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

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Bearded Pat's BarleywineBearded Pat's Barleywine

Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-09-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of jeffboo
4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
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 durwood64
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of schoun
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was thrilled to get this one in a trade recently as I had been wanting to try it, but alas we do not get any of their wonderful offerings around here. I had cellared this one for about six months before opening the 12 ounce bottle last night, just to let it mellow out as it was a fresh 2007 when I
received it. Served at cellar temperature into a snifter, I was thrilled to begin sampling this one. The pour was very nice with a rusty, ruby colored, almost candy like reddish amber color being presented in front of me. There was a touch of haze to it, but not as much as I expected. Some light carbonation could be seen struggling up to reach the surface. There was a decent sized two finger head of white that caressed the top of it and hung out for a good bit before settling down to just a thin crown and leaving behind some scorching side glass lace. Very nice look for a Barley wine,

The aroma was very pleasing, with loads of sugar coming at me almost at once. There was some very complex aromas mingling around in here for sure. Some tobacco was clearly evident, giving it a musky sort of aroma, light hints of alcohol, candied sugar and apples coming through. As it warmed some hints of an oaky sort came out. The flavor was really well done I have to admit. Super smooth, with just the lightest of carbonation, it struggled not to tip too far into the syrup side of things, but
may have in fact landed there in the end. Very sweet, with hardly any alcohol being noticed in here, I was quite impressed. Rich candied apple notes were abound in here, with hints of caramel and honey as well. Some light floral notes in the finish, and that musky tobacco like taste, that I could almost construe to be a weird type of spice to be honest. As it warmed any trace of the alcohol was gone, and it became a syrup laden sweet candied treat. I was sipping along on this for a good long while mainly due to the complex flavors, but it surely would not be a session ale. This was a very nice way for me
to wrap up my evening as I would have loved to have had another one right after it.

Overall this was easily my favorite I have had from them so far. It is a very solid offering for sure, and one of the better barley wines I have had lately. Very sweet with a nice hidden quality to it. This definitely falls into the must try category.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz received as a very cool want-list extra from Brentk56... cellared since April.... refrigerated for the last week or so.. poured into my New Belgium snifter tonight.

1" tan head dies back slowly leaving rings of lace as I swirl.. an a bunch of splotch bubbles... Brew is fairly clear chestnut brown.

Aroma is thick caramel punctuated by sweet cigar and leather.. hops are there.. but play second or even third fiddle to the malts...

Flavor is again thick all the way around.. caramel and sweet but not cloying maltiness... bitterness may be on the light side.. but I appreciate a good malty barleywine.. spiciness shows up as it warms.. both hops and yeast... there is a pervasive and long finish of pipe tobacco.. tastes like the way a candy shop and a good walk-in humidor would smell if they were in the same room. Flavor is huge... but reminds me much more of a very very big boned English BW... there is a distinct fruitiness as it warms.. cherry essence.. maybe a little bit of plum... smoky.. and some piney hops become more evident as I sit here and it reaches room temperature... definitely some pine in there.... but the malts tend to gobble it up until the absolute finish.

Body is fairly thick with creamy but good carbonation..

I am really digging the Bearded Pat.. I know that there are a couple places that I can order this... I should pick up 12 for the next few years and see how they measure out.. but for now... I am damn.. very damn happy Brent included this brew.. now I just wish I would have had a BA/BW buddy around to share it with.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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 Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to brentk56 for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy amber/brown color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, with some very nice islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, caramel, bready. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy, with some caramel. Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well. Drinkable, this is a very tasty BWSA.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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 far333
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A 750 ml bottle purchased February 2002 at the brewpub. This one sat and aged for over 5 years before I finally cracked it. I am sure this had a lot to do with the incredible smoothness and wonderful flavours that developed!

A-Clear dark ruby brown with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin ring. Spotty lace left behind.

S-Sweet caramel with notes of leather, dark fruits and tobacco. Faint hints of hops...but note much.

T-Sweet caramel malts lead the way...but not overly so. A bit of hop bitterness sneaks in at the end after a wave of brown sugar, tobacco and leather takes hold of your tounge and dries it out! This is sweet, beefy and yet dry....nice combo. I am sure the aging of this bottle had a lot to do with the development of all these flavours.

M-Medium heavy body and very smooth feel. This is like the equivelent of beer brandy.

D-Very nice, glad I waited to drink this one. A nice sipper. The drying factor becomes a bit much and of course the 11.5% abv will kick your butt too. Overall a very nice barleywine.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 kmpitz2
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. This one is solid brown color like a very dark tea with a half-finger of light tan head that falls to a solid coat over top. The clarity is minimal with very irregularly present bubbles in the brew. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of bready and raisin maltyness, with a distant pine hop that has turned earthy. Taking a big sniff brings in some brown sugary and caramel sweet notes on the finish. There is also a fruityness alongside the raisin that just adds a bit more to it. I think that serving this one a little on the warm side has helped these aromas shine through. The first sip brings a very strong earthy aged hop flavor that melds well into a brown sugar and light raisin malt. There is a moderate bitter on the finish that hits hard enough to let me know it is there but not too strong. This one is very well slanted towards the earthyness, and I like that in my barleywines. It takes some of the harshness off that keeps me from enjoying the style more. Mouthfeel is thick with a light carbonation. I think it works well for the style. This one is very drinkable. The flavors are strong but mix well and keep me wanting more of this one. I like it.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, thanks to Lexx for opening this one. Not sure on the age but I would go with older because of the bottle size.

