Omega Point | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by wedge on 03-03-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 421 |  Reviews: 62
Reviews by jfstilling:
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4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, what's the most important ingredient in barleywine... well, besides rarity? Well, it's time. There's many makers of the ultra-rich, ultra-soothing and ultra-complex that make fine ale. But there are certain intangibles that the style celebrates that only come through patience. And the Olde Hickory brewers have gotten here with twenty years of experience and 7 years of aged beer.

A deep and dark garnet pour quickly dispels a spitting, short-lived head; favoring legging over lace. Despite its still character afterward, the ale shows tawny bronze edges and a rich bouquet of complexity. The scent alone is intoxicating- molasses, brown sugar, maple, sherry, port and brandy all mingle along with not-so-subtle hints of chocolate, prune and soy. And as its sultry and lavish sweetness layers upon the tongue, its low-lying carbonated maltiness saturates the palate with sweetness and booze.

As the ale warms, it simply melts on the tongue, saturating those taste buds completely with port wine, sherry, chocolate, brown sugar, black-strap molasses and mild coffee. The sweetness goes nowhere as the taste intensifies with aged whisky, equipped with caramel, wood spice, vanilla and a not toward maraschino cherry with fudge. Savory elements of light soy sauce and salted caramel trail as its flavors extend well into finish.

Long, savory, spicy, warming and lush, the beer is reluctant to fade; setting up much like an after dinner dessert-like affair. Becoming a slow and sipping session, the ale is best suited for long conversations, blue cheese, spicy salumi and patience in taste. Many rewards come to those who comply.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was at bottle release and it was such an amazing way of securing such a special beer. Way to go OHB!

Appearance: Dark mahogany with a light head and some lacing that sits on the top oh so beautifully, its very dark brown and hardly any light penetration, beautiful in that murky barleywine kind of way.

Aroma: Nutty bourbon and sweet oatmeal raisin cookies. Smells like the holidays, without the spice notes.

Taste: Very nutty and dark fruit forward. You can tell there is some bourbon in there but its not the main flavor. It really does taste like oatmeal raisin cookies soaked in bourbon with some pecans or walnuts mixed in. The mouthfeel is spot on too, its very creamy. This is a dream barleywine. One of the best if not the best I have ever had!

Overall: Well done guys at OHB you showed 20 years of brewing expertise off with a bang! Look forward to your next 20 years of offerings.

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Photo of FATC1TY
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer. The various vintages, up to 7 years in the waiting, were blended into this barleywine.

The barrel aging is.... perfect. It's balanced, and complete. The beer is huge without being cloying, sweet, or too boozy. The body is the perfect amount for drinkability. There is a slightly tannic finish from the oak and bourbon, but the finish and the body is so much drier than some barleywines, or appears so, that it makes it really drinkable.

World class BA barleywine for sure, much, much better than BCBBW in so many ways.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

love this beer. had it on draft at the release and from the bottle and its just so friggin awesome. not too boozy, not hot, barrel is very evident but not overpowering. very mellow. creamy and smooth. thick mouthfeel. extremely complex, you can tell it has been aged in a multitude of barrels for a very long time. Just awesome

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Photo of jampics2
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to whoever brought this to the Gratitude release. Amazing beer, deep, smooth caramel and dark fruit with perfect barrel aging. The bourbon is well integrated and has great vanillin notes. Probably one of the best BA barely wines since K13 and King Henry.

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Photo of gr8zehaman
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Don't normally write anything for a review but this beer is really friggin good. Well done OHB

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Photo of Treyliff
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Alequine
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a full brown color with a sweet bourbon smell of brown sugar and sweet, molasses. Although this beer style is known for its strength and intensity I found this beer enjoyable to smell and drink. I drank this right after A Deal With the Devil and found Omega Point more aromatic, more balanced in its sweetness and bourbon flavor as well as providing an even dark fruit taste along with very balanced resiny hops. Different Barleywine styles between A Deal With the Devil but Omega Point is a winner.

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Photo of Houser
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a deep, deep brown. its not black, just opaque, thick brown. smell is great, brown sugar, sweet, molasses, slightly burnt sugar, marshmallow, vanilla. taste is the same. simply awesome. mouthfeel is spot on even though it doesnt appear to have any carb except for a small ring around the glass. awesome.

