Old Herb Barleywine | Southampton Publick House

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Old Herb BarleywineOld Herb Barleywine
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Old Herb BarleywineOld Herb Barleywine

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a highly limited, and now very old barleywine. i think 2011 was our bottle date, a dinosaur to say the least. i love english and am neutral on american barleywines, so i was glad to see this as decidedly english upon first whiff. its murky as they come, thick and caramely, notes of citrus too though to cut it, and seemingly has to be aged in a barrel with the vanilla mellowness i am getting, but i dont think it is. the flavor matches the nose beautifully, and the real achievement here is all this grain character, including sweetness, but so little residual sugar. there is also almost no alcohol thats obvious, and i have to assume because of this, that time has done this quite a few favors. no way it could have been so relaxed and approachable when it was fresh. did not know these guys got down with beers like this, makes me happy they do, or at least did, its near the top of my list in the category, thats for sure. maybe a little overpowering for our seafood dinner, but the grill flavors on the fish and the smoky charred notes in the back of the malt bill here come together nicely. as evolved as it can be, i think consumed at the peak of ageing. there cant be many of these left out there, so if this sounds like your jam, go find one quickly! i loved its richness but resolve, and even picked up a little coconut to take me away. lovely.

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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.56/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not sure of the vintage, but notes seem in indicate 2011. Sampled Jan. '14. Reddish brown pour with a small tan head that fizzled down to a thin ringlet, dotting the glass with scant lace. In the nose, solventy alcohol, notes of citrus zest, bready malts, potpourri. A lot of what was in the smell came out again in the taste, solvent-like booze, bready malts and toasted grains bringing in a bit of token sweetness, with some herbal notes and dried citrus peel lending a bitter element. While I have had barleywines like this in the past, it's not really the kind of stuff I look for in the style. Medium body, awkward mouthfeel, average carbonation, drinkable in moderation. It wasn't bad overall, just seemed messy and unbalanced.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of joefuzz
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Pours a deep orange with a 1 finger white head

The smell is still pretty hoppy for some reason picking up on a little bit of peach and some sweet crumb cake like notes

Taste is slightly faded hops with a very sweet butterscotch and brown sugar flavor...no sign of the abv

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side and although the pour brings on a decent sized head it seems to have a slightly lower carbonation.

Overall very good beer...it has changed quite a bit since I had the last one right after they released.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of mikereaser
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky light brown with a small 1 inch foam that fades to a frothy top to the beer. Just a little bit of lacing on the glass
S - Very malty, grainy, toffee aroma. Hints of a minty herbal smell as well.
T - The taste is alot of caramel malts, some plum along with some oxidation. Almost a wet cardboard taste along with a bit of a minty and hebal quality.
M/D - medium to thick body with a nice carbonation. The drinkability is a bit rough on this one, it has an interesting flavor but might not be one that I could drink more than a glass full of. Definitely a sipper but interesting to try something new to me.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

3.09/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

No ABV listed

12oz bottle to snifter. $10.00 for the bottle picked up at the 2010 release of Southampton IRS. Hand numbered bottle #214 of 500. Sampled nine months later on 10/15/11.

A: Filled within a centimeter of the bottles rim, Old Herb pours with 1 finger of foamy khaki head which slowly fades to a creamy film and collar. The body is auburn brown in color and completely opaque. Retention is great, lacing is minimal.

S: Heavy malts of caramel, toffee and grain - all moderately toasted. Hop character is herbal/minty menthol and rather muted. Yeast strain is neutral except at higher temperatures when some plasticky phenols become apparent.

T: More English than American (at least at this point). Rendered caramel and light toffee are most prominent while a plum and grape-like fruitiness adds nuance. Mild notes of cardboard and construction paper suggest a little oxidation. Long lasting flavor. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter.

M: Fantastic. Thick and chewy. Full body with the perfect amount of carbonation. The texture is a little more alcoholic than I care for but for an 11% beer, it isn't out of line.

O: This beer changes considerably throughout the glass. The flavor evolves while the nose devolves. All of it is marginal as the highs and lows still hover around average.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Old Herb Barleywine from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 119 ratings