Old Tavern Rat | The New Old Lompoc

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Brewed by:
The New Old Lompoc
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Previously on draught only, released in 22 oz. bottles in Fall 2011 (those are brewed December 2009, aged in whiskey barrels).

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 20
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. 2013 bottle, brewed and barreled in 2009. Pours a very dark red-brown with a fine half-finger light khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Rich aroma of bourbon, caramel malt, oak and dark fresh fruit. Flavor is woody oak, mildly oxidized caramel malt, bourbon, dark stone fruit with a hint of tartness. Finishes with lightly tart dark fruit, bourbon and caramel. Medium bodied with mild creaminess. A barleywine that wears its barrel aging on its sleeve. Lots of woody, old forest oak flavors with a bit of earthiness. Full caramel malt shows a little oxidation, which is appropriate for an aged barleywine. Good bourbon that is not dominating. The light tartness is a bit worrisome to me as I'm not a sour beer fan; it is light and well supported now, but I'm not sure I would age one of these further for my taste in aged barleywines. Full flavored with an emphasis on the wood and fruit flavors rather than malt.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2009 vintage.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, wood, vanilla, and whisky. Taste is much the same but is slightly tart and has a woody finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice barrel aged presence in both the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Tim.

Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. A nice bourbon and oak aroma followed by plenty of toffee and brown sugar. Just a mild booze notes and a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is surprisingly woody and hoppy. Quite a bit of pine and earthy hop flavor, which is also a bit of a surprise. Lots of oxidation, but not so much in the cardboard sense. A hint of bourbon on the palate along with good malt character.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber brown body. No real head.

Nose has some boozy malt, some orange.

Fantastic bourbon presence along with that sort of chocolate orange that you get at Christmas and have to whack on the fireplace to break apart. Big warmth on the finish.

Like I said, big, chewy, and warm.

Good beer-- still a bit hot (I thought It'd be more subdued by now), but given to me by John Foyston, who painted the label. Good bourbon presence, I'd recommend even more time on this.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared by Tim at Kill the Cellar Day, thanks!

A: Reddish brown with some clarity and a big beige head.

S: Toffee and caramel with earth notes. There's a restrained nuttiness that meets brown sugar and a light whiskey presence. Oxidation is tame and alcohol is well hidden.

T: Boozy and nutty toffee with caramel. Moderate bitterness with a strong earthy presence. The finish is boozy and bitter. Whiskey is mellow throughout. There's evident oxidation in the flavor.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Getting a little oxidized, but still a good beer. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the original tavern rat at Toronado Bwine festival years back, I enjoy this one much better.

Poured a dark brown with a small tannish head. Nose is all over the place with tobacco, brown sugar, hops,malts. Taste is molasses, brown sugar, caramel, candy sugar and perhaps molasses and perhaps some dried dark fruits. Booze, what booze? Very light and very drinkable. Finish is nice stticky and tasty.

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Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial pint at the Horse Brass 11/13.

Not the same as Tavern Rat which has already been entered and reviewed. This 9.0 abv Barleywine is billed as a double LSD, and cellared 10 months for this holiday season.

Dark brown nearly opaque body, some lacing. Huge complex nose, roasted caramel and chocolate malt dominate the nose along with tobacco and molasses. Big hop presence on the tastebuds, with dried fruit (apricots, figs) for balance. Pretty big alcohol kick, not real drinkable, especially imperial pints. Alcohol fairly noticeable in the finish. Full bodied one-off, interesting, worth a try.

EDIT- Snifter at the Sidebar 11.25.11. Need to update the drinkability to overall category. While this is pretty bourbon-y it's very tasty. Damn, I wish I could have a glass of this with Don over American Spirits-and I don't smoke.

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Old Tavern Rat from The New Old Lompoc
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 20 ratings