Bearded Pat's Barleywine
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

Bearded Pat's BarleywineBearded Pat's Barleywine
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American Barleywine
3.83 | pDev: 12.27%
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Bearded Pat's BarleywineBearded Pat's Barleywine
Notes: Great American Beer Festival Medal Winner! American style barleywine: so named because of its high, wine-like alcohol content, and the usage of American hops. Deep amber in color and full bodied, with a blend of fruitiness, maltiness and hop bitterness to balance.

89 IBU
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Reviews by facundoCNB:
Photo of facundoCNB
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a deep amber/ruby pour (almost looks like red wine), slight ring of head.. smells of alcohol, barley, raisins, nutty, oak. upon first sip, it seems fairly easy to drink.. fruity, sweet.. as soon as you pull the glass away from your mouth you get hit by the booze.. a bit harsh but dies down real quick.. finishes with a nutty, slight charred lingering bitterness. the alcohol makes its presence in this full body barley wine with low carbonation. if it had a few more bubbles, it would do this justice.. the alcohol is a bit harsh as well, but if you can get past it, you'll see this is a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of Brent
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure what the vintage was, but I think it was probably fairly new, since the flavor profile was a bit young. Poured a murky brown, with a bit of yeast sediment floating about. Aroma was striking, with some fig and prune. Overall, the sweetness, caramel malt and breadyness made me think of the dessert bread pudding. Some raw alcohol notes. A bit syrupy, with a protracted bitter hops finish. This was quite a good barleywine, and I think it might mellow out a bit with some age.

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Photo of John1985
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ale pours a dark amber with white head that clings all over the mug as it goes down. Malty, sweet aromatic reminiscent of ripe fruit. malt dominates flavor but just enough hops in the middle and end to balance and keep it from cloying. Rich malty taste, almost like eating a fruitcake. Mildly bitter aftertaste. Very luxurious, a perfect ale for a damp, cool night (like tonight). Mouthfeel and drinkablilty is appropriate for a barleywine.

I would guess the ABV is around 8%. A very well made barleywine from a fine Southern brewer. My tastes normally run on the hoppier side (Bigfoot) but this style is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Viking
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark red/copper color. Not much head and doesn't stick around for long, but leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Spicy aroma with a hint of fruit. Malt dominates the taste, with a bit of toffee/caramel flavor. Hint of alcohol taste is present.

By the way, these bottles (in a 4-pack) have a clearly marked notch-style bottling date (Jan of aught-two, in this case). I had two, and plan on saving the other two till at least next year.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Beard is a deep, dark, opaque, flat brown color. Head is finely bubbled and thinly covers the bier, leaving average lacing. It possesses a verrry malty nose, reminding me a bit of Old Horizontal. It has some toffee and is rich and suggests potency. Mmmm! Body was medium-plus, and it traversed the tongue in a creamy smooth manner. Taste is malty, rich and chocolatey, like a milk-shake. There's that toffee again, too, which really sticks in the nooks and crannies of the mouth. Some floral hoppiness makes a late cameo on top of things. Found it more like a UK barley than American, but I enjoyed it thoroughly nonetheless!

overall: 4.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. This was a pretty good Barley Wine. It was a deep dark orange color with a thin beige head. Pointed barley aroma, with equal parts malt and alcohol in the flavor. Overall this was a strong, complex, and very good beer.

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Photo of aaronh
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice chestnut color, with a deep, almost glowing redness. It is topped by a moderate tan head that quickly fades to a few patches of foam. Wonderfully malty aroma is blended with sweet fruitiness and mild alcohol notes. Then comes the taste. Whoa! This one sends shivers up my spine. Intensely hop bitter up front that is then burned to a crisp by alcohol flames, leaving a charred bitterness behind on the aftetaste. The sweetness tries to come through, but the over-riding bitterness dominates. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, and drinkability is poor due to strong alcohol and bitterness. I've got abother bottle. Maybe in 2004/2005 it will be better.

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Photo of bditty187
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SheepNutz suggested I wait a year before I try this. I think I came close! ;-)

Hazy (almost murky) tawny-brown in hue with a slight coppery highlight. The head reached a half finger in height and then the beige foam subsided to a soapy cap. Subsequent lacing was spotty and it held fairly well. It is a good-looking beer. The nose has very lovely malt depth. It is rich, ample, fairly toasty but widely sweet. There is a caramel backdrop and even further at the back is a hint of char. The hops play a supporting role and don’t really offer any clear aromas. The potency is modest. I found the beer to be inviting; the malt qualities alone make me want to take a sip. The palate is flavorful and surprisingly well balanced. Both the malt and hops are big, which provides a good one-two punch. The malt supplies some sweetness in the form of caramel. I even get a trace hint of chocolate and some roast. There are clearly some toasty qualities that allow some dark fruitiness to show. Nice. Then the hops enter, ideal bitterness IMO. The hops are firm and fairly flavorful, kind of piney and flowery. However the hops yield to the malt by the finish. Tasty. I found the palate to be well constructed. Nicely done. I will say there is a little rawness to it but I like how it adds a layer of complexity. It reminds me of an aged Bigfoot in some respects. Medium in body, if not just a tickle bigger, the carbonation is modest but fitting, pleasant mouthfeel. The aftertaste is perfect for the style; it says, “Give me cheese!” Bearded Pat’s is bold and tasty, simple but unrefined, still it comes off well constructed. It is worthy of sipping and savoring. Thanks SheepNutz, this was a dandy!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep amber brown chestnut wow it's deep hued with a big tan caramel head leaving entricate and even lacing, nice. Aroma: Deep bready yeas notes with English malts and alchol shining through with fruity undertones and a hint offness this beer is borderline with stale malts that bring a diacetyl tone about. Taste: Deep herbal hop profile with an offness in the malts pours thick bitterness and stale hops tastes horrible. Mouthfeel: Full bodied chalkiness can't get down with this one blah. Drinkability: Pass on older samples no date on this bottle but old in the malt profies nature with mute hop flavor and strong bitterness.

