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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 | website

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

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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 100
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 Cresant
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a nonic. The "bottled on" panel was not notched. Two fingers of off-white creamy head slowly faded to a filmy lace clinging to the glass.

Smell was spicy and sweet. Brown sugar over sweet potatoes. Interesting.

Taste was sweet as well but well balanced with a bright hops flavor. Rich. Well hidden alcohol (said to be 11%). Slight cherry flavor. Not my favorite style but interesting.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body. Hops oils linger in the mouth.

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Photo of phisig137
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep amber copper color, with a one finger head. Decent retention, but leaves little behind.

Aroma is mostly hoppy, but with some malt shining through as well. Hops are piney and citrusy, and the malt shows a bit of caramel.

Flavor is fairly malty up front, with a strong bitter hoppy finish. Pure grapefruit tongue searing bitterness makes me think that this will age pretty well. Mouthfeel is full and well carbonated. Drinkability is decent.

This is another decent beer from BBC. Not thier best, but by no means is it bad. I'd buy it again, and I'll be curious to see how this changes over time.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub, January 5, 2007. Just submitted an update on the following info:

ABV 11.0%
IBU's 81

Rich red amber ruby color under a minimal off-white head.

Smell is Juicy-Fruit gum, crystal malt, cherries.

Taste is a huge sweet malt base with a fascinating sour-mash accompaniment that tastes like sour-cream on sweet cherries. Long hoppy bitter dry finish.

Sticky, thick, chewy round mouthfeel.

Alcohol is fairly well hidden on the tastebuds, but warms nicely in the throat.

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Photo of PatYoda
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad barleywine. Just consumed a January 2002 vintage at Chalkies in Indy. It has a strong sweetness to start things out, though it is a bit on the syrupy side, with some fruit. A caramel flavor also makes itself known. The hops have persevered over the last couple years to provide a pleasant piney bitterness which doesn't quite offset the sweetness as much as it should, but still does the job. A bit too simple for my tastes. Nice and thick/creamy though.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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 winomark
3.07/5  rDev -19%
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 bditty187
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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 Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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 SheepNutz
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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 far333
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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 ALESwhatCURESya
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured with a resemblence of good apple cider. The aroma was wonderful with a sweet hoppy smell. Like most barleywines I have had, it was a little murky with a nice light brown head. I guess that the taste of this beer can be looked at a few different ways. First of all, it was not a strong as many of the other barleywines so it may be a good one to introduce newcomers to. On the other hand, since it lacked the taste I was looking for, I cannot say it was it was anything other than an a less than average barleywine.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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 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 aaronh
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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 clvand0
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
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 Brent
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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 beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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 hotstuff
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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 TheDM
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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 cretemixer
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +24.5%
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 Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Bearded Pat's Barleywine from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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