Old No. 1 Barleywine | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company - Restaurant and Pub

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Old No. 1 BarleywineOld No. 1 Barleywine
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Old No. 1 BarleywineOld No. 1 Barleywine

Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company - Restaurant and Pub
Washington, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-31-2003

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by Airyk12:
Photo of Airyk12
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. 2009 vintage.

Pours a deep brown, with a hint of caramel. a very thin head, hardly noticeable.

Smell has an initial scent of pear, with strong alcohol in the nose. Subtle notes of citrus.

Taste has definite maltiness, with a hint of bitterness and citrus. Alcohol is strong in the finish, but not too boozy.

Definitely not a sessionable beer, but enjoyable. I'd like to see what a little more aging could do with it.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Extremely thick and cloudy dark brown body with a decent head.

Smell – This ale just wreaks of old, burnt oak casks used to age sherry. I mean, if you found some dried oak that had been used to age sherry then set it on fire and whiffed the smoke, this is exactly how it would smell.

There’s also some malt in there (not a hop to speak of) but it’s mostly the sweet sherry and burnt oak aroma that dominates. The big alcohol of this 9.9 ABV (I had the 2001 vintage which is stronger than the 1999 that was used to add the beer to the site) makes itself known as well.

Taste – I thought this one fell apart a little bit at the taste. An unappealing sourness came out that felt spent and broken down. The malt and sherry flavors were quite pleasant, though.

Mouthfeel – The tartness of this one took away from the overall experience, but either way this was a nice, “sipper.”

Drinkability – This was a good barley wine at one point, but I thought it was a little past its prime.

Update – Since my review is now two years old I thought I’d re-taste it using an ’05 vintage. It’s better than I remember, although nothing stellar. The tartness from my original notes seems to be gone and the body is much “meatier”, suggesting that I may have had an overaged bottle. I’m giving the ratings here a small bump and picking one up from time to time.

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Photo of masikon
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was glad to find this one in a grocery store since the brewery is quite local. I found this to have a very pleasant aged attitude...almost as if it had been aged in wood, which perhaps it has. Flavors are well blended without a dominant hop bitterness that others have eluded to although the mouthfeel wasn't quite right for me, a bit overly cloying and sticky...overall however a good barleywine from a local brewery, too bad it was almost 4 bucks for a 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jworkman
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of drone
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Goldorak
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, translucent, with a circlet of lace.

Smell: Roasted malt with maple and caramel, hops were peppery.

Taste: Felt grainy on my tongue, yet not overly sweet, something I appreciate within this style, warm but not too boozy, another thumbs up, a bit of dark fruit and not too bitter. A rare Barleywine I wouldn't mind having more than half a pint of.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown with little carbonation. Sweet malty aroma. Sweet malt, dark fruits, alcohol with a malt and light hop finish. Medium bodied. Not as complex as other barleywines, but satisfactory. Will age one to see if it improves.

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Photo of nsabo
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle. I like my barleywines malty, and while this is certainly a maltier English style barleywine, it’s still too hoppy for me. Mouthfeel is thin for the style. I taste sourdough bread, vinegar, raisins, and caramel. This is enjoyable, but unfortunately more sour than sweet (not in an infected way). I’ve encountered this sourness before in barleywines and it’s been quite pleasant, but here it seems off, like it’s playing a bigger role than it was cast for. Interesting, but at almost $5/12oz bottle, it ain’t interesting enough to try again.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a beer that is retired I saw it all over Spokane on my recent visit. It was in two grocery stores and a World Market. I bought this sample at Jim’s Homebrew. It was of the vintage of 2005.

Appearance- A dark aged wood color. It is brown but at the same it is red. The head is slightly off white and there is a nice bit of lace.

Smell- A strong prune raisin like scent fills the air after the bottle is open. The smell is strong I could smell it about three feet away.

Taste- It is pretty strong and complex. It has all qualities of a wine, beer, sherry and aged whiskey rolled in to one. You can taste different fruity tones like dates, prunes, raisins followed by some malted grain flavor. The aftertaste is very dry but good.

Mouthfeel- Thick, chewy and just a little sticky. Very very smooth.

Drinkability- I liked it and shared with some friends who are not beer geeks but they said this one opened their eyes to new styles.

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Photo of FishScales
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was ok. As far as barleywines go it wouldn't be my first choice. It was recommended to me by the store keeper that I was talking to while on a trip to Seattle. It was a smooth beer, the smell was great, but I would definitely prefer a Lagunitas barleywine to this one.

