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 Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unfiltered brown,minimal head. smells like a barleywine.taste of mollasses and brown sugar and caramel. Average mouthfeel. Some hops but neither sweet nor bitter. Directionless. Not so drinkable or interesting.A shame with the high abv. Probably best young.Jon's bottle.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

Vintage '06, on-tap at Rich O's Gravity Head '08:

Even with a year + age, the beer still has an over-bearing hop character that cannot be overlooked. Even with the hop / malt conflict, it's difficult to dismiss this beer. It's full of dried fruit flavors, intense sweetness, and tons of hop flavor. Maybe additional time will help the beer meld.

December 12, 2007:

and then I ask myself, "Self, why have you not reviewed this beer before?" Self really didn't have an answer, but here we are anyway. When I first got into craft brew, this is one of the beer that totally kicked my ass. Over the years, I have found a great fondness for the rich, smooth malt flavors and the heavity agressive hop additions. However that first sip always knocks me back a bit. The aromas are of an overmalted IPA, or at least that is the impressions that the sharp hops give. An underlying campfire aroma adds to the intrigue. The flavors are a hop dominated, malty concoction with tons of fruits (fruitcake), citrus rinds, peat moss, dates, nuts, raisons, rum and pine flavored hops. A serious bitterness (hops) sets the feel, accompanied by a rich full body with a light fusal and astringent feel. The beer is very agressively flavored, which hurts the drinkability, but is sure to age-out, if I could ever sit on one long enough. Surely worth a try--at least twice.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.64/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I've never had a beer from this brewery before. Acquired at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles.

Served chilled but not quite cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and excellent (4+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a rather dark hazy caramel-amber. Sweet jesus, there's a shitload of yeast floating around in there - to the point that it's a turnoff. That's entirely too much, especially for a barleywine. How did that much yeast make it into the bottle? I could innoculate a 5 gallon batch of homebrew with this. Seriously. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. No bubble show.

Sm: Caramel, light oxidation, rich heavy malts, biscuity yeast, toffee, a hint of butterscotch, raisin, and maybe vanilla. Rich malts are dominant. Hints of alcohol. An average strength aroma.

T: Rich malts, butterscotch, vanilla, a bit of raisin (which came off oxidized in the aroma and is strange here), biscuity yeast, toffee, and caramel. Simple for the style. Balance is off. The flavour profile just isn't that impressive. Not as complex as it needs to be. Lacks subtlety. I'm not a big fan of this one. A bit of alcohol does come through. Surprisingly bland for a barleywine. Hopping is generic floral and isn't all that expressive.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick and viscous, approaching syrupy. Also the yeast particles give it an unpleasant texture. Thickens on the finish, a reprehensible effect. Scratchy, making me cough.

Dr: Difficult to drink due to its low quality and strange high quantity of yeast. Hides its ABV alright. Probably best on draught so all the yeast is filtered out. Boy, I wouldn't want to try this again. I'm not starting off on the right foot with this brewery. I think this bottle was $6.00; I definitely wouldn't pay that again.


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Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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 zeff80
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a reddish, brown color - redder than any barleywine that I've ever seen. It had a thin, tan head of foam that left no lace.

S - It smelled very sweet and malty. It had a boozy nose with touches of bourbon and oak.

T - It was a very sweet caramel malt tasting beer with a spicy hop heat. The alcohol flavor comes through on this one.

M - It was soft and smooth with a warm alcohol presence. A full-bodied ale.

D - This is an okay barleywine. A little too sweet for my taste. Hopefully, it mellows with age.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of billab914
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a murky, dark caramel color color with a frothy white head filling half of the glass. It had some great head retention for the style, as well as lacing.

The aroma has a piny, resiny hop presence mixing with a sweeter, candy like, caramel flavor. I get some citrusy, bitter, grapefruit rind like flavor to it as well.

The first thing I notice in the taste is a chocolate or cocoa like presence. Again, I get a somewhat harsh, bitter, resiny, citrus rind flavor to it throughout the beer. The malty, sweet, caramel flavors are very reserved for the style.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was an interesting take on the style, but not one of the better ones. It felt a little harsh to me at times and the chocolate flavors seemed out of place. Not a bad beer, but probably not one I'd buy again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Candy apple red with a soft coral glow when backlit. This is one of the prettiest American barleywines that I've ever seen. The pastel gold crown is thick and rich and creamy and is laying down fine sheets of intricate lace all over the upper portion of the snifter. Bearded Pat's is a looker!

The aroma gets it done too. First, it smells like 15 months in the bottle was time well spent. The alcohol, even at such a lofty ABV, is hardly noticed. Each sniff delivers cherries and berries swimming in caramel and earthy-citric hops. This should be good beer.

BPB is definitely good, but unless something changes by the final few ounces, it isn't damn good. The flavor profile features steely caramel, unsweetened chocolate and earthy pipe tobacco. I'm not sure if more age would soften things, but I have a feeling that it would.

On the positive side of the ledger are some of the same things that can be appreciated in the nose. Primarily, black cherries, blackberries, bitter orange peel... and maybe even a dab of raisin paste. Warming allows the various flavors to coalesce into a more uniform whole and allows the taste score to be increased with no hesitation whatsoever.

The final pour turns the beer from tropical sunset coral to murky dark caramel brown. It looks like plenty of yeast was hiding in the bottom of the bottle. The appearance is still great. The flavor is bolder and slightly more chocolate-like, but is otherwise unchanged. Come to think of it, the flavor profile and the mouthfeel (no more than medium for the style) are more along the lines of an English barleywine than an American one.

My first four Bluegrass Brewing Company beers were terrific (American Pale Ale, Dark Star Porter, Altbier and Hell For Certain). The next three weren't so wonderful (Mephistopheles Metamorphosis, Horse Piss Beer and Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout). Bearded Pat's Barleywine belongs in the first group and is a lovely little sipper once it approaches room temperature.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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 WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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 WesWes
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper orange with a fairly short head, butone that stuck around for the life of the beer. Quite good lacing as well. The smell is fairly light, but there are hints of menthol, alcohol, sweet malt, and a slight spiciness. The taste is a little more pronounced. It's fairly dry with apricots, wax, sweet malt, and cotton candy. Sounds quite sweet, but these flavors are fairly restrained. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and relatively light bodied for the style. Quite drinkable. The alcohol is hidden well, and the brew is smooth, creamy, and delicious.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deeper amber color with a small dirty white head. Nose is dried fruits, sweet like brown sugar. Taste is rather thin bodied with hints of dried fruits, caramel and cocoa on the end. Mouthfeel is thin, not to complex but good. Average to good bwine. This beer only comes alive at room temp.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a deep brown body with an amber hue. There is a thin ring of big bubbles around the edge and that is supported by a gentle carbonation of bubbles.

S- There is a very light note of dark sweet malt with a soft fusel alcohol hint that comes through in the finish. There are some soft notes of brown malt and toasted malt coming through as it warms but there were very subtle.

T- This beer has a light flavor in general with notes of dark malt and some notes of dark fruit hints coming out as it warms. There are some light toasted malt hints and a soft white sugar note to it. The soft flavor of green hops has a gentle bitterness and a slight alcohol taste in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a bit of a watery texture. The alcohol heat was pretty smooth and gentle but nice.

D- This beer has a soft light flavor and smell but the alcohol is a nice heat and not too hot.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Bearded Pat's Barleywine from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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