Pours a lightly hazed orange/reddish, thin white head forms, slowly drops to a thin ring, leaves some spots on the glass. Smell is nice, toffee, floral and fruit, very grapey, wood, citrus, bit of alcohol but well hidden, some brown sugar, classic American barleywine. Taste is great, toffee sweetness, big malts, more grape, almost a concord grape juice flavour, floral, very fruit, grapefruit, alcohol, tannic bitter finish, but very well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation, exceptionally smooth, no way I would have guessed this at 11%. Really enjoyed this one, nice sipper. Thanks Alexa!

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Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a tight head that dots the glass

Smell: Rich aromatic caramel with piney hops; fusel alcohol, too

Taste: Starts out with a rich, chewy caramel flavor that is quickly joined by a blast of piney bitterness; after the swallow, the fruit becomes more prominent with a very nice pear flavor that has a woody element to it

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation; considerable warmth from the alcohol

Drinkability: A very nice effort from a brewery I would like to become more familiar with; these guys can brew some high gravity beers

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via a sweet-ass trade with moejuck. That guy ROCKS! Pours brilliant clear deep copper with thin off white head. The aroma is bright with cherries, raisins, figs, prunes and sweet cherry hard candy followed by just a hint of alcohol heat on the nose. The taste is chewy sweet goodness with cherries, prunes, raisins and some figs pushing over the palate. Behind the rich fruity assault is a thick viscous layer of sweetness accented by mild malts. This is rich sweet goodness. Very tasty English style barleywine. Should be even better with a year or more on it.

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Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium to deeper and cloudy brownish color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of toffee, nuts, caramel, and citrus. Tastes of caramel, some dark fruits, citrus, chocolate, and brown sugar sweetness. Alcohol content hidden. Nice lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 2/14/08

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Crosling
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL. Brownish/red leather in color. Powerfully aromatic, with a sensational array of caramel/toffee-like malt and dark fruits. Flavor is juicy and complex, flavorful and well extracted. It’s malt accented and provides me with several enjoyable descriptors, notably caramel, toffee, brown sugar and sweet, dark fruits. This is an excellent beverage, something BBC should be proud of.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty young barleywine, with a bottling date of Dec. '06.

Pours a deep ruby color with a creamy head that slaps sticky lace onto the glass with only slight tilting. Bubbles slowly slide their way up. If looks are anything to go by, it's already a winner.

One very fruity-smelling barleywine, this gives off strong hits of sour green apple and grapefruit at first, with time and some warming letting maple syrup, alcohol and cherry Jolly Ranchers through.

More green apple in the flavor, like it was soaked in sherry and rum and dunked in molasses. More tangy fruitiness in the middle, lots of freshly-cut wood, and a slight bit of vanilla peeking through. Bitter assault of grassy astringency (or grapefruit rind) in the finish, indicating this sucker needs some cellaring.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, a bit lighter than many other barleywines.

Really good, but definitely young tasting with all that green-apple/hoppy bitterness flying around. Aging will probably do this beer all kinds of good.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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 John1985
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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 tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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 blakesell
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yes, 2006 vintage on the tap at Gravity Head in New Albany, IN. Poured into a 10oz. glass.

Appearance- Pours a clear orange with a thin finger of foam across the top. Tiny bubbles rise from the bottom. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Hoppy and gluey grapefruit hops on the nose with hints of plum, dates, fig, raisin, scotch smoked malts, peat, and pine tips. What a great nose on a great beer.

Taste- Mmm.. Fruity, malty, sweet and delicious. Grapefruit hops give way to oak, tobacco, brown sugar, tiny hints of oxidation, but not overly oxidized. Nutty sherry flavours persist.

Mouthfeel- Sticky and sweet. Well carbonated and thick. Somewhat warming. The flavour hides the alcohol well.

Drinkability- This beer hides its power and could be drank into a stupor. Delicious!

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Photo of cnjohn19
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Jim at Maido (Louisville, KY) for tapping this keg he's been saving, circa '06...saddened to hear this barleywine is soon to be discontinued by BBC...enjoyed with the best sushi Louisville has to offer (citrus heat, serendipity, spicy tuna)...

A - poured in a snifter with a thick, half inch head...dark consistency and looked extremely inviting...

S - appeared to have an almost caramel aroma...definitely a hint of sweetness and a certain bitterness which appeared to be produced from an increased hops content...however lacked distinct characteristics and a little tough to decipher the true source of aromas...

T - built extremely well and def. tasted the hint of caramel-like characteristics which probably contributed to the sweet smells...enjoyed the strong hops of this brew...bittersweet comes to mind while tasting this beer...overall, very enjoyable blend of hops and barley and was informed the aging of this beer contributed to its tasteful experience...

M - not sure what exactly is was which did not sit extremely well here, possibly a little coarse...

D - i would def. have another, however sounds as if it may be difficult to find...i think you would enjoy this beer, however i will note i did not rush to have another poured during the same sitting...it struck me as a beer to enjoy one of at a time...

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