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Photo of Braz
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very sweet and fruity to the nose. Could smell this from a few feet away even, as I was throwing the bottle away. Kind of an opague root beer color with little to no head. Just some light white splotchiness on the top. Very strong taste as expected. Very alcoholic, brandy with some wood notes. Taste like it may have spent time in some whiskey barrels. Though I mentioned it in the color, there is a sort of root beer taste to this at first. Subtle but there, interesting. Caramel and vanilla aftertaste. Minimal hop presence. Little to no carbonation. Smooth texture yet heavy body. Lingers in the mouth for quite a while. Not necessarily a bad thing. Overall it's enjoyable and I would sip on one again.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

.5 liter bottle brewed on 1-4-01. The pop top bottle pours a beautiful clear garnet color. Thin head and very little carbonation. . Smells of candy sugars, sweet brown raisons, with bread and yeast, like a fresh baked cinnimon roll. Has a sweet raison taste surrounded by a dry, almost sour port wine flavor.Medium bodied with a flat mouth feel. Finishes with an appropriate alcohol taste on the breath.
oh, the joy of aged beers.

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Photo of therobot
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Cgobin57
4.78/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Derek
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

A: Deep amber-chestnut, still, no retention or lace.

S: Raisins, maraschino cherries, sherry, light spice, pear, apple, brown sugar and raspberry buds.

T: Dark, caramalized raisins, Christmas cake, maraschino cherries, candied pineapple, roasted nut, brown sugar, warming alcohol (though I wouldn't guess it was this strong), balanced bitterness. Exceptional. Truly one of the best brews I've tried.

M: Well-attenuated, fairly full body, slight residual sweetness, mild carbonation.

D: Very approachable & enticing, but limited by its strength.

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Photo of mikeys01
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scuttlebutt (2005 vintage) is a peculiar animal indeed, and thanks to Weefisheads for rracking this one down for me. This b-wine pours out a pleasing ruby honey color, nice clarity, dusted with a light covering of fine white foam.

The aroma of this one is quite peculiar, a near unfathomable mélange with notes of cotton candy, spice, cherries, and raisins. Lots of caramel sweetness in here too. Flavor is quite sweet and populated with lots of fruit, getting some apple in there along with more hop bitterness than I expected from the nose, this one is full of suprises. Through the middle you are immersed in sticky malt filled mishmash, slightly toast with lots of caramel/toffee and lingering hints of vanilla. Finish is a bit hot, with more dark fruit and bitterness capping it off. Carbonation is about perfect for such a beer and mouthfeel is full. Quite tasty and a bit of an asskicker at 11.9%, lots going on in there, I like it.

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Photo of froghop
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark burnt caramel with a thin beige head, some lacing that goes away quickly, and some lacing.

smell of caramel, dark fruit, some roasted nuts, and brown sugar.

taste is dry, bitter, caramel, dark fruit, a touch of citrus, and roasted nuts.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/03/07- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, vintage 2006. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Mahogony in color with about a 1/2 inch head upon the pour. Disipates very quickly not even leaving a rim. Very light traces of lace.

Smell- Sweet caramel malt, light notes of sour dark fruits plus one scent I can't put my finger on, but it was rather offputting.

Tastes- Mild sour flanders-like taste remains for the whole beer. Not super sour, but enough to get your attention. Mild caramel malt sweetness with a touch of vanilla in the background. Hops are there, but play a very small role.

Mouthfeel- Fairly smooth, lightly creamy, but has that weird sour aftertaste that remains.

Drinkability- Possibly a beer past it's prime, or maybe infected from birth. Could have been decent. I'm not buying the 12% abv listed on the label either. Seems like a 9% or maybe even less.

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Photo of Fellysmarts
1.5/5  rDev -60%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of juhl31
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a small barleywine tasting at home including full sail old boardhead '08, scuttlebutt old #1 '08, and deschutes mirror/mirror

-really dark amber in color. white head without much retention

-alcohol and some barley malt

-taste is really in and out for me. not too alcoholly for the 12.5 abv. a good taste, but its not there for too long...fades out quick. pretty nice balance though

-smooth enough

-liked it, but again the taste needs to be around longer

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Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, vintage 2009.

Pours murky brown with a burgundy tinge when held to the light. Barely a trace of a skim coat directly after the pour as well as for the duration of the glass. A few dots of lacing also.

Aromatics lead off with toffee, caramel, Sherry, and alcohol. Grapefruit and pine start coming through with some agitation as does a fusely blast. Raisins and a hint of nougat run under.

On the thicker side of medium bodied. Chewy and tacky. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy.

Red fruit, pine resin, grapefruit pith, and boozy alcohol start the palate. Toffee, drizzeled caramel, plump malt, and a mild vineousity follow through.

Finishes with lingering alcohol, vineous fruit, toffee, and sweet malt.

Big beer and I like it. The Sherry character in the nose is without the usual wet paper/cardboard found in aged Barleywines and the vineous finish cuts through some of the heat. Probably peaking at this point though, drink up.

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Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage has aged quite nicely and should do so for at least another few years.

A rich clear mahogany color with a silky tan head. Color is very impressive.

A nose of fruity malts, residual sugars, complex alcohol and floral hops. Fantastic.

The taste has a huge candy/honey profiel with a good amount of bready malts and soem delicate hops.

A full body goes down well. This really has aged nice and is a superb exampe of an English Barley.

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Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 39 ratings