Thomas Hooker Old Marley Barleywine | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Old Marley BarleywineThomas Hooker Old Marley Barleywine

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This traditional American Ale blends copious amounts of five different malts and various English and American hops to yield a rich and flavorful brew.

We age our Barleywine in oak bourbon- casks to add vanilla and smoky notes, then blend these flavors into a full-blown sensory experience to enjoy on a cold winter's eve.
Old Marley Barleywine is extremely complex and full-bodied in flavor. The drinker will be rewarded by first letting a small amount warm in a brandy snifter , then sipping it, similar to a fine sherry.

74 IBU

Added by paceyourself on 03-01-2003

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Decatur Wine and Spirits in Decatur, GA.

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of tart black cherries with caramel malts, toffee, milk chocolate, and hints of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors up front are quickly overtaken by tart cherry flavors that follow through to a mildly crisp ending that leaves toffee and vanilla flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. The flavors are all there but I had quite a time getting past the tart cherry flavors.

Overall I feel as though this bottle was off a bit - the first few sips were good but as it warmed tart flavors took over all other flavors and made it less enjoyable. I'll be keeping my eyes out to try this in the future to see if this was just a bad bottle.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage 2006 courtesy of far333

Poured a deep orange almost brownish color with a small tannish, little carbonation. Nose is malt all the way. Caramel, toffee, fruits Taste is caramel, brown sugar, molasses, woody, fruits, tofee. ABV is lighter as it mellowed out over the years. This was approaching or getting ready to make a turn but it was saved just in time. Average bwine.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy burgundy color ale with a very thin foamy head with some retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with hints of vanilla and bourbon. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some sweet malt with notes of vanilla and light bourbon but no notes of alcohol. Body is quite full with limited filtration and low carbonation with no signs of alcohol which is quite a feat considering the ABV. Very well done though a bit too sweet for my own taste.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this at an epic tasting hosted by EinWeizenbitte. Thanks a ton Todd!

Appearance: Pours out syrupy and earthy brown in color. Almost opaque. No head or lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sweet, smokey, sugary. Oak and molasses are definitely apparent, and some mild alcohol floats about as well. No real hop character.

Taste: Woody and smokey yet again with a good amount of molasses. Vanilla also quite present. Hops come through just a bit in the end. Some alcoholic dryness in finish.

Mouthfeel: Full, hearty, and dry. Tons of malt. Meh.

Drinkability: I only sampled about 3oz. of this, and that was enough. I didn't have any problem with this barleywine; it was actually quite decent. I just found it to be boring. Next!

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 04/14/2009
500ml. swing-top bottle into Snifter glass
2008 Vintage

This brew pours a deep brown mahogany color with a very minimal head of a few bubbles on the outer edge of the glass, and little to no lacing is present. Smells of nuttiness, light tobacco, vanilla, and oak from the 1 month barrel aging. Taste is pretty consistent with the smell finishing with a very mild hop bitterness and slight alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is slick at first, but finishes clean due to the high 10% ABV. Brew is surprisingly drinkable due to having a great flavor profile and well-masked ABV - however more than 2 of these bottles is a downward spiral toward disaster. Will definately be drinking more of this brew. The only problem I have with this one is it seems more Old Ale than American Barleywine based on appearance and taste, but they are in the same family. Reminds me of Thomas Hardy's but is not quite on that level.

Thank you to 7ways who is an excellent trader and threw this in as an extra!

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep ruby brownish color with a copper edge that looks extremely appetizing. Seems to me that the high alcohol content has destroyed any hope of getting any head out of this one. That is fine with me though. Looks thick and heavy. I want to taste it.

Candied sugars and roasted malts fill the nose and are complemented by dark fruits and dark chocolate. It is also incredibly hoppy. The cascade hops are definitely contributing a lot right here.

Bittersweet chocolate and plums greet the palate nicely as a slight alcohol flavor warms the mouth. Cascade hops with a malty sweetness follow with darker fruits and candied sugars in the background. The taste that is left after the swallow is phenomenal. Decadently sweet with a touch of hop bitterness.

