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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by chadspivey on 12-09-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
30
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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93
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7
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 30
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.04/5  rDev -29.1%
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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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Dicers
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Whip In in Austin. Not sure of the vintage, but I think it is at least a couple of years old.

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of dark fruit and caramel malt - exactly what you would expect from a barleywine. The flavor is chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and some alcohol. The beer is slightly boozy and is very sweet. I also get the slightest bit of tobacco in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep orange color with bronizsh colored hue, light and white soapy head crown this beer. The head retention is average. After a few sips light lacing and bubbles remain.

S: The nose presents a fruit basket of sorts; blend of light and dark fruits with some caramel, toffee in their for fun

T: Initially it was a bit of pine and citrus with some underlying dark fruits and sugar. A short blast of vanilla. As it warmed the booze came alive, this beer opened and changed personalities. It seemed to go back to fruit heavy, sticky, sweet with a backseat heat.

M: Fuller bodied, well carbonated, lots of flavor and sweetness linger on the palate

O: A good barleywine. Thanks to Dajtai for scoring hadbottles of a rare, draft only bwine for me.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very happy to see this at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

A: Pours a dark red/brown color. Nearly opaque. A one finger beige head forms and recedes to a ring. Light watery lace is left behind. I love the color.
S: Dark fruits are big. Raisins and figs. Vanilla, and caramel malts in the nose. Very sweet in the nose, but enough fruitiness going that is does not become cloying.
T: Follows the nose. Big on the dark fruits up front. A candy, sugary sweetness as well. Some vanilla, toasted malt, bread, and caramel.
M/D: A big full body that is not syrupy or heavy at all. Well carbonated. Velvety smooth and creamy. So easy, and enjoyable to sip on. I would never have guessed this was near 14% alcohol.

This is a monster of a beer, but really well done. It reminds me a bit of Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 10, but a bit more mellow. Which is saying something considering the huge ABV. Something I really enjoyed, and would highly recommend.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Durge
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found pouring at the Whip In in Austin, Texas, this beauty is a rusty orange-caramel color with an off-white ring and almost no lacing. I can smell deep red wine, oak and malty pine hop. Very satisfying to any barleywine fan. The flavor brings a bit more of a cherry, B&B idea with some of the same woodsy malt-wine I noted in the nose. There’s fair alcohol noticeable but it’s not intrusive. This stuff is smooth and full bodied, somewhat cloying but not unusually for the style. Just a very nice offering here, wish I had some to take home to Connecticut!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dleiner
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of elNopalero
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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Photo of BKotch
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DIPAFAN
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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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