Old Urbana Barleywine Ale | Keuka Brewing Company

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Old Urbana Barleywine AleOld Urbana Barleywine Ale

Brewed by:
Keuka Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John on 11-30-2010

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 5
Reviews by dogfishandi:
Photo of dogfishandi
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. "2010 limited edition" roughly 2 years old.

Pours out a very nice deep dark red color with a full 2 fingers worth of light tan colored head that settles to a thick, retentive, creamy layer. Good lacing and a bit of legs as well. very. Ice color, looks ideal.

The initial aroma was that of oxidation. As it begins to open up, the oxidation settles a bit bringing forth some earthy, woody aromas. Lots of sweet caramel malt with hints of piney hops, dark fruits, and traces of booze.

A bit of oxidation, very earthy, lots of sweet caramel. The more it warms, the more this unpleasant taste I can only describe as hose water and old leady, herbal hops comes out. I've expierienced this off flavor in several other Kueka beers namely the ones made at the small brewery by Kueka lake (compared to the ones contract brewed by CB's). Almost wine like. Finishes with some hop bitterness.

Thick and full bodied with lots of good syrupy sweetness for a BW. Carbonation feels about right.

I'm thinking I might have let this age a bit too long. Some oxidation and too many off flavors kind of ruined this for me, especially since I've been sitting on it and anticipating it for quite some time. Drink this fresh if they ever decide to make it again, otherwise... Avoid.

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Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle - thanks to iguenard for this

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, raisins

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some grapefruit and lemon mixed with some fruit esters and raisins. It ends with a malty and fruity aftertaste.

Overall - Not your typical barleywine.. It's almost more of a DIPA due to the citrusy hops. I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again given the chance.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL capped bottle. "2010 Limited Edition" on label. so depending on the month, between 1+ and 2+ years old.

appears a dark copper color, with amber highlights. off-white head, decent retention. aroma is sweet, with caramel, toffee, and raisin notes. some earthy hops too.

taste is similar to smell. starts with the sweet complex malt flavors. aftertaste has some piney hop bitterness. smooth body, lower carbonation, medium thickness. coats the mouth.

overall - a great barleywine, glad I got to try it!

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Photo of magoosmc
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of big barley wines and these guys have really nailed it. A real surprise from a comparatively small operation. Bottled in a capped 750 ml champagne tirage bottle. Billed as a 2010 Limited Edition with a recommendation to let it age for a year. I bought a bottle a the local grocery store ($14)and was so impressed that I went back for two more - one for now and one to lay down for a year. The problem is that this stuff is so good I have already cracked both bottles...

Complex flavors, with a good balance of Centenial bitterness and carmel sweetness. Nice Cascade finish. ABV is 9%. Barley Wine aficionados should make a point of grabbing a few bottles before they are gone.

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Old Urbana Barleywine Ale from Keuka Brewing Company
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