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Old Knucklehead Barleywine | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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3.96/5
Very Good
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:
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Added by Todd on 12-16-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,885
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
222
pDev:
11.87%
Bros Score:
4.44
 
 
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Gots:
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4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ctwybeerguy
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Number 14, aged for about 6 months. Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter

First pour was a murky cherry color, second one cleared up. Foam was almost inch high, with medium retention, left little lacing behind.

Great malt and dark fruit smell and taste. Hop bitter in the background and aftertaste.

Medium-high strength, medium body.

Very good and drinkable/sippable barleywine.

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kraty1
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a tiny head of white foam. The head fades super fast leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer consists of a mix of a sweet and hoppy smells. The strongest of the aromas is that off a caramel smell, which is mixed with some fruity smells of raisin and plum. The hoppy smells are mainly herbal and earthy in nature, with these aromas all mixing with a decently strong boozy oak smell producing a rather moderately hopped and boozy aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins a mix of sweet and hop as was depicted in the nose. Some caramel and a little bit of molasses are the forefront of the sweet and are mixed with a hint of apple and raisin at the start. Along with the sweet, is a little bit of hop, with it mainly of an earthy and herbal nature. The two hop flavors grow stronger and stronger as the taste advances to the end and are joined by a decent boozy taste. The boozy taste begins initially as a more warming vodka flavor, with it taking on more and more oak and sharp booze as the taste gets to the end. With the sweet fading a little bit and slight increase in the maltiness, one is left with a rather boozy, harsh, and somewhat sharply hopped barleywine flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin for a barleywine of 9.2% with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. A thicker body and lower carbonation would have certainly been better for the style and made for a more flavorful and less boozy tasting brew overall.

Overall – Not really one I enjoyed too much. The hops were OK, but the oaky and harsh booze mixed with a little bit of sweetness at the end really took away from the beer as they just did not meld very well. For those reasons and the rather poor mouthfeel, the brew make for one that I will not frequent too often.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from draft at Firkin on March 6, 2015.

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3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottling 14

MF - Smooth but thin (-), medown heavy body, semi-dry.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

#14. Pours amber to ruby red. Nice oak smell with a vanilla hint. Taste loads of vanilla. Very pleasant. Not as much cherry as i expected. Low carbonation makes the taste and mouthfeel feel well rounded. Head dissipated to a thin line around edge of glass. Overall a nice beer. Just odd for a barleywine to have so little cherry to me. But still a nice take. Especially with the oak and vanilla

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Old Knucklehead Barleywine from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 222 ratings
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