Old, Old Wooden Ship | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Cylinsier on 01-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 9
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rock Bottom Brewery : "Old, Old Wooden Ship"
Ontap @ the Homestead, PA location.

LOOK: Clear mahogany amber with a white bubbly topping.

SMELL: Fresh baked raisin bread, ripe fruits, alcohol esters.

TASTE: Molasses, cane syrup, caramel and a presence of warming alcohol. Small nutty even chocolatey flavor and a hint of dark fruit. Light herbal hops with a mellow, unintrusive bitterness. Some booze but overall pretty enjoyable, sugary and fresh tasting.

FEEL: Full bodied, with carbonation at a soft medium.

OVERALL: A good example of an American brewery making an English style barleywine. Malty, fresh and spot on for the style.

 640 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Supposedly an English/American hybrid of a barleywine. I have no clue what that means.

This carries a heavy malty sweet character. Thick, it is. In both body and profile.

It's an easy drinker, though not overly inspiring. The highly malty sweet edge is a bit much at times, but it's a nice enough drinker. I am sure some age would do this well, but in an establishment like this, that is an unreasonable expectation in that the beer is made to be sold immediately to support the business.

 490 characters

Photo of Cylinsier
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a cask poor of the Pittsburgh RB's limited brew Old Old Wooden Ship, a barleywine. Had on January 1st, 2013.

Pours a mostly clear brownish red. A tan film for a head.

Smells of piney hops, caramel, buttered bread and a hint of spice.

The flavor is caramel, oak, vanilla, piney hops and a bit of maple.

Medium to thin body with no carbonation in the mouthfeel, likely a result of it being a cask poor.

A pretty good but not great BW, I'd like to try it again off a normal tap pour to see if a more carbonated body would make me like it more. As it is, I enjoyed the earthy notes in it that I am sure are a result of it being casked but I wish it had a little more body to it. Worth a try though.

 720 characters

Old, Old Wooden Ship from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.