Blue Point Old Howling Bastard | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Blue Point Old Howling BastardBlue Point Old Howling Bastard

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

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

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Ratings: 302 |  Reviews: 140
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003. Yellow body with some white foamy head. Lace noted, lots of it by the end of the glass, ageing has served it well.Barleywine taste is typical, on the hoppy side. Further glass reveals fruitiness and dry hoppiness Malty and quite drinkable. Noticeable alcohol.

Another interesting all-you-can-drink growler from Rudolph of Buffalo. In a word, smoke. Intense forest fire Smokey aroma, intense smoke taste. Bit of retained lace and nice initial head. Peary like a scotch. Offset should be barbeque and you don't need sauce.

immediate above may be something else and I will over those words over and the 3.7 when I verify.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with poor retention on a amber with golden hue hazy body.

S: light on the nose for a barleywine with mostly sweet caramel malts and candied fruits. Intermixed floral, toffee notes.

T: This one is very good. The booze aren't too prominent. The malt profile is nice and the tangy candied fruit notes mesh well with the malts.

M: nicely smooth. medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a fairly drinkable barleywine with a complex flavor and the right degree of booze.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was pretty impressive I thought. This poured out as a nice dark clear looking brown color. The head was large at first but settled pretty quick. The smell of the beer didn't remind me too much of a typical barely wine, it was a little fruity on the nose. The taste was a little boozy but very warming. The flavors of some dark fruits some sugary notes really shine in this beer. The mouthfeel is a little thick and smooth. Overall I enjoy this Barley Wine quite a bit and would enjoy having it again one day.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has some hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that left lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel and vanilla in the nose.
T: The taste has a light amount of bitterness with notes of citrus from the hops—grapefruit stands out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in late 2012. Pours lightly hazy red-orange color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, biscuit, raisin, floral, pine, light nuttiness, and toasted/floral earthiness; with some light spicy alcohol. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, hop, and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, floral, pine, nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, pine, raisin, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and fruit flavors; with an excellent bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barelywine. All around great balance and complexity of malt, hop, and fruity notes; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently a filtered beer, the Old Howling Bastard pours a crystal-clear orange-ish amber body with a crimson cast beneath a full head of frothy off-white lace that holds quite well and leaves some very nice spider-web-like lacing about the glass. The nose is more intriguing than captivating, with a hint of apricot amidst a mildly sweet and toasty grainy maltiness amidst some medicinal and subtly smoky notes notes that are oddly compelling (think Islay whiskey... in fact, I wonder if there's some peat smoked malt in there?). Across the tongue and down the throat, the bastard seems more like a tame old kitty cat: slick and smooth and ready for a nap! - It's only lightly creamy, but its full body is pillowy smooth. Aggressive in it's flavor, a blend of bready and subtly crusty bread (with a touch of apricot marmalade drawn across the top) is all but overshadowed by its smokiness, bold bitterness, clearly noticeable alcohol, and leafy and fruity hop flavor (there's some pineapple and perhaps watermelon - I wonder if they're using some nugget hops). There's alot in there, and yet it all kind-of blends together; and the hops and bitterness eventually overwhelm the maltiness almost altogether. It finishes dry, wiped-down with alcohol, and somewhat astringent with rogue smokiness, some leafy & citrusy hop flavor, and some delicate malt that sticks in the mouth. Within a few sips it starts to build upon the palate, greatly reducing its drinkability, and numbing the tastebuds. Still, its lingering character (not unlike its nose) can be intriguing. The bottle states that the vintage is 2003, and that it's good in 2004, better in 2005, and "awesome" in 2006... ... ... I guess I should have waited a year! - or two even!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

- Sampled at the Blue Point Brewery tasting room -

A - Orange amber.

S - Faint booze and brown sugar.

T - Malt, booze, candied rosemary, coriander, pepper.

M - Medium body with a semisweet finish.

D - The booze and bitterness slow you down a bit.

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

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit,so I asked the bartender the style of this beer he says well its categorized as a barley wine but he thinks its a beefed up rauchbier so Isaid "hmm" a knowledgable barkeep kinda hard to come by.Poured into the goblet a slight hazed light amber with a thinner white head,cherry wood aromas big on the smoke with some dark fruit as well.Now this beer has a big smokey,woody profile like the before mentioned soaked cherry wood with some brown sugar and raisin quality in the finish.This beer is unique to say the least if you like smokey,woody flavors this is for you Iam glad I tried it it is very unique in my opinion.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/15/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very bready with caramel, brown sugar and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is likewise quite bready up front with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. A decently strong hops bitterness brings a good balance and there's a touch of smokiness in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it might not be the best barleywine that I've had, but it's a nice stronger beer that is good to sip on for a long time.