Nice and smooth with some tingly bubbles on the palate. Light to medium texture. This beer becomes incredibly complex as it warms. It has a ton of character no matter when you drink it, cold or closer to 52 degrees, though I recommend the latter. Extremely sweet...too much so to have a bunch, but extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of Lothore
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark brown and nearly impossible to see through. Very little, dark brown head.

S- Dark fruits, raisins, sweet.

T- Plum, dark fruit, fig, sweet, toasted bread.

M- Little to no carbonation, fairly thick.

D- I need more carbonation in my beer. This was not one of my favorites but it seemed like a well put together beer.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.07/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

TH Old Marley (2006 Vintage) pours up heavily w/o much carbonation that creates a low, thin tannish-white head that barely rings the glass above the bright, deep mahogany-reddish brown body. The aroma is quite fruity (cherry cordial, horseapple, sandplum) with an apparent caramel & light chocolate roastiness supplimented by hints of bourbon (char) oak, sherry & vanilla. No detecteable hops. Alcohol noted, vinous. No diacetyl. The flavor starts off cloying sweet from the kettle carmelization then carries to an unexpectedly tart (cherry), winey (acetic, sherry, wild), cheek warming finish. There's really not much hop bitterness to balance all of the malt sweetness. This medium-full bodied old ale is quite chewy & somewhat astringent from the oak. This is decently enjoyable as an old ale, but totally misses the mark for an American-style barleywine. Maybe a bottle or cask infection has spoiled this one as it cellar aged? I'll have to revisit this one someday with a fresh bottled maybe paired with some warm, cranberry-orange baked brie. I must admit to being dissapointed, so it's time to put Old (Jacob) Marley to bed!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Thanks to Damian for the opportunity!

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Photo of Stimack
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We decided to crack this one open on New Years Eve, I have had it for a couple of years now aging as it was a 2006 bottle. The brew poured to a very murky brown color with no visible carbonation. The aromas where of rich malts that gave off scents of plum, apple, brown sugar with a strong back of alcohol, very warming. The flavors where very nice, somewhat similar to the the aroma's but a wood like flavor comes out clearly. That mixed with the fruit and alcohol flavor give it a nice taste and feel. With the alcohol this one is clearly a sipper (IMO). Overall this is a nice brew, not sure I would go out looking for this one again since I can not find it in NY, had to pick it up while in CT.

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Photo of charlesw
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

No carbonation at all. Bummer. Muddy (opaque) medium brown. Smells like a good English barleywine - full, sweet, fruity (plums, raisins). Ah. The taste is a surprise. Sure it's sweet and fruity, like in the nose, but there's chocolate and coffee and a good dose of bitter at the end. A bit of hop sourness. Nice, full mouth and pretty close to balanced. Alas, it needs more carbonation to help with that balance. It's way worth a try and very interesting and sure could be a really good beer - it's just not quite there.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.82/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(2006 Bottle - 11/07)

Appearance: Pours a filthy-looking, dark brown body with a small, bubbly off-white head. Truly, a grody sight.

Smell: Aroma of charred wood, dark malts, prunes, pine, and brown sugar.

Taste: Starts with a subtle brown sugar sweetness and dark maltiness that's trampled by a brash bourbon flavor along with notes of pine, ash-covered wood, and dash of soy. The flavors just don't mesh well at all. Plenty of hop bitterness in the sour, fusel alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I didn't really dig this back in '06 and I'm not diggin' it now. Some breweries come up aces in their bourbon barrel aging, others just make a mess.

12-09-08 Update!

If I am to believe this little yellow sticker, this was Bottled in 2006. I did NOT enjoy it a year, but, who knows, maybe things are finally looking UP for the Old Marley Barleywine.

Appearance: Pours a murky, brown body with no real head beyond the few bubbles coaxed out by a heavy, hopeful pour.

Smell: Malty nose smelling of brown sugar, dark caramel, hot chocolate mix, and the notes given off by the barrel aging: vanilla and toasted oak.

Taste: Loads of charred, toasted wood in the taste with the caramel, brown sugar malt flavors trying to tip-toe around. Starting to show just a bit of oxidization. Spicy, piney, earthy hops with a fair amount of bitterness remaining. Again, this still rides out into the still hot, burning finish. 2009 maybe?