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Photo of Gusler
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a sibylline purplish red plum color, the head cyclopean in size, with a creamy texture, the color light tan, the lace portly sheets, that cling titanically to the glass. Nose is fusel alcohol, malt, extremely ripe bananas, wow what a treat for the smeller. Start is sweet, the top is middling, but the alcohol bitterness “smacks your palate immediately", dynamically hopped, the acidity, mild, dry and alcohol bitter aftertaste. I would describe the beer as vigorous, and certainly not meant for the “Light” beer crowd, I’m not sure if its meant for “Man nor Beast”, but I love these over the top “Bad Boys”, that make you wince.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Ahhhh, beer #200. SheepNutz told me to try some of the BBC line, and I have pretty much enjoyed every single bottle. Thanks for the tip, Ryan, beer #200 is being enjoyed in your honor!

Appearance - pours a reddish brown, about a finger's worth of head has a faint orange tint to it. Holds at a decent covering. Minimized the floaties on the pour but there's still plenty in the glass.

Aroma - sweet and raisiny, molasses too, rather appetizing.

Taste - fruit and alcohol up front. A very good floral hop burst is next and takes over from there. More alcohol notes and the hops take a bitter turn, imparting a warm sensation as they evolve to grapefruit rind. Subsequent sips hit different parts of the tongue at different times and I'm picking up other flavors, but only briefly. I was having some BBQ chips and now I'm having a Ghirardelli chocolate bar. The beer goes great with anything and certain tastes really shine through with the food.

Mouthfeel - bubbly, oily, and not as syrupy as I was expecting. Very nice.

Drinkability - fantastic stuff but potent. I will buy this again, but 2 in one night would be too much of a good thing.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, rich, russet brown color, with a thick, toasted tan head sitting proudly atop.
Aroma, a wonderful thing, the very nose I look for in a barleywine, with burnished fruit, spice, heat, very malty, very sweet...I like it!
Taste: hoppy at first, then bursting with fruit, but thick and twisted, roasted, spicy and wicked. Full, lush malt...full-bodied, unrelenting flavor. Great complexity in this brew, with abundant flavor, and warmth, mouth-filling with an over-generous taste. Quite a nice barleywine, a Southern rival to Bigfoot, I think. Yum, I loved this one six ways to Sunday! The 3rd Bluegrass brew I've had without once meeting Dissappointment!
Cheers to jeffboo for sharing his booty!

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Photo of far333
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark honey color, kinda murky with tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom toward a thick, beige foamy head that lingers long and clings to the inside of the glass. Sweet smell of honey, cotton candy, and hops, plus sweet malt and fruit. Aroma is very inviting. Flavor is vigorous and makes itself known immediately. Sweet and chewy, with fruit and malt, a little cherry, and wow the alcohol stings the back of the throat and tingles the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth, very creamy, perfectly carbonated. A bitter orange peel aftertaste lingers. Thanks to Brent for sharing this beauty.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viscous pour, cloudy, dirty copper in color with a thin tan head. It fades to a "cling-ring" in no time.
Fresh baked bread aroma greets me right away. Dark fruits; raisins, dates. Very malty and sweet smelling.
The first sip is aggressively hopped. A sharp bitterness, followed by an alcohol warmth. As it warms, the malts come through. This tastes a little immature yet, but still very good. Lingering bitter aftertaste.
Thick & sticky with low carbonation. Pretty drinkable big beer. I wish I had another few to cellar as this one was a gift from my local packy. Thanks Robin!

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Photo of jeffboo
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is 2000 vintage that was cellared by me for the last 2 years. A fantastic barleywine that made me sad it was my only bottle. This one is a hazy tan color with a terrific fluffy,thick tan head. A very fruity aroma fills the room, with a unique floral hop smell. This beer has a nice complex malt flavor with a solid bitter backbone. The malt flavors range from caramel to toasted to dark fruit ( plum and raisin) with a floral hop flavor and the yeast kicking in with some peppery notes. The alcohol blends in well behind the flavors, but also puts a nice bite through the full sweet body. Very nice balance for a 2 year old.