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Photo of smithj4
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The LAST bottle from my Florida min-haul, here's to good memories! Love the label

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of tan head. A trace of lacing & zero head retnetion

S: Breadyness & cakeyness & fusel alcohol once warm

T: Follows the nose, loads of marmalade, plums & some brown sugar up front, some herbal woody hops up front. Plums & toffee dominate as this warms along with leafy hops, this seems as much an English BW as an American... Finishes dry, fruitty & with a nice toffee sweetness &

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, pretty warming

Drinks fairly easy, I would love to try some fresher for comparison purposes

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a small, frothy, white head.

Smell: Rich, sweet-smelling caramel maltiness with a toasty hint to it. Raisiny fruitiness. Distant citrus peel and wood bark notes.

Taste: Sweet, candyish caramel and toffee maltiness. Slightly toasty. Dehydrated citrus peels followed by a medium hop bitterness. Just a tad woody. Finishes fairly dry with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, respectable barleywine, at least at five years out.

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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into two snifters.

Appearance - Beautiful red amber with a smallish head that fades to lacing pretty quickly. The beer clings to the glass very slightly when swirled.

Smell - I really don't get much, which is strange. I get some caramel and vanilla. Maybe some raisins. Perhaps more than anything I smell alcohol, though.

Taste - Malty start with some sweet toffee. Not a lot of complexity in the taste, but nothing to complain about. The finish is a strong hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - It starts off quite thin for such a big beer and such a malt profile. As it warms, it gets a bit more syrupy. The beer really should be enjoyed at about 65F. Decent carbonation.

Overall - Nothing bad, just nothing of note. Indistinguishable malt flavors and some hop bitterness. I really didn't have any trouble finish both of my snifters, though.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle in my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a mahogany color with light carbonation and one finger of fluffy, off white head. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells of sticky sweet caramel malts, sugar, ddark fruits, syrup, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of booze, toasted malts, caramel malts, and sugar. Little bit of fruit.

m - Medium to full body and ver high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - An ok barleywine. Smelled very good, but the booze came out a little too much in the taste. Also a bit too carbonated. Probably wouldn't get again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, served chilled in a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - The color is medium honey amber shade w/ very good clarity and 2 fingers of ecru w/ tiny beading. The ale has a rocky top and visible carbonation which moves slowly upward. Streams of lace cling to the glass well

S - Good aroma of hops in the nose w/ gentle citrus and light stone fruit esters w/ a mild sweetness in the scent w/ light alcohol odor

M - The barleywine feels moderately full on the palate with moderate bitterness as well, the texture is mildly sweet w/ malt blending well. There is a dry element from both the malt and alcohol giving a warm feel yet there is light roast and mild caramel smoothness

T - The flavor is bitter upfront and has mild citrus peel elements w/ piney bitter notes and follows w/ mild malt chewiness and bits of stone fruit and subtle acidic grapefruit giving a nice intense flavor w/ a light toasted note from the malt w/ a subtle floral hop taste that adds a lemony tinge in the finish

D - This is a pretty hoppy American Barleywine which may make you think of Double IPA's, but the line is thin there anyway. The malt backbone is there giving a sufficiently full malty anchor. This is very tasty I would recommend this and I would like to see what is like in the bottle after a short aging

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bob brought this in last night. '03 vintage, wtf?

Pours a clear light amber, with a small, less-than-a-quarter inch head, and no lacing.

Smells oxidized, and really leathery, in an interesting way. Underneath that I get a bit of caramel and toffee.

This didn't exactly age *badly* per se, but the aging definitely didn't help. Oxidation has very clearly set in, with hints of wet cardboard and sherry sweetness. There is no alcohol left, obviously, with dark fruits, caramel, and toffee.

This is light bodied, a bit thin at this age for a barleywine, with an oily mouthfeel. Definitely a slow sipper.

This was more interesting than good, honestly, but always cool to try an 11 year old beer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh. Served in a snifter.

A - dark amber with a soft, dense, off white head that has great retention

S - fruity, citrusy, candy sugar

T - citrus, bread, alcohol, bitter, piny, sugar

M - warm, medium bodied, a bit thin at times

This is a decent barleywine, though a bit thin. It has a nice hop character which helps to counter the sweet sugar. A fuller body would help this tremendously, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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