Old Scoundrel
Sound Brewery

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Sound Brewery
Washington, United States
English Barleywine
3.91 | pDev: 8.18%
Apr 03, 2020
Nov 25, 2013
Very Good
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Reviewed by draheim from Washington

3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
22oz into a tulip. (No idea how old this bottle is--a few years for sure. I'd guess about 2014. I submitted the BA photo shown on this profile page, same bottle.) Pours a murky coppery amber--looks like apple cider. Pretty much zero head. Not the most appetizing-looking beer I've poured.

Aroma is sweet and malty, notes of apple and caramel.

Taste is likewise sweet, a touch acidic with a bitterly hoppy finish. As it warms, more sweet fruits: dates and figs mostly.

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium. Slick and a touch boozy.

Overall an OK barleywine but not one I'd seek out again.
Apr 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark ruddy amber brown color with a small cap of a little white foamy head swiftly dissipating. Some messy sliding lace.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of sweet dark fruits (raisins, plums, dates) combining with some yeasty bready and grassy hops. Light leather and dark chocolate come in for balance. Some brown sugar and earthiness.
The flavor moderately leaned into the sweetness then meshed with the dryness of the leathery to toasty yeastiness. Mild aftertaste of nuts, raisins, earthy character and dark chocolate.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Good carbonation and ABV. Leathery dry finish with some earthy to nuttiness.
Overall, good English barleywine, I'd have again.
May 15, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Dec 05, 2016
Rated: 3.73 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Oct 21, 2016
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Reviewed by ckornmannn from Washington

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From a bomber, into a tulip. Hazy brown amber color. Brown sugar, Belgian yeast, sweetness on the nose. Taste follows, but there is a good hop aftertaste. This really reminds me of the Achel Brown; it is an excellent beer.
Jul 12, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by rarigney from Washington

Mar 14, 2016
Rated: 3.52 by drone from Oregon

Mar 08, 2016
Rated: 3.34 by DOCRW from Washington

Feb 21, 2016
Rated: 3.66 by ncherf from Washington

Dec 19, 2015
Rated: 3.99 by 2GOOFY from California

Aug 04, 2015
Rated: 4.09 by goopy from California

Jul 07, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by Sanderson from Washington

Mar 26, 2015
Rated: 4 by JMS1512 from New Jersey

Jan 12, 2015
Rated: 4.26 by NickThePyro from Washington

Jan 02, 2015
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
Hot and wet, a blast to the brain. "Sunroof top, digging the scene..."

Modest foam but a tangy carbonation on the tongue. Sweet but sharp with a winey, fruity, liqueur flavor that is thoroughly interesting.

Another interesting brew from Sound. Warm and alcoholic, but full of malty intensity with a browned roasty taste. Flowery and resiny hops with an incense-like aromatic. Just sweet enough, in fact a nicer balance of malt and hops than a most Barley wines.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at 99 Bottles in Federal Way. Strong but delightfully sippable.
3.75 4.0 4.25 4.0 4.25
Aug 25, 2014
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Reviewed by RickS95 from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A gorgeous cloudy, murky darkish brown fills the snifter. There is the start of a head, but it never really materializes. A swirl of the snifter creates a new one and it's a really dirty yellow color. Overall nice looking but I don't want to have to swirl each time to see a head. No lacing.

A nice combination of that oaky, vanilla Barleywine scent mixed with the acids citrus of Cascade hops. Grapefruit with just a pinch of pineapple.

Amazing taste. All the sweet malt you can experience with the fruity acid to cut the sweetness and provide a nice balance. Alcohol is very present, but always plays nicely with the other ingredients.

The style is always aggressive but there is ample sweetness, just enough bitterness, and a splash of heat to provide a reasonably drinkable beer. Very full bodied. A. Otter, acidic, warm finish, but it's not crisp and that's ok.

Overall, this is a great Barleywine. Easy to drink and plenty of ABV. Glad I've got a bomber.
Aug 11, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Zaximus from Colorado

Jul 19, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by BillHilly from Washington

Jun 13, 2014
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Reviewed by BigMcLargeHuge from Arizona

3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
22oz bomber courtesy of riversideAK over on RateBeer, thanks Alex! It pours with a murky copper body that has gold hues and supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up hoppy pine, floral and citrus hops along with thick malty sweetness laced with a light amount of fruity esters and booze. The taste is pretty thick and rich with malt sweetness, resiny pine and grapefruit flowing around into floral hops as well as a touch of soap and sweet fruity esters. This is big and sweet and hoppy and interesting. It has enough sweetness and that touch of fruity esters that it seems like it wants to be an English style barleywine but the resiny bitter hops get in the way. The other way around it seems the sweetness and esters get in the way of this being a solid American style barleywine. Interesting. I wouldn't know which style to pegs this to.
May 23, 2014
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22 ounce bottle into snifter, late 2013 bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep orange copper color with a small fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt and light-moderate citrus hop notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, caramel, toast, toffee, grapefruit, orange zest, brown sugar, brown bread, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and light-moderate citrus hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English barleywine. All around good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate citrus hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
May 17, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by JPWestCoastIPA from Washington

Apr 09, 2014
Rated: 4 by mikeincharleston from North Carolina

Feb 15, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Seattle_Suds from Washington

Dec 28, 2013
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours into an impy nonic a chill hazed burnt orange with a thin white head that leaves a few broken "globs" behind as it settles very quickly.Faint grapefruit-like hops in the nose wich is more driven by English toffee and caramel but both are not real strong either.Malt driven like it should be for the style,fruity and somewhat cakey but not overly heavy,there is a nice drying effect from the hops in the finish,some stinging sweet alcohol rears larger as it warms.Not bad, it starts out quite sweet but the hops come into play and make for some balance although the big maltiness is still the big draw here.
Dec 22, 2013
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Reviewed by barleywinefiend from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A: Poured a ruddy burnt orange color with a dirty white cap leaving a good amount of bubbles and head.

S: Big Cascade hop presence and a dumptruck of caramel and toasted bread

T: A big grapefruit meets caramel covered bread here. A nice and pronounced bitterness appears. The body carried lots of sugar and its a bit oily as well. The finish has some heat, more grapefruit with some flowers and bittering.

M: Bold, burly and a tad oily, probably from the all of Cascade alpha acids. It's medium carbonation, sweet sticky body and feel of bold yet oily hop resins say this might be better in the future than young

O: I'm not exactly sure how you can call this a "English Barleywine" . Perhas the 40IBUs but it tastes more hop forward than the numbers represent. I'd be intersted in the grain bill makeup.
Dec 16, 2013
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours a medium orange amber with a thin film of ivory foam. Aromatic aroma of sweet caramel malt, light dried and fresh stone fruit, a hint of hops. Flavor follows with classic English barleywine flavors of sweet caramel malt, light dried and fresh fruit, most notably peach and apricot, a hint of citrus and vanilla. Finishes with citrus and citrus hop bitterness, somewhat astringent. Nice medium almost syrupy body. An accurate rendition of an English barelywine with a bit more hop kick in the finish and the noted lightly astringent bitterness. The depth of the flavor may be a bit on the light side for long term aging, but tastes pretty good right now. ABV covered pretty well, but still noticeable in the finish.
Dec 14, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by SeaAle from Oregon

Dec 14, 2013
Rated: 4 by CaptainQ from Washington

Nov 30, 2013
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