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Photo of winomark
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber with some red hues showing through. Small but persistant light tan head. Lots of sweet malt, hoppy spice and alcohol on the nose. Little bit of band-aid also noticable. Well balanced palate. Hops, malt, and alcohol blend well together. Slightly warming finish. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light. Flavorful, but not as thick as I expected. Short on the finish. A pretty good beer, but nothing special for a barleywine, IMO. Won't try it again.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a murky brownish-red color with three fingers of light tan head. There are lace rings left all down the side of the glass. The smell is full of both malt and hops. A little bit more on the hoppy side, with a small hint of alcohol. The taste starts a with a good malt base, but get sharp on hops really fast. It's a little green, and can use some aging. There is some alcohol on the finish, underneath layers and layers of green hops. I'll have to agree with wvbeergeek on this one, the mouthfeel does indeed have a chalkiness to it. The drinkability is just a little low due to the need for mellowing out. Probably a good beer to cellar.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark russet plum color, thick crusty tan head just over a finger high, fades slowly to a thin skim and collar, nice snowflake sheets of lacing. Terrific nose with soft dark caramel and malted sweet fruityness, some toffee with a touch of molasses, nice juicy sweetness, smoldering piney hops, notes of tobacco and spice and has a good sense of warming alcohol thats very smooth and uninhibited. Taste is milder then most barleywines but the flavors stay substantially across the palate with incredible smoothness, with only lacking some hearty thickness that I usually like. Smooth caramel and lustrous sweet malt lending solid notions of dark tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, and raisins that seem kindled or lightly scorched, very nice. Some breadyness to its flavor and thickness, lightly chewy, with a pleasing dark piney hop bitterness, not overly abundant, quite mellowing and fine in its finishing quality. Seemingly complex and layered, but it seemed to be missing something for me in the hop profile, would like to have had this beefed up a bit, but overall its quite nice. Nice warmth smokes through too with a touch of spice on it. Good mellow smoothness and creamy medium body feel throughout with just enough bite to keep it interesting. A pretty nice barleywine, finished off two bottles, one being from Brent in the Holiday Exchange and the other from jeffboo, and I thank both those guys for em.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on January 2006.

Pours into the glass, deep brown with minimal tan bubbles.

Aroma is rasty brown sugar with a mix of brown sugar and fruit with a spicy hop finish.

Flavor is bright with hops that get quickly overwhelmed by a strong caramel and slighty salty soy twinge to the mid palate toffee note drive the finish.

A little harsh while cold the beer smooths out as the beer warms.

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Photo of TheDM
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew poured medium head of fine to medium sized light brown bubbles that left a good lacing. Its body was a hazy amber brown color and its aroma was a harsh malty alcohol smell. Onitially, it in struck me as sweet, yet harsh and bitter. It also finishes the same way. Within this brew are notes of coffee, toffee and a noticable alcohol flavor. The vendor said its alcohol contnent was 10.5%. Its palate was full and syrupy.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Remarkable head for a barley wine - a really glowing yellow-tan color on top of a brownish read beer. The aroma has a strong dose of malt and alcohol, with a slight hint of rich chocolate and a faint something (licorice-like?). The flavor is very powerful, with flavor hops strong on the front, followed by a rich alcohol maltiness and finishing with a strong bitterness. There are also some faint hints of toasted malt and some stronger caramel / toffee character. The mouthfeel is good. Overall this beer is good but seems to have a hint of harshness that is a little distracting. However I bet this brew will only improve with age (I believe this is the 2001 I am sampling).

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Photo of hotstuff
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured, this brew had large light brown head with small bubbles that mostly diminished. This brew had good lacing to it and a clear body with a brown hue. It had a harsh malty aroma and I also noticed a mild coffee aroma as well. The flavor was bitter tasting from start to finish. I definitely tasted the alcohol in this brew.

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Photo of clvand0
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer poured out a dark color with a small tan head and little lacing on the glass. The aroma had some fruits and malts, but the alcohol was very prominent. The taste of this one was too strong and the alcohol too prominent.

EDIT: I had this one again in a large 25.4oz bottle that had been aged for near 3 years and it was much better. The alcohol was much more subdued and the other flavors came through a little better. The alcohol was still too strong on the palate, but better than before.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz. bottle. The color is a dark amber, with a good head. The smell is of sweet malt, with hints of alcohol and a raisiny smell. The taste is also malty, alcohol sweetness, and the alcohol definitely present. The mouthfeel is slightly heavy. Drinkability-wise, I'd have a couple more.

Bluegrass sadly doesn't distribute in PA, so this was a rare chance to experience their beers (thanks to aaronh for the trade!). This is an enjoyable beer, and another I'd hope to find again in the future!

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Photo of WesWes
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a warm, malty scent that boasts of burnt toffee and hops. There are a few specialty malts in this one; very nice. The taste is good. It has a solid malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit on the sweet side with some smokey character as well. The hops are present and provide an adequate amount of bitterness to balance the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with low carbonation. This is a pretty good barleywine. I love the aroma, but the taste and appearance could put off some.

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Bearded Pat's Barleywine from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 100 ratings