Ballast Point Old Barmy Ale
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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
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Made with only six ingredients. Malted 2-row barley, palisade hops, orange blossom honey, White Labs California Ale Yeast, apricots and San Diego carbon filtered tap water. Low bitterness is balanced by tart apricots with a sweet but not cloying finish. Barmy Ale can be aged up to eight years with a strong honey wine character emerging if cellared. Be careful not to be the barmiest of them all.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TimE (3580) - Tokyo, - SEP 17, 2012
med amber color. Massively sweet, malty, honey and Apricot mouth, but Waaaaaayyy too cloying an too sweet but not poorly made, but not for me at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2014
10/18/2014. On draft at Chuck’s 85th as part of a 4-Ballast Point beer sampler. Clear golden-brown color, medium amoount of head, mottled in appearance. Some lace on the sides. Bready, apricot aroma, some grassy hops. Flavor is mostly sweet, and a bit sour, not very bitter. Heavy, thick body, some alcohol burn, full mouth feel and long finish. Not particularly carbonated. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - OCT 6, 2014
smells and tastes like fresh squeezed apricot juice. sweet honey is almost overpowering. bit of bitter orange rind and sweet pineapple in there. some grassy hops. beautiful orange-amber body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"This version coming in at a whopping 12.4% and done well! Is it beer? Is it mead? Not too sweet, but the fruit and honey are front and center for sure. Smooth, tasty, and unique."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
keepersj12 (2814) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2013
A malty aroma dominates. The flavor is strange, sweet malt to start with a syrupy apricot sweetness to follow. The finish is sweet and sticky. Lots of alcohol on the throat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 19.06.2013, tap @ The Ginger Man NY:
Almost no head. Aroma is kind of neutral, fruity artificial strawberry like, grass, heather, alcohol. Taste is slightly harsh grassy and fruity, heather, grass, strawberries maybe, alcohol, hay. Medium bitterness and dry mouthfeel. Not a beer for me!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
junon (426) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Hoooly moly. This supposed to be 10.7? No way. This an odd mix of fruit forward to medicinal. Medium bodied. Crisp. This thing is dangerous.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1169) - Nevada, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Poured from the tap a clear golden with a thin white head. Aroma was low but mostly citrus and apricot. Flavor was much less fruity than I expected but still had notes of the apricot and sweet malt caramel. Finish was sweeter with plenty of fruit flavors. One of the best apricot beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10393) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear amber to copper with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is honey, apricot, cereal and biscuit malt with earthy hops. Flavor is sweet malt, honey and apricots with a sweet finish and light tartness. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Appearance: Cloudy peach and apricot – dense and hazy. White head fades into a small free floating puddle bordered by a full thick collar.
Nose: Massive notes of apricot stewed in honey. Peach and apricot brandy with spices. Green pears and green grapes are flambéed and caramelized in honey with just a touch of spice. Candied ginger on top. Sticky doughy honey rolls dripping with real honey.
Palate: Zow! Grabs back of mouth and tongue with tart apricots and honey. Oozes boozy green grapes, pears, and starfruits. Gentle parching finish of raw honeycomb and husked grains. Champagnesque – a bit dusky and dry in a good way. Candied ginger grabs the back of my tongue. Raw fermenting apricot musk, skins included for tannins, tartness, and earthiness. Peach and apple brandy infused with honey. Thick and rich. Nice warming alcohol warmth in the chest. More apricot after each swallow. Caramelized and boozed and spiced.
Final Thoughts: This particular beer is one for the books and absolutely one for the sipping. Wow. Sometimes styles are meant to be followed and sometimes styles are meant to be blurred. New and old all at the same time. If you have a chance to try this beer, please do. You may love it and you may not but the Old Barmy Ale demands savoring.
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6068) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2013
On tap, golden color with white foam , aroma is sweet fruit with flavor of honey and blueberries , sweet finish

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