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:
136
Reviews:
50
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.85%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
42
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Svingjo
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 yancot
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4ster
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mtomlins
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage, Poured Feb 2015 (2 years of age)
Big thanks to FondueVoodoo for the bottle!

Pours a light copper color with an orange hue, 1-2 fingers of creamy off-white head, persistent and leaving nice lacing. The nose is dominated by sweet toasted malt, a little toffee and a hint of sweet citrus. On the palate, the grains dominate again, sweet and toasty with a enough hop additions to balance it all out. The body is big and creamy smooth with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it lively. Based on other reviews, I think this beer needs a year or two of age because it is drinking extremely well now!

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Photo of Sanderson
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beervana
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of jellikit
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good barley wine. Sweet. Hoppy. Boozey. Balanced though. Will buy again.

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Photo of EastVanBeerNerd
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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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Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Larz_73
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Beersnake1
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of seldomseen
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 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 Kmat10
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Old Cellar Dweller from Driftwood Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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