Omega Point
Olde Hickory Brewery

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Barleywine - English
Ranked #5
Ranked #235
4.5 | pDev: 7.33%
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States
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Notes: Omega Point is a bourbon barrel aged barleywine. It was blended from multiple vintages of barleywines aging in a variety of bourbon barrels. Some of the vintages have been resting in barrels as long as seven years. The result is a thick and rich treat that we are proud to share with you as our 20th anniversary celebration.
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really amazing, great body sweet butterscotch comes through. 2021 version. Very complex, great barley wine. Has a nice sweet smell. Taste was sweet and thick.

Aug 03, 2021
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz. capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Nose is divinely aromatic. Notes of raisin, dried fig, brown sugar, caramel, tobacco, oak, booze, and molasses. This is everything I want my English Barleywine to smell like. Perfect. Beer opens raisin, prunes, and plum. Dark fruit all around mixed with brown sugar, molasses, and oak. I do get that this is starting to fall off a little bit as notes of cardboard and wet wood are starting to appear. I get some chocolate, and fudge with more dark fruit, molasses and layers of oak and booze at the finish. Time + English Barley = Perfection. Body is full with low carbonation. Slick and oily on the palate and goes down soft but warm with little booziness. Long, lingering, sticky aftertaste that makes you consider what's left the palate.

I didn't have the chance to try this fresh but 6 years later, Omega Point is perfection. Definitely worth seeking out.

Dec 27, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a dark murky brown color. Bubbles clung to the sides of the glass.

Smell - I was made to think of Swedish fish, except a boozy version.

Taste - My initial impression was very bourbon forward. With the Swedish fish that I detected in the nose, there were notes of sweet caramel, amaretto, and leather. The finish produced warm notes with tge overall profile leaning more bitter.

Mouthfeel - There was a stickiness with the viscosity and even moderate carbonation.

Overall - I may have aged this too long, but it was quite nice.

Feb 09, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet; leggy, with spots of lacing on the way down

Smell: Caramel, black cherry, date, fig, maple syrup, Oloroso sherry and Bourbon; hints of walnut, chocolate and vanilla

Taste: Caramel, black cherry, date, fig and maple syrup, up front, Tawny Port, Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon tones developing in the mid-palate; still boozy, after the swallow, with hints of walnut and vanilla; the aftertaste is a blend of the fortified wine, the Bourbon and the fruit

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: I have traded away quite a few bottles of this over the year and while I have tried it, on occasion, at tastings, I waited a few years before opening my last bottle; I am surprised that it remains a little hot and angular and would have hoped that it had come together more by this time; Olde Hickory has a way with barleywines and this shows off their talents

Jul 03, 2017
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moose1980 from Germany

4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma dominated by chocolate, tobacco, leather, port, sherry, and bourbon, with a little bit of a smoky, amaretto twist to it that adds some additional complexity. Taste is so smooth; bourbon forward and subdued sweetness, giving it a dark chocolate and port-like characteristic. What a beauty.

May 29, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed April 2017 - Poured a dark, brown color with a small, tan head head. Smelled of brown sugar, dark chocolate, raisins. Taste was so complex. Everything from the aroma plus oak, vanilla and dark fruits.

Apr 27, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a speiglau BA glass.

Look is a dark dark cola with red highlights and absolutely no head.

Aroma is the most chocolaty vanilla beer I've ever smelled. Lots of deep deep bourbon in the nose.

Taste is more of that rich barrel and less of the chocolate. A perfect blend of intense barleywine and bourbon barrels.

Can't believe how good this is.

Feb 04, 2017
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LloydDobler from Indiana

4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into snifter. 1/21/15

Pour is a sludgy red/brown with barely even a whisper of bubbles that are gone immediately.
Nose is of candied dates and caramel. The taste like the nose, but with the addition of a sweet chocolate. Superbly smooth and viscous as it washes over the the tongue. Really a remarkable beer. Way more than I was expecting from this.

Oct 16, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 1/21/15

A- pours a deep brown color with a small fizz khaki head that disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- immensely complex nose opens up with aromas of molasses, brown sugar, dates, figs, maple syrup, sherry, port, earthy wood, walnut, chocolate & leather. Seems to open up even more as it warms

T- Flavor up front bursts with sweet notes of black strap molasses, caramel, toffee, port, sherry & chocolate. Mid-palate brings smooth mellow whiskey notes, that add hints of vanilla and earthy wood. The finish gives more chocolate, along with a black cherry sweetness. The linger lasts long after swallowing and leaves traces of sweet prune and fig.

M- medium-thick body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns silky into the finish, abv hidden brilliantly

O- mellow, complex and absolutely delicious. I wonderful blend that continues to bring out new flavors and aromas as it warms, one of the best English Barleywines out there.

