Aiken Olde Aiken Ale | Aiken Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Aiken Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The strongest beer offered by Aiken Brewing Company, this high alcohol barleywine is fruity with hints of currant and raisin. Its significant malt intensity with just enough hop bitterness for balance makes for a delightful a winter warmer!

Added by superdedooperboy on 02-13-2010

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear copper-amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with good amounts of booze-soaked pears, apricots, and golden raisins.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sticky caramel malt flavors kick things off with hints of toffee and brown sugar. Midway through the sip raisin and pear flavors enter into things and carry through to a decidedly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another despite the robust ABV.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by a solid barleywine from a brewpub in what I thought was no-man's land. Worth a shot if you see it on.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on-tap at Aiken Brewing Company the night of its release. The beer is brewed to commemorate Aiken's 175th birthday. Took home a growler for proper review.

Poured from a growler into a snifter glass. Served at cellar temperature, approximately 45 degrees F.

A deep ruby-amber in color with virtually no head. Slightly hazy. Some weight is evident in the appearance, as some distinct legs show themselves when the beer is swirled in the glass.

Aroma is initially quite mild, showing a faint sweetness combined with a mild whiff of slightly herbaceous hops. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes rather evident in the back of the nose.

Carbonation is very low; body is quite full, and mouthfeel is thick and somewhat chewy and viscous. Sweet caramel-like malt notes show themselves up front, with a very faint hint of red apple and fig. Interestingly, a vague hint of roastiness seems evident in the middle, just before the mild hop bitterness kicks in and melds with a bit of boozy alcohol to dry things out and balance the thick sweetness. Warms as it goes down, finishing mostly dry with some lingering herbal hop notes and green apple.

Drinkability is hindered by the high alcohol content and thick, heavy maltiness. Perhaps a bit less than ripe, this would likely do well with a little age, and a little more carbonation would help as well.

*Note: The low carbonation is evident both fresh from draught as well as from a fresh growler pour.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Pours a clear amber with orange and yellow edges with a wisp of white head - even from the tap this poured with little to no head.

S. A bit of caramel malt comes through, but not much else. A fairly uninteresting nose for such a big beer.

T. Super sweet with some alcohol burn on the tail. Only caramel malt is readily apparent, but it gets to be too much to even search for flavors in this sweet mess.

M. Low level of smooth carbonation with a medium to thick body.

D. The tasting group agreed that this was not a beer that would be passing our lips again - due to both location and quality.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A buddy picked a growler of this up when he was in the area for The Masters. Cheers to Nick!

Clear ruby brown with a slight off white head. Slight lacing.

Caramel molasses aroma with a touch of hops.

Hops are a bit more pronounced in the taste. Earthy. A malt bomb (same caramel/molasses flavor) with a slightly hot finish that works nice to balance the sweetness. Big but balanced.

Chewy. A viscous brew with a hint of carbonation. Very real ale-ish.

Highly drinkable despite its massive size.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always love trying what my local brewpub has to offer. This one's special, as it commemorates Aiken's 175th anniversary. Picked up a growler to bring a little bit of local flavor to a tasting.

Reddish-orange pour. Finger of white foam fades to a ring. Decent lacing.

As soon as I smelled this beer, I remarked to no one in particular that this clearly favors the English style of barleywine. Lots of sweet fruit, like green apples and grapes. Some earthy, almost musty hops, as well.

Flavor follows. Lots of sweetness up front, which actually starts to lean more toward dark fruits than the lighter ones I picked up in the aroma. An herbal, bitter finish leaves behind just a hint of those sweet apples and grapes from the nose.

Medium-full body, with appropriately low carbonation. The sweetness is a bit much, and the 10.1% begins to assert itself. Makes it hard to drink more than one glass. This one would definitely benefit from some aging.

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Aiken Olde Aiken Ale from Aiken Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 5 ratings