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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Old Birdbrain is our first barleywine brewed at Black Raven. Brewed in the American Barleywine style (Pale malts, generous hops). 35% of the batch was aged in rye whiskey barrels and then blended.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6211) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6047) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5664) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
riversideAK (5595) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (5569) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5505) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (4844) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4637) - Brownstown, 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. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation.


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