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Zilch on the carbonation front.

Drinkability: Well, it's gotten a little bit better since last year and the two years since bottling, but not by much.

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Photo of Vancer
3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From my 2007 Secret Santa cartdan, thanks again!

First time ever for a blue bottle - 500ml. Pours a mahogany brown, but a lifeless head and no lace what-so-ever.

Classic aroma of caramel, hops, spice and malt. Quaff is surprising also, cloying thick sweetness finishing with a medicine chocolate and vanilla. Thank goodness for the bourbon barrel aging to add some kick.

A true sipper, I still can't believe the sweetness of this brew - more hops next time!

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle on 11/04/2008.

Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

Moderate to heavy roasted malty aroma.

Medium to heavy body.

Medium to heavy woody scotch flavor with a medium woody scotch finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout beer that is excellent for style.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop, Athens, GA. Not such a fan of the flip top anymore. Poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin glass.

Appearance: Glug glug glug. This one rolls out of the bottle, crawls out of the bottle, gently seeps out of the bottle, a deep, thick, lazy brown liquid. An aggressive pour coaxes a one-finger tan, meringue head out of this one, but it fades relatively quickly, actually. It does leave some pleasant-looking lacing, though ... so I 'm gonna kick it up for a 4.0.

Aroma: Strangely neutral, with faint hints of grass and hay, pears, apple skins, white grapes ... a lot of the same light, fruity estery notes found in the other TH bottle I just had. Almost smells like cherry kool-aid at some points - not a good sign. Ok, update, it's getting better as it warms - I'm getting some faint, leafy hops at this point, a little more fusel alcohol, some darker, more pleasant fruits. Still funky notes, but better.

Taste: Hardly any hops at all. Lots of light, fruity, off-notes. Buttery. Tart. Faint ... you know, proper barleywine notes. There's a little coffee, a little chocolate and toffee, and some other stuff, but oy.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully smooth and even, medium bodied, a little thick and syrupy without being too thick and syrupy.

Drinkability: Damnit Thomas Hooker. I had high hopes for you. I cracked the Liberator earlier in the evening and was blown away ... followed it up with the Imperial Porter and was disappointed ... and now I end it up with the Old Marley. The latter two were almost definitely infected. And whenever I have an infected beer, I always feel the need to buy it AGAIN to review it "properly," the way the brewer's intended it, which turns into a huge monetary issue. But, anyway, the foundation's are fine, but, again, we got problems.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A very dark brown, not much light can get through. A small brown head that clings to the side.

S- huge malty aroma. Carmalized sugars, dark fruit, raisins and prunes.

T- again mostly a "malt bonmb" roasted grains come through with carmalized sugar. A fruity yeast with the same dark fruits coming through in the taste as in the scent. Alcohol warmth is present but not very strong. A well balanced bitterness, not as bitter as most barleywines I've had. The finish is sweet and bitter but mostly mild.

M- full bodied and slightly syrupy. Low level of carbonation make this very smooth.

D- Nice and drinkable, but it is 10% so...
I think the low levels of bitterness add to the drinkability of this barleywine. Nicely done.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a blue ½ liter bottle - Pours opaque black with no head whatsoever. A beautiful aroma that can only be that fine smell of a malty beer lovingly aged in oak bourbon barrels. First sip - Totally shocked by a complete lack of carbonation. It is still quite tasty but I do miss the Carbonation.

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Photo of ccrida
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml cobalt blue flip-top (first commercial brew I've seen in one of these) poured into a cervoise, Old Marley is a very dark ruddy brown, which even with an aggressive pour yields only a large bubbled, quickly settling tan collar that leaves scattered lace. No date that I can find on the label or flip-top, but I just bought it in Boston the other day and assume it's from last winter, or a recent batch if it's a year-rounder.

Smell is very strong and rich, and initially had me fearing the first sip, as it's pretty heavy on the booze. As it opens up, more chocolate and caramel, perhaps a hint of vanilla, but really more bourbon then anything else from the barrel aging.

