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Black Raven Old Birdbrain Barleywine
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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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 – 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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7226) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
On tap for Hard Liver ’12, pours a cloudy orange amber with a small head. Aroma of toffee, liqueur-covered fruits, candied sugar and booze. Flavour of booze, brandy-like liqueur, caramel malts and toffee. Full-bodied, complex and well-balanced. Very solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Good Barleywine. 2010 vintage. Light rust/amber color. The nose is filled with allspice and cinnamon. Full bodied with brandy/cognac flavors. This needs more time to come together.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3557) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Sampled at the ’12 GABBF. This beer has won best barley wine for two years in a row now. They were serving a keg of the 2010 vintage. Murky copper color with a thin yellowish head. Rich buttery sweet nose. Great mouthfeel with a warming alcohol sensation. Subtle whiskey barrel notes with some oak and rich dark caramel sweetness. Hop burn on the tongue. Really well balanced. Well deserving. I missed trying this beer last year and I made sure to be towards the front of the line this year.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1242) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2011
On tap at Hard Liver Fest (2011). Colour... deep, golden-orange with no head. Nose... like fresh hops crushed with nuggets of turbinado! Palate... wow! Hop shot!! Tart mouth feel yet thick and cloying with lychee, sugar sirop, quince, Anjou pear, and dried peach, date extract and a bitter-dry finish. What a treat!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6008) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Great Alaska Beer And Barleywine Fest 2011. Foggy amber color/ fleeting head. Mild to medium strength vanilla, pit fruit, whiskey, wood aromas. medium bodied. Sharp pit fruit flavors with whiskey, toffee, mild molasses, bitter twang to finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5035) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Winter Brewers Festival 2010 – Seattle, WA
Brown in color, clear with a thin head. Loved the aroma. Very spicy with fruit like aromas. Malty and fruit flavors. Light with spice this was a tasty Barley wine. There was a pepper flavor and finish. The heat of the alcohol was warming and once this beer warmed up more aroma was coming out.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2010
On cask. Super sweet nose, tons of residual sugars, cloying, crystal malt, caramel, toffee, fruity notes, more sugar, alcohol. Still dark amber pour, no head, lace. Flavor is cloying and sweet, tons of sugars, almost like not fully fermented out, earthy hop, black peppery alcohol, more sugars. Syrupy body, hard to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1161) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Draft at Hard Liver 2010. Pours a clear dark brown with a amber hue and small yet tight and even slightly dirty white head. Lots of sweetness on the nose from crystal malt...brown sugar, candied plums, caramel, touch of raisin, warming booziness. Somewhat syrupy feel with dense small carbonation. Very sweet with dark dried fruit...raisins, prune, dried figs...with plenty of carameled sugars. Has some warmth on the way down as well. Very well made and wish that is was in a bottle so that I could revisit with some age/oxidation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Strong toffee nose, dark and chewy. dark ruby body, sticky white head. little hot and boozy as white rum, mostly wood soaked caramel and a touch of cherry and apricot. I hope they age this sucker.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
on tap at brouwer’s for hard liver 2010. light alcoholic taste with caramel notes, well balanced.


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