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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

samibr, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Lucoli, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Sludgeman, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of sulldaddy
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drinking a 2008 bottle at cellar temp. The bottle is wax sealed capped 750 ml.

I pour the beer into a stemless wine glass and get a rich chestnut colored beer with some ruby highlights and minimal beige head. There is a large sediment bar at the bottom of the bottle so I decant towards the end and leave the sediment behind.
The aroma is dark fruits and malt with toffee and brown sugar, I also get just a little booziness. No hiding that this is a big beer so far.

The first sip reveals a sticky thick body with minimal spacious carbonation. Coats my palate with each swallow and is a fairly heavy beer on the feel.
Flavor is what I got on the nose, with malt up front caramel, brown sugar, plums, raisins, general sweetness. This rolls to a slightly dry and bitter finish, which I attribute to the alcohol more than hops as I havent found them anywhere throughout this sampling.
This is a big robust beer yet somehow I finish my glass fairly quickly and am surprised when the bottle is gone.
I would buy this again and wonder how different it was fresh?

sulldaddy, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

wr3ck00n, Dec 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

BeerBeast, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

buzzy, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of rdilauro
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For starters, Barley wines have never been a big hit with me. I've tried a number of them and also felt that the malt just hit you in the face too much.
So, this one started off on the right foot. The pour was clean, dark brown, not black but you could see the fullness of this beer. The aroma no question was of malt and I also picked up a bit of chocolate and something spicy, but could not figure that out.
The initial taste was bold and full. But it was very balanced, there was just enough malt, just enough body and the abv helped balance everything.
The finish was smooth and very satisfying

So now, after about a dozen or so barley wines, I have find another one that I have liked. Thats two for me!

rdilauro, Dec 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

GFD400, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jwgkicks, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

ctwybeerguy, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Chugs13, Nov 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

JDizzle, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

midlifec, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

zacky_U, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jaydoc, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange brown liquor color with a small head and light carbonation. Glows warmly

S - Orange, caramel malt, brown sugar, malt sweetness. Light lemon and alcohol as well

T - Caramel sweetness up front with brown sugar and dates. Orange hops and a lemon lemon from the hops, rock candy, and light alcohol near the back end as well as rowok the back end Really a great balance between sweetness of the caramel and dark fruit and the light bittering properties of the hops.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation and a thick syrupy body. Finish is light astringent

O - This was a rather impressive non-BA barleywine that has a great balance between sweet, malty flavors and the fresh hoppiness found in some barleywine. This is definitely one of the better hoppy barleywines that I've had.

jeonseh, Oct 22, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a beautiful clean amber pour with 2 fingers of detergent looking off-white head, slow dissipation, nice creamy looking lacing left behind. smells very sweet, hints of caramel, raisins, barley, oak, vanilla, banana. a somewhat bitter flavor up front.. almost charred wood feel to it.. banana, strawberries, raisins, caramel, honey, barley. full/medium body, easy to drink with medium carbonation.

overall this is a pretty nice barleywine.. nothing out of the ordinary, but it's one of the better local ones i've had. definitely one of the better blue point beers as well.

facundoCNB, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

nebula1999, Sep 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

abkayak, Sep 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DaPan, Aug 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

sirsteve42, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

rct, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in late 2012. Pours lightly hazy red-orange color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, floral, pine, light nuttiness, and toasted/floral earthiness; with some light spicy alcohol. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, hop, and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, floral, pine, nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, pine, raisin, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and fruit flavors; with an excellent bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barelywine. All around great balance and complexity of malt, hop, and fruity notes; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hopheadhiker, Aug 14, 2013
Blue Point Old Howling Bastard from Blue Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.