Taste is thankfully, smoother and pretty tasty, with the booze on the nose well pretty well hidden by the richness of the malt, savor for the dry finish, with alcohol vapors lingering on the breath. Not as sweet as most English BWs, with the hoppiness mainly in the firm bitterness, this ones all about the darker malts, although not roasty or anything. Even though it looks like a Porter, it's definitely not, although for some reason I'd probably think of it as and olde ale more then a barlywine. I don't get any of the smokiness or vanilla from the bourbon barrel referenced on the labor, but I do get strait bourbon notes, like wet barrels. Either way, it's ok but not terribly exciting.

Mouthfeel is slick, not as heavy as it looks though, but basically flat.

Drinkability is ok, but it could use some time for the booziness to round out. While I don't like BWs this dark, I assume those malts would contribute to this aging very well over the long term. I would have been better off saving this for winter, but the bulky bottle seemed like a hassle (and possible leaker) for flying home. Overall, it maintains the streak highly rated New England brews I picked up on this trip that just didn't measure up. I must be getting really spoiled in Portland!

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Photo of tpd975
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one comes by my #1 supplier....BeerTruth.

A: Pours a murky chestnut brown with very little foam. It does manage a tiny little floating lilly pad. Little carbonation and no lace.

S: Hints of Oak, vanilla, caramel, and booze soaked dark fruit.

T: Nice sweet and malty. The oak really comes out nicely without being overthetop. Nice caramel toffee sweetness turns to a light oaky booze soaked dark fruit finish.

M: Full in body low in carbonation.

D: Not too bad, good level of oak.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to ppotrias for this one!

Pours an effervescent chestnut with minimal brown head. Bubbles cling to the side of my Kostrizer chalice. they clear after this warms then this takes on a viscous appearance. Average head retention & lacing, murks up a bit at the bottom of the bottle

S: Slight toasted malt & leafy hops. Vanilla surfaces as this warms

T: Vanilla & oakyness up front along with dryness & leafy hops. Hop tea & figs show as this warms, along with some booze. Finishes figgy with much dryness, some raisins & more leafy hops; plus whispers of bourbon & maybe cherry

MF: Medium bodied with some wetness. plus moderate carbonation

Drinks very easy for the style & ABV, could easily pass for an English BW as well. Not bad. Wish more folks would use the blue glass, pretty & functional!

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Photo of EPseja
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the cobalt blue swingtop bottle stamped "BOTTLED IN 2004", exactly as directed on the label -- "by letting a small amount warm in a brandy snifter".

A - Deep, clear, fiery, burnt-orange in color. For a four-year old beer (in a swingtop bottle, no less) I was very impressed with the inital burst of cocoa brown head and the carbonation action in the glass. The head does subside quickly (as do almost all barleywines), but leaves behind wispy foam and large, soapy bubbles. Lacing is very sparse and erratic, but the legs that show after a swirl are quite nice.

S - Wow. The cask aging coupled by the cellaring brings out all the warmth of the vanillin in a way that completely works so well with the earthy hops and liquor-soaked maltiness. Alcohol is present, but so well incorporated that you must concentrate to actually pick it out. A swirl around the snifter also reveals smoked pine and aged leather. Very complex and satisfying.

T - Only a slight toasted caramel sweetness up front with an immediate dryness that imparts the beer's age and strength. Notes of pine sap and char are found in the middle along with nuances of aged (Stilton?) cheese -- which would go superbly with this beer. Also easily noticeable are the vanillin/oak notes. The finish is quite dry and bitter, with only a hint of maltiness offering any repreive. Aftertaste brings notes of green, earthy hops and slight must. Very deep and intriguing.

M - Slick and cohesive entering the mouth, but not as viscous as one might think. Just a slight tingle of fleeting carbonation. The swallow is quick and easy, but without any real bravado.

D - This is definitely one interesting barleywine, and to date the most aged barleywine I've had. Drinkability is good, given the fact that it's a huge beer that's not to be trifled with in any other manner than slow and casual. This beer is all about finesse and subtelty. There is nothing "big" about it other than the ABV. I must say that this bottle definitely withstood the test of time and came out quite well developed. I wonder what another year would have done...

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Photo of t0rin0
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think the brewery is to blame for what was wrong with this beer. It had one of those awful swing tops on it and I am blamming this for the complete lack of CO2 and possible begginings of oxidation. There was a sticker on the top that said 2006.

