Blue Point Old Howling Bastard | Blue Point Brewing Company

Blue Point Old Howling BastardBlue Point Old Howling Bastard
300 Ratings
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: 300 |  Reviews: 140
Photo of macrosmatic
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Talking Pint in Riverview, FL. Served in a DFH pint glass.

A: Copper to brown, quite hazy, with low visible carbonation and a big creamy off-white head.

S: Caramel sweetness, some toasted malts, boozy and sweet, with some toffee and hints of butterscotch.

T: Follows the nose well. A medium kick of booze first, then sweet toasted caramel, sweet malts with a bit of toasted character, and some butterscotch at the end with the alcohol burn. Nearly no hop character in this one - just a bit of resin bitterness. A bit of oxidized flavor at the end as it warms.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation on the low side. Alcohol presence quite noticeable but average for the style.

O: Nothing objectionable here, but the oxidation and lack of hop character makes me wonder how long the keg had been around (it kicked at the end of my pour). Recommended to try, but doesn't begin to compare to the best in class.

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall I enjoyed this beer... Smells sweet caramel notes hops are present... Great ruby color nice thick tan head, creamy... Tastes sweet pretty standard barely wine very boozy alcohol is def present in this 10 percenter Slightly above average barely wine for me not one I'd run back to get but would def pick up if I couldn't find one of my favs on hand.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of redcap45
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle and poured into a glass. Pours deep ruby/copper with a thick, cream-colored head. Aroma of strong caramel and cereal and a lot of hops. Flavor about the same, a little sweet. Smooth texture. Not bad, but nothing really sticks out and the alcohol isn’t hidden well.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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

A: This poured a clear dark copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit and candied oranges and sugary honey malt, with a little dark fruit.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and citrus hops, with some resin and sweet sugary honey malt. It had a bitter aftertaste that was a bit harsh.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was more like a double IPA than a barleywine, but it had a nice enough scent and taste. The body was only ok, and the finish could have been smoother, so it wasn't super easy to drink. But it was still pretty good. Age would definitely change the brew, although I can't definitely say it would improve.

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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer on draft at the Pizza P in Dupont circle, served in a snifter. Beer is yellow / dark amber with a thin white head, no lacing really, moderate retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and nice, fruity with great yeast character.

Beer is thin and sweet with a lot of fruitiness, berry flavors in the beer, it is a little hot, finish was a little dry. I don't think I'd have it again but it is a fine barleywine.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DrewZ926
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2000 Vintage

Pours a cloudy cider body, light brown and ocher, about a half inch of eggshell head.

Nose is sweet fruits and candy, lots of white grape, pear, red apple, and butterscotch. A little whiff of booze and some lingering citric hops.

Surprisingly the alcohol is still quite present. Lots of caramel and malty sweetness. Some overripe fruits, more grape and apple, slightly tart, a hint of oxidation that melts quite well with the toffee sweetness. Highly unique especially for the style. Can't help shake the white grape which seamlessly meshes with the sweet malt.

Feel is slick and oily, very full body with a taste that lingers.

With 12 years of age on it, the Old Howling Bastard has evolved into an extremely complex animal. Its complexity combines fruits, hops, and sweet candied malts into one highly tantalizing body. A fantastic representation of the style that is not overly sweet or boozy, but rather highly balanced and robust.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of OldCrustacean79
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 22oz bottle cellared for the last 3 years

App: Pours a golden orange/rust in hue with a thin film of tan head.

Aroma: Aromas consist of honey, toffee and caramel

Taste: Smooth mouthfeel goes along with this sweet honey flavored ale. Dash of flowers are present, with some warm alcohol on the finish. Finish is slightly hoppy, and sweet.

Overall: A respectable middle of the road barley wine.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber courtesy of fthomasl pours a hazed copper color with a fluffy cap of beige head. Fades pretty quick and leaves some spoty lacing. Bonus points for an awesome label and the old crusty dude on the front.

Nose is very barleywine...caramely-sweet malt with some toast and toffee. Hops are more floral than anything and a big ol dollop of alcohol.

