Old Krusher Barleywine | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by regspeir on 07-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mini growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Allowed to warm up quite a bit. Pours slightly clouded, typical dull golden medium amber. The head is off white, lasting decently, on the looser side. Leaving some low sheeting, then a moderate collar and minor bits of lacing. Floral hoppy nose. Smooth and tasty Amer. Bwine. Nice caramel malty undercoating, counter balanced by interesting tasting tropical fruity hops adding bitterness and complexity. On the lighter side mouth feel wise for the style. Quite enjoyable stuff. Went surprisingly well with some spicy jerk style chicken that I also enjoyed this evening.

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3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

$7 for an 8oz pour, served in a chalice. Sampled 9/5/10.

A: The head is creamy/foamy, off-white in color and one finger tall. Below average retention with a sudsy/bubbly film remaining. The body displays an amber-orange hue and is completely opaque. Initial sheets of lacing eventually give way to gravity.

S: Malt heavy, rich in caramel, toffee and grain plus a nutty influence - a combination of macadamia and marcona almonds. Hops are faded but provide a floral and herbal presence. Despite the abrasive alcohol, the nose is still pretty damn good.

T: The ABV is extremely prominent on the palate - and it interferes with the overall flavor and enjoyment.

M: Medium body. Old Krusher finishes way too crisply for the style. A more cloying texture would be more appropriate here, although the mouthfeel does improve in the latter half of the glass. Again, the intense heat is apparent and has a profound impact on the texture.

D: [DRINKABILITY] Not a bad American-style Barleywine but Sixpoint has their work cut out if they want this beer to compete in the above-average class. Either way, thanks for the buzz.

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Photo of jsanford
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from a generous friend. Poured into a Snifter.

Pours a hazy orange with a huge creamy off-white head that slowly settles to a dense cap, leaving spotty lacing in it's wake. Aroma is dominated by big, malty-heavy notes of caramel and sweet candy, with a strong DIPA-like hop profile of candied orange peel, pineapple, coconut, and vanilla. Taste is similar to the nose, a nicely-balanced (but still monstrous) blend of sweet caramel and honey malt with resinous hop flavors of pine, orange peel, pineapple, and coconut. Reminds me a bit of Cigar City's oak-aged Jai Alai, but this isn't oak-aged (I think...). Mouthfeel is sticky, with a medium-full body and a touch higher carbonation then I prefer in my Barleywines (further blurring the line between DIAP and Barleywine). Overall a solid American Barleywine, I'd certainly like to see more of this!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with a moderate white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some caramel, sweet bread, dark fruits, and a bit of hops. Flavor has brown sugar and caramel plus a bit of dates and some slight toffee. A bit of bread toast. Body is moderately sweet with a bit too much alcohol. Never really comes together all that cohesively, though it seems like some age would treat it nicely.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: '09 vintage on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

The more I drink barleywines, the more I'm learning to appreciate just how diverse they can be. This selection was no exception.

Poured a chestnut brown with amber highlights, and a firm, dense, white head that left some very nice homogeneous lacing on the glass. The bartender told me that this would be different than other barleywines I've had, and I gotta say, he was correct. The aroma was surprisingly hoppy, with caramel as an afterthought, and some mild phenols detectable. The taste actually ended up being closer to an imperial IPA than a barleywine, I thought, with lots of citrus and pine notes, overlaid on a solid malt base. Definite hints of pineapple, and the alcohol, while somewhat subdued, is surely present. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable, a bit chewy, but generally medium-bodied. I would definitely like to try this again.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle N Hum tonight.

Light amber with a dense off white head with great retention and lacing. Nose is big barley sweetness with candy and caramel. Hops are low, this is sweet, sticky and nice. I'd love to age a bottle for a decade. The palate opens with a blend of grainy and hoppy bitterness, moderately English in character. Sweetness is a little one note, just caramel. Is this oak aged? Moderate vanilla and tannins are present, this has a rather raw oak character. Long finish with tannins, this beer is full in body with low carbonation. Ultimately, a little tiring on the palate, but still, solid stuff.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottle shared at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, brown sugar, citrus zest, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, earth, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but it seems a bit oxidized at this point in time.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Rado
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of regspeir
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan and Tim at Pinocchio's for sharing this!
Poured a light hazy brown with a small pure white head. Lacing was also white and remained throughout. Nose was light citrus, especially orange, caramel, pine with some booziness. Taste was citrus, pine, honey, caramel, alcohol warmth and a mildly bitter finish. Mouthfeel wasn't heavy and there was ample carbonation. All-in-all, this was a pleasant surprise, as I haven't had many hoppy barleywines like this. Nice offering and I recommend you try it!

