Barrel Aged Old Toad Barleywine | Bullfrog Brewery

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Barrel Aged Old Toad BarleywineBarrel Aged Old Toad Barleywine

Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Deuane on 01-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks very much to tenderbranson69 for letting me taste from this growler- poured chilled into a snifter.

A- A dark translucent caramel colored liquid w/ quick escaping head which turns to a ring of tan. The carbonation is still visible and legs cling to the glass as it is swirled

S -The smell is like sticky buns, a really caramelly sweet nose w/ bready and toasted undertones. nuts and mild toffee add to the aroma w/ light alcohol in the nose.

M - A sweet thick feel w/ slight bitterness in the middle and long dry warming finish

T - A sweet dark sugar and walnut-like dark earthy taste. The flavor has mild hop tastes that add contrast w/ mild currant and plum notes and a hint of nutmeg w/ slight vanilla caramel tinges. A buttery toffee taste emerges as the beer finishes w/ dry peppery flavors and mild taste of bourbon and wood.

D - A very intense beer, the 11.5% is not a surprise, but well worth a nice deep quaff on a cool rainy night. The drinkability is very good considering the strength and this comes off slightly hot still. I would probably only go for 1/2 pint to be reasonable

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with no head, enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Little carbonation. Chocolate and bourbon,and whiskey with coconut and vanilla residue from the wood.All of this offset a bit of hop flavour. Also brown sugar and tad mollasses. American style barleywine though the brewer himself treats it as an English. Average or a tad above mouthfeel. Its OK.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muchas gracias to FooFaa for sharing a growler of this at Brass Rail Deli on 11/2/09!

A - Poured a deep toffee-colored body with reddish and mahogany hues and half a finger of creamy beige/off-white head that settled into a thing ring of retention and left minimal lacing around the snifter.

S - Initial waft reeks of strong, boozy whiskey, but eventually mellows out as it warmed up, introducing notes of vanilla and woody tannins. Caramel and toffee sweetness is also evident, as well as hints of pitted fruit, chocolate and candi sugars.

T - Whiskey is much more mellow and subdued in the flavor, with the vanilla and oak taking center stage. Gobs of sweet caramel and toffee mingle with sugary candy sweetness. Flavor is rounded out by chocolate and dark fruit notes. Finishes with minimal hop bitterness.

M - Full bodied, thick and chewy with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation, resulting in very little bristle on the tongue. Finishes sweet on the palate with modest hop bitterness.

D - Incredibly drinkable for a 12% plus ABV Barleywine. The whiskey presence isn't harsh at all, but instead I found the flavor to be quite sweet and mellow, yet extremely complex, with lots of vanilla, chocolate and woody notes.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a pint glass. This beer doesn't look that great in my opinion. The body is a very dark ruddy brown red. There is very little off white head that retains at a thin layer with some very little lacing on the side.

The smell is reminiscent of that typical Bullfrog wild yeast strain scent, which adds an interesting lemon fresh scent. There is a great toasted pecan and toasted toffee scent. There is a light tart cherry scent. The hops smell completely faded, producing a tea smell that works well with everything else going on here.

The taste is good. Very full bodied with a lot of roasted caramel that produces a nice lightly harsh taste. There is a light alcohol taste on the end that should fade with time. Not really tasting the barrel age, although there is a slight vanilla taste. A pretty good offering from Bullfrog.

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Photo of iasanlee
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a deep caramel amber color with a creamy off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing. Aroma is of sweet caramel malts, toast, vanilla bean, light cherry, and fresh raisins. Flavor is a mirror of aroma with a delicate balancing act with a bourbon tone. Very complex and smooth, hiding the alcohol until deep in the finish. Medium in body, with moderate carbonation, and some astringency. A real treat, the complexity makes this a top example of an English barleywine.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a near opaque, dark amber body with a very thin, light beige head.

Smell: Aroma smelling heavily of caramel sauce with lighter notes of fruit, oak barrels, and vanilla, as well as some clean alcohol wafts.

Taste: Sweet, sharply sweet flavor of melted caramel cubes. Roving fruitiness. Eager warming alcohol presence, but, thankfully, it's not overtly boozy. The taste musters up some oak wood and light vanilla barrel hints. Earthy hops and bitterness, both fairly light. Another helping of caramel and toffee. Long, sweet finish with a soothing alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I trust you like your barleywines sweet. A pleasant surprise, as I'd never even heard of the Bullfrog brewery until having the bottle shoved into my hand.

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Photo of vwcraig
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750mL purchased at the brewery. Sampled from a Duvel glass. Burnt amber/ruby color with a firm tan cap on top. Hardly any light passes through. Fruity and slightly boozy smell up front. Candied, rummy fruit smells mainly. Smells great. Taste is of oak and dark-skinned fruits, mainly raisins and plums. A quick swirl of the glass raises the head right back up nd makes for a creamier mouthfeel. Pleasant warming effect. Carbonated fairly well for a barleywine that is barrel-aged. Drinkability for me was fairly high, but given the effort it took to get this, I won't be drinking all of mine any time soon.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to vwcraig, I appreciate the hook-up! Nice ruby-red color, excellent head. Sweet and sticky smell of vanilla, enstrom's toffee, cake. The flavor is pretty damn good barleywine with almost a bare hint of wood but no real booziness to speak of. This was a very good barleywine.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours vibrant dark amber with a one finger, off white head. Retention and lacing are both good.

The aroma is full of earthy hops as well as biscuit and sweet caramel malt. The oak is apparent and there is some vanilla to the nose. The hops are still fairly strong in this beer. I haven't had the regular version, but the barrel aged Old Toad is quite smooth with a medium alcohol presence and a medium level of bitterness. The caramel malt is sweet and does well in balancing out the earthy hop bitterness. The oak is a nice touch to this barleywine. The finish is dry, sweet, and bitter, and the alcohol is most apparent here.

Barrel Aged Old Toad is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky. Overall, a very nice barrel aged barleywine that I believe will improve with age.

2nd bottle 6/2/2010:

Bottled on 5/15/2008 and stored at 55 degrees since then. The beer has waxed in complexity and become a better beer with age. A light sherry oxidation has arrived. The color is beautiful. Excellent stuff. Rich, bold, and delicious. Booze macerated dates and figs, with notes of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and alcohol. This is reminiscent of an aged English Barleywine, not really much American Barleywine character to it. Age has improved what was already a great Barrel Aged Barleywine.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Capones. I have never had anything from Bullfrog before so I am not sure what to expect. Pours deep amber. Thin head with some carbonation. Smells of faint sweetness plus a light bourbon. The taste is a nice mix of sweet fruit, malt, and the bourbon. Mouthfeel is smooth and the ABV sneaks in at the end. A solid barrel aged barleywine. Recommended.

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Barrel aged for almost a full year. Enjoyed as part of the Bullfrog Holiday Bash.

A-Deep copper with a thin light tan head that held on well. Vague,spotty lace left behind.

S-Rich, sweet caramel malt up front with light bourbon notes in the background. Oak dryness becomes more prevalent upon warming.

T-Sweet caramel blends effortlessly with dry oak notes. Nice backing punch of vanilla on the back end.

M-Medium body, quite smooth with a dry oak finish. Nice,long lasting astringency.

D-Dry, sweet and smooth...nice complexity and good melding of flavours. So lovely to have this one a year in the barrel!

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