Old Scratch Barley Wine - Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
2006 Vintage...downtown Dane with dirtylou and golden2wenty1
appearance: The head has receded to just a ring by the time it gets to me. The beer is a deep, reddish brown in color.
smell: Salty toasted malts in the aroma. Some hints of berry are found. Light hop presence here.
mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body a full medium.
taste: Flavors of salty, toasted caramel and toffee malts upfront. Really strange, I know, but I pick up on salty, calcitic flavors like shrimp and oyster shells. Not to say that these detract, but they make for an interesting experience. The flavor is lightly sweet and not very rich. Light to moderate ethanol presence with notes of sweet fruits.
drinkability: easy enough
01-10-2007 21:40:52 | More by blackie
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
2008 vintage (served at the brewpub yesterday). Dark ochre with much more brown than orange. Backlighting revealed blurry brick red edges. The golden ivory colored crown was tight-bubbled, exceptionally creamy and impressively persistent. Amazingly for such a high ABV ale, a thin film and a smattering of sea foam lace was visible for the life of the snifter.
The nose was low on power and was difficult to nail down as a result. Impressions included caramel and fruit, with no more than a smidgen of alcohol. Warming helped open things up since the beer was served a wee bit too cool for the style.
Old Scratch 2008 is drinking like a fresh barleywine right now. That's good in terms of hoppiness, but not so good in terms of alcoholic heat. The brashness of the former is desirable. The brashness of the latter isn't. Old Scratch... the devil... hell... flames... waves of heat. Okay, makes sense.
The flavor profile consisted of steely caramel, well-toasted brown bread (with a rye bread spiciness), as well as cherries and oranges soaked in Absolut. Warming was a boon to the flavor as well. It was hard to tell if the beer's uncompromising firmness was due to hops or alcohol. Probably both. A lack of grapefruitiness makes the use of C-hops doubtful.
Without question, the body/mouthfeel was the highlight of this experience. Even before the beer gained a few degrees, it was full-bodied, creamy and velvety smooth. Definitely one of the best brewpub mouthfeels that I've ever encountered.
The 2008 iteration of Old Scratch isn't quite ready for prime time. It's well beyond the loud and unruly stage, but another year or two should turn this devilish brew into something approaching heaven in a glass. The mouthfeel is already there.
02-26-2009 12:14:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev -3.6%
on tap at the downtown Dane
appearance: served to me at the brewery in the typical Dane snifter...dark garnet body, bubbly beige frothy head which is unusual compared to most placid dane barleywines
smell: sweet boozy malt dominant, dark fruit, bitter pungent hop presence...very different than other examples of the style by the dane
taste: pungent bitter hops, strong pine presence, boozy, sweet malt, plum, cherry, other dark fruit...keep cranking out the seasonals, this is another winner
mouthfeel: smooth body, bitter alcoholic kick in the after taste
drinkability: pretty decent
08-19-2006 04:58:10 | More by dirtylou
4.15/5 rDev 0%
05 vintage from the Downtown Dane...
Appearance: Cloudy chocolate/ruby brown. Poured a 1/2 inch head, with lingering light sudes and sticky lacing. Medium viscosity.
Aroma: Maple syrup, wintergreen and toffee with clean hops bristle in the finish. Sweet and fruity with a little diacetyl. Raisins, Empire apples and ginger developments. Awesome nose.
Taste: Full flavored barley-wine--licorice and grapefruit hops finish is wild but refreshing. Molasses, caramel, raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar front palate with smoky licorice notes in the finish. Not much by way of development, but all the flavors are already there. Thick, complex--definitely one for big beer fans.
Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy with deliciously bitter finish--great full bodied brew. Sweet, heavy, with low/medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A little heavy to drink a lot of, but a fantastic barleywine nonetheless. Deft balance and flavors. Another great offering from the crew at the Dane.
08-20-2006 18:52:07 | More by expatsteve
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Had this wednesday (03/11/09) night at the great dane Hilldale.
came in a 12 oz goblet. little to no head but a lace stuck around. brownish gold in color. foggy colored actually. smelled of a light honey. i would also guess it to be mainly marris otter malt. either way it was a thick, delicious sipper, that i enjoyed for the whole meal. it seems to be a pretty solid abv on it as well, very smooth, though it does have that 'roughness' to it that is always there for new barleywines.
delicious beer, the smell is down just because the honey was a little bit too strong and i couldnt smell much of the malts underneath.
was also served a little too cold, and it got better as it warmed up.
03-13-2009 17:50:58 | More by Atron67
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
In my estimation the Great Dane is the king of brewing consistently amazing barley wines. This one is no exception. First and foremost, I am floored by the similarities between this barley wine and Lake Louies Reserve Scotch Ale. The nose of the lively brown-copper brew in my snifter is enticingly depthful, loaded with rich malts, earth, smoke, nuts, and wood. Taste has a chocolate like sweetness without the chocolate. I pick up butterscotch and caramel notes, huge amounts of earth, a well controlled and restrained fruitiness, raisins, and peat. Oh gosh there is some wonderful peat here. If I had it my way, I would call this a Scottish Style Barley Wine. I just love it. Mouthfeel is silky smooth despite the ridiculously high ABV with a great bitingly dry oak finish. This is just heaven after a solid meal from the Great Dane.
03-16-2006 17:01:47 | More by DaPeculierDane
Old Scratch Barley Wine from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
88 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.