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Photo of ongbak
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, real impressed with this. Drinking at the Sidecar bar in Philly on tap. This reminds me of a mellow IPA, almost can't believe that it is 10%. Very easy to drink unlike other barleywines, has a slight hoppiness taste, but no real afterbite, at least no afterbite like a true barleywine would give. As I'm going through my first as I type this, I know it will be easy to put down 2 more, session beer if there was ever one in this category.

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Photo of axeman9182
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

review taken from notes, served on tap in a tall 8oz tumbler at Pony Bar UES.

Old Krusher pours a clear orange, with about half a finger of white foam at the top of the glass. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good considering there wasn't a ton head there to begin with. The nose is disappointingly dull, with the only appreciable aroma being a faint citric smell. The flavor profile leads off with a light caramel swirl, before a fairly bracing wave of bitterness rolls through. The finish tastes like orange blossom. There's just not enough of a malty presence to be found in the beer. That continues through to a disappointingly thin body, albeit one that's paired with a nice level of carbonation it's got just a bit of liveliness to it. Old Krusher seems like it's caught somewhere in the grey area between an Amerian Barleywine and an Imperial IPA, and doesn't fit in super well with either. I still enjoyed my glass of it though.

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Photo of younger35
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beautifully tasty beverage from Sixpoint via BeerTruth. Great brewery, great buddy. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the AFC Championship game (New England vs. Baltimore).

Appearance- Pours a surprisingly light hazy brownish orange with a HUGE two finger sandy head that has some serious staying power (hope it’s not over carbonated). A beautifully random creamy cap and collar remains the entire time with tons of thick lacing.
Smell- No question what this is upon first whiff. It’s fully fledged malt heavy with a big toffee and caramel presence. Lightly toasted with a soft whole grain bread thing going on. Not overly sweet smelling though as a bit of hop is present as well. A touch of citrus sneaks in adding something reminiscent of lemon peel.
Taste- Mmmmm. This beer tastes EXACTLY how it smells. Starts lightly sweet (but not overly so) with subtle touches of brown sugar and toffee. Maybe even a touch of molasses and/or chocolate sneak in but it’s light and fleeting. The beer finishes fairly bitter as I get a smack of grapefruit that really takes the flavor over. The bitter lingers well into the finish along with just a touch of vanilla.
Mouthfeel- Definitely not over carbonated but there is a nice zip of bubbles. Hefty beer overall with a touch of warming in the finish. Hard to believe this beer 10%+ though.
Overall- A very nice American Barleywine that is easy drinking and big on flavor. It’s right in my wheel house of not being sweet and ‘fairly’ balanced. They need to put some of this in a barrel and tuck it in the back of the brewery for a year. Would be awesome. Thanks Adam!

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Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Pahn
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stag's Head in Manhattan, 9/12/10. Apparently left over from a Sixpoint event they held where they had several Sixpoint brews on tap.

Appearance: Bartender left a half inch head that dissipated steadily leaving a solid lace ring. Pours a cloudy orange that looks like juice.

Smell: Grapefruit and orange, DIPA-like (the smell has a "regal" quality that reminds me a bit of Squall IPA, but unfortunately I can't unpack that descriptor any further, so perhaps it makes no sense). Where's the malt? I don't smell anything but grapefruit, lemon, orange, and tangerine. No bread, no caramel, no toast.

Taste: Bitter and spirit-like, kind of harsh and chalky. Huge grapefruit hops, and a nice toasty malt backbone. Some tangerine and pineapple as well. Nothing very deep here, but it's good. Honestly, I could score it a bit lower here, but the hop fix provided is well above average, and while a little underdeveloped, the malt flavors are good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but airy. Bitter but not overwhelming. Moderate carbonation; just enough.

Drinkability: This is a barleywine for hop heads. I lean toward maltier barleywines myself, but I can appreciate this style. I'd happily order this again.

Off the top of my head I can name at least 10 barleywines I prefer ("far prefer" even) to this one, but at the same time I bet someone who wants big hops with a malt backbone just slightly more pronounced than that of a DIPA would enjoy this beer more than any one of the barleywines I would list.

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Old Krusher Barleywine from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 16 ratings