Old Cellar Dweller | Driftwood Brewery

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Old Cellar DwellerOld Cellar Dweller
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:
138
Reviews:
51
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.85%
 
 
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60
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43
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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty stuff. The alcohol is well hidden but warms as you sip ourself through the bottle. Rich malt, fairly high IBU, lots of citrus flavour. This is several months old and may be even more interesting with a few years behind it.Full mouthfeel.
Thanks Rutager.

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Photo of acurtis
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml red wax capped bottle (2015 edition), thanks again to rogerdandy for laying this bad boy on me - very generous, as always! No time for this to spend dwelling in my cellar, no-sirree!

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some random splatters of chunky lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready caramel malt, musty toffee, sharp piney esters, brown sugar, concentrated orange and white grapefruit citrus, and a bit of vinous alcohol heat. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a twinge of earthy yeast, complex light and honeyed orchard fruit (apples, pears, oranges, and red grapefruit, I guess), edgy pine resin, more dark syrupy sugar, and a further leafy, weedy, and grassy green hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate for the job at hand, manifesting in a trim and solid frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, even with those prickly pine and testy boozy characters flitting about. It finishes on the sweet side, but in a running gun battle with the lingering hops and alcohol - ergo, s'all good, man.

Overall, this is a pretty pleasant and agreeable barleywine for we unapologetic hop-heads out there - no char, no sour, no funk, no 'sessionability', just a big, brash malt monster, and its unholy bittering harem (bride? fuck that!). Drinkable in its own crazy-ass manner, which is all I (and maybe you) need to know about this incarnation of Cellar Dweller.

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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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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2300th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2011 vintage. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus/floral hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and citrus/floral/pine hop flavors; with a great sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine. All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus/floral/pine hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MasterSki
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for sharing this one. Served in a tulip.

A - A hard pour rouses a thin tan foam that settles to wisps and a thin collar. Transparent amber-orange body.

S - This must be fresh, as the Columbus hops are front and center here, imparting earthy and spicy notes with perhaps a touch of orange. Underneath there is a hefty caramel and brown sugar malt backbone that has a slightly burnt character to it.

T - The malt steps up, with more of a bready character and a tad less sugary flavor. Hops add a mild herbal flavor but mostly contribute bitterness in the finish. Gets sweeter as it approaches room temperature, but thankfully never gets cloying.

M - Smooth, lightly toasty, texture, medium-full body, with lower carbonation, and surprisingly little heat for the listed 14%.

D - This is definitely a sipper, between the high alcohol and the fatiguing hop bitterness. If you like barleywines in the Bigfoot tradition you'll probably dig this, but if you prefer sweet barleywines I'd recommend sitting on this for a year or two. Unfortunately my tastes tend toward the latter.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium red-orange amber, with a nice one finger fine light tan head and lacing. Aroma of piney and citrus hops, faint sweet malt. Flavor is sweet and somewhat aromatic malt with light hints of dark fruit and vanilla. Finishes with creamy caramel malt, citrus and hops. Creamy medium to heavy body. Well integrated and seems already age mellowed; the hops are not dominating, but still have a fresh herbal taste. Alcohol is well hidden (maybe too well, @ 14% !). I hope I can find another bottle to age, because flavors are quite well blended already and it will be interesting to see what happens with a year or two on this.

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Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sampled at Volo, poured into a flute glass. Labelled as being LCBO lab tested at 14.1% ABV. 2010 vintage.

Poured a golden amber with a transient off whtie head that fades quick, leaving behind a small collar. This one has big legs. Nose has a shit load of malt and hops going on here, citrusy, with some toffee and caramel. Some vanilla and a sharp flash of the alcohol also. Relatively complex and full. Opens up thick and viscous on the palate initially, and suddenly the hops begin to take over. More huge citrus notes interplay with the malt, loads of caramel and toffee again. More vanilla, and maybe some oak (?). Alcohol comes through mid-palate and lasts, burning down the throat. Mouthfeel is sticky, viscous and full; alcohol comes through a bit more than I'd like it to. Again, something I'd like to sit on to see how it turns out, but this one was quite good.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris for this bottle.
2012 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A - Poured murky dark brown and settled almost completely opaque with just a slight ruby glow around the edges. A thin layer of cream coloured head formed on the pour.

S - Sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar and a big hop profile with a citrus aroma.

T - Follows the nose. Sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar with some generous hopping that lends a big bitterness and some citrus flavours.

M - Medium, almost full body. Chewy. Light carbonation. Excellent mouthfeel.

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

Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-brown with a light tan head, good retention & lacing.

S: Toffee, apricot, brown sugar, tangerine, raisin, candied fruit. Great nose.

T: Resiny hops, nectarine, pine, caramelized raisins, fruit bread, solid bitterness, alcohol remarkably well-hidden.

M: Slight residual sweetness with a drying, alcohol finish.

D: Very drinkable for its strength.

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

Photo of spinrsx
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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Old Cellar Dweller from Driftwood Brewery
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