Blue Point Old Howling Bastard | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Old Howling BastardBlue Point Old Howling Bastard
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States
bluepointbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our special barley wine is made with English 2-row barley and Vienna malt. Its robust, malty, caramel flavor is balanced by lots and lots of hops, giving it a great depth of character.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
300
Reviews:
140
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
31
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 300 |  Reviews: 140
Photo of Timtac
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HamdenHector
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; less that a 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a splotchy cap; no lacing;

S: non-descript fruit; a little alcohol; earthy; as it warmed, it was all dark fruit and alcohol - like a rum soaked fruit cake; quite rich;

T: follows the nose with the addition of a spicy note in the middle; very mild bitterness on the finish that increases a little in the aftertaste; as it warms, dark fruit and alcohol come forward;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV pretty well; even warm, the alcohol is quite soft;

O: this beer will sneak up on you;

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Photo of h4ger
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwalter
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color. Immediately taste the hops up front. Then comes malts with sweet caramel. A little bit of nutiness with faint hints of vanilla at the end.

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

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rockrob
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Homebrew
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a frothy ecru head that squats on the hazy copper liquid; good retention and a decent amount of lacing

Smell: Orange and pine hop tones waft about the fruity caramel base; resins and raisins abound

Taste: Caramel and raisins, up front, with the orange/piney hops quickly taking over through the mid-palate; the bitterness builds, after the swallow, overwhelming the malt profile

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy

Overall: An assertively rough barleywine that I suspect will benefit from a year or so in the bottle to achieve better balance

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Photo of Bcas54
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a barely translucent reddish brown; not much head, but that may be an artifact of the pour. Aroma is sweet and fruity, mainly apple, with a malty undertone. Flavor has woody, malty and fruity notes and quite the alcoholic bite - not for the faint of heart! Firm, smooth texture has plenty of fizz and an alcoholic edge. Let this bastard howl for you!

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Photo of twenteone
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JayRichter44
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BHansen214
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of lzepplin01
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of campfirebrew
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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Blue Point Old Howling Bastard from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 300 ratings.
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