Live Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine | Live Oak Brewing Company

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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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Reviews:
30
Ratings:
93
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 93
Photo of MiguelMandingo
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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Photo of BeerZack
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft from Uncle Billy's on 4/22/07, served in a wine glass.

Dark maple syrup color with a great soft head that stays till the end.

Smells wonderful, like creme brule with some fruit.

The taste is very sweet and buttery or creme brulee-like with some fig and candied orange.

This is actually pretty balanced for a barleywine, the sweetness prevailing but kept in check by some good fruity bitterness.

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep rusty orange-amber color with a short white head that fades into a heavy lace. Nose is sweet dark malt and floral hops—the aroma really opens up after the beer warms a bit. Full-bodied, almost chewy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet fruit and malt along with a strong hop presence—more so than in your typical barley wine. The alcohol is well hidden considering the ABV. Very enjoyable, but watch out as the alcohol sneaks up on you.

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Photo of beerdiablo
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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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Tried this tonight at Opal Divines.

The best way to describe this beer is full of flavor! This brew has more hops and malt than anything I have tasted in a long time, if not the most flavorful beer ever. While that is a good thing, it has its limitation in the the fact that the taste is actually a little overkill in my opinion. The sip starts off with a huge amount of malt sweetness from several different kinds of fruit flavors that fades to a very bitter, spicy hop flavor to balance everything out. All throughout, a good amount of alcholol flavor is present. The alcholol is so strong that if I inhaled at all while sipping, it somewhat burnt my nose. I have to give the brewers at Live Oak credit for being able to balance such a huge beer.

I will admit, I am normally not a huge fan of a beer this strong (normally doppel bock is about as strong as I enjoy), but this beer is one awesome brew that is defenitely not for the faint hearted. The only reason for my somewhat lower rating on taste would be that in my opinion, the malt and hops are just out of wack, as they simply come on too much for the beer to be enjoyed the whole time I drank it. The flavor and amount of body is simply overwhelming, and for anybody that wants to be warmed on a cold day or just have a beer that is simply overwhelming but fairly drinkable, this would be a good choice.

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Live Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine from Live Oak Brewing Company
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