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

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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
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 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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Photo of RedDiamond
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apparently, Scuttlebutt brews this big ale to different recipes annually. I drank mine without realizing that it was 13.3% ABV. I did a complete double take when I looked at the label afterwards and realized this was one of the most potent beers in Washington. The presence of alcohol was modestly detectable in the aroma. But nothing suggested 13.3%.

Old No. 1 is lush burgundy with an extreme malt-sweet aroma ripe with plum, mango, passion fruit, and most especially, maple syrup. An unexpected smokiness steps forth at first sip followed by a big wash of maple sugars and assertive, spicy bittering. There's also an enticing swampiness that integrates as an earthen spice might. The slight aroma of alcohol adds further excitement.

A hearty and excellent barleywine.

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Photo of jworkman
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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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 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 henrysunset
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Old No 1, 12oz bottle from sale. 12% abv according to the bottle.

dark but no hazy, poured with a completely flat headlessness.

scent is interesting. Sweet & citrusy. nutty.

taste is less intense than other barleywines I've had. a bit malty. nutty again, nice dark malty aftertaste. remarkably un-alcoholic.

smooth and enjoyable. i think the extra years may have helped. quite drinkable.

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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 therobot
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 jdense
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased at By the Bottle, Vancouver WA, note label shows ABV as 13.2%.

Garnet amber clear body, minimal carbonation, not much more than a thin ring of head around edge of glass. Sweetish nose, very little hop aroma. The taste is very sweet up front with some floral hops on backend. Mouthfeel is very full and sticky, with decent effervescence. At this ABV I'd suggest sharing one, wicked alcohol kick. A nice interpretation, close to style, worth seeking out for all English Barleywine lovers.

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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 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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 BigMcLargeHuge
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours deep copper with thin off white head. The aroma is dark fruity sweetness to go along with a mild level of pears as well as some mild booziness. The taste seems similar with prunes and dates mixing with pears and apricots. Off in the background is a smooth mild malt sweetness. This is tasting very nice considering how young this is and the immense size of the ABV. A couple of years will round this out very nicely.

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Photo of azdback
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Barleywinefeind for sending me this as an extra. 2009, 12oz bottle poured into a small snifter. A very dark caramel color. Highlights of light tan. Head isn't much to speak of. Never did much and I'm only left with a thin off white collar. No lacing to speak of either.

Nose is that of an average Barleywine. Candied malts, sweet hard candy, a hint of vanilla and some alcohol.

Taste is much like the nose. Sweet malts, caramel apple, butterscotch, hard candy.

Mouth is average for the style. Medium to light carbonation. Body is quite thin and the finish is medium long and on the wet side with some alcohol burn.

Overall I didn't expect too much from this one but wasn't too let down. This is three years old so most of the flavors have had a chance to blend and come together but it comes out just an average Barleywine in my book. Thanks again to barleywinefeind for sending me this extra. Much appreciated.

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Old No. 1 Barleywine from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company - Restaurant and Pub
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 39 ratings