't believe this is aged on wood, but it has a nice vanilla/oakiness that really envelopes your tongue!

O- Damn near perfect! The bottle cap says 10th anniversary '99-'09, so I'm wondering if this had been sitting around for a couple of years developing into this... I've always loved this once a year brew... but this one, tonight... DAMN!!!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/rust body, orange hue, finger head, solid lacing

S: peach, mango, pine, dates, figs, lemon grass, barley

T: sweet date/fig citrus front, big barley, malt, slow bitter sticky finish

M: med, smooth, mild slick/oily mouth

O: My 1st Blue Point offering and I love Barleywines.
This was very good and would get again. Little
more on the sweeter side, might be good
for newbie to the style. ABV will sneak up on
you, QUICK.


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Photo of hippityhops85
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MikeyMikee for throwing this at me as an extra. Always happy to try a new barleywine!

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Copyright reads 2009 and I have no idea if that indicates vintage.

Pours a really nice burnt orange looks a lot like an IPA and not your typical barleywine. Huge off-white head with super tiny bubbles. Sticks around for a long time too.

The nose has a lot of piney hoppy notes to it. Some bready malts but the hops are dominating here. Fairly one-noted.

The taste is similar. I could see this being labeled as a triple IPA rather than a barleywine. I do get some citrus fruits. Lots or orange and grapefruit.

This is a good beer and that's really where it sits. Nothing stands out obviously bad about it but there's nothing that really sets it apart either.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Point : Old Howling Bastard

A ruddy brownish color, small head forms and dissipates. Hoppy citrus aroma, bright hop notes, honey, sugary malts. In the flavor profile, oily, piney, resinous hops and barleywine like flavor from the malt. Toffee, sugary malt, solid hop bitterness throughout. A big beer, but achieves balance. Small alcohol presence for such a big beer. Overall, if you like a good hoppy barleywine, this could be for you.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was pretty impressive I thought. This poured out as a nice dark clear looking brown color. The head was large at first but settled pretty quick. The smell of the beer didn't remind me too much of a typical barely wine, it was a little fruity on the nose. The taste was a little boozy but very warming. The flavors of some dark fruits some sugary notes really shine in this beer. The mouthfeel is a little thick and smooth. Overall I enjoy this Barley Wine quite a bit and would enjoy having it again one day.

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Blue Point Old Howling Bastard from Blue Point Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.