Live Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine | Live Oak Brewing Company

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Live Oak Old Treehugger BarleywineLive Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine

Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States

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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of rtepiak
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a keg from 2010 noted at common table as 13.7 abv. This is a wonderful texas beer opportunity and quite a toffee delight. Pour is amber with a finger and some of a head. Great retention. Nose of heavy malt and port undertones. Yeasty but i'm sure after 2 years of aging the aroma is not hop distinct. Palate funnels to a bitterness that dries with a nice accompanying heat. Nice bright edge is well balanced with the caramel notes. Mineral dry and a nice tingle on the tongue. Great beer. Good with turkey, dry fatty cheeses, earthy herbs, and believe it or not, marinara. Heavy on the belly. Hard to have more than one.

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Durge
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of elNopalero
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of tjkinate
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Whip-In

A: Single fingered head that reduced rather quickly, but a small soapy film remained on top this deep rust, semi transparent brew.

S: Toffee, vanilla, lots of dark fruits, and a slight hop profile. Very well balanced and fairly robust.

T: Follows the scent very closely, large vanilla characteristics followed by caramel and dark fruits. Alcohol became apparent as the beer warmed.

M: Very well carbonated beverage that allowed the beer to stay creamy on the front and have a nice crisp backend.

O: A very good beer that I wish would be bottled. Damn you Live Oak!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of silentnoiz
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap in a snifter.

A - Very clear almost looks like plum wine. Amber with no head andminimal edge lacing.

S - dried fruits with an almost earthy oaky side

T - raisins, plums, figs, maple, dates, young oak, slight hint of liquorice on the very back end. clean taste up front with a bit of a slight burn in the back of the mouth.

M - clean with nice carbonation feel

O - pretty decent barleywine overall

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10oz tumbler at Draught House

Appearance: Dark brown with red hues when held into the light with a white head about a finger thick that dissipated into a lacing that clang to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Dark fruits, malty sweetness, a hint of vanilla and a slight smokiness.

Taste: Chewy and malty, pretty sweet, toasted malts and dark fruits. Almost a maple like quality and a slight alcohol taste.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and a thick syrupy mouth feel with a slight alcohol warming as you drink it.

Overall: A very good barleywine, the alcohol is very well hidden considering the 14%, you know it’s there but it is not in your face. I’m glad I got to try it and I’m glad they have started to make it again.

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4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big bad bearded behemoth of a brew here that almost put hair on my girlfriends chest. I like a gnarly beer, but that's where I draw the line. In all seriousness, be careful with this tasty but potent mo-fo.

On tap @ Gingerman in Austin.

Ruby red in color with a slim tad head at the rim.

Aroma of black licorice, caramel malts and burnt hickory. Tastes of pine, bubblegum and sour cherries with a vein of sweet malts, a very faint spice and a medicinal tinge at the edges.

Medium to heavy and a bit syrupy with a lingering alcohol heat. Fair carbonation.

Nice and big drinkin' on a spring-like Austin eve.

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Live Oak Old Treehugger Barleywine from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 93 ratings
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