Blue Point Old Howling Bastard - Blue Point Brewing Company
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4.31/5 rDev +11.7%
22 ounce bomber
Good looking for the style. Muddy brown and thick, looks like nasty river water after a good storm. The head is a dingy white, a finger thick at its best, and leaves a thin lace.
One of the best smelling barley wines, its full of malt with a ryeness to it. Also, there's a hit of citrus which isn't something I expected, but made for a nice surprise. Very floral with a splash of vanilla.
Very pleasant taste for a barley wine, English toffee comes to mind. Again, there's a vanillaish taste. Lots of malt as you'd guess. A caramelly finish. Hops are definitely there, but don't overwhelm.
It's smooth and buttery, and exceptionally smooth for the type. There's a hint of sweetness early on that turns to citrus before the bitterness takes over. Along the way, a buttery feel works in conjunction with the citrus and bitterness for a pleasant drinking experience. Full bodied, the high alcohol is well hidden, though you'll still want to sip it.
Overall it's a good beer, much better than their oatmeal stout I had last night. It's easy to drink and goes down smoothly.
05-12-2013 03:02:07 | More by RickS95
Blue Point Old Howling Bastard from Blue Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.