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Old Birdbrain | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This robust strong ale features pale malts and generous hop additions. After primary fermentation, several American rye whiskey barrels are filled and cellared to age. The remaining beer is then cellared in a stainless steel tank. After many months of aging, the barrels are then blended into the remaining batch aged in the stainless steel tank.

Added by barleywinefiend on 03-07-2010

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade long ago. 2012 vintage.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a...well...this looks like a glass of caramel sauce. Little bit of head fades quickly to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of caramel, little bit of dirt, old hops, little bit of sweet malts, super faint barrel notes, maybe a little vegetative.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Caramel, sweeter malts, old hops, really faint whiskey notes. Awfully vegetative. Little bit of cardboard, slightly dirty. Ehh

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little bright, not really syrupy. Booze hidden nicely.

O - Overall I feel like this just sat in my cellar a year too long. Clearly has hints of a really good beer, however, it's really a shell of that now which is greatly unfortunate.

Serving Type: Bottle

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3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter at Smoke & Barrel DC for the dc bottle share. From notes.

A real nice light orange amber body, with an off tan somewhat creamy head. Makes a decent collar that always sticks around.

Nose is very small and closed, but there is that pickle brine again, with some indistinct mild hop presence I can't determine.

The palate opens up though on first sip with a good caramel sweetness. Thick malt action with a real crackery mix of crispness and toasty brown sugar. Feel has a good thick body but doesn't get into a huge over kill of sugar and alcohol boozy rush. Coats the palate nicely with it's caramel and lingers nicely.

Overall a real nice solid barleywine, like the toasty angle on this quite a bit.

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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served On-Tap

A – Pours a deep ruby amber, highly viscous, initially tall tan colored head forms, but resides to a thin layered cap and leaves behind very nice lacing.

S – Smells slightly sweet, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, pepper, sugar, caramel, very nice.

T – Exceedingly malty, begging for more of the sweet and spicy notes from the nose.

M – Full bodied, rich, thick, long lasting finish.

O – Overall a nice beer, smells nice and has a nice and rich flavor profile.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and whiskey aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice whiskey smell and tasty barrel aged flavors.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. 2012
Not overpowering barrel notes. Hops still kicking up a a bit of a fuss despite the age. Toffee, charred caramel, and decent about of fruit.

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Old Birdbrain from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 101 ratings
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