Olde Scoutter's Barleywine | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American version of the Classic British Winter Warmer, Olde Scoutter's Barleywine is a rich and hoppy beer brewed in honor of beloved brewery dog Scoutt. Malty, Hoppy, and warming, Olde Scoutter will have a place in your heart.

Added by bruachan on 03-30-2006

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 78
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Orange pour yielded almost not head. Aroma hit the boozy yet appropriate for strength notes, as well as caramel and toffee.

This one was pretty old, I think it was getting close to 7-10 years, had those old hop vintage bitter notes, some citrus, more sweetness. Carbonation was low, oxidation was in a nice place. Earthiness in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of mac31
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice malt sweet entry. Cooked caramel. Golden raisin and fig fruitiness from the malts. Has a similar malt profile to racer 5, but obviously amped way up. Hops are piney, slightly danky, earthy, hints of tropical/pineapple are noted. Clean bitterness pokes it head out at plates end, lingers just a touch. Pleasant, creamy finish wraps this brew up. Carbonation was appropriate. Body was slightly chewy. Alcohol was covered well. Mine was gone before I knew it. A great example of an American B-wine.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Murky brown pour with no clarity to be found. Light foamy head.

The aroma consists of biscuit, malt and floral whiffs.

Slightly hoppy with a big malt backbone.

Medium bodied.

Pretty easy drink though this is almost a hybrid BW. Not the greatest BW, but interesting and still good.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Starts with a two-finger head from the bar. The bubbles never completely recede and they leave a cross between ring and blanket lace. The liquid is orange amber with a bit of haze.

Nice, deep malt aroma. Low toastiness and lightly sweet. No alcohol to the nose.

The taste is quite different because there is a very strong alcohol element. Thick body but with a decent carbonation presence the finish, while round and malt, features a touch of balancing hop and a strong alcohol warming feel. Long whiskey-like aftertaste.

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Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear dark amber color.

The aroma has grapefruit, citrus, piney hops, a big caramel malt and sweetness.

The flavor follows of those grapefruit and citrus notes in the front, then big breadiness and caramel sweetness. Piney and earthy hops on the finish.

A good example of the American barleywine style.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a sampling glass at the brewery. 2010 edition.

A: Dark amber, clear and pleasant. Light head good lacing.

S: Superb. This is what a barley wine should taste like. Rich, bready malts with strong alcohol and hops offering accents.

T: Initially, almost overwhelmingly sweet. Rich Demerera sugar and overripe fruit fade into a bittersweet finish with strong American hops providing an insidious undercurrent of citric acid and heavy bitterness. The aftertaste is dry and pleasant.

M: Smooth and lightly spicy, but flattish.

O: A wonderful beer that I would drink again, highly recommend, and quite enjoyed.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served at the brew pub.

Rusty muddy brown hue. The bar tender poured a full 3oz snifter of sludge after filling our glasses. Tons of leather and tobacco. Mild hop presence. Some sweetness. Bit of oxidation is present. Flavors are rich with tobacco and leather. Caramel, toffee, sweet tarts. Very mild carbonation. The years have done this a bit of harm but nothing too damaging. The story that came with the bottle was worth the price alone.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool orange pour, barely a psst coming out the bottle, no label, no head. Aroma was warm, alcohol and caramel, bet this was a hoppy one back in the day.

Taste, rich in alcohol, but not harsh, very mellow sipper, moderate bitterness, citric tones leftover, but the hopping has morphed into some good sweetness and warmth. Carbonation was low, but ever the slightest notch upward would have been nice. Not overly complex. Mild rustic leathery notes.

I would say given the carbonation/oxidation, this one is probably slightly passed its prime, but is still a worthy choice at like $10 for a 22oz bottle at a brewery.

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Photo of largadeer
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2002 vintage cellared at the brewery. Rusty, hazy amber appearance with low carbonation, minimal head.

Smells pretty nice, with oxidation being the dominant character now. It avoids coming off as stale, however, instead leaning toward sherry and cocoa. There's a touch of cardboard, but it's subtle, along with mild dried fruit and caramel sweetness.

