Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Olde Deuteronomy | Alley Kat Brewing Company

72 Reviews
Olde DeuteronomyOlde Deuteronomy

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 109
Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(2006 Vintage) Sampled February 2007, this time by a fireplace! Pour reveals a rather flat, candy-apple coloured body. A pleasent aroma, slightly resiny, tree-sap like qualities from the over-generous amount of hops. Some light alcohol notes blended in as well. Mouthfeel still a little 'hot'; I could see this improving with age. Ripe flavours - sticky crystal and caramel malts, an overcoating of hop bitterness, with lasting notes of sherry, fig, dates, and strong apple taste. Quite a nice barleywine, a great Canadian offering.
I look forward to more vintages in the future.

 581 characters

Photo of elricorico
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to crack one of the bottles of the 2006 version that I've been holding on to. First time with this vintage.

This beer looks very red, almost a cherry red in the glass. It is dark, not quite opaque, but certainly blocks a good amount of light. Only a faint ring and a couple of small pools of tan head formed.

The smell of this one is fruitier than I remember. I get cherry and melon aromas. There is a dusty smell as well that sits on top of everything else.

Fruity to taste, cherry mostly, but almost a fruit punch impression. A bit of dry spicy flavour hits, then the alcohol takes over. Alcohol finish is much more medicinal than the last time I had one of these. I do like the overall effect.

Thick and syrupy again, but I find the carbonation a little prickly on the lips. Not bad, but a little to sharp for a sipper.

Good, but not yet great. There are more bottles in my cellar, so there is plenty of time to watch this one change.

 960 characters

Photo of vanrassel
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark amber with a one-finger, creamy head. An intensely fruity aroma greeted my nose, like rummy Christmas fruitcake and bready malt.

The bread theme carried over to the taste, with a pleasant raisin bread flavour and only slight alcohol despite the 9.4 per cent ABV (for the 2006 edition). A bit of an alcoholic burn lingered in the aftertaste, but it finished mostly dry. The low carbonation and smooth body made this extremely drinkable, despite the high ABV.

 484 characters

Photo of Orrshow
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle is a 2005 version so it has had a short time to age.

Appearance – This one pours a nice looking cloudy brown with a slight redness to it. There very little beige head on top which dissipates to a ring.

Smell – Typical Barley Wine smells here and all in a good way. Lots of alcohol, wood, some rum, hops, caramel, and butter. I like it.

Taste – Mildly sweet with some alcohol on top. It’s very smooth. There is caramel and toffee as well with some bitter hops which are somewhat citrusy. It’s very tasty and balanced.

Mouthfeel – This beer is fairly silky and viscous. Nice toned down carbonation.

Drinkability – Superb. I couldn’t stop sipping.

Olde Deut is always a good choice. A very solid Barley Wine which I look forward to aging!

 779 characters

Photo of Noxious26
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured in a snifter. This is the 2005 edition.

Cloudy, deep bronze colour. Light beige head is thin and quickly disappears. Carbonation streams lend a cool effect as they run up the curved sides of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with more traditional beer scents (malt and hops) in the background. Has a slightly medicinal quality to it.

The strong, rich malt profile hits you right off the start. Bold, full and round, this first flash of flavour is exemplary as the malt is highlighted by touches of sweetness and caramel. The hops enter to balance things out in the middle. The finish becomes a dance of flavours (hops, fruit, sweetness, malt, alcohol and medicine) all winding around one another and giving a slightly different ending to each sip. Aftertaste is a little medicinal, which is a turn off.

Medium bodied with little carbonation. There is a definite alcohol bite at the finish at warmer temperatures. This bite, combined with the medicinal quality, hurts the drinkability somewhat.

This is a nice barleywine with rather high pros and very low cons. The rich maltiness at the start is simply tremendous. In other barleywines I've always found the last sip in the snifter to be the best, but with this one, the first sip was the best. When the malt flavour first hit me I was totally won over, but the medicinal aftertaste left something to be desired. The obvious alcohol bite is another detraction (in my opinion), but I could sit back and just smell this brew all day. Take the good with the bad though since there is far more good than bad in this beer. I'm seriously considering getting my hands on another couple bottles (next time I'm in Alberta) to cellar for a year or two and do side by side tastings with other barleywines I'm cellaring. I think that a bit of aging would smooth things out nicely.

 1,856 characters

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big mucho merci to Cwrw for providing me a bottle of the 2003 edition during the last CANBIF.


A dark ruby beer with no head retention at all, she was headless nonetheless, very light carbonation, wine like color and impressions.

