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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: 300 |  Reviews: 140
Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to JoeyBeerBelly. Thanks Joe!

It pours a reddish orange with a close to 2 finger head of foam and some good lacing.

It smells bready, sweetish malty, and has some piney notes. A good aroma for the style.

It tastes exactly like the smell. Bread, with a nice balance between the piney hops and sweetish malt. A nice tasting American BW.

Medium bodied with mediumish carbonation, it has a good mouthfeel and the 10%abv is well hidden. A very nice brew indeed.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, garnet color with alot of small, tight bubbles and carbonation that adhere to the side of the glass with thin, white lacing around the top.

S - Roasted toffee, mild pine, and some brown sugar.

T - Brown sugar, oak woodiness, dark fruit in the form of raisins, plums, and figs; mild maple syrup, green apples, toasted caramel and boozy.

M - Lip smacking sticky with a heavy medium body.

O - A solid barley wine that I suspect would be even better with some age on the bottle.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of OutFox
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cant find the bottled on date on this thing. But reagardless 22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A - Its a light sort of amber bronze color. Not what I expected honestly from a barleywine. Good white head and decent lacing.

S - Smells of alcohol, barley, raisins, and some other stuff. Has a sort of thick smell to it. Its musty and earthy. It has a super mild caramel roasted characteristic to it.

T - Same as the nose really. The caramel sort of sweetness is almost hidden. The first thing me and my compadre said to each other was 'its missing something'. I cant pinpoint it but theres a sort of dusty characteristic here that I dont really like.

M - This is what its was really missing for me. It doesnt have the weight or the body feel of a barleywine.

O - It was just ok to me. Ive had a lot of Blue Point beers and I love the brewery but this one just didnt hit the mark for me. Its a decent barleywine but I feel it needed more weight to truly elevate itself.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours the color of fall into my DFH signature glass! Orange/Yellow/Brown with highlights of each depending on how you twist the glass! A peach tinted, 1 1/2 finger of foam lays on top... fades kinda quickly... but leaves a ton of spider webbing all around the glass! Damn near perfect to look at!

S- Sweet caramel, ripe apple, pungent and piney hops, with an underlying nose of fresh cut figs, prunes, raisins and brown sugar! I wish I could get a candle that smelled like this!

T- Exactally like the smell but with a nice bitterness from the hops. Sweet caramel/candy corn... fresh cut apple sourness, bready yeastiness, pie spices, and lovely dried fruit! Some vanilla and smokey wood notes underneath. This is fuckin' brilliant! One of my all time favorite BW's!!!

M- Chewy like buttered raisin bread. The sweet, sour, and bitter blend seemlessly together to create an almost fresh bread-like feel. Sometimes it's more caramel than apple... and the next sip is more buttered popcorn and fig!!! I don't believe this is aged on wood, but it has a nice vanilla/oakiness that really envelopes your tongue!

O- Damn near perfect! The bottle cap says 10th anniversary '99-'09, so I'm wondering if this had been sitting around for a couple of years developing into this... I've always loved this once a year brew... but this one, tonight... DAMN!!!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/rust body, orange hue, finger head, solid lacing

S: peach, mango, pine, dates, figs, lemon grass, barley

T: sweet date/fig citrus front, big barley, malt, slow bitter sticky finish

M: med, smooth, mild slick/oily mouth

O: My 1st Blue Point offering and I love Barleywines.
This was very good and would get again. Little
more on the sweeter side, might be good
for newbie to the style. ABV will sneak up on
you, QUICK.


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Photo of hippityhops85
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MikeyMikee for throwing this at me as an extra. Always happy to try a new barleywine!

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Copyright reads 2009 and I have no idea if that indicates vintage.

Pours a really nice burnt orange looks a lot like an IPA and not your typical barleywine. Huge off-white head with super tiny bubbles. Sticks around for a long time too.

The nose has a lot of piney hoppy notes to it. Some bready malts but the hops are dominating here. Fairly one-noted.

The taste is similar. I could see this being labeled as a triple IPA rather than a barleywine. I do get some citrus fruits. Lots or orange and grapefruit.

This is a good beer and that's really where it sits. Nothing stands out obviously bad about it but there's nothing that really sets it apart either.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Point : Old Howling Bastard

A ruddy brownish color, small head forms and dissipates. Hoppy citrus aroma, bright hop notes, honey, sugary malts. In the flavor profile, oily, piney, resinous hops and barleywine like flavor from the malt. Toffee, sugary malt, solid hop bitterness throughout. A big beer, but achieves balance. Small alcohol presence for such a big beer. Overall, if you like a good hoppy barleywine, this could be for you.

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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 beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful coppery-amber is filled with a medium dense and moderately paced effervesce creating a misty haze of tiny bubbles. The head is modest in size, beach sand in color with a good retention all the while layering a meaty coating on the glass for lace. Nice coloring.

S: Malty and hoppy nose, sweet caramel grains and toffee meets a touch of fruitiness of cherries and apples. The hopping is generous of sweet floral notes mixing with some alcohol on the finish but very manageable for 10%.

T: Sweet toasted caramel flavor with some unfermented sugars is warmed by an alcohol presence , but much like the nose is very manageable for its 10% nature even at warmer serving temperature. Dry caramel apple, dried cherry fruitiness is topped off by a evergreen hopping. Strong caramel and pine finish with a boozy cough medicine alcohol flavor at warmer temperatures.

M: The body was much lighter then to be expected per style. Medium base would be a stretch. Warm alcohol, boozy becoming apparent after the swallow.

