Live Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine | Live Oak Brewing Company

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Live Oak Old Treehugger BarleywineLive Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States
liveoakbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by chadspivey on 12-09-2006

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Ratings:
93
Reviews:
30
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh, sweet mystery of life at last I've found you! At last, I know the secret of it all! Enjoyed at the Draught House 41st anniversary party this evening.

A: Hazy caramel/amber color. Not a ton of head, but it's on cask. On appearance, it looked like it had quite the body to it.

S: Candy and malts. Very sugary aroma, some hops to it but not much. Really impressive, very appetizing, falls somewhere between vanilla, brown sugar, and molasses.

T: Lighter than I anticipated. A sipper for sure but very drinkable. Boozy, creamy, carmel, vanilla. Quite a pleasant amount of sugariness to it that doesn't come off as being too sweet.

M: Great body to it, absolutely wonderful.

D: Most drinkable barleywine I have ever had.

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4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, oh man, this was a spectacular barleywine. Thank you Chad, for letting me know that the Gingerman was going to tap the one keg they had left. I owe you buddy.

As far as I can tell, this keg was from late 2006. Time has treated this brew extremely well.

Served in a half pint glass.

Appearance - It is a deep caramel amber brown color, comletely transparent. It is produced a single finger head that had amazing retention - it left a ton of lacing behind.

Smell - The nose on this brew is awesome. It smells of rum raisin, pear, and booze with a HUGE vanilla and caramel scent. It has a very slight hop scent at the end, which is somewhat piney.

Taste - The flavor is as equally appealing as the scent, and they smell and taste exactly the same. It is an equal mix of booze, malt and hops in perfect balance with one another - the way a barleywine should taste.

Mouthfeel - This beer is definitely full bodied. It leaves both a sticky and oily feel in the mouth. The carbonation level is awesome - not too low to feel flat, and not to lively to detract from the flavor.

Drinkability - The drinkability is nothing short of awesome. I have heard that Live Oak doesn't have any plans to make this one again, and I seriously hope that isn't true. This is probably my favorite barleywine to date, and I have been to the Gingerman three times this week just to make sure that I get my fill of it before it disappears. I suggest that you do the same.

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4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big malty thick delicious barleywine? Sign me up.

This is a dark caramel amber in color with low, bubbly foam. It has a thick, malty aroma, with some caramel and roasty coconut notes. I pick up a thick sweetness rounded by more roasted coconut. Reminds me of a Scotch ale in that regard. Malty, with a subdued hoppiness, and a thick chewy finish. A real enjoyable sipper.

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4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Its a cloudy beer. Light murky brown color. Light on the head, about what you would expect from a barleywine.

The aroma is amazing, smells really sweet and toffee like. The smell really enhances the flavor profile here.

Its really really smooth for so much ABV, but i still knew the alcohol was there, which was nice. I pick up a bit of fruity spiciness like raising.

Creamy, silky mouth feel is very pleasent.

Overall one of my favorite beers around.

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4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love barleywines, and when I stumbled across this Texas legend I was eager to try it at the Live Oak taproom... didn't find out till later it was a 2011 keg. Good lord was it tasty and dangerously smooth. Thick body but drinks kind of light, not too sweet... overall amazing.

This is probably the best non-BA barleywine I've had. I just wish it weren't such a unicorn!

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stuff is wicked good.
The nose is that of candy and sweetness.

The color is a deep dark amber.
It is a little thicker than your average barely wine.

The drinkabilty of this is certainly a sipper, but very quick sips
Live oak has definitely hit this barley wine out of the park.

If you ever have a chance, highly doubt it due to them only making like one batch of this stuff. (hopefully they will make more) slap your mamma if you have to its well worth it.

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4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the barrel-aged version from late '06.

A: dark amber color with a nice one finger head.

S: Vanilla, caramel, malt, booze.

T: Vanilla, caramel, booze, fig, raisns, candied orange. The two flavors that stick out the most is vanilla and caramel. Words really can't describe how much I like this beer. It's Freakin' Delicious.

M: not as thick as a a stout, but thicker than an average barleywine. sure does warm the throat.

D: Very drinkable considering the alcohol percentage. This one could get you into a lot of trouble...

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4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one tap at the gingerman in Austin. A 2006 keg tapped in 2008. I haven't had a lot o beer with age on it especially beers like barelywine which people recommend laying down for a while. I understand why you do it now. Old Treehugger was like nothing I've tasted. It smelled like dates, caramel, and vanilla with some mild hops(little piney) as well. The taste was a huge blast of caramel and vanilla with the fruit smells fading back and the hops coming forward. Very balanced between the strong sweet flavors and the piney hops. Creamy in the mouth and the alcohol gave the sensation of warmth in the mouth in a great way. Only had a half pint and savored it the whole time. There are more subtle flavors (slightly fruity) that I couldn't describe but really enjoyed. It became more complex as it warmed. I hope Live Oak makes this again. It's really something special.

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4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap served in a snifter @ Cottonwood. Man I love this beer, too bad its rarely brewed. I believe the keg is two years old! Ringing in at 14%

A beautiful deep amber color, light creamy head. The nose is of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Taste is full of caramel, slight hint of vanilla, and some charred orange. Nice and thick on the mouth feel. Its perfect for the chillier months. A great sipper and my opinion the best Barleywine brewed in TX! Though I love Sisyphus from Real Ale aged, this one tops even that. Cheers

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4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Whip In...new "Cellared Taps" selection. $10 for an 8 oz. pour (2008).

Been looking forward to trying this beer for a while now...very happy to have finally found it. Old Tree Hugger sports a cloudy, murky, yeasty body of deep mahogany-brown. A well-retained cap of sticky khaki head rests comfortably above and refuses to budge. The aroma brings rich notes of toffee and caramel with a hint of earthy hops. Vanilla and pungent alcohol in the background--the nearly 14% ABV is definitely still alive.

A breathtaking depth of toffee, powdered chocolate, and dark fruits (fig & raisin) coat the tongue with each sip. Plenty of booze to bite the back of the tongue, as Old Tree Hugger shows little of its age--not much oxidation, either. Mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious on the palate, but a bit too sharp and boozy. Could easily use another 3-4 years to round out its edges. Still, this is an amazing beer. Somewhat of a barleywine-doppelbock hybrid at this point, but phenomenal nevertheless.

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4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Don't look for Live Oak at 7-11 anytime soon" remarked brewer Chip McElroy when asked if his draught only offerings were going to be bottled.

Focus is a good thing.

Live Oak's Old Treehugger Barleywine is a fine welcome to the longstanding tradition of Texas brewed barelywines. Now we have two! Obviously, this doesn’t count homebrew.

This dark brown ale pours with a nice, head. Old Treehugger has a thicker mouthfeel than usual for this style. Though sweet when it warms up, this is a more hoppy barleywine. Ever had one brewed in SoCal? Then you know what I mean.

This is good now but would be better with aging. Being draft only, get it while you can.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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Live Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine from Live Oak Brewing Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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