Old Prospector Barleywine | Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant

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Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant
California, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Offa on 04-13-2009

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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1.25/5  rDev -65.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was Guilherme choice. Split three ways at Beer Revolution, on to the beer:

Zin barrels in a barleywine? Aging beers in wine barrels is a two way street, so let's find out where this goes. The beer is dark brown and looks almost black. The head is a half inch thick and retains decently. Aroma is a good sign with brown sugar, toasted malts, and some sour grape. Not out of whack yet.

The taste starts with raisin. Toasted sugar is brough to the front as well. Then comes a blast of sour,which I'm betting is the zin doing the talking. The overall flavor shouldn't work, but it just does. The beer is medium heavy bodied with a smooth texture.

Sour barleywine? If so, this is a good one.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of SHODriver
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep brown with very limited head production that fades quickly. I couldn't even tell you what color it was.
S: smells intensely sweet and malty with notes of caramel and toffee. there's some alcoholic fruitiness as well and maybe a little bit extra from the wine barrel. no bitterness but there's definitely some malt and slight booziness in the nose
T: kinda muted but gets louder as it warms up. a bit of wine flavor mixed with caramel and toffee, hints of tobacco, slight oakiness, a bit of roast malt at times as well along with some fruitiness. it's ever so slightly tart at times too. swallow brings a slightly sharp wine flavor and a bit more malty caramel flavor. it has a lot more soft and nuanced flavors as well but they are very fleeting so I don't have enough time to place them.
M: soft carbonation and a medium mouthfeel, it feels a bit thin for a barleywine in my opinion
O: not bad but not great. kinda forgettable in the end. it's on the verge of amazing but the flavors need to be a bigger. It drinks easy for its ABV though which is nice.

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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4.15/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of peacebone116
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22-oz bomber into a Delirium snifter--picked this bottle up at the brewery in March. This is an English-style Barley Wine that has been aged in Zinfandel barrels.

A: Deep dark brown with red hues, wearing a delicate off-white cap that fades to leave intricate lacing behind.

N: Very interesting tobacco, oak, dark fruits and toffee....with hint of something funky--like buttermilk or blue cheese. There is a lot going on here.

T/M: It all comes together with the taste, which really does not follow the nose here. There is a the hint of oak and stone fruit aspects. In the middle, that note of "funky cheese" comes through for a flash of flavor mixed with some tartness that gives way to the hints of the zinfandel. Ultimately, this comes across as a sour. The zin really comes through making this beer seem much more light bodied than it really is. The alcohol remains slightly eclipsed by the tartness, but the heat is present as the glass warms. Very sippable.

I think this is incredibly interesting... but NOT an English-style BW. Not sure if this is a one-off due to the barrel being infected, or if it is what they were going for, but it is...interesting. Lots of flavors and aromas...some pleasant, some questionable. Overall though, an intriguing attempt at something different.

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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jordan. Thanks a lot for this very interesting brew!

A: Pours brown with a thin thick off-white head

S: Amazing smell, very interesting but quite strange. Aroma is of blue cheese and dark grapes, a bit muddy. A bit boring over time, but unique.

T: The taste follows the nose but a bit more balanced, with more pronounced vinous, boozy notes.

M: Medium bodied, not a heater. The mouthfeel fits well with this not so easy to drink beer.

O: Overall a very unique, interesting brew. The ageing on Zin barrels do affect this beer in a complex way. Worthy to try.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown with lots of muddling, sediment, haze, however you want to say that it isn't anywhere near see through or having any semblance of clarity. Aroma was dark fruit, copper pennies and heat.

Taste, was heat and more bitter copperyness. The barrel, in terms of wood and liquor, was kind of lost on me, the alcohol was brutally hot, the wood was just not coming through. A lot of raisin like mouthfeel, would have just as easily have believed this was a belgian strong dark ale instead of a barleywine.

Sampled at Jupiter for Sour Sunday. Saw it at Ledger's the day before for $14, passed, I'm glad I did.

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3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle from Azureoval, thanks Josh.

Wax dipped bottle, siged, and scribbled on by the brewer. Barleywine aged in Zin barrels.

The pour is right on for the style, dark brown in color with a few bubbles on top. The aroma was fantastic. Tons of wine barrel. Vinous notes all over the nose, some booziness, and dark malts. Not very sweet in the nose. Very appealing.

The flavor was less stellar than the nose but still pretty good. Fairly flat and one dimensional. Malt complexity didn't exactly blow me away. A touch of herbal, perfumy hops in the finish. Pretty dry for a 10% Barleywine. Highly attenuated for the style. The Wine barrel offers a nice vinous quality with a light, almost peppery character.

The body and mouthfeel were good. I liked this beer, it's an interesting take on a Barleywine.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark auburn hue with a finger of off white head. Retention, and lacing are awesome.

Smells of caramel, oak, dark berries, tannins, quite vinous.

Taste follows smell. Caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, pine, dark berries, brown sugar.

Viscous and full bodied. Low carbonation.

Pretty nice.

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4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Some gold paint-pen writing on the side shows a #806, 2011 and some other scribbles I'd hope I could read. I can make out BWood, but that's it.

Pours a very clear but dark mahogany brown hue. Off white head comes and goes, leaving a thin layer of foamy film.

Notes of wood, malty dark fruit some grape-like sweetness. Hints of milk chocolate, too.

Nice blend of wood and hop notes dominating the front with a nice, also woody, dark fruit and white wine finish. Notes of pepper carry its ways throughout the beer, which actual helps blend the hops and wine flavors almost perfectly. Slight hint of warmth in the finish. This is very different from most English-style barleywines in that the malt is not crowding things, but acting more as pillow for everything else. Hints of dark fruit rise to the font, but just a little. There are parts of the wine character that lean towards tasting a little like brett, which ain't a bad thing in this case. The hops zin and pepper flavors are so dominant that the malt notes almost seem nonexistent, although they're totally there, but playing second fiddle to everything else.

This achieves new flavors in my BW tasting travels. It almost doesn't have much of a BW character to it anymore. While I regret not aging this, I couldn't wait to try this brew. Very good.

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4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color, with a decent off white head.

Aromas are of dark fruits, booze, and light cereal grains.

Taste is much like the nose. Tons of complex dark fruit flavors, chocolate like sweetness, and a finish that has a hint of flint like hops, and nice cutting alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty smooth and full.

Drinkability is great. Very nice barleywine, lots of sweet fruity complex flavors. A pleasure to sip. In fact... my glass was empty pretty quickly.

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Photo of Offa
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This barleywine is pretty good but not great, a little bland and one-dimensional in taste and aroma.

It's somewhat hazy dark brown with a medium, dense tan head that shirnks very slowly and leaves a little decent lace.

The aroma is not very strong, a bit muted, but is definitely a barleywine. It smells of malt, sweet, caramelly-fruit and hints of winey alcohol, chocolate and fruit.

The taste is slightly on the sweet side but not very sweet and has a light, pleasant bitterness near the finish. It has caramel, raisins, and strong red wine. At first, the alcohol seems a bit too evident, but then it settles down into a fairly pleasant, tasty drink with some pleasant spiecy-fruity sharpness with a hint of bitterness to balance the sweetness. For the style, it also goes well with food, developing a light spiciness. It's fairly easy to drink and is overall good, but it's a little bland and one-dimensional for barleywine.

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Old Prospector Barleywine from Auburn Alehouse Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 44 ratings