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Old Knucklehead Barleywine | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Old Knucklehead BarleywineOld Knucklehead Barleywine
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3.96/5
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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:
#5,829
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
222
pDev:
11.87%
Bros Score:
4.44
 
 
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44
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of Boozecamel
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Quaffer
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11th bottling, 2003

Appearance: This beer poured a dark brown that actually showed its true, deep ruby color when held up to a light. A light tan head rose up to one finger in the goblet and then settled back into a thin layer of foam that capped the brew for most of the drink. There was not much lace to speak of.

Smell: The main components of the smell were a typical sweet maltiness combined with dark fruit. These were combined with more subtle aromas of bread and yeast. The 9.1% alcohol also started to reveal itself as the beer really started to warm up.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and very creamy smooth. Occasionally there was a tingle on the tongue from the alcohol

Taste: Upfront, there were flavors of sweet malt (but not too sweet) and cherries. In the middle rose a very vinous flavor that was followed up by a light bitterness on the finish. An alcohol flavor was also present on the finish, but it was not overpowering at all.

A very nice, mellow barley wine. The flavors were good, but this brew was not even close to being a powerhouse barley wine. Long-term aging might not benifit this brew much.

Oh, yeah. My cat liked it, too.

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Photo of lou91
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1996 vintage in 2004. Wow this beer has aged very well showing an amazing mouthfeel and rich thick malty goodness. The beer poured still with a clump of sediment landing at the end. The color was dark amber brown with little nose. It has a similar profile to thomas hardy with subtle sweet fruit and chocolate notes and a thoroughly satisfying alcohol warmth. This is my last bottle of this great vintage and great to see this beer tasting so good for so long.

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Photo of SickBrew
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The barlywine pours a turbid hazelnut brown and supports a modest head that forms slowly from co2 coming out of solution similar to the way a nitro does but on a much smaller scale. Nose is somewhat timid but has that characteristic rich malts and slightly sour and bready notes that I associate with the style. This brew tastes great and is not as "big" as some of the other barlywines. Flavors are somewhat smoother and mellower than some other bareywines and yet it is still characteristic for the style. Hop bitterness is moderate and esters are light. Mouthfeel is medium to full, is not syrupy and carbonation is moderately low.

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

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

Pours an orange-tinted brown....nose is sweet dark fruits...blackberries...plums....black cherries...fantastic nose..full bodied....smooth in the mouth..some spicy alcohol bite on the finish...sweet maltiness is in the forefront...but a nice dose of hops enters on the finish along with the alcohol..the taste is sweet dark fruits....but the hops really bite off an over-sweetness on the finsih...a real tight chinook type bite on the finish..works splendidly..

An excellent BW...very balanced and tasty....the nose is really nice....everything else is well above average....can definitely taste the ABV on the buds...this one shouldn't sneak up on you...sip it..savor it...and enjoy it...

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good looking, brown with amber notes and clear, not a very large head but good lacing.

Aroma is pretty good, oak and lots of caramel malt, some hop notes, brown sugar.

Flavor is really good, as is the body. The malts chosen for this beer were well chosen, it's got a great caramel malt flavor (but not too much), brown sugar, molasses, nuts, and maybe even a touch of chocolate. Carbonation is low but right at the point where it compliments the other aspects of the beer perfectly (note: I really don't like under-carbed beers, so if I say "low" carbonation, but like the beer, that's saying a lot).

Overall this is an amazing barleywine and I plan to go buy several more bottles before the store runs out of it.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a clear, bubbly amberish/burgundy color with 1 finger of light tan colored head. Very nice lacing left behind while I sip on this.

S - Smells of some slight dark fruits, rum raisins, and some slight earthy hops. Nothing extraordinary.

T/M - Some more of the dark fruits, and some toasted oak notes make this one very tasty! Some vanilla notes are present as well. Nice blend of flavors with a little alcohol warmth. Medium slick mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

O - This a damn fine barleywine. Has a lot of the same charasteristics of Sucaba. Nice warming feel as it goes down, good malt character. If I could get this regularly, I would more than likely get this again.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into snifter. 12/2013

A: pours a deer ruby red, with nice off white head (about a fingers worth) good retention, and lacing.

S: oaky, vanilla upfront, drank fruits, cherry, raisin, plums,

T: malty sweetness upfront, follow by dark fruits similar to the nose and a nice, dry oaky, vanilla finish. no traces of alochol.

M: good mouthfeel, appropriately carbonated.

O: delicious beer. the oak plays in nicely

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Photo of Kuaff
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to myself in a snifter at cellar temperature.

The Old Knucklehead has a one-finger off-white head on a transparent, dark ruby body. Looks attractive.

Smells like butterscotch, raisins, cherries, and some fluoral hops. Very nice, very nice.

The taste gives me sweet and buttery butterscotch (is that redundant?) and caramel at first, transitioning into earthy, woody hop flavor. A nice breadiness in the finish that's both sweet AND bitter. However, the sweetness feels a bit out of balance to me. This may be classified as an American barleywine, but I would have guessed it to be an English one. Definitely tastes more like the sweeter English style to me.

