Old Wooly Barleywine | Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

Old Wooly BarleywineOld Wooly Barleywine
BA SCORE
92.5%
Liked This Beer
4.08 w/ 40 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,797
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
40
Liked:
37
Avg:
4.08/5
pDev:
8.33%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
11
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 21
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4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

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 BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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 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 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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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of jpbebeau
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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 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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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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Old Wooly Barleywine from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 40 ratings
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