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
Ranking:
#35,933
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
130
pDev:
12.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of MikeWard
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a tulip. bottled 10/15/15, so closing in on 2 1/4 years old.

pours a cloudy dark orange body with a small dense slightly off white head. This leaves very good lacing. Thought the look was odd for an English Barleywine, but this one is unfiltered. ah.

slightly funky even cheesy aroma. bit wary here.

Well, despite the look and the aroma, it does taste like a barleywine. The interesting thing is, and I don't know if this is an age related issue or not, but initially it's english, slightly sweet, alcohol forward, leaving a slight burn. Then towards the end of the mouthful, a fairly strong bitterness gives it more of an american barleywine taste.

mouth is closer to full than medium, finish is slightly bitter, with a alcohol burn deep in the bak of the throat.

Overall, an interesting drink. Starts out English, Finishes American. On both styles, it's just okay.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
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 sanitarium16
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sahd-1
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Metalsnota
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WanderingFool
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wiffler27
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a hazy burnt orange with a solid head.

smell is plain, some muted sweetness and hops. nothing special with the aroma.

taste is very sweet, slight alcohol taste in the finish. nothing special here but it's not bad.

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Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Yards brewery. Decent, fulfilling barleywine. Normal pour, malts dominate, as expected, not exceptional, but adequate. Quite a kick, however, as expected

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Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with very little head. The nose is mildly bready. The flavor profile is focused around the malty sweetness but the body is a touch thin for the style.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I am extremely disappointed with this. I love Yards. It is the first brewery I ever went to. Just visited again last month and the majority of the beers hold up. This was a new one for me but it is without a doubt sub-par. English Barleywines are my favorite style. This is not an English Barleywine. As soon as it was opened, it smelled like a macro adjunct lager. The taste is not much better.

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Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SeymourDunn
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of THoffner
2.08/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of tedho21
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wolf_switzer
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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 lobos62
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Olde Bartholomew from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 130 ratings