A thick body and lax carbonation. Pretty good feel to it.

Well, there are other barley wines which I think are way better than this, but it's still a very good one. Moderately recommended.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed medium amber in color sporting a proud head of wheat hued froth that retains well for the style, leaving some nifty lace artwork as it rededes.

Aroma represents a multitude of sweet malt notes, mainly scorched caramel and butterscotch. There's a deep sense of candied citrus peels with pinapple and cherries, almost like fruitcake.

Flavor begins with those lovely caramelized malt notes of burnt brown sugar, warm butterscotch pudding, and toffee. There some sweet fruit notes and a citrus-laden finish of candied grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon peel with hints of oozing pine.

Body is big, mouthfeel is oily smooth, with a creamy texture accentuated by fine, natural carbonation. An excellent barleywine.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up little head which has almost no retention. The head is a light to medium beige while the body is a cherry with hints of maroon which appears maroon/amber when held up to the light. Leaves rings of lacing/sheeting.

Nose- Not the aroma that I was expecting from a barleywine. Notes of coconut, vanilla, and toffee from the bottle. But from the glass, it's a whole different ballpark. Apricot which moves to other stone fruits- notably canned peaches. Almost smells like the syrup. Some hints of cherry. Slight notes of caramel, oak, vanilla, and toffee are underneath the strong fruit from the glass but they are minimal in comparison. The aroma from the bottle is the exact opposite for the most part. Swirling reveals a pretty generic stone fruit profile.

Taste- Starts off with the stone fruits of the nose. Apricots being the strongest and then a little bit of coconut asserts itself and becomes very dominant. A good amount of vanilla. Some caramel and toffee. There was almost a leather quality that seemed to accompany the stone fruits of the front. Very noticeable heat in the middle but not really on the finish which was weak in comparison to the flavor profile of my first taste. Cherry as well but is not as strong as the apricots which are seconded by peaches. The dominant vanilla of my first taste seems to fade into strong oak. Some burnt caramel on the finish combined with some matchstick, slight grapefruit. This is very different from the barleywines that I'm used to but I like it. Lots of presence but it really isn't that messy. The noticeable booze, however, does suggest aging. I don't know if I would classify it as a really good beer (the oak is a little off putting) but it is definitely a good beer. Nice pine and resin on the finish to contrast the considerable fruit of the front. Every once and a while, a nice little note of coconut hits me and nudges this closer to being a really good beer.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with a good amount of syrup to the texture. Carbonation is low key and fits the style.

Drinkability- Remarkably accessible for a fresh and noticeably hot barleywine. This beer flirts with being dangerous, especially at the price of 6 bucks a bomber.

Overall- I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I know it's almost a 4 but so is Bigfoot and I find this beer to be much more accessible fresh than that one. This may just be the 2013 version though. My reading of reviews of this beer seems to suggest that this 14th release is a different beast than previous ones. I can't comment on those but I am pleased with this version. I will be buying additional bottles for aging. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 Bottling no. 11
Pours a dark leather amber with a tight, thick, tan head. Great lacing.
Nose is very aromatic. Smells of earthy whiskey, tangy grapes, oak, bread pudding, and a whiff of alcohol leap out of the glass. Tangy/vinuous character is stonger than I would have thought for a barleywine.
Sweet, rich, fruity malt flavors up front. Tangy, musty, grape character comes through stongly in the middle. Hops ride in at this point as well. Bitter, resinous, and spicy pin pricks on the tongue. Bitterness swells into the sweet, caramelly/grape finish. Big, creamy mouthfeel that warms you up real nicely.

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Photo of HochFliegen
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Deep red color with small head thin head.
Smell: Strong smell of raisins and the smell of alcohol. Intensely sweet from the malt.
Taste: Very sweet to start and smooth. Not abrasive or overwheliming at all. A nice bitterness in the middle that finishes with a nice warming and alhohol note to it. A very nice ending.
Mouthfeel: Fullbodied all the way. Very good.
Drinkability: It so good and right kinda hard not to drink it.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 Vintage, Run 011.
Tan head sits atop this very red amber brew. Minimal particulate matter.
Aroma of rich, sweet toffee, caramel malt. Woody and earthy with a bit of alcohol as well.

Taste shows a rich, smooth, caramel malt backbone. Woody and earthy. Solid hop balance. Neutral and not overbearingly sweet like some barleywines. Hint of dark fruit up front. Alcohol is well hidden. Finishes well.

Good mouthfeel, although the body isn't quite as full as many barleywines.
Very drinkable.
Overall, a good, balanced barleywine.

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Photo of Hallertau
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

Pours a clear red hue with a slightly off-white one-finger head with tons of lace on the glass.
Aroma deep dark fruits, hint of caramel candy apple and some grain alcohol.
Flavor is somewhat nutty, with caramel and fruit flavors. Some biscuity hits and a spicy, peppery alcohol note.
Mouthfeel is very full and dense with a grainy and somewhat phenolic hit
Drinkability is fairly high. Far some reason this beer didn't work fully for me, the transitions wern't quite right an didn't find the balance between sweet and bitter that appealing. That being said it is still a very good beer.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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