Olde Bartholomew | Yards Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
yardsbrewing.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by NeroFiddled on 12-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
129
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of IronLover
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange-yellow in color with good clarity. Pouted with a frothy, stiff foam that slowly reduced to ta thick cap that lift sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Buttery smooth with light carbonation. Sweet caramel and biscuit malt aromas with honey and an earthy undertone. Hints of citrus hop and alcohol in the aroma as this warms. Caramel and biscuit malt flavors with honey undertones from beginning to end. Finished with a boozy, lazy hop bitterness that lingered for a bit. Most certainly a sipper as the alcoholic heat strengthens as you go, but enjoyable nonetheless. This made me think of a pilsener on steroids.

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Photo of SeymourDunn
4.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of little_star
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle 750 capped, poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear amber hue with ruby highlights when the glass is held up to the light. a creamy eggshell white head foams up 3 cm even with a gentle pour. The head does fade to a thin edge layer slowly but the wispy bubbles do stick around throughout the sampling. Aroma is a little boozy and fruity with some white grapes and pears and a bit of bready yeast mixed in. Appealing nose on this one, and fairly complex. I dont really get too much hop profile here.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body with very mild spacious carbonation. Flavor is some grainy malt and bready yeast notes, similar to a scone. The booze is well hidden and the beer drinks amazingly smooth and I would gladly enjoy this one again. The alcohol kicks in by the end of the bottle, but I would gladly enjoy this beer again.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind loose webbed lacing. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

N: Honey, concord grape, plum, banana and caramel. Smells delicious!

T: Overripe plum, banana and caramel upfront. Mid-palate brings in molasses, honey, concord grape skins and toffee along with some earth and possibly hay. Finishes with huge caramel notes, earth, hay and tobacco. Notes of leather persist to linger.

M: Medium-full bodied, silky, warming, sticky and dry.

O: This is one easy drinking English Barleywine. Beautifully complex and balanced. Starts out fruity, slowly transforms to earthy and never quits. Nice dark fruits, molasses, leather and tobacco flavors. Barleywines are either hit or miss to me and this one is definitely a hit.

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Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Ozzylizard
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 9.00 (Including Beer Club discount and tax)/750 mL ($ 0.354/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD.
Bottled 10/5/15, served at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. The beer was allowed to warm to 60 degrees before tasting.
Aroma – initially caramel malt, fades as the glass warms.
Head – large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive pour), off white, low density froth, average retention fading to a two mm ring and thin partial layer.
Lacing – poor. Many irregular tiny islands.
Body – medium amber, initial chill haze clears somewhat to leave a slight haze.
Flavor – Initially sweet and caramel. A little bit of vinous oxidation is present at the end. No distinct flavor or aroma from hops. There is neither flavor nor gastric burn from the alcohol, rather surprising at 10.3% ABV.
Palate medium to full, sticky, very soft carbonation.

While I’m hardly a connoisseur of barley wines, I’ve had better and most definitely had worse. This is a cheap example of a decent English-style brew.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.

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Photo of sponberg
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, orange-copper with a thin, finely-beaded cream colored head. The aroma is earthy and fruity, with hints of brown sugar(?) in the background.

Wow - A lot of things going on in this brew. Flavors range from ground nuts (mild) to brown sugar/honey, hints of chocolate and maybe vanilla, some molasses and apricot, with a decent yet mild spiciness (malt? hop? Hard to tell) joining in near the finish. The alcohol makes itself known as the sip goes on, but it's never to the point of a burn. Really complex flavor - one of those "better have two to figure it all out" brews that keep life interesting. Medium bodied, which seems to allow all of the flavors to play around.

I've yet to try a product from this brewery that I haven't liked.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yards- Old Bart

A- Deep thick orange yellow with a huge thick head. Chunky head and lacing.
S- Heavy syrupy sugary fruit. Orange, apricot, honey, and caramel malt.
T- Thick sugary caramel malt with heavy fruity syrup. Oranges, apricots, and honey really prominant.
M- Thick sticky and sweet. Heavy sugary sweetness with a touch of hot alc.

Overall- A good sipper. Thick and a bit boozy make it good but dangerous.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Olde Bartholomew from Yards Brewing Co.
3.65 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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