O: After a few of these you just might find yourself howling ala the name. Decent example but ill stop there, appears easy at first but doesn’t go down without a fight.

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


Poured into an 8 oz. glass...

Really beautiful looking barleywine. Dark copper/reddish hues. Massive cream colored head, nice lacing. Smells delightful- dried fruits, figs, and sugars. Taste was not overly sweet/cloying. Nice hop presence and well balanced with the malts. Candied sugars, prune...great flavors....excellent brew right here. I will seek this out again and pick some up to age.

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Photo of Klym
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

I actually randomly encountered this beer on BA when browsing through various beers. By the label alone I just wanted to give this beer a shot and even started trying to figure out an appropriate trade for it. I was excited when a couple of days later I went into a beer store during my visit in New York and saw a bottle of this! Despite, I'm sure, the overprice I had to pick it up and give it a try.

A: A translucent risin brown color with somewhat yellowish bubbles and sliding lacing. I'm guessing dark fruits are going to be all over this by the look.

S: Classic raisin/figgy smells with a little chocolate milk and dried strawberries. Sounds strange, I'm sure, but they blend well and it's actually a quite inviting smell.

T: Resin, raisin/figs, plum, milk (a sort of sharp almost curdled like dairy flavor, comes off nicely and adds a nice texture to the flavors). Great transitions between the different flavors, and the blend between the flavors is amazing. This is really well made, better than I expected.

M: Great medium bodied fullness with a smooth milky undertone that helps it glide around the mouth.

O: This beer is good! Honestly this is one of the best, most well balanced barley wines I've ever had with some interesting flavors mixed in. I think this beer needs more respect. I really enjoyed this and appreciated the combination of great brewery execution and bolder, more creative flavors.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason, 750ml into a snifter. 2009 vintage I believe.

Poured an orangey-brown with a cream head. Thin film and a thick collar is left behind, looks quite nice. Nose is caramel and toffee, some orange and interesting but not off-putting underripe banana notes. Taste has alot of citrus (lemon and orange come to mind intitially), caramel, alcohol, and finishes with a significant hop bitternss. Medium mouthfeel, and a bit of a higher carbonation that feels a bit amplified in the finish. Sticky, boozy and bitter. Enjoyable.

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Photo of peensteen
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jason's bottle 2009 vintage

Deep copper orange colour, white head, no lacing. Malt and caramel, alcohol is present but not overbearing, light hops deep down. Taste is malty, caramel, under rip banana, moderately hoppy, some alcohol comes through. Good feel, full body, quite nice, med-light carbonation. Quite nice, quite enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of abgba121
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish amber and cloudy, about one inch of head and good lacing that remains

S: Very malty and sweet, almost caramel and molasses, no hop aroma

T: sweet up front, slight hop bite in the middle, I can't detect alcohol at all, especially surprising for this strong of a beer, and there is a little hop flavor on the finish that lingers slightly

M: moderate carbonation and regular feel make it easy to drink

O: A decent beer I probably won't buy again, but maybe a bottle to age a bit and try again.

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Photo of meatyard
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AltBock for this gift beer-2009 vintage.

Pours a hazed, amber/orange with a 2-finger, ecru head that lingers but doesn't leave much in the way of lace.

The smell is all about malt and it's a sweet smell.

The taste starts out strong with the sweet malt but then a light sour, tangy taste becomes present. It's not objectionable, just odd. No noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium, tending to thin & carbonation is moderate.

Overall: I think I would prefer a fresher bottle. Seems like there is something not quite right with this bottle what with the tanginess. It doesn't seemed to have improved with age.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-17-11

Pours a completely clear red/amber color, with a thick off-white head that leaves begind big chunks of lacing.

Smell is caramel and burnt sugar at first, followed by a huge hit of hops. More sweet than bitter, and actually quite mild. Still, deep with a nice complexity.

Taste is very mild, almost watery, with subtle favors of caramel malt and bitter hops. Not much else, as all of the flavors really die on the finish and aftertaste. A little disappointing.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, contributing greatly to the lack of anything special in the taste.

Drinkability is good, what flavors there are do a good job of masking the alcohol, and the thin mouthfeel goes down easy.

Overall, an average beer that I'm still glad I tried.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Cask Republic.

A: Clear deep orange body with a thin off-white head that settles into a ring. Nice color and clarity, but pretty standard.

S: Sweet + nutty, with some citrusy hops and brown sugar leading the way to warming alcohol. Enjoyable and approachable.

T: Grainy malt, nuttiness, bread, citrus, and alcohol Tastes like an old DIPA, but a pretty good one. I'd certainly like more depth to the maltiness.

M: Smooth, soft medium body with fine, cask-appropriate carbonation. Pleasant.

O: This was an enjoyable, drinkable barleywine, but not one that I'll be seeking out in the future. It just didn't have enough going on in terms of its malt profile to keep me interested, and while the citrusy hops were tasty they didn't add as much complexity as I would have liked. Like most stuff I've had from Blue Point, this is solid but forgettable beer.


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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 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 OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, dark fruit and small oak hints. In the taste, dark fruits and hints of licorice. Smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry dark fruit aftertaste. Not boozy, nice small oak, decent.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Ruck in Troy.

Pours a darker amber, with some head and a bit of lacing.

Smells of malts, kind of like a Scotch ale, raisiny scents noticeable. A bit of alcohol as well.

Tastes is very malty and robust. Very decent, but I could use a bit of a hop bite somewhere in here for some balance.

A bit creamy on the mouth. Really not a bad beer in anyway, but I'd prefer a bit of hops somewhere in this rather strong and rich flavor profile.

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