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Bourbon Barrel Olde Reliable | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2011

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a burgundy color with a off white head which has a bit of head retention leaving a small amount of lacing in the 6oz snifter and a nice little collar around the glass

S: The bourbon is immediate but not overpowering as some candy sweetness, toffee and caramel are present to provide a biiger complex nose. A faint Earthiness and slighly toasted oak barrel comes to mind

T: A nice toffee, caramel and candy sweetness greets the plate as does bourbon, plenty of it, yet smooth and not overwhelming. There is a nice floral hop bite buried in there. A bit of vanilla, coconut come out as it warmed as does the heat and residual sugary sweetness.

M: Medium-full body, well carbonated, as it warms it becomes a bit heavier, stickier and boozier on the palate which is perfect

O: Well done!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Strong Ale 2011. Olde Reliable aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels.

A: Dark brownish red with a bubbly off-white head.

S: A blast of peanut butter toffee and peanut brittle. Bourbon is strong and smells excellent with accompanying vanilla, oak, and caramel. Earthy hops are faint. Amazing.

T: Caramel blends with toffee and a light earthy hop presence. The beer is moderately bitter with light bourbon in the flavor. Caramel accompanies oak and booze. Compared to the aroma the flavor is a letdown. The amazing peanut butter toffee note is not to be found.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and sticky.

Overall: Solid flavor and an amazing aroma makes this worth a try.

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Bourbon Barrel Olde Reliable from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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