Old Cellar Dweller | Driftwood Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
driftwoodbeer.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This intense concentration of malt and hops is delicious when fresh but can be layed down for years. Enjoy with care!

Added by BDTyre on 12-26-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
137
Reviews:
50
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.85%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
42
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of RedSunRising
3.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage

The first thing I noticed about this year's Cellar Dweller is that it is much hoppier than in previous years.

Pours a dark copper with a small off white head. A bit boozey, hoppiness balanced with a good amount of malty sweetness. Too hoppy for a barley-wine in my opinion, drinks almost like a higher abv double ipa.

Overall this isn't my favorite year for the Cellar Dweller, I don't think this one will get better with age, unfortunately.

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Photo of Tmappin
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Johnquisssssssy
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This 2013 is weird; poured from the bottle weirdly heady. Not as strong hop as before; but as soapy head and either unremarkable or ok. Much better than overly hoppy earlier but compare to 2014 it pales

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of tigervette
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Geno206
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MaxStout for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a slightly salty flavor on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BDTyre
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice inaugural Barleywine from Victoria's newest craft brewery. Brown-mahogany-copper in colour with a thin, tan almost cola-like head.

Very rich malt smell with definite vinous and vanilla hints. Slightly one-sided if served cold, but as it warms, the scent opens up and reveals hints of spice, brown sugar, fruit and wine.

Taste is high on the malts and gives a good balance of brown sugar, fruit and brandy traces. Very low hop profile. Again, starts off one dimensional, but as it warms slightly, it becomes more complex, with the flavours floating in and out and interacting with each other.

Carbonation could be toned down a bit, and the high ABV (12%) limit this to a one-a-night beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a dark copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of residual sugars notes with some warming alcohol notes and some light caramel and toffee notes. Taste is also dominated by caramel malt with light woody notes with port and some light warming alcohol notes. Body is not as full as expected with good carbonation. Well brewed thought maybe a tad too much alcohol is apparent.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of emottram
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmithyAlan
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SGToliver
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2011 Vintage

From a bottle, pours a very cloudy light reddish brown. Foamy off white head sits and lasts a while.

The nose is citrus forward, good malt character. A little toffee and sweet caramel. This smells a bit boozy, but lots of hop character. At 3 years old, this smells really hot.

The flavor is citrus an floral hops, caramel, a little fruit, pretty hoppy still. There is a lot of alcohol... Lots of booze. Good finish, a bit sweet. Sugary aftertaste. Thi is pretty good. Had to double check that it was a 2011 since there is still a lot of hops an the alcohol hasn't toned down.

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3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Casked at the Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" tan head over amber liquid.

S: Pine and citrus hops.

T: The nutty malt taste that many Phillips and Driftwood beers have is quite concentrated in this one. In small doses I enjoy it, but in both of their barleywines it becomes too much for me. This is complemented by citrus and pine hop flavours.

M: Thick viscosity and medium carbonation.

O: Thick and full of rich complex flavours.

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3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

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