Jul 28, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


A: Deep char, complex malt that’s almost toast like, faint oxidation, moderately light bourbon.

A: Deep brown color, opaque with Thin off white ring around the glass.

T: Rich, complex malt character that has a toffee and deep brown sugar like character, slightly sweet, slight esters. of dried cherries and raisins, with a light bourbon, vanilla like note.

M: Full bodied with moderately light carbonation. Shows a bit of alcohol but is very smooth and not harsh.

O: Awesome; the aroma was solid, but the flavor is superb. It looks super viscous, but drinks thinner and smoother than expected. The rich complex malt flavor is slightly sweet and well compliments the bourbon barrel presence.

May 01, 2016
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Vintage 2014. Color is molasses with a thin tan had that fades into a cap and only leaves behind a few spots of lacing. A sweet scent of bourbon, brown sugar, dark fruit, and some charred oak. Some peat and burnt caramel notes, very inviting.Flavor is sweeter with some dark fruit and peat malts. The bourbon, vanilla, burnt caramel, toffee, and charred oak add to the flavor depth in this. Finishes slightly tart with dark cherry. Feel is heavy and smooth. Another very well made BB BW.

Apr 02, 2016
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champ103 from Texas

4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Show for sharing this.

A: Pours a dark brown, near black color. A one finger white head forms and sticks around as a cap, light lace.
S: Just a bit of oxidation which I find very enjoyable. Toasted malts, chocolate, even fudge. A light nutty aroma, with a bit of oak and tannins.
T: Like the nose, this seems to have a bit of oxidation, but in the best way. Just a touch of cherry like fruitiness. Then the malt character takes over. Toasted, chocolate, nutty, slightly smokey, along with a very subtle oak/wood character.
M/O: A big full body that is not overbearing at all. Not overly viscous or inky, but ultra smooth. The alcohol is not noticeable. So easy and enjoyable to sip on, I wanted to keep coming back to this.

A really well done blend. Everything is in balance and overall something to be savored and enjoyable. A great treat that I am glad to have tried.

Mar 14, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head. Caramel brown color.

Lots of oak and wood. Brown sugar and toffee. Cherries and raisins. Some bourbon and vanilla. Has an odd strawberry flavor to it.

Medium bodied.

Very interesting bwine. Very unique.

Feb 13, 2016
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Griffin2 from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber:

L - Poured a dark brown with a slight white head
S - lots of bourbon.
T- just like the smell, lots of bourbon.
F- Nice mouthfeel, with light carbonation.
O- over the top bourbon, that seems to mellow as it warms. I really enjoyed this beer.

Jan 23, 2016
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best BBA Barley wines I have had to date! Nose on this one was amazing right from the start and then the Caramel and Bourbon Barrel notes are awesome. I would love to have more of this ASAP!

Jan 18, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice darker brown with a thin head that fades to leave a very thin halo.

S - Aromas of juicy bourbon, chocolate fudge, light barrel, almost nutty, sweet candied nuts. Interesting base beer. Smells like a stout was blended with a barley wine.

T - Taste is much more barleywine like. Great caramel notes and light toffee. Nice sweeter malts lead way to great chocolate. Like a chocolate covered caramel. Candied walnuts, fudgy brownie, nice almost candied fig thing going on too. Starts off barleywine and ends a stout.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly bodied, could be thicker.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty, just not really barleywine like. Delicious beer though!

Serving type: bottle

Jan 06, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/21/2015, shared with rudzud.

No real head, very dark almost black dark brown color, little legs.

Nose big malt, sweet candy little syrupy, toffee caramel thing, roasted coffee syrup, toasted coffee beans, nice fudgey chocolate brownie, little nougat, big toasted walnut or chestnut, mild bourbon and vanilla barrel.

Taste brings nice vanilla oak, toasted oak with nice sweaty bourbon, vanilla nougat candy, sweet milk dud, juicy barrel juice, tons of caramel candy, caramel creams, little roasted coffee, big candied fig and date, Charleston chew mixed with rolo candy, faint booze, nutty toasted walnut, sticky candy but quite tasty. Then all caramel bOurbon and cocoa late. Finish mild sticky no booze, plenty more bourbon caramel and chocolate candies.

Mouth is med to a little fuller bod, lighter carb, light booze.

Overall awesome but missing a bit of the barleywine aspect.

Jan 06, 2016
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mabermud from Washington

4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Medium brown leaving the bottle. Dark brown in my favorite 15.5 oz brandy snifter. Bubbles on the top that quickly disappear to a non-head, then to a halo that is less than dress shoe lacing thin. Dense legging with no lacing.
Smell: Boom-Boom-Boom. Chocolate, molasses, dark malts, bourbon, and some wood. The aromatic dimensions are not complex, but they are very heavy.
Taste: Smell describes the taste. Big barrel up front. Bold, dark, sweet, grains, light hops, fruitiness, equals low bitter-sweetness. Nicely balanced taste and intense. Bourbon barrel, fruit, and sweet-dark malts.
Feel: Thinner than I expected.

