Strathdee Old Barleywine | Bushwakker Brewing Company

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Bushwakker Brewing Company
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Noxious26 on 09-24-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by demcorhip:
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4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely amazing brew. Thanks DrMalt for sending this stellar brew my way, and thanks Rudge for brewing this awesome treat. Drank this one side by side Half Pint's Burleywine during a barleywine session hosted by chonyr and attended by raider and myself.

Brilliantly clear, deep ruby and amber hued elixir. Thin ruddy tan coloured head, that left a thin collar of fine lacings after settling. Not much carbonation, and didnt expect much either as befits the style.

Rich aromas of butterscotch and bitter yet floral earthiness rose from the glass. Pronounced rich and complex fruity notes of dark, pitted fruits such as cherry and plum also present, along with raisin.

Heavenly. Rich butterscotch toffee overtop of a mild nuttiness. Fruity flavours of pitted fruit mentioned above also present, with the raisin flavour. A solid, woodsy, earthy, and floral hop bitterness perfectly accentuated and counterbalanced the rich malts.

Very well balanced, rich and decadent treat. Medium to full bodied, beautifully crafted beer. The alcohol was incredibly well masked by the depth and complexity of this brew.

An excellent, rich sipper. Perfect to curl up in front of the fireplace with on a cold winter's eve. A must try for anyone who enjoys big, rich beers. This beer stole the show during our barleywine session, from established heavyweights such as Old Crustacean and Old Ruffian. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gotten in trade a while back, the porcelin bottle is a work of art. An English style barleywine, though some noticeable bitterness. Pours a massive amount of light brown foam on hamogoney brown body. Aroma is hoppy and yeasty, then malt. Taste is spruce and the subdued hops. I am sure this has mllowed a great deal from December 2003. Lighter than average mouthfeel, it is creamy. Easy and yet dangerous drinking. Closer to a well-aged British style IPA.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out of those beautiful clay swig tops, and brewed on my girlfriend's 27th birthday.

Appearance: Redder than rubies, with barely any bubbles, they were quite soapy and frail, but quite normal for this style, methinks.

Smell: Dark fruits prevail in the aromas, it felt surprisingly fresh. Rarely have I detected that awesome, strawberry jam-like hops in anything aged for so long. After a year or so it seems to taper off but not this case, 2 years old and still going strong. It also had a touch of smoke, and a sugary cinnamon that I enjoyed.

Taste: Just a warm, roasted maltbomb! Just a touch buttery, with a lingering yet pleasing bitterness. Very nice balance of hops and malt, the former getting the edge in the finish, the latter had a nice roasted grain feel.

Thanks again Rudge for this special brew!

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark clear red with a billowy, off-white head that lasts quite some time

S - light toffee / caramel with an earthy hops aroma.

T - A more rounded toffee and caramel flavor balanced by an earthy hops spice and hints of dark ripe fruit.

M - medium to full bodied. nice carbonation, creamy smooth almost light in feel - not in a detracting way rather in a way that encourages enjoyment and belies the fact that you're drinking a barleywine.

D - wonderful drinking brew. well balanced, smooth and delightful to sip. hides the ABV almost completely and just keeps you wanting more from beginning of the glass to the end.

The only downside of this beer is I only had one, can't get it here and it's too far for a beer run!

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Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hanks for the opportunity to try this rarity Kevin! Much appreciated! Pours a brown body with just a touch of being head sitting a top. Aromas are malt, mild prunes, and slight alcohol. Taste is slightly boozey, malty, bitter and mildly rasins. Perhaps a little weak, but still a great barley wine, and maybe some more age would have done it well. A nice brew!

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Photo of Noxious26
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a special ale that they release occasionally. I know that they have had barley wines in the past, but am unsure about whether it was the same recipe (or same name) or not. According to the tag on the bottle, this particular batch was:

"Brewed December 18, 2003. Aged in the Bushwakker Beer Cellar at a constant 7C since January 2nd, 2004. Enjoy sparingly, serve at 12C in a brandy glass. 500ml 1.083 OG 85 IBU 8.8% A/V " (Edited due to length)

Here's my take

500ml green stoneware bottle with a swing-top cap. There is just a tag hung on the swing-top to identify this beer. Since I don't have a brandy glass, a wine glass will have to do.

Pours out a reddish-brown amber colour and a bit hazy. The head is a dense 1/4 inch and tan in colour. As I let it sit in the glass to warm a bit, the head reduces to a thin cap with clumps of foam.

I can't say that I smell everything listed on the tag, but it's a very well balanced, but mild and delicate aroma of sweet malt and hops.

There is a sweetness that plays across the tongue even before the swallow. After the swallow, the malt and hops blend together nicely, co-operating with each other instead of competing for attention. A nice light (almost faint) carbonation fizz lingers for a while and accents the flavour instead of detracting from it. The fizz pops about the tongue which briefly removes, then quickly re-introduces the stunning flavours to the different parts of the tongue. After the fizz fades, the hops come out on top with a wonderful moderately bitter finish. A subtle bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. The aftertaste is pure heaven and hell: sticking around for a long time, it reminds you of the wonderful taste you just sampled, but tantalizes you to quickly have another taste. Pure delight in a glass.

Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Smooth and satisfing, yet the hops give it a nice crisp bite. Beautifully smooth yet crisp. Sweet yet bitter. Amazing balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness playing together and against one another.

What more can I say? This is simply the greatest beer I've ever set lips upon. Last night I fell in love again, and thankfully this is a mistress that my wife can understand and tolerate (in moderation of course). I've said before that I never thought a beer could be perfect, so I wouldn't give out a perfect 5 score. Well I can find nothing wrong with this beer, so it becomes my first perfect 5 beer. Respect Beer? This is a beer that commands respect!

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Photo of pootz
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1/2 liter stone flip-top:

I get a deep chestnut colored ale with ruby highlights in my trappist snifter. A modest 1 finger sticky cap reduces to a surface and glass clinging lace which lasts the drink out...

...Aromas of rich caramel nuggat, walnuts, vanilla. stewed figs and and earthy, musty, wet burlap under tone... malt spine, oily mouth feel medium-heavy body, rich mellow character....

Starts with a big malt wallup up front that gives the impression of liquid raisin bread, midway there are some layered flavors: caramel, nuts, vanilla, grass, dried fruit, then the finish surprises; English hops show up in spades and give a slow bittering to the long finish and clean up any potential sweetness....tinny aftertaste...and virtually no indication of the alcohol in this beer...

A great well balanced, drinkable Barley wine and another crown jewel for this brewer

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Photo of markaberrant
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3-year old, 500ml ceramic flip top bottle, served in tulip glass.

Pours a clear deep red with flashes of brown and orange. Creamy, off-white head forms and eventually recedes to a thin cap. Lacing all down the glass.

Robust smell of warm toffee, with hints of biscuit, dark fruit (slightly sour) and hops.

Taste is robust toffee and caramel to start, finishes with smooth hop bitterness. Taste lingers on the tongue for some time. Perfect balance; nothing dominates, and each flavour is distinct yet blends with everything else.

Mouthfeel is thick and velvety smooth. Light carbonation is perfect for the style.

Drinkability is top notch. I could sip on this for hours. The alcohol is warming, but delicate and soothing.

This is likely the best beer I've ever had. What more can I say, other than I'm sad I only got to drink 2 of these? Here's hoping Dave's new barleywine at Half Pints will be just as good, AND I'll get a chance to try some!

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Strathdee Old Barleywine from Bushwakker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 8 ratings