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Photo of dailyminefield
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The smell on this is incredible. It drinks good fresh (within 6 months), but I can't wait to see how this drinks in 2016 and 2017. A couple months ago I cracked a 2012 Sucaba and it was lights out. I have a great feeling this one will have the same results.

This one is right up there with Sucaba, the only criticism I have is that the mouthfeel is a little slick, or oily if you will, but that is a very minor aspect.

Never second guess Olde Hickory's barrel aging program.
I recommend aging this one for a bit.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of nc41
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Couldn't resist. A very typical Olde Hickory BA brew, great nose , balanced bourbon hits. Kinda sweet on the nose, but the taste doesn't completely follow here. Dark fruit, sugary, but the bourbon balances that out nicely. OHB is never shy on Bourbon. Forget the bottle count this is Blendiculous 1 and a bit more. Aging one too.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing Brent... This is a gem!! Pours an unattractive muddy brown but the nose is a monster of thick bourbon and English toffee... A bigger hint of tawny port.. Flavor is thick caramel and dark toast, bits of pipe tobacco with warmth.. hops are pretty much nonexistent.. a little smokey and meaty/raisin too... Wow... some sweet cherry as it warms up... Thicker body and a lower carbonation makes this a profound sipper. Pretty amazing. Thanks again Brent!! Late night treat for sure!!


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Photo of Ri0
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of brewduder
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't get the hype with this one. Weird after taste and off aroma. Not worth $20/bottle. Take LP or EH any day of the week.

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Photo of darktronica
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of strohme2
3.74/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of MalibuKenny
4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Once on tap at the release, once more from bottle two weeks after, into tulip glass.

A: This is dark! Like the color of the gluttonous soul that is always on the search for that perfect (English) barleywine. Yes. I'm talking about me. It is murky, it is maroon, it is mahogany.

N: Sweet raisins, slightly woody, like sticking your head into the bottom of your tank and smelling the spent grains and settled yeast.

T: Your standard taste profile of a well-brewed English: Big malts, barrel bits, dried fruits, slightly buttery with some oak and barrel coming from the top of your mouth to the back of your nose.

M: Creamy, smooth, right amount of burn. Makes you feel like you need to chew it a little before you down that sip and take another.

O: It's definitely worth that 20 minutes of waiting in the queue. Oh, you didn't bother to go down to Hickory and now had to pay premium price for a bottle? Too bad for you. Me and my case are laughing at you.

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Photo of BrewDudeRay
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Was at the release and was able to get 12 bottles. Have drank a few and love this BW. Amazing taste and is prob my favorite. Was just at Burly Beers and Barleywine event at Sierra Nevada in NC and all the Barleywines I had were great, but OHB OP was the best so far! 5 rating for sure!

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Photo of maximum12
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to kingkong for this bottle, which helps feed my springtime barleywine lust. 22 oz. bottle with a big omega front & center, split with my wife. Bottled 1/20/15.

The pop & pour is used oil with about 5,983 miles on it, looking like it’s been through a few too many road trips. Carbonation is minimally higher than 5W30. The smell is a touch of vanilla jacked into a lot of brown sugar, which I love (it’s one of my top incognito Google searches).

Omega Point “is the purported maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards which some theorize the universe is evolving” say some. From where I’m standing, that’s a looooong ways off, especially if you’ve ever been on a freeway during rush hour. The beer? It’s a big sugar-bomb with a finger of vanilla-soaked bourbon on top. A brown sugar plantation threw up in my glass, & it’s hard to get past that. Bourbon is light, vanilla stippled, oak is very strong. Caramel proves there are malts & beer in this beer. Quite warm & warming; alcohol is noticeable but welcome. Rich. Whatever its faults, drinkability isn’t one of them, this would be better if it came in fish bowls.

A bit puzzled at the adulation, but you won’t find me complaining about having it (vanishing) in my glass. Almost crosses into old ale territory for my tastes. Very good beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 1/21/15.Pours into an oversized wine glass a murky walnut brown with a thin almost non existent light beige head.Bourbon/vanilla and raisin in the nose,some light roasted nuts in there as well.Buttery caramel and vanilla on the palate with more of the raisin/dark fruit and nuttiness in the finish,the alcohol is omni present.A sipper with full rich flavors,kick ass.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Omega Point from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 421 ratings