Overall - Big shmells. Big flavas. Noice.

Nov 26, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1-21-15. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a muddled, opaque, brown coloring, with a halo of off-white head. Nose of caramel, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and hints of earth and chocolate. Very dynamic and big blend of aromas. Flavors are heavily roasted, with apple and caramel notes forward, followed by heavy toffee, molasses, and bourbon highlights. Subtle ribbons of vanilla, chocolate, cherry, fig, date, and coffee dart in and out of the palate. Rich, heavy, and chewy in mouth, with a slick undertone. The aftertaste is a malt bomb on it's own. Apple, molasses, toffee, and booze linger on past the layered, smooth, slick finish. Pretty damn amazing beer!

Nov 12, 2015
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AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Comes out a dirty brown color. From a distance it looks black as it pools up in the glass. Coffee with milk colored head with mostly small bubbles. It goes away pretty quickly, about as fast as a can of soda. Not much in the way of highlights or lacing. Ok looking beer, but looks arn't everything.

Smell is really good. Molasses, brown sugar, leather, tobacco with some hints of vanilla, cinnamon and wood. One of those beers that if I could turn it into a scented candle, I'd totally burn it all the time.

Taste is equally as excellent as the smell. Toffee/chocolate/chewy caramel candy flavors. Brown sugar, vanilla, wood and maybe even a touch of a dark red port wine. Gets better as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is good, certainly full bodied. A nice long lingering flavor. Very light carbonation level. Very sweet leading to slightly acidic to a warning finish; slightly earthy. Very good drinkability it's a sipper, but I'm going to have no issues taking down this bomber. This is a great beer, I didn't think it was going to wow me at first, but it certainly impressed me. This aged pretty well for the last year as well. Nice job Olde Hickory and thanks a ton Paschel for the beer!

Nov 10, 2015
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Omega Point tasted like a subdued version of a malted chocolate covered raisin with a muted barrel presence poking through toward the end.

Overall, nowhere near some of the better barleywines out there, but for the price that I paid (free), it was enjoyable.

Oct 14, 2015
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours with barely a head, even with a churning, vigorous pour. What little head forms doesn't retain very long and the pour appears more as a liquor in the glass once the foam is gone. There is no lacing in the deep drown pour. The pour itself is very hazy and has little to no red when held to the light.

S- There is a good combo of sweet scent components and barrel flavors right of the bat on the nose. Light peat scents and sweeter, light brown sugar notes are prominent. The barrel provides more of a scotch flavor to the scent than a bourbon flavors, with the wood and peat being the strongest.

T- Start off with a slight hint og dark fruits on the tongue, that is quickly followed with notes of whiskey and peat malts. The dark fruits and peat meld into a mildly dark malt flavor overall and lend themselves to the whiskey flavors of the barrel fairly well. Like in the scent, the barrel component is more scotch than boubon in my opinion, and as such, lends to a more mild flavor that accentuates the peat malts. Lingering flavor is an intermingling of the barrel, the malts, and the dark fruits.

M- what this beer has in spades is a smooth and thick mouthfeel. The beer itself drinks incredibly easily for a 10% ABV imperial style and has a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall, this beer is about average for the barrel aged barkeyline style. It has a ton of scotch-like qualities, which isn't necessarily my thing, The dark fruit flavors are good, and the barrel is noticeable, but the smoothness of this beer is what is remarkable.

Oct 09, 2015
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Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Quite possibly the best Barleywine I've had to date. Easily my favorite beer of 2015. So much barrel presence, oak, molasses, toffee, caramel, chewy goodness. So smooth, creamy, perfect carbonation level and dark fruit sweetness.

Sep 28, 2015
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Slick mouthfeel. Chewy. Taste is intense, chocolate covered raisins is my best effort at describing it. Bourbon is absent. Would've liked to try it fresh.

Sep 13, 2015
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darktronica from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark mahogany poured into a snifter. Very minimal foam that disappears quickly. Smells of leather, molasses, brown sugar, coconut, and dates, hovering over undertones of cured meats and tobacco; the barrel is strong in this one. The flavors are quite rich and decadent, with a cascade of raisins, cocoa, and sherry, followed by a long finish of figs and fudge. There is a tremendous amount of bourbon character, but without being hot or overly boozy; this drinks very smooth and is truly delightful.

With seven years of patiently barrel-aged beer involved in the making of Omega Point, I can't wait to see what Olde Hickory will churn out for their 25th anniversary.

Sep 12, 2015
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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 451 ratings