Her smell was very malty, with caramel and toffee touch, with very aromatic hoppy touch.

her taste was different that the smell, it was hoppy at first, then with sweet note of maltness and followed by an alcohol warm, then finish with a floral hops touch and a shy hoppy bitterness.
I also noted some cherry like flavors, and it reminded me of a sweet nectar.

again thanx Cwrw

 627 characters

Photo of BigBry
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the Beer of the Week at Bottlescrew Bill's, on sale for $3.95 for a bottle, 2005 Vintage. The waitress was a little taken aback when I ordered it. She was freindly about it, but wanted to make sure I knew what I was getting: "it's very strong, it is very bitter, not many people like it". I know she was just doing her job, because I'm sure lots of people don't know what to expect and end up complaining to the serving staff.
Poured a hazy, deep amber color, with a small beige head. Foam shrank away quickly, no real carbonation to speak of. Lots of malt aroma, along with fruits and spices. Taste is mellow (comparatively) and the complexity of flavors hides the high alcohol. Malty sweet with a mild bitterness at the end. I didn't think it left a bad bitter aftertaste though, again kind of mellow. The alcohol warms, but doesn't overpower the taste. Very well done, not 'over-the-top'. Greatly enjoyed this one.
Now have a 2003 and 2005 in the cellar waiting for the perfect time.

 996 characters

Photo of pootz
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 edition. Looks like a typical barley wine...dark amber, moderate cap. The aroma was very unique with a lot a strange aromas melding to work well....grapes and dried fig over some floral hops and slight mustiness...there was a distinct sweetness in the aroma but it was more like succulent fruit than sweet malt. Substantive body. The thing that makes this barley wine stand out is absolute silky smoothness and a wonderful departure of bready-treacle-fruity malt flavors that completely mask the alcohol. The best domestic barley wine I have rated to date. I intend to buy a dozen to cellar.

 596 characters

Photo of Beersignal
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this barleywine's mellow character and harmonious complexity, especially after a year's cellaring.

The pour is deep chestnut brown with a thin to non-existent film of foam that sits on top of the murky brew. Carbonation is nearly absent. What little of it there is lends a silky depth to the whole.

The aromas are harmoniously blended and balanced with silky notes of caramelly malt up front and hints of vanilla beans and faint traces of nutmeg. Fruity aromas of ripe plums and dates express themselves near the finish before a faint trace of mint falls off the end.

Flavours are redolent of the same malty sweetness and spicyness found in the nose. The fruitiness leans more towards ripe orchard fruit in the mouth and expresses a subtle dryness that appeases those minty aromas found earlier.

Very drinkable barleywine with a sublime mellow character that makes it a very fitting nightcap for those early september nights when your daughter just does not want to go to sleep!

 1,007 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2005 vintage courtesy of Presario): Poured a deep amber color ale with a nice small dark foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of caramel and figs is clearly evident and it seems this barley wine is more akin to the English style then the US hops heavy style. Taste is very enjoyable with some nice roasted caramel-like malt, sweetness reminiscent of figs and a nice bitter finish. Body is a bit thin for the style but alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff and glad I have some other bottle for aging.

 511 characters

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish brown, small white head forms, lots of lace. Smell is very malty, hops are definately there, can kind of smell the alcohol as well. Taste is sweet, with chocolate undertones, alcohol, pretty malty, dry finish. Not very complex, just kind of there. Mouthfeel is pretty full and chewy, high carbonation, very warming and an oily consistency. Good but lacking.

 379 characters

Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear, deep caramel amber colour. Beige, thin head of small bubbles, decent retention and good lacing. Nice malty aroma, caramel, ripe fruit, raisin, light alcohol, some spice (nutmeg?). Lots of complexity. Flavour is much more muted than the aroma, which was a little disappointing. Still, there's malty sweetness and a mild bitterness. Alcohol warmth appears at the short finish. Flavour seems more like a strong/old ale, but still tasty. Medium/low carbonation, medium/full body, off-dry finish. Overall, a good beer, just not as big or aggressive as some US counterparts.

 580 characters

Photo of thesilverhand
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a treat...and an amazing opportunity to try. This was the 1996 vintage, enjoyed in Japan, of all places, in 2005. Thanks so much to KBL Scott for making the impossible happen.

It was a hazy ruddy brown, with just the tiniest hint of a beige head. The flavours are rich and complex, tending to dark dried fruits and berries, with a touch of sherry. The alcohol is present, but very well integrated.

This is a phenomenal and highly drinkable barley wine. Truly an amazing treat, and literally a once-in-a-lifetime beer. Thanks again, Scott.

 553 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a chilled bourbon snifter)

A- Dark auburn color that is slightly translucent at the neck of the snifter. A few bubbles at the top but no head to speak of.

S- A bit of roasted malt and some nice floral hops as well

T- Roasted malt with spicy hop bitterness. Grapefruit hop flavor mixed with a hint of alcohol warmth and sweet aftertaste finish the beer.

M- medium mouthfeel with a sweet warm finish

D- It tasted like a young ABW in the sense that the flavors were very separate but it didn't have the malt complexity to stand to much aging. I would like to taste it after a year or 18 months more on the cellar.

