Old Double Bagger (ODB) | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rye726 on 02-09-2010

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Reviews by WOLFGANG:
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sticky caramel malts with equal amounts of earthy and pine hop aromas. As it warms slight amounts of dark toffee aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of pine hops. Midway through the sip the pine fades a bit however the bitterness remains with the addition of leafy and earthy hops. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending. The alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought the mouthfeel was the best part about this beer as the malt and hop profiles were not very complex. That being said there weren't any faults either. It's nice to see OB step out from their core beers and experiment though. A nice beer that's worth a shot.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Brickstore Pub 12/31

a: Murky redish/drown color with minimal head.

s: Hops and Alcohol. Very rustic and earthy smelling with some fruits and alcohol.

t: Alcohol, earthy rustic hops dark fruits, tons of caramel malt.

m: very low carbonation medium body

d: Dont know if I would have this beer again, needs some age on it for sure before it's would get better I think. The alcohol really comes out in this beer which makes it extra hard to drink for me.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Double bagger, huh? I knew a few like that in my day. Anyway, back to the beer...
Had this on tap at Toronado for Barleywine Fest 2010.

Pours clear dark reddish-brown with a small off-white head and very good lacing.

Aroma is really fruity with pomegranate and starfruit notes, along with caramel malt.

Flavor is malty and mildly sweet. Caramel, light fruits (especially pomegranate), citrus, and malted milk balls. Complex and interesting.

Medium-full body with low carbonation and some booziness.

Drinkability is very good. Very solid overall, on the higher end of beers I had there. I'm sure this will be way overrated if it ends up in cans, since certain people seem to think canned beers can do no wrong. For now though, I say it's pretty good stuff. Not too surprised it got a honorable mention at the fest.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of thagr81us
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a goblet. Poured a murky red-brown with a one finger off-white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bitter hops, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, slight hop, massive alcohol, and sugar. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall my first impression was: HOLY SHIT ALCOHOL! Not only overwhelmed my palate, but overwhelmed my face. Besides this side effect it had a pretty nice flavor. Luckily the alcohol became less intense as the brew warmed up some. One glass was enough for me... But would suggest this to any Barleywine fan or the tickers out there. Tick tick tick!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz counter-pressure filled bottle from CBX

Pours a dark mahogany with a soapy ivory head that settles to a slight haze and craggy ring. Quite pretty looking. Sweet, malty aromas of caramel, toffee, raisin, fig, and a good amount of booze. Reminds me quite a bit of North Coast Old Stock. Taste is close to the nose, very malty with lots of caramel, fig, raisin, and a TON of booze. Not harsh boozy, but a lot of warming in the chest. Mouthfeel is big and sticky, with a full body and lowish carbonation. Overall a big, boozy monster of a Barleywine, I'd love to try the Barrel-Aged version!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy crap this was a big beer, bigger then most anything i have had in recent memory for sure. served from a 1 liter growler into a pint glass and consume on 1.16.11

really nice pour here with a dark hazelnut color that melts away with reddish hues. really nice head of about three inches settles down quickly and cleanly, leaving only a nice cushion on top. arma is deep alcohol, lots of hops, caramel, tons of malts but the alcohol is huge, an i actually really this about it. very nicely done i have to admit. smooth and even flavor is again very hot and this takes away a bit from the drinkable factor but i really still think it comes across very, very well. rich hops and dark malts give way to a slight fruitiness as it warms and a long and seemingly neverending finish.

overall i think this was an excellent beer, very well done and worth every drop, but not too be take lightly by any means.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.6/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Churchkey. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a brown color with a very slight head. No retention or lacing. Nose brings some caramel, dark fruits, light citrus, a WHOLE lot of alcohol. This is really, really boozy. The taste brings straight alcohol and a bit of miscellaneous fruits. The booze is really hard to get over, and is hard to forgive as it's not a really tasty beer to begin with. Does not drink well.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of rkarimi
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of martyl1000
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I'm totally impressed.

A dark, hazy brown pour into a goblet at Tipsy Cow, Madison. Rusty-brown fluid, with an off-white head that plasters the most perma-lacing on the glass I've ever seen on any beer.

The aroma is booze-laden fig and fruit cake. There's an earthiness that comes from burnt butter and waterlogged wood.

I'm amazed at this. The flavor in the mouth far outstrips what's hinted at in the aroma. Way sweeter on the front of the tongue than was to be expected from the nose, however, in the best way possible. Toffee and raisin, the molasses of dark rum, nice wood, a bit of astringent tannin, then a clarifying booze punch. Exceedingly well-balanced, on the back end you get hop oil and resin bitterness to do battle with the front-end sweetness.

Carbonation is perfectly reserved. Full-bodied creaminess delights in the mouthfeel.

It's useful to note I'm not a fan of Oskar Blues, in general. Their brews are overly bittered for my taste, without even the basic balance I look for in bitter beers. I feel incredibly lucky to get this one during Mad Craft Beer Week. I don't ever expect to see this on store shelves or in local bars outside of an event like this.

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4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Bagger on tap at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC, part of an Oskar Blues event there.

Appearance: Five-ounce pour (what!?) on a pretty little glass. Barely a rim of white foamy head around the glass, some bubbles. Dark rusty appearance. Sun-kissed auburn.

Smell: Classic barleywine- raisin, dark fruit, caramel, butterscotch. Pedro Ximenez, old-grape sherry.

Taste: Boozy hot! Whiskey, wood, a Southern Comfort sort of sweetness. Tad of yeast and a dry, hoppy finish. Raisin and sugar dominate, along with booze. Some biscuit/dessert.

Mouthfeel: Full flavor, body and carbonation. Dry, bitter and woodsy finish. Super boozy but delicious. A pull-no-punches beer!

Overall: Super hot, sweet, sharp, classic barleywine. Sure, not exactly chuggable, but oh-so-enjoyable and true to style. I'm a fan!

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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