Olde Bartholomew
Yards Brewing Co.

Olde BartholomewOlde Bartholomew
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British Barleywine
Ranked #232
Ranked #38,341
3.66 | pDev: 12.57%
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviews by strangefate:
Photo of strangefate
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour on tap at the Hulmeville Inn on 10/29.

Pours a dark brown with little head and good lacing.

The scent is sweet and fruity - a mashing of fruit smells really, but noticeable was a touch of grapes and oranges.

The taste is sweet and sugary. It retains the fruitiness present on the nose, but with a sweet honey-like malt character. No hop presence here.

It has a medium-to-heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. It's somewhat syrupy, but a good feel nonetheless.

This is a solid barleywine - something I will definitely buy again. It's not something I could see myself drinking large quantities of, but it's definitely worthy of my money.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. 2015 vintage

L: Caramel colored pour... cloudy and viscous. 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Brown sugar and caramel. Toffee, sweets, and some spicy hops.

T.F: Thick and rich... sweet up front with toffee, molasses, and caramel. Toasted grains and some light spice. Modest hop presence for balance. Sticky on the tongue. Warming... ABV present but not obnoxious. The finish is more Belgian candy sugar and toffee.

O: A very solid English style Barleywine. 2 years in the cellar and it tastes great. True to style.

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Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served via gravity from a firkin at The P.O.P.E. in Philadelphia, PA.

A-Orange kissed copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin ring of retention and left spotty lace.

S-Woody astringency with orange rind bitterness, honey sweetness and a touch of hop spiciness. All of this is rather subtle but pleasant nonetheless.

T-Spicy, biting orange rind along with moderating honey sweetness. Dry woody bitterness adding some depth in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, quite smooth from the honey sweetness and long lingering spicy bitterness. Dry, astringent finish.

D-Really tasty stuff. Oak orange with moderating honey sweetness. A true sweet/dry battle rages on throughout the entire pint. An eminently approachable and drinkable barleywine.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip shaped glass, color is a nice bright gold to light amber, head presents thick but dissipates to a nice 1/4 inch thick with lacing on the glass.

Smell is a mix of resinous malt hints of raisan, plums and light citrus hop quickly followed by some booziness.

Taste is great mix of light caramel sweetness, hints of some fruitiness and light toasted malt with a solid amount of bitterness. A nice estery booziness lingers throughout which works very well with the flavors.

Mouthfeel is a lightly on the cloying side, kind of strong on the tongue, but the lingering sweetness and solid carbonation balance it out.

Overall, this is a very tasty barleywine, nose is a little heavy on esters/booze and a little strong on the tongue but the well balanced flavors make up for these things to make it surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 10.3% barleywine in a 750ml bottle. Well at least I won't feel shorted.

Pours beautifully. This is a mainly malty sweet barleywine with minimal to almost no io influence. Nothing outlandish on the sweetness. Pretty smooth. Not a lot of variance or complexity on the ride though. A quintessential English barleywine. Probably a good one to age for a while.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DIM
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 750 with no cork and cage. God bless Yards for skipping that pretentious BS.

This was an amber tinted honey color; it poured with a massive, frothy white cap. I smelled toffee, potpourri like fruit, and toffee. Some warmth, but it was mellow and well incorporated.

Mellow flavor profile but it comes together well. Lots of toffee, not sharp or charred. Some spiced fruit and light, lingering bitter astringency. Medium body and overactive carbonation. Really nice b-wine, wish it came in 12 ouncers.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(reviewed on 21 Nov 2015... 750 mL, bottled on 101515 - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: (a little too) crystal-clear, brassy, darker amber liquid... the clarity is a tad alarming - wondering if it had affected flavor at all and how... creme/beige tinged sudsy foam, a tad gummy, and without much staying power

S: mildly-syrupy malt base with maybe some candied walnut, a bit of dried grass, and a moderately potent toasted (old) wood highlight... the 'syrupy' quality is akin to turbinado simple syrup or maybe invert syrup... hops, if present in any noticeable degree may be there in the form of a mellow perfumy overtone, but that could also be esters... no hot booze on the nose

T: holy hell! a good bit solventy up front, with a lingering spiciness... the malt is rather thinned out and I feel like I'm tasting way too much pure (fusel) alcohol... not much to brag about here - this is waaaaay too attenuated... this is simply a powerful malt liquor with a touch of toasty/woody notes

F: polished-smooth, supple body - it's almost like drinking a quad-strength malt liquor with that sting on the roof of your mouth... it IS ridiculously dry... I prefer a barleywine to have some viscosity, which is absent here

O: this had a hell of a lot more depth and character in its taste and body the first time I had it a few years ago (quick rating of 4) - I then eagerly proclaimed it my favorite American barleywine - what happened here?... I appreciate the fact that it's not insanely hopped and that it still does stand out from the pack, but this brew went wrong... this year's was a sexy-strong 40... not that I won't try this again

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Photo of tedho21
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of thequeen711
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a local barleywine worthy of a review. This Yards brew is quite tasty, flavours of mild nuts, hints of chocolate, vanilla and apricots and mild spices make up their best creation. Fruity aroma, fruity taste, flavours of vanilla are in there with the apricots. A very tasty barleywine from Yards!

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Weyerbacher Tulip.

Bart's color is a hazy orange with light shades of faded amber with a dismal cream colored cap that left minor sticks. Smell is on the English side for real, with English malt, toffee, the lightest spice character, earthy hops, and a minimal fruit character. Taste is on the malty side as well, rich with English essence, caramel, light nut character, earthy hops, a bit of grain and a touch of alcohol. As always, the malt profile is the creme as with most Yards beers. Light fruit character with warming. Feel is a big medium with a good amount, not so much so. After twenty minutes or so, this one just goes down. This is a solid effort. I'll keep an eye for it on draft(even though I've been dodging it for two years) and might even grab a sixer for everyday B-wine drinking in the winter. One at a time though.

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of philbe311
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Two and a half finger's worth of crisp tightly packed head that is slightly off-white in terms of color with a dollop of big chunky bubbles sitting a top... Rock star retention... The color is a vibrant honey hue... A light to moderate bit of carbonation some of which clings to the sides of the glass and some of which rises at a moderate pace throughout... The nose is definitive malt bomb... Loaded with overly ripened dark fruits... Fig... Raisins... There are pleasing notes of toffee and caramel as well... Slightly boozy... Not nearly as sweet as I expected... The malt is tamed by a surprising mix of hops and booziness... Medium to full bodied... Warming booze sensation... Stern carbonation... Just a tiny bit sticky... A bit on the dry side throughout with a big crescendo on the finish... Not a bad beer by any means... Much more reminiscent of an American Barleywine rather than the English style it is listed as... The end result is a solid enjoyable Barleywine that is solidly above average but far from remarkable...

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, tan, with 1/3 inch head. Taste is big chewy caramel, with dark chocolate, and a light hops and alcohol taste. A sipper, but this may be my new favorite from Yards.

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Olde Bartholomew from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 131 ratings