 639 characters

Photo of Naerhu
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to KBL Scott for bringing this beer all the way to Japan!!!

Had this 1996 vintage in Jan. 2005.

This is what I call a perfect barely wine. Massivley complex, high powered, yet very drinkable.

Chestnut body with next to no head. Many many floaties at the bottom of the bottle, be careful unless you wanna mouthful of yeast. Chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, earth, a great complexity of aromas.

The taste is still vibrant after 7 years in the bottle (though of course, the carbonation is very restrained). Figs and fruit are still in the forfront of this amazing beer. The silky malt mouthfeel is amazing. The high abv is perfectly balanced and does not show. I am a lucky man to have had this amazing beer.

 729 characters

Photo of Garin
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 bottle sampled in 2004...

A thin but creamy head forms on top of the coppery gold (surprisingly clear) beer.

Intense fruity flavours and nose, with a rich sherry undertone and a strong hoppy finish. Maltiness abounds, and without a cloying sweetness too! Not too much different on the nose. Alcoholic warmth kicks in nicely. It feels very rich and full bodied. It packs a peppery punch, in a good way.

 413 characters

Photo of Goldorak
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 edition, many thanks to Beersignal for giving me a bottle to sample.

A nice caramel brown, with very light greyish head.

Smelled very hoppy, something I'm not used to detecting in barleywines. Usually, the caramel sweetness of the malt and/or the phenolic/alcohol that floods the nose makes the hops too subtle for me to detect, but not this one. Maybe it's a sign that it was a little too young, but I enjoyed it at lot anyways.

The caramelized malt came out really strong the first two-three sips, with a very hoppy finish that mellowed out to that warm alcohol feeling coming down from the bottom of the tongue all the way down the neck. Coats really well and would make a great winter warmer, if I wasn't so impatient. If I ever get another one of these, I'll cellar it a few years, because this one shows great promise.

 839 characters

Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold with bit of cloudy lace. Moderately fruity rich grape yeast aroma and taste. Cream and spice.
A fine example of barleywine and like a fine wine, intense and thoughtful. Aftertaste bit astringent and alcohol burn. Praises to Irondjinn for the sample.

Then had a 2005 version young in June 2005 and liked just as much, so similar that I left the rating as is.

 368 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark auburn/ violet hue, with a small but sure head.
Forceful aroma, bright and fruity, cherries, grapes, apricot, and more flavors, a rich cornucopia unfolding in the senses.
Taste: dark fruits dominate, deep, rich , delicious, rich amd malty, thick and strong, with a solid fruity flavor that holds out over all else.
Hops remain big, malt feels bigger, but put together, it's an excellent barleywine, one of the best that I've ingested!

 450 characters

Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2003 offering of Alley Kat's Olde Deuteronomy barley wine, the first chance I've had to sample it, and it's still a little young. However, if its present characteristics are any guage, then this stuff will age like a bat out of hell, and drink like a velvet glove cast in iron. In other words, this stuff looks like it'll age very well.

Came in a brown 341 ml bottle, 2003 on the barrel of the label, gold foil around the cap. Poured into my Leffe chalice, it is a stunning chestnut hue, but with minimal beige head capping it, which lingers as a thin layer most of the way down the glass. Also leaves stippled lacing. Rum and raisin malt on the nose, accompanied by dried fruit, a boozy spiciness, and mild herbal hops, almost grassy. Flavour starts with a vinuous character, that of figs, dates and currents soaking in spiced rum, more tart in the middle, with lingering grassy notes . The alcohol is very present in the flavour, as well as the mouthfeel. However, this one is still young, I have a feeling that the characteristics will become far more bold with age, and hopefully round out. I'll have to get my paws on a couple more to cellar and age. Still, it's a very pleasant barley wine as it is now, worth checking out.

 1,236 characters

Photo of lipschitz
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Gold foil top bottle with “brewed in 2000” on the label

Dispenses with a cloudy, chestnut hue and a diminutive head which tapers off to a faint collar. The aroma is of rich figs and dates blending harmoniously with strong vineous tones. The flavour is dominated by exotic fruit sweetness with flashes of toasted malts, finishing with a strong presence of alcohol. Mouthfeel is slick, but quickly dried by the alcohol presence
This is the Millenium Edition, brewed for New Years 2000 release, and it has been aging gracefully for 3 years. Extremely enjoyable as a nitecap or as a dinner accompanyment, as it pleasantly warms & relaxes.

 672 characters

Photo of MAB
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me, this is the definition of Barley Wine. It is 10.5% abv.
It is malty and a nice heavy mouthfeel, slightly hoppy and overall just damned impressive.
It is only made every two years, before Xmas (I took the brewery tour once and got all the inside poop). There was a millenium edition in 2000 which is still available but tough to find in local stores, even in our home province of Alberta. Go for a specialty shop or one that features out of the ordinary beers.
Well worth the search.

 493 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Olde Deuteronomy from Alley Kat Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.