Very leathery, meaty palate. A ton of sherry, faint cocoa, just a touch of hop bitterness left. Mildly sweet, there's a little caramel, but it ends quite dry. The body is a little thin, and it could use a touch more sweetness to balance the oxidation, but it has held up pretty nicely overall.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured deep amber-copper in color with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface that slowly disappeared.
S: The aroma has a little bit of sweetness and is somewhat boozy. There are also notes of caramel malts and piney hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a good balance between malty sweetness and mild bitterness. There are notes of caramel and toffee flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat sticky on the palate. It definitely comes across as being strong and there is some alcohol warming.
D: I had to sip this beer very slowly.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ad a glass of this one on tap last night before the festivities. Served cooled and into a 10oz glass, this one was consumed on 06/09/2010.

Nice dark amber pour with a very small and quickly fleeting head of light white that seemed to stay as a ring around the sides of the glass for a good few minutes until all that was left was a top, bare of any lace.

Aroma is sweet right off the bat. Lots of caramel and honey, hints of deep and sweet malts dominate. Warming brings out touches of earthy hops, light pine aroma and a deep, bready character that carries with it a touch of booze. Follows through perfectly with the flavor. Sweet bready malt dominates here with light touches of hops that are just noticeable and give it a little bit of a cut to it. Hints of boozy notes and a smooth, earthy flavor make I coat the palate with a lovely sweetness that is hinting at biscuits and buttery malts. Nice finish with a dry, nearly candied sugar and syrup like feel that really starts to warm the belly and give you that nice round feeling.

Overall a very solid ale here. A little boozy and strong, but I think it works. Would be curious to get a bottle of this one and try it out in a year or so, seems like it would work quite nicely in that time.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours slightly hazy orange with off white head. The aroma is all resiny with pine hops to go along with an even and sweet malt background. The taste is moderately harsh with resiny grassy pine hops from front to back. Very IIPA like. I also get some malt sweetness attempting to smooth out the hops. The hops never really give any ground.

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Photo of Nickls
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(From notes - On tap at Gingerman August 09)

A - Thinner eggshell head that didn't last too long, but not terrible retention; clear coppery brown color

S - Musty wetness on top of sweetish malts; bit of booze

T - Medicinal and a bit herbal; kind of a mess here; wet woodiness; and a bit like cough syrup

M - Thicker and a bit sticky; bit cloying; soft carbonation

D - Not really good drinking; could barely finish my sample; just too may off flavors, or at least flavors that I did not enjoy

Overall, don't know what they were going for in this one, but the mineral-like flavors on top of the booze and other stuff just missed.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty solid, but not amazing. Poured on tap at the Toronad Barley wine festival. It was very wine like, almost like a white wine...a lot of booze picked up in the nose. This was different from many barley wines as it is more like a belgian blonde than anything else.

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Photo of Floydster
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce glass at the Bistro in Hayward last weekend for four dollars, excited to try this beer and happy to see it is in fact still brewed, color was a deep red and more copper, one inch foamy off white head that stuck around for a few minutes, left some nice lacing too, aroma is made up of a weird mixture of vanilla and funk that is mostly like from a red wine barrel, also various fruits, big caramel malt, and alcohol, taste is nicely balanced between sweet and bitter but has some boozy tones mixed in as well, gets fruitier as it warms with mostly berries, quite a bit of oak in the finish as well, mouthfeel is sweet, fruity, boozy, and malty, thick and rich body, on the lower spectrum of carbonation, taste lingers, could have drank another glass, little heavy at times, strong beer and you can taste that about it, hopefully Bear Republic barrel ages more of their beers because this was quite interesting and think there is some serious potential here, recommended

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Torondao Bwine Festival 2008: It was a blend of 1999 and 2007 and man was it good. One of the crowd favs!

Poured a deep rich copper color. Had some piney hops on the nose and man you could smell the malts too. ..very nice..there was a lsight butterscotch taste. The ABV I thought was well above 11 but it was not overbearing. A few of these and I wouldhave been out. A good sipping barleywine but so sweet and potent only a few would one be able to handle...if you are a lightweight

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Photo of bruachan
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i liked the stuff...maybe they'll make a habit of it. once again, not sure what to apply for the availability. served in a wine glass

caramelly copper color (we'll revisit this caramel idea) with a great bone-colored head (hmmm...great bone head) and very good lacing

more piney hops with substantial bitterness, but believe it or not this beer is malty (no...BRBC make a malty beer?). toffee, caramel, huge diacetyl butterscotchy thing going on. butterscotch aroma and a super creamy mouthfeel

the butterscotch (butterscotchbutterscotch) is bigtime, but i like it. it's a tip-of-the-tongue experience

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Olde Scoutter's Barleywine from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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