Old Wooly Barleywine | Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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Old Wooly BarleywineOld Wooly Barleywine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Washington, United States
bigtimebrewery.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
11
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Tdewhurst
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasty barley wine. Nice sipper.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat murky dark orange brown. Slight head and no lacing. Delicious dark fruit, caramel and sweet malt aroma. Taste follows with dark fruits, malts and caramel. A bit of hops in the finish; somewhat astringent bitter finish, but otherwise delicious and excellent barleywine. Nice job. Will cellar and review aged.

2015 update. Found a few really veteran bottles. Poured from 2005 bottle of unknown storage history, but probably stored in a home cellar. Pours a dark, very hazy orange brown with slight carbonation and a thin ring of bubbles around the glass. Aroma of caramel, dates and figs, moderate oxidation, sweet. Flavor is caramel, dates, figs, biscuit malt, syrupy. Finish is an odd combination of syrup and dry fruit with a faint dry grassy and earthy flavor that is probably the remains of the hops. Moderate cardboard oxidation. Syrupy heavy body with light carbonation, better than expected from the look. An interesting experience in barleywine aging. I like Old Wooly a lot and this has all the character of the fresh one, but more sweet malt and dark fruit and expected oxidation. This has not continued to improve with age, but is still pretty tasty in a malty English barleywine way. I have a few bottles in the cellar and look forward to drinking them at a more appropriate 5-6 years. I'm impressed this has lasted so well. Score for the aged bottle: 3.75/4/4.25/4/4

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

REally nice malt profile. Deep amber malts that smell like caramelized brown sugar. There's a significant amount of hop aroma too, of the spicey variety and maybe a little citrus. But a very deep smelling beer with esters of fruit and spice from the yeast.

Dark amber, smallish head but it lasts around the rim of the glass for a long time. Pretty cloudy though.

Man, big sweet malt proile. Hop bitterness is good so it's not sugary or syrupy. I get flavors of fruit nectar (apricot or peach). Big deep and rich malt flavors. Hop flavor is slight adding a citrus touch. Great caramel and toasted marshmelow flavor too. Basically there is a ton going on with every sip.

Huge bodied, viscosity would be a good way to describe it. Carbonation level is great for a fresh barleywine.

Very frutiy and drinkable right now. It gives every impression that it would stand up to 5 or more years of aging. Really a great beer. Drinkable, not really, this is a sipping and savoring beer, not a drinking beer. But a glass of this and a warm fire or the kicker to a great meal, this is perfect.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of piclee
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of flagmantho
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on-tap served in a snifter at the Big Time.

Appearance: rich drk amber with a goodly haze and a thick finger of creamy amber-ivory foam. Great!

Smell: rich sweet malt with a light fruitiness and a great hoppiness. Citrus notes prevail. My only complaint is that it might be *too* sweet.

Taste: rich malt with a biting strength. Nicely fruity, with raisins and tobacco. Dusty in a good way. Bracing bitterness at the end. Awesome.

Mouthfeel: edium rich body with good carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Overall: based on word count alone, it appears I consider this beer to be quite "rich". It is indeed a very tasty and satisfying barleywine.

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Photo of stratusjeans
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NWer
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jpbebeau
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kaseydad
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 Vintage

A friend hooked me onto this beer years ago, which nobody but the lucky people in Seattle can really get. I've been a huge fan ever since.

Got this gem from a buddy who properly cellared it and it is a treat. Snifter pour with a nice caramel apple colored ale with burgundy streaks. I was able to produce an off-white creamy colored head. The aroma is awesome. Sticky sweet hop aroma with caramel, some wood, syrup and candy corn in the mix. Great taste after 4+ years! Smooth bourbon like taste with some wood and leathery aftertaste hints. It truly tastes like a well aged spirit without the harsh burn. Awesome! Not sure of the ABV, but this will kick you in the festive mood pretty quickly and easily.

I went to the 2010 Toronado Barleywine fest and I would say this would have given the field a run for it's money. I may be partial to this brew, but I only wish it had easier access for the masses to taste the love. There should be a mandatory one year wait period on all BW's to really get the best out of these gems.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Big Time at the release. Review from notes.

A: Poured into a snifter, Old Wooly is a hazy burgundy with a small off-white head on top with minimal retention but some nice lacing all around the glass.

S: Rather fruity with lots of raisin and fig aromas, some caramel, toffee, and faint chocolate.

T: Very fruit forward - more raisins and figs, slightly sweet up front. There is some faint roast, chocolate, caramel, and I got just a hint of mint.

M: Medium bodied, alcohol hidden very nicely. Extremely smooth.

