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
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11
Trade:
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 21
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 Hawkfish
4/5  rDev -2%

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