Black Raven Old Birdbrain Barleywine
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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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This robust strong ale features pale malts and generous hop additions. After primary fermentation, several American rye whiskey barrels are filled and cellared to age. The remaining beer is then cellared in a stainless steel tank. After many months of aging, the barrels are then blended into the remaining batch aged in the stainless steel tank. Rare bird, released annually in winter and in limited quantity throughout the year.

2009 Old Birdbrain Ė First place Great Alaskan Beer & Barleywine Festival 2010
2010 Old Birdbrain - First place Great Alaskan Beer & Barleywine Festival 2011
2010 Old Birdbrain - Third place Great Alaskan Beer & Barleywine Festival 2012

Malts 2-Row Barley, Rye, Crystal
Hops Nugget, Palisade, Mt Hood

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Errl (2019) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle thanks to mora2000...Pour is dark black with a tan head...Nose is maple, oak, rye whisky, spice, barrel...Taste is oak, rye whisky, sweet, vanilla, pine hop, caramels,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Golden, no head. Toffee aroma, a bit buttery. Flavor is a bit thin and lagery, some toffee notes. Not impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Thanks to 5000 for sending this bottle my way. Amber pour with a white head. The aroma is full of rye whiskey notes with some maple and vanilla. The flavor is similar at first, with some rye, oak, vanilla and light pine notes. I also get a bit of metal in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2013
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear copper body with a medium beige head. Aroma of grain, subtle cardboard, caramel, grass, and toffee. Flavor of roasted grain, caramel, toffee, and molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5773) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2013
(12oz bottle thanks to mora2000) clear bright orange, ring of fine white bubbles. Nose is lightly hopped barleywine, caramel, bourbon, and honey. Taste of caramel, candied citrus, american hops, fairly hoppy but not astringent, nice linger of honey, caramel and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5567) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2013 Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, and light aged citrus hops. It pours a hazy brownish-orange and a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with moderate caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. The finish has aged citrus hops, vanilla, and just a hint of oak. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle: † Vintage 2011. † Deep amber with copper hues, clear and vibrant, moderate frothy head, sand colored, with spotty lacing. † Big whiff of caramel and toffee, not too sweet, some biscuit and slight saltiness. † Big malty rye start, warming, caramel and toffee follow. † Slight touch of whiskey and also salted taffy. † Not hot at all, but still has a green bitterness about it. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full. † Finishes with a husky maltiness, sweet and caramel like. † Lingering rye whiskey flavors. † Good, but could use a bit more body and caramel sweetness to counteract the alcohol and husky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
Thanks, Chris! Very smooth with a bit of caramel and toffee sweetness. Medium body and low carbonation. A bit of bitterness to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1408) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2013
On tap at Brouwerís Hard Liver 2013. Cloudy orange pour, with boozy fruit and butterscotch on the nose. The flavor has *way* more depth than the aroma, adding an earthy rye note that ups the complexity, and some nuance to the caramel/fruit. Quite good -- it develops really nicely in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2013
12 oz. bottle served in a Black Raven curved pint glass. Thanks to OakedCanuck for the bottle. Thanks Colin! A: Pours a clear amber color with some dark brown highlights. A light brown head forms on the pour and recedes very slowly to a thin film. Nice retention. The head leaves some sticky sheets of lace down the glass. S: Lots of caramel sweetness up front. Some mild dark fruit, mostly raisin, with a little bready malt as well. Slightly boozy as well. Light rye whiskey, but itís hard to pull out. T: Sticky caramel sweetness. Underlying hops. A little citric in nature, sorta like candied grapefruit. A little booze with some oxidation that has brought out a sherry like character. A little booze with some dark cherry. Some light herbal spice, maybe the rye whiskey barrel. M: Medium bodied, a little sticky, but surprisingly drinkable. Smooth and sweet finish with a medium low carbonation level. O: A very nice barleywine that has aged gracefully. Iím glad I have a second bottle to sit on for a while as I think itís going to develop a lot more and become more complex. Serving type: bottle

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