O: Very impressed. Had a few glasses of this and grabbed a few bottles to sit on. Interested to see how it ages.

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Photo of hopdog
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!). 2008 Vintage.

Poured a medium and slightly hazy copperish/amberish/brownish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, chocolate, some nuttiness, toffee, and some earthiness. Tastes of citrus, caramel, toffee, chocolate, burnt brown sugar, toastiness, and some dark fruitiness. Alcohol content well hidden with the body on the weaker side.

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Photo of jamescain
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 vintage poured into a sniffer, big thanks again to Dajtai007 for sharing this one.

Appearance: Riddish-brown, mahogany, with a thin off white head that quickly fades.

Aroma: Very fruity and sweet smelling. Figs, plums, cherries, sweet malt and a touch of oxidation resembling nail polish.

Taste: Sweet and malty with a fruity edge, raisins and figs with a caramel backing.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, but a surprising amount considering its age with a syrupy body.

Overall: Very interesting experience, slightly oxidized but that didn't take away from the beer. It has held up remarkably well a testament to the storage of this beer.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber split with dirtman, little nightcap, you know how we do...

a: one of those not-so-necessary nightcaps dished out after an already full night of craft beer, served in a short snifter, deep caramel amber in color, hazy, nice off-white head with good retention

s: a rich, aromatic barleywine with heady notes of grain and caramel, heavily malty with a range of sweet, dark fruit aromas, estery, deeply citric and pine hop nose, very nice

m: heavy bodied, nearly syrupy on the tongue, with a cleansing light to moderate carbonation

t: always a big fan of a hugely malted barleywine with a good balance of hops, big caramel/toffee and dark fruit flavors - date and fig, brown sugar, pine and citrus, heavily sweet, coating the tongue with rich malt flavors

o: a densely flavored, satisfying sipping barleywine, particularly great as an early-morning finisher

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange brown color with a short white head.

Scent of strong caramel, sugars, candy, a hint of chocolate, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste of caramel, oats, a hint of chocolate, and sugars. Rich and tasty, more than worth the price.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a small amount of carbonation.

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Photo of bum732
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jim(youradhere)

S: Rich toffee and sticky buns, very malty, some dark fruits, prune juice as well.

L: Hazy reddish brown, not much head, some dusting.

T: Prune juice and sweet caramel. Low herbal bitterness leading to loads of sweet toffee, sticky buns and rum raisin. Finishes slightly dry and astringent.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation, slick on the palate.

Very good barleywine, more English than American. Lots of layers, needs some more time i think.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of bvc over on ratebeer, thanks Brandon. This 2009 bomber pours crystal clear amber with ruby hues and off white head. The aroma is a bit boozy and also has notes of caramel, dates, some earthiness and molasses. The taste is smooth sweetness from rich honey, caramel and molasses followed by pine hops, some malts, dates, prunes, raisins and slippery spicy hops. This is one yummy barleywine.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle as an extra in a trade.

A - pours a deep copper, caramel when held to the light. A thin sheet of khaki head rises and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Hops! This is hoppy-er than fresh Bigfoot or Old Ruffian. Caramel, malts, and alcohol fill in the rest.

T - Starts with a nice caramel malt which falls into the nice hop finish. With a little less alcohol in the taste it would be my favorite hoppy barleywine.

M/D - Not much carbonation and a little thin in the mouth. Drinkability is pretty great once the glass warms and the alcohol balances back in. This would be a good cellar candidate for a year or more.

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dec 2011

On tap at Big Time on release date, 2011. Place was packed.

Poured into snifter. Dark amber, with a nice lacing.

Smells malty with a decent hop aroma. Little bit of pine and a little bit of booze.

There was a really nice sweet tang going for it, minimal alcohol burn.

There was still some carbonation for it as it wasn’t aged too long.

I could see this getting more complex with age. As it stands it was pretty good.

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Photo of ccrida
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub, Old Wooly is pleasantly glowing, chill-hazed garnet with a light tan head that leaves scattered lace. Really nice color.

Smell is pretty strong cured fruits, dates, humidor. The sweetness of the malt comes though as it warms, gingersnaps.

Taste is pretty good, a nice rich barleywine, fruit and sweet for sure, but not too cloying, and the ABV is well hidden by the smoothness, although there's enough of a bite to remind you this is barleywine.

Mouthfeel is slick, a bit flabby perhaps, medium bodied.

Drinkability is fine, it's pretty typical BW, rich and satisfying but not one you're gonna suck down in too much of a hurry.

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Photo of Hawkfish
4/5  rDev -2%

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