Black Raven Old Birdbrain Barleywine
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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - 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 (1631) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2013
On tap at Brouwer’s 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 it’s 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. I’m glad I have a second bottle to sit on for a while as I think it’s going to develop a lot more and become more complex. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (7063) - Utah, USA - JAN 27, 2013
GABBF 2013
Appearance: Clear golden/brown with a medium sized off-white head and good lacing
Aroma and flavors of toasted malts, brown sugar and citrus
Very good, clean

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - APR 4, 2012
Hazy orange, little head. Aroma of dark fruit, toffee. Taste has a nice malt body, some roast and citrus. Low carbonation, smooth texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Hard Liver Pours dark amber with little head. Candy and licorice, vanilla and caramel, maybe a bit of toffee. Very sweet smell. Taste is like the smell; lots of vanilla up front, malt, oak, and almost marshmallow comes up after. Bit of booze on the end. Good carbonation, medium to full bodied. Damned good barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14659) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (4167) - 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.

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