Brewers Reserve Barley Wine Style Ale | Old Schoolhouse Brewery

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3.88 w/ 15 ratings

Brewed by:
Old Schoolhouse Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by youradhere on 04-09-2011

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 4
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Photo of youradhere
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz black wax dipped bottle.

Vigorous pour yields 2" of off white head, bright copper body with orange tinge. Smells of candied cherry, cotton candy, malt, sugar and honey, and something fruity that I want to call pineapple, some alcohol booziness. Taste is candy cherry, citrus, harsh biting pine, boozy and fruity with a slight alcohol warmth. Something like the taste of leather or campfire is popping up as well. Body is medium with medium-low carbonation. This Bwine is far too young at this age, and will need some time to mellow. I have another to try in a year, let's see if it gets better then. There is potential for this, but it is yet far too immature for the immediate future.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very hazy, almost cloudy, orange brown with a thin off-white head that dissipates to patches, leaving slight lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, fresh and dried dark fruit, mild oxidation; qualities of fortified wine. Reminiscent of an English barleywine. Flavor is also more similar to an English style barleywine with rich caramel malt, toffee, dried dark fruit, particularly dates; port wine qualities without any of the oakiness of a port. Lightly oxidized hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess and light carbonation. Flavor leans towards a dry English barleywine, almost like an old old ale / barleywine hybrid. Unfortunately, I did not try this fresh and found this bottle, (probably 2-3 year old) bottle. It was in my cellar, but not in my database, so I don't know how long it has been there. The mild oxidation suggests at least a few years of this age on the bottle. This has aged very nicely, with great malty character and good dark dried fruit flavors. I can tell that this was well hopped, but the hops have faded at this point, only leaving a moderate bitterness at the very end of the finish. I will start putting a bottle of this away every year, I think I would have enjoyed it fresh and certainly think it has aged well. Exactly what I hope for in an aged barleywine. A excellent evening sipper.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Joecaddie
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waltersrj
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, 2011 bottling I believe.

Pour: Dark brown/red with a soapy off white/tan head in the middle and a bit thicker around the edges. Initially I got a one fingered, creamy head but it settled down pretty quickly.

Nose: Slight hops, rich malt, slight oxidative like qualities (like sherry), alcohol, cherry, fig and a little more alcohol.

Taste: Rich dark fruits (fig, raisin and dates), sherry, cherries, hops, earthy notes and alcohol (slightly burning).

Mouthfeel: A little bit more watery than I'd like but doesn't take away from the beer too much.

Overall: I think this will be great with some time. The alcohol should mellow out over a year or two and the oxidative qualities could develop nicely into a sherry shaped barleywine. Definitely different than a hop heavy American barleywine but also not malty enough to be English.

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Photo of ffshore545
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ncherf
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark amber color with good carbonation leaving a nice off white cap

S: Fruits, booze, Eartiness and booze, some sweetness

T: Candy, dark cherries, hints of smoke, some sherry, caramel, pine, booze, Earth. A unique barleywine and not your typical American style.

M: Medium to big body, warming, some hop bite, smoke

O: Good, easy to drink.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Metaltildeath
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewers Reserve Barley Wine Style Ale from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
Beer rating: 80% out of 100 with 15 ratings
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