Barrel Aged Olde Bartholomew | Yards Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 14
Reviews by weeare138:
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4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from TJ's 7th Anniversary...

Appears a transparent amber with an orange hue and a small beige head that quickly fades out into a mild film. Little spots of lacing droop down into the glass.
Smell is of obvious bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, and biscuity malt.
Taste is of the aromas with caramel, roasted nuts, vanilla, and bourbon being the standout with some ripe fruit, and sugar blasts pulling through.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, warming, on the sweeter side but not really cloying.
Pretty nice beer!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of fpreh1957
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at TJs 7th Anniversary Event

I admit I had this after a few other strong beers, but here is my objective review regardless.

A tea colored slightly golden bronze with dull off white cap, the clarity is slightly hazed which is fine for a barrel aged beer. Moderate amounts of lace cling. The smell is good when cool with mild vanilla and caramel malt odors which seem creamy w/ sweet nuttiness and mild wood w/ light custard which turns more alcoholic when warm with some fusel.

The feel is strong and warming, almost hot to my palate with it kind of overwhelming the malt texture slightly and subtle spice and hop astringency is noted in the finish. The flavor has bitter herbal hop notes w/ lots of creamy sweet and caramel flavor w/ slight taste of wood and pepper with gentle toast and cotton candy sweet vanilla accent, it gets slightly cloying and boozy toward the end. I found this to be a decent barrel aged barleywine, but needs some time to age IMO, to strong for its own good flavor-wise with the alcohol presence a little too forward for my taste.

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

on tap at tj's 7th ann party

a- comes to me with a small hint of head and a solid ring that leaves a good amount of sticky lace. Dark copper orange in color with a nice reddish glow to it.

s- bourbon and sweet vanilla out front with a touch of spice. Solid malt backbone with a caramel and toffee punch.

t- killer barrel profile with the base beer never getting lost in the wood. Caramel and toffee roll into the slightly boozy bourbon and vanilla. Honey wheat bread and sorgrum come to mind at times. Mild spice that does a lot to keep the sweetness at bay.

m- a step above medium in body with a smooth slightly creamy carb. A good amount of heat does show.

d- i really like this stuff. the barrel has done good to this average bw and brought it to a new level.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at TJs 7th Anniversary Event earlier tonight.

The pour produces a crisp and clear coppery color with no head. There is also no lacing to speak of. The texture looks medium to heavy, but we will find out more about this later.

The aroma is amazingly balanced and complex. Vanilla, bourbon, oak, and toffee are all present, and their balance reminds me of the balance struck by some of the great BA beers of the past half-decade. There is also a good amount of warming alcohol present in the nose. The taste brings on more of the same, though the vanilla, toffee, and oak characteristics shine through more. The bourbon is only a footnote to the overall characteristics of the beer itself, allowing all of the other barrel-contributed features to shine through. Unfortunately, there was not a lot of nutty sweetness or a dark fruit presence, which I really do like to see in my barleywines.

Thick and syrupy, the carbonation is low, but that lends itself perfectly to the overall consistency. I am amazed by the fact that this beer stole the show during a night of absolutely stellar beers, but Yards has done a great job of striking the balance between barrel aging and going completely over the top.

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Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a faintly hazed gold color, little head, some lingering bubbles and sticky stuff left on the glass. Scent wonderfully leads with strong notes of vanilla and toasted oak, nice coconut whiff, some moderate floral hoppiness and a subdued light caramel, toasted grain and toffee backbone. Taste leads with notes from the barrel once more - vanilla, oak, coconut, bourbon - before the base beer shines through - lots of buttery and nutty toffee, light caramel, floral hops. Exquisitely smooth and lightly creamy, great cask carbonation. Overall, the bourbon treatment to this beer is fantastic, really transforms the beer. Really enjoying bourbon barrel aged barely wines.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on cask at Yards Brewing Co., Philly, PA, at their 5th Annual Real Ale Fest 2012

ABV was 10.3% according to their list.

Poured a clear golden orange color with a small, frothy, white head; no notable retention or lacing. Booze-forward aroma, with notes of vanilla and toffee. More of the same in the taste, very hot and boozy, but could you really expect otherwise in a bourbon-aged barleywine? Definite bourbon flavor, honey, lots of toffee and vanilla. Medium body, hot, but still pretty smooth, though lacking the rich, full body that I really like in a barleywine.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ixodus
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ironman88
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of tobelerone
2.61/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the brewery. Surprised by the other reviews, and I wasn’t at the TJ’s event, but…this beer was frankly terrible to my tastes. Not sure what exactly they were going for here. It looked pretty good, very clear, with a nice little white head and lacing on top of a golden orange colored body. Smell was okay; slightly fruity and sweet with a big wallop of booze. The taste was where it all fell apart for me. Tons of fusel alcohol, dominating everything else, trace sweetness, a little fruit and spice, no real barrel or bourbon characteristics. No vanilla, oak, just weird and harsh and unappealing. Body was medium-full with medium carbonation, finish was dry enough without too much lingering aftertaste, thankfully.

Maybe someone else’s cup of tea but definitely not mine. An unpleasant experience that failed to deliver much in the way of bourbon, barrel, or barleywine tastiness. Way too hot, very low on the drinkability scale.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Barrel Aged Olde Bartholomew from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 14 ratings