Taste is not too shabby really...the caramel and toffe are very prominent. So is the alcohol...its a big beer. Not too sweet and has plenty of bittering hops on the end to clean things up nicely. Mouthfeel is solid, not too thin nor is it syrupy. Well carbonated, its one of those beers where the mouthfeel is never mentioned because it is just nice and flys under the radar. This is a pretty good beer, I like it. Id be more than happy to buy this one again.

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3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant clear copper with columns of carbonation and a short lived fine off-white head that leaves a veil of lace.

Opens with a strong orange aroma followed by grapefruit, apricot and a hint of smoked grain.

An intense bitter bite comes from the Dogfish Head snifter with abundant citrus and sweet malt quickly following. Alcohol and bitterness blow the taste buds off. But the tongue quickly adapts allowing toffee and butterscotch. None of the smokiness can be found. The finish is long and tetering between bitter and sweet.

A medium to full body with smooth texture and prickly carbonation. The alcohol is powerful and warming which is surprising given this is a vintage 2003 bottle.

A good sipper, Old Howling Bastard requires a commitment, but is worth the effort. Find a fire in a dark room and settle in for a long while to savor.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured into pint glass from tap at The House of Brews in Jensen Beach, FL.

Appearance: Reddish bronze body with an off-white head that dissipates into a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Citrusy hops with a lot of malt characters. Smells fruity and spicy at the same time. Notes of toffee too.

Taste: Figs, some citrus from the hops, grapefruit maybe. Bitter finish. A little caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is disguised. Not boozy.

Overall: A good barleywine. Sweet but balanced thanks to the hops. My kind of barleywine.

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Photo of silentjay
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

light mahogany copper with a towering light tan head that slowly recedes, leaving chunks of lacing.

Lots of caramel, cereal grains, bread, and booze. not much else. maybe a bit of piney hops. very tame for the style.

lots of caramel, bready malts with plenty of booze. a slight bitterness tries to balance the sweetness, but falls short.

boozy medium bodied beer with a touch of prickly carbonation and a brandy-like sweet and boozy aftertaste.

It's not bad, but it comes nowhere close to many I've had in the style. It doesn't taste bad, but it lacks the complexity that really defines the style for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a brandy snifter.

A: Poured a dark, caramel colored, copper-amber with a thin, sudsy veil of beige foam that leaves a viscous resin on the glass but little in the way of head retention or lacing.

S: Lots of candied fruits, spicy and citrus hops, hot, boozy aromas and hints of pine, white pepper and dates.

T: Cloying sweet and boozy up front with a sweetened bread flavor backed by spicy, boozy and peppery candied fruits. Grapefruit, dried cherries and bitter earthiness are backed down by an aggressive pint and citrus hopping. Leads into a hot and savory finish with a good deal of lingering heat and bitterness.

M: Bold, sticky, sweet, cloying and hot, this barleywine could stand a few years to mellow, but its still a categorical sipper.

O: A big, brash, hopped-out and boozy American barleywine, this brew could stand a couple years to mellow. At 10% ABV, its an attainable feat, but may not even be worth it, depending how the craft holds up. I like Blue Point, but wouldn't put it past them to just have created a big, bold, sorta one-dimensional barleywine like Old Howling Bastard.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Superior amber with a 3/4" white-orange head. Head is thick but settles after one sip...not too bubbly at all just looks to fine.

Smell: Honestly smells pretty damn good. I wish it didn't leave the nose so quickly, I do mean quickly.

Taste: This beer represents hops, hints of caramel which honestly give this beer personality. Slight bitterness which in my opinion gives this beer even more flavor. Smooth beer (for real beer drinkers) and easy delight.

Mouth: I Would say this is medium carbonation but to me little too heavy for a barleywine. Honestly weakest property of the beer I personally just wish it was a little less (who knows maybe ai got a bad batch).

Overall: My second favorite Bluepoint beer. No it's not a bad thing...I can drink this all day! Pretty good stuff and honestly if you haven't had it...have it!. Cheers to all.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Blue Point Old Howling Bastard from Blue Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 300 ratings
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