The beer poured a murky brown/red color with absolutely no head. The color it self wasn't bad but it was very hazy.

The smell and taste were very mild to say the least. I can appreciate a good english barleywine but I was confused by this one. The smell is of aged malt and a touch of cardboard (hence my remarks of the onset of oxidation). It wasn't offensive, actually it was mildly pleasant. No hop smell to speak of.

The taste was bitter and malty. No hop taste though. I enjoy a good aged barleywine as that sweet malt profile can really be quite good if it doesn't get contaminated. The bitterness on this one was harsh, either bacteria or more likely, the hops used. In the end it wasn't awful but it was like a bad homebrew.

It had a good thick body to it and was drinkable but not overly enjoyable.

After reading the reviews on this site I think I would like to try a new one. And hopefully it isn't over hyped like so many beers on this site are.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Swing-top blue bottle from A-1 To-Go in Gardiner. Pours murky dark brown almost black opaque body with no head. Caramel and chocolate malts dominate a rather feint aroma. Tastes of caramel, toffee, and chocolate more than anything else, with a hint of alcohol toward the finish and no hops present that I can tell (unusual for an American Barleywine). Still very flavorful and complex though. Very full mouth-feel that borders on viscous with virtually no carbonation to speak of (seems flat). While the body and lack of carbonation hurt the drinkability, the pleasant flavors help immensely, making you crave another sip. That said, it's definitely a sipper. A solid barleywine and among my favorites for the style.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of thanks to Jyp for the bottle, and may he remember me when he goes off on all his grad school visits later this year... No vintage on bottle. Into the snifter...

A - No head, dense, dark amber body.

S - This is a beautiful beer. Big aromas of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, cedear, pine, and fruity esters. Good hop presence, but not overwhelming. I'm quite impressed.

T - This beer starts out with a simple malt sweetness akin to most amber ales. A bit of fruit and a lot of hops start to hit at midpalate, and add some much needed depth. The swallow brings notes of coffee and wood, which was nice, and continue to make a pleasing, long finish. Alcohol was present throughout, but never really too intense.

M - Quite silky, actually, but not very full... Almost doesn't feel like a barleywine...

D - I'm torn on this one. The flavor left me desiring more complexity at times, and at others seemed focused and balenced. I will say this though, I do not feel the need to avoid this beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nice flip-top bottle, 2006 vintage.

Dark brown with no head at all. Some coppery/red hues.

Smells strongly of fruit and a little malty.

This tastes excellent. I expected a super sweet brew since this is a couple of years old. It is not. Up front some sweetness, following by chocolate maltiness. A little bit of roasted character. Finishes with a little hop bite.

I love the mouthfeel, thick and creamy. Like a thick stout.

This is heavy and strong, which makes it hard to drink a lot. However, it tastes great and feels great in the mouth.

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Photo of RunawayJim
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a beautiful dark blue 500 ml flip top bottle into a snifter (said "Bottled in 2006" though I bought it like 3 weeks ago). Beer pours a dark coppery brown color with no head and no visible carbonation. The appearance took a big hit because I expect some carbonation and at least a small head in my barleywines. This could be due to the aging.

Smell was of oaky vanilla mixed in with some alcohol and very slight fruitiness. A smoky scent was also present, though very light.

Taste was mostly the oaky vanilla that I was smelling (the label says it was aged in oak bourbon barrels for 1 month, though it tasted and smelled more like it spent 6 months in the barrels). There was a very slight fruitiness to the taste and a large malt sweetness. The beer was too sweet. I couldn't taste any hops. Again, this is all likely due to the aging.

Mouthfeel was nice and smooth and thick (it's a heavy sticky liquid). The beer is drinkable because it had a good flavor.

Notes: I don't know if I'd call this a barleywine. It's more of a strong ale as it lacked a lot of the common characteristics of a barleywine. I'd buy it again and drink it, but not when I'm expecting a barleywine. I found it a bit expensive for what it was. I'm going to guess that this is much better fresh when the hops flavors haven't disappeared. I'll re-review if I come across a fresher bottle.

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Thomas Hooker Old Marley Barleywine from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 208 ratings