Old Knucklehead Barleywine | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Old Knucklehead BarleywineOld Knucklehead Barleywine
BA SCORE
76.6%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 222 ratings
Old Knucklehead BarleywineOld Knucklehead Barleywine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States
bridgeportbrew.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-16-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,571
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
222
Liked:
170
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
11.87%
Alströms:
4.44
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of hreb
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber of barleywine served in a chalice. Beer is a bright, beautiful amber color, syrupy in consistency, with nearly zero head. Not much in the way of aroma, a little bit malty and rich . Flavor is a big oak plank to the forehead. IBUs are pretty up there in here too, but they balance nicely with the heavy sugar and raw alcohol load in this barleywine. I don't get much in the way of fruity or grape/raisin flavors here, just huge beer with a lot of oak. Does it need cellaring to mellow out? Maybe. The "fresh" version is totally drinkable but it's no A+ / world-class barleywine.

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Photo of pumaguy021
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of HKUSPC40
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No. 013 Bottling from a 22 oz bottle.
Thin head on a hazy, copper colored body.
The aroma is rich and deep: grain, bread and woody, like oak.
The taste is complex. It starts out woody, deep malt sweetness, bitterness in the middle, finishes candy sweet.
Smooth texture, low carbonation and heavy body.
A complex and deeply flavorful beer.

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

A: Pours a clear brown/purple color with a small off-white head on top. A little bit of retention, eventually reducing to a thin ring on top. Streaky lacing.

S: Lots of caramel with vanilla and a bit of oak. There is a surprising amount of pine and a little fruit.

T: Good amount of bourbon upfront with plenty of caramel and vanilla. More pine and some dark fruit. Finishes very sweet.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Better than expected. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel mixed with a good bit of pine. Really nice fresh, not sure how good it would be with some time on it.

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Photo of JakeH3K
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Cjtytler
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown bomber labeled Batch #13. Slightly chilled into very cold pint glass.

A: clear deep mahogany with ruby hints. slightly offwhite foam forms a ring but no real head or cap. Lots of tiny bubbles coming to the top. Looks pretty good.

S: surprisingly hoppy on the nose, notes of citrus makes me think some cascade in the hop mix. Some alcohol smell and only a bit of that sweetness one expects from a barleywine. At 9.1% I expect either an overly sweet barleywine because it didn't ferment out to much or a really dry barleywine. All in all the hops is a pretty dominant aroma.

T: much to my amazement it is really well balanced. Opens with a burst of northwest hops(those cascades?) never really fades but hides in,the background while a solid malt body rounds out the middle. A hint of the expected sweetness teases then hides behind a second hop wave that finishes off with a lingering but not overpowering bitter. This beer is too drinkable for 9%, dangerous.

M: not as chewy as a stout but has the heft I want from a barleywine. A bit more carbonation than I expect but not too bad.

O: Wow is all I have to say. As far as barleywines go this would be a session barleywine. Really good, surprisingly hoppy (almost like an IPA which I am nlt a huge fan of). not a big sipping beer like Firestone Walker Abacus, you want to get a big mouthfull of this one. This is a DAMN GOOD brew, way to go Bridgestone, I love it!

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Photo of InVinoVeritas
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottling No. 013, 9.2% abv

Appearance: Pours a clear tawny color and only builds up much of a head with a hard pour; plenty of squiggles of lace stream down the side of the chalice

Smell: Caramel and oaky/vanilla Bourbon, with rich, fruity undertones (fig and apricot) as well as hints of pine, strawberry and nuts

Taste: The Bourbon and piney flavors jut forward , buttressed by the caramel, dried fruit and strawberry flavors; in the middle and after the swallow, the booze factor builds, as does the fruit, nuts and hops; Bourbon, vanilla and oak tones linger in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Clearly a barleywine to drink fresh, this beer offers a variety of flavors that come together with finesse; it has been about four years since the last time this was brewed but this one was well worth the wait

Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity to try this infrequently brewed delight

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

This is No.13. Pours a dark amber with a thin tan head that recedes to an outer ring. Smells very nice. Got hints of pine resin, spruce and even some faint banana. Intense flavors. Bittersweet with a strong alcohol finish. banana, amber, clear, frothy, tan foam, Very bittersweet flavor. Intense. Starts sweet, then a sort of bitter fruit flavor. Strong alcohol finish. Thick feel with average carbonation. Definately a big beer with alot going on. I may have bumped taste just a bit if the alcohol was masked just a little more, but then again this is a barleywine.

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3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a medium to dark red-orange amber. Thin light tan head dissipates to ta ring around the glass with light lacing. Nice oaky aroma of sweet caramel malt and dark fruit. Flavor is a flat sweet malt and slight dark fruit that is oddly dry, but finishes with pleasant oak and dried fruit (dates and figs rather than the plum flavors more common in barleywines) with slight hop bitterness. An unusually flavored barleywine that lacked some malt and dark fruit depth. Medium bodied. An interesting take on an American barleywine that I will revisit, but suspect does not have enough depth to age well.

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Photo of Holy_Hop_Head
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of AxesandAnchors
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of woosterbill
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from 1997. Big thanks to Tony for sharing this old thing.

A: Hazy mahogany body with a thin, fine tan head. Pretty good for its extreme age.

S: Musty and oxidized to all hell. Caramel and cobwebs. Cool.

T: Musty cobwebs up front, with caramel malt and basement mustiness afterward. Sweet, dusty finish. Very, very, very old tasting.

M: Medium body, moderate, lively carbonation. Excellent life for such an ancient beer.

O: I love old Barleywines, but this is just too old.

Cheers!

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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, vintage 1996.

A - Pours a burnt brown/red color, tan-colored head, thin collar.

S - Fruity sweetness, light oxidation, light burnt sugars, caramel, some coffee. Smells pretty darn good for 15 years of age with a hint of oxidation. It's very "delicate" now, and the booze is gone.

T - Similar to the nose. Dark fruits, caramel, light oxidation, burnt sugars. The booze is long gone, and it goes down sweet and sugary, if anything. Finish is dark fruits and caramel sweetness.

M - Medium, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - For as old as this beer is, I was surprised how well this held up. The booze was gone and the sweetness was just right for me. I wouldn't recommend holding onto your bottles this long, but it was really cool to try.

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Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Old Knucklehead Barleywine from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 76.6% out of 100 with 222 ratings
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