Old Smokehouse Barley Wine Style Ale | Millstream Brewing Company

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Old Smokehouse Barley Wine Style AleOld Smokehouse Barley Wine Style Ale
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Old Smokehouse Barley Wine Style AleOld Smokehouse Barley Wine Style Ale

Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rundocrun on 11-17-2012

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Duff27:
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This ale was poured from a bottle and had a light amber body colour. The initial smell was pretty potent; It had an artificial breakfast smell reminiscent to the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon beer. There was a pungent oakiness with a slight sweetness as well.

The beer tasted exactly like it smelled. It had an upfront sweetness which moved into a smokey, lingering bitter roast. This definitely left a strong smokey aftertaste in the mouth.

Would I buy this beer again? It did grow on me after awhile, but no.

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Photo of frankiepop
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is only my 2nd smokey brew and probably my last. I know this is a barley extreme thing, but the extreme element is smoke here. Even the appearance has a smokey hazy look over the amber reddish hue. However, your senses will be overwhelmed by the sweet smokey campfire smokiness. This is not a fast drinker. this is a slow sipper for a cooler evenings.

Sips well with slow jazzy sounds such as Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely or KD Langs Drag.

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Photo of pourmeadrink
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of tvv375ia
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of darvinlikemarvin
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Eric908
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.37/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged two years has done amazingly. Smoke beautifully compliments the sweetness of the malt. Almost more of a fruity sweetness than a caramel or toffee.

It looks like this beer was subpar at its release but time did wonders to it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apparently this is only brewed once every six years.

A slightly muddy caramel color with some visible transparency. Head is a small ring of 1/2 finger.

Aroma of smoked malts, hot caramel, and plum. The smoked malts are quite strong, akin to smelling a bag of smokey crushed grain.

Flavor starts out with a nice balance of caramel and peat, with hints of grape. Lingering smoked malt, hop bitterness, and dark fruits remain on the finish.

Feel is medium bodied and semi-creamy. A hint of alcohol heat, and semi dry finish.

Overall, it's a decent Barleywine but the smoked malts throw off the balance of sweet/bitter a bit, but hey we knew what we were getting into, right?

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rundocrun
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I decided to edit this review after letting the bottle sit for a couple months.

One thing I have noticed is that the smokiness subsides somewhat after letting the beer warm up a bit. I definitely recommend taking your time drinking this if the smoke is initially too intense for you.

A - Body is deep ruby-brown with copper highlights. Slightly hazy, but I let some yeast sediment sneak into the glass. About 1/2 finger of head forms but fades quickly. No lacing.

S - Lots of smokiness in the nose - sort of a sharper, more vibrant smoke aroma that would pair well with sausages and sauerkraut. As the beer warms up, I notice that underneath the layers of hickory and peaty smoke are darker, fruity notes, reminding me this is indeed a barleywine.

T - The smokiness is the big player in the flavor profile as well. If you like rauchbier, this is most definitely a beer for you. Up front, I get caramel malt and some earthy, bitter hop flavor. Shortly thereafter I get flavors of earthy peat smoke and lighter beechwood smoke. With warming, more caramel and fruity ester flavors come through, which rides all the way through the finish. Medium amount of boozy warmth and peppery alcohol in the finish.

M - Thick body. Syrupy and sweet with lots of residual sugars. Boozy when allowed to warm up a bit.

Overall - I think this has the potential to be a truly excellent smoked beer, and it is very interesting to have barleywine as the base beer. My only suggestion to the brewers at Millstream is to either dial back the smoked malt a bit, or increase the caramel malt--then I think they will have a very balanced and accessible fusion of smoked and barleywine style ales.

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Photo of lion22
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Herky21
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Mdog
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Red, good head, but chunks of yeast aren't very appealing.

Smell: Nice, sweet, smoky, cured meats.

Taste: Moderate caramel sweetness with a fair amount of smoke. A bit of fruitiness--grapes. Moderately smoky finish.

Overall: I wasn't sure who this was brewed by until I saw Amana, IA. I like rauchbiers and I really like barleywines so I picked up a 4 pack. It's an interesting beer, the smoke is prominent but not too heavy, and there's the BW sweetness in the background. The grape notes could have pushed this too far into boozy malt liquor off flavor territory, but stayed in check. Worth a shot.

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Photo of FakeDeniro
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper in color with a ring of tan foam coating the edge of the glass.

Sweet and very smokey, but has a strong band aid smell also.

Smokey, woody, malty sweet, strong hops, a bit boozy. The smoke and sweetness is the main focus in the flavor department though.

Close to a full body, a bit slick with low but soft carbonation.

I'm a huge smoked beer fan and they are at their best when they have a malty sweetness to balance the smoke. This one is exactly that, plus it has hops. Truly a smoked barleywine. Original and well priced at $2 a bottle. Hope they make this yearly as it's tough to find a good smoked beer.

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Photo of ALC82
4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tasted at a beer festival in cedar falls

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Photo of millertime416
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is pretty unique, and surprisingly really good. Dark brownish-red with very little head. Smell is almost all smoke; smells like a very peaty scotch. Taste is dominated by smoke, not necessarily in a bad way, but there is also a decent malt backbone. At first I was able to detect a little hop presence, but soon the smoke overtook it. I suspect the base of this beer (without the smoke) would make an awesome american barleywine. Overall I really enjoyed this. If I didn't know better, I would have thought this aged in a scotch barrel.

If you enjoy peaty scotch, I highly recommend trying this.

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Photo of egrace84
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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