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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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 21
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 version

Poured a deep orange/ copper color with a decent dirty white head. Nose was malty, mosy hops had taken a back seat.Lots of caramel sweetness, dried fruit and molasses. Mouthfeel was thinner than I expected from the aging. On this. WHile Old Wooly is very good tap. Two years, it was peaked.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Jake.

A: The beer pours a hazed dark amber color with a small off-white head.

S: Toffee and brown sugar aromas with a definite oxidation to it. Mild citrus notes as well some additional sweetness of caramel malts. There's a light floral note to it and maybe a touch of booze.

T: The flavor is primarily sweet, sugar notes with a flavors of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. There's a light toast note as well as some citrus peel and some floral and spicy hop notes. Not as oxidized as the aroma, but still some.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Had some good traits, but definitely oxidation was not helping here.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

taste- caramel, oak, brown sugar

color- amber

clarity- clear but pours dense

smell- caramel, soft oak, toasted flavors

body- smooth on the palate, the alcohol slowly expands on the roof of the mouth and leaves you with a smooth, warm, medium-length finish, velvety, soft and rounded

appearance- faintest hint of lace in one or two spots on the glass, no noticable active carbonation

overall impression-

notes and comments- as the beer warms, the alcohol becomes more present

glassware: tulip

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Photo of mentor
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a finger of oranged head over a cloudy brown-copper liquid. Smells weedy pine, soured caramel, baby aspirin, waxy orange, pink grapefruit pith, and clean alcohol.

Tastes sweet malt with decent hop flavor and hop bitter that appears but then succumbs to the malt. Malt flavor is light-colored caramel and light brown sugar. Hop flavor is piney, orange pith, baby aspirin. Esters are apricot, pear, dark leathery fruits, and iron. Malt flavor fades in the finish leaving hop flavor standing strong. Hop flavor tapers in the end to a clean alcohol sting. Thick in the mouth, with a lightening alcohol in the finish. Moderate carbonation. Would be much more drinkable with some age to allow the alcohol to mellow, but still quite enjoyable now. A sugary sweet mixes with the alcohol to give a pleasing dessert quality.

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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A somber beer weighted with fruit leather, congealed honey, and static charged bittering. The aroma is modestly sweet with a pliable caramel effect. But the bittering is firm, especially in the finish. You can't turn your back on it.

Old Wooly is brewed in June and released annually on December 1st. Big Time serves it in 8-oz. snifters. It is ember-glow red and is seductive as barleywines can be. I'd say the 2009 could stand some further cellaring. But it's a must-try when available.

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Photo of aasher
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage courtesy of BrewerB, thanks Brian!

This beer pours a cloudy, muddy, creek water clay amber in color with slight carbonation. The nose features brown sugar, molasses, raisin, with a touch of vanilla. The flavors are sweet and rich. You get raisin bread, cinnamon roll, brown sugar, and soda bread. Its a little light in body, as expected. This is drinking pretty well for a vintage barleywine. I wouldn't age it further but five years of ageability is certainly possible for this beer.

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Photo of Boozecamel
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hawkfish
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of youradhere
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet! 2011 edition.

Pours an eerie orange copper, minimal delayed head; smell is toffee, coffee, and chocolate in that order, Gala apple, and american hops. Taste is bitter chocolate and toffee, big C hops; body is medium and carbonation is low-medium. Some slight astringency from the hops, mild alcohol burn- cant wait to see how this one does after a year on it.

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

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 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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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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Old Wooly Barleywine from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
4.08 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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