Live Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine | Live Oak Brewing Company

Live Oak Old Treehugger BarleywineLive Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine
BA SCORE
90.3%
Liked This Beer
4.25 w/ 93 ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by chadspivey on 12-09-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,115
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
93
Liked:
84
Avg:
4.25/5
pDev:
10.35%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.76/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of ECShepherd
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrHolden
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seifer1886
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage currently being poured at Houston ' Hay Merchant. So good, and not even a favorite style of mine.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pauldig
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DIPAFAN
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dleiner
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cultclassic89
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2011 Vintage on draft. Best smelling barleywine I've ever had.

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4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.04/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a 5oz sampler glass at the Draughthouse in Austin. Reviewed from notes.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

The head fades too quickly (inside ten seconds) for me to take any notes about its characteristics.

Body colour is a dark copper. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Not a unique or special appearance for a barleywine, but there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Candi sugar. Sweet English malts. Toffee. Caramel. Heavy residual sugar presence; clearly a low attenuation yeast was used. A bit syrupy. Caraamlt. Emphasis is absolutely on the big heavy malts here.

No hop profile, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable. Aroma is inoffensive and of moderate strength.

T/Mf: Sticky, smooth, and wet. A bit overcarbonated. Thick and full-bodied. Syrupy.

Way too sweet, but fortunately the sweetness hides the ABV. It's heavy on the malts, with loads of English malts and caramalt filling out the heavy body. Toffee. Candi sugar. Tree sap. Bubblegum. Brown malts.

It's a pretty straightforward, simple barleywine. The texture suits the taste generally well but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it. This could really use more complexity and subtlety, but it's not a bad beer.

Below averge depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Mediocre amplitude.

Dr: I honestly wouldn't get this again. It's a (barely) above average English barleywine, but it's largely unremarkable and the emphasis seems to be on brewing a high ABV beer without much regard for balance. It's drinkable for what it is. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Not Live Oak's strongest offering. ABV could be hidden better. Age might help this one mellow out a bit.

Low C+

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Live Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90.3% out of 100 with 93 ratings
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