Old Toad Barleywine
Bullfrog Brewery

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Barleywine - American
Ranked #167
Ranked #50,766
4.1 | pDev: 2.68%
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep semi-opaque chestnut brown color with a thin but very thick and robust creamy light tan color.

S - Aroma a little on the delicate side for a beer of this magnitude. Light caramel and toffee, and delicate bourbon and oak.

T - Flavor is even across the palette with a thin ice blend of oak, bourbon, vanilla, and warm roasted toffee caramel. Hop bitterness barely surfaces and makes an effort to a few times until finally poking its head through at the very end with citrus and some pine. The bourbon creates a slight warming on the way down but never overpowers the beer at any one time.

M - Big, heavy body that leaves a healthy dose of ljpsmacking sticky sweetness. Body is a little viscous-like, velvet smooth on the tongue as it glides across. Aftertaste is mild to moderately lingering with a mix of toffee and pine citrus.

O - This is what I imagine a barley wine to be! It's pretty much a perfect match to this cold December night in Williamsport.

Dec 22, 2011
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mcb4538 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet and pours a dark amber (mahogany?). Retains a half finger of head.  Smells of cherries and vaguely of vanilla and oak.  Taste carries the cherries with a thin amount of the bourbon barrels that the beer is aged in. Mouthfeel is smooth and very non-aggressive. Smooth drinking for a high ABV barleywine. Wish I could have gotten a growler of this!

Nov 28, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

words cannot describe the trader who was able to send me this one. i had wanted to try a nice non sour from bullfrog forever. enjoyed in a light pint glass.

The pour was nice enough. Rich dark amber in color with a smooth look to it. Nice cloudiness to it. Some carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass, with a nice amount odd white head sitting on top of it. Smooth settle, left behind only trace amounts of side lacing. The aroma was rich, light notes of alcohol and a ton of bready malts. Hints of pine resin hops and a nice, touch of grain mingling in throughout the profile. The flavor was smooth as could be, a very mellow barley wine with hints of caramel and a muted hop note. Interesting balance here, with the alcohol mostly hidden in amongst the profile. Easy to sip, the carbonation was spot on.

May 19, 2011
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, auburn toned amber with a small, light tan head that quickly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, ripe fruit, mild cherries, raisins, brown sugar, and a touch of molasses.
Taste is of the aromas with lots of sugar, and citrus pulling through.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sticky sweet, warming, and smooth.

May 26, 2010
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub on 2/14/09. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a deep, clear, orange amber with just the thinnest layer of off-white head. Solid retention around the edges, that leaves a good looking cascade of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite dense smelling with sacharine and citrus. Candied sugars, lush tropical fruits, and syrupy sweetness with a firm dose of floral hops in the back and a quick snap of underlying warmth that flares thee ole' nostrils up.

The taste starts with a huge sweet base of brown sugar, maple syrup, and tangy citrus that transitions into a lingering hop bitterness that hangs for a while in the mouth with residual stickiness. For the big flavors and ABV involved, this is pretty darn well balanced. The mouthfeel is beefy and slick with a very subtle creaminess to it and some definite alcohol heft present. That 11% is worn right out there and does get borderline stinging (especially as you get towards the bottom of the glass), leaving a little warm and hazy frog in the back of your throat.

Well calling this a BOLD American Barleywine would definitely be an understatement! In terms of both flavors and alcohol percentage, this beer puts it out there! The heat in this did distract a bit for me but the flavor profile more than made up for it. A nice cold weather sipper that will get you warmed up in a hurry!

Feb 17, 2009
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a large snifter of Old Toad served at the brewery in Williamsport, PA.

Appearance: The ale has a deep brown color that exhibits a lot of haze. When held to light, auburn orange colors emerge.

Smell: The ale has a strong malty sweet aroma that is well balanced by a large dose of hops that are citrusy.

Taste: The malt aroma hides a wide array of flavors, from orange to candied sugars. The flavors mix well and provide the beer with an intense sweetness. That sweetness is met head-on by the aggressive hops that are floral and quite strong.

Mouthfeel: The sweetness and bitterness are a great match.

Drinkability: At 10%, the drinkability is limited, but this is a very good example of the style.

Jul 21, 2006
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jakester from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewery.

Comes in a small brandy snifter, which the waitress explained to me they are required to do, insinuating as if by law. It is a very cloudy orange/amber with a slight lavender tint, with a light beige head. The head drops after @ 5 minutes to islands and a ring. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is of strong candy apples, pineapple, brown sugar, aging grapefruit, orangey/piney hops, and alcohol. Very rich and inviting.

Flavor is of gin soaked raisins and prunes, dark, hot caramel candy, grapefruit rinds and orange peels. Hop bittering is strong, but secondary. Aftertaste is a long, hot, molasses and maybe maple syrup, and bitterness. For its size and style, it is actually well balanced. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel is a huge caramelly sweetness and alcohol burn. Carbonation is very soft. (Good old cask!) Lips stick together from sweetness. Finish is hot, sweet, and bitter. As it warms, it gets hotter!

This is a truly good barleywine, very drinkable as barleywines go. However, they don't serve this in a 4oz. snifter for nothing.

Jul 06, 2005
Old Toad Barleywine from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 10 ratings