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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Blue Point Brewing’s "Old Howling Bastard" named after an infamous local character, this strong ale has plenty of character all its own. Made with English 2 row barley and Vienna malt. Reaching an alcohol content of 10% barleywine should be consumed in moderation. Strong malty caramel flavors balanced by lots and lots of hops. Try this in a snifter or wineglass. The trick is to never forget that after a few glasses you may become the "Old Howling Bastard"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1545) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle tasting. Copper/orange with small white head. Very hoppy, with brown sugar, caramel, and booze. Bittersweet. Somewhat offputting cardboard notes. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerdedDave (505) - - SEP 2, 2014
deep amber color; sweet malt aroma with dark fruit notes; great sweet malt flavor yet well balanced with some nice floral hops; lots of dark fruit flavors and caramel notes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4760) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle - Caramel malts and lots of woody, resinous hops. Clear orange copper with a decent beige head. Orange, caramel, citrus and woody hop notes, slight bit of booze and a nice sweet finish. Not bad, but nothing particularly special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2228) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 12, 2014
I received this beer in a trade. The appearance is a nice semi-golden hazy orange to brown color with a nice one finger white foamy head that concaves nicely leaving a nice clingy lacing. The smell has a super nice authentic sweetened honey invading with a delicate floral hoppiness that ends up combining slightly with a light grassy/herbal leatheriness. Some tobacco ends up entering in along with some light caramel malts. The taste takes those previously mentioned flavors and combines to meet a nice bitter to sweet earthiness. There is a decent sweet floral yet honey sweetened aftertaste leading to a dry bitter finish. On the palate, this one sits about a medium on the body and has a smoother carbonation than I expected for a barleywine. Sipper? Well, one would think since its a barleywine at 10%, but actually, I’m getting a decent sessionable aspect to it. Overall, I’ve had Bell’s Hopslam over the years and if there’s any barleywine remotely close to that, this would be it. I didn’t find a date anywhere on the bottle. I wish I knew how old this bottle was. Still, I say this was a good beer that I would have again, but am unsure if its a true barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with medium beige head that quickly dissipates and some lace. Nose of sweet caramel, brown sugar, cardboard, earthy hops. Medium body, very sweet and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4322) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bomber with a bronze gilt label and a creepy looking dude. Brownish-apricot colored beer with a stiff tan head. Big, caramel malty, slightly buttery aroma with a good whack of hops. Strong bittering, prominent ABV, caramel, fairly sweet but that gets masked with the other big flavors. Mouthy, like melted taffy. Long woody-bitter aftertaste. Good brew on a brisk night. New Leaf Market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (1944) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Deep amber in color with a large tannish head. Deep dark fruit flavors (raisin, fig) and caramel malt. Strong and full, leading to a punchy finish that includes some hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndrewMichaelZ (63) - - DEC 31, 2013
Pours an opaque copper with an almost creamy head. Mild hoppy caramel aroma. Taste is hop-forward with a hint of sweetness. Hoppiness lingers and becomes somewhat bitter on the finish. Not my favorite Barleywine-style ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEpeeist (3383) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2013
22 oz bottle. Hazy brown with a spongy head. Nose is caramel, soft grass and sherry. Creamy body with a resiny tang. Taste is caramel, strawberry jam and bitter grass. Standard hoppy barleywine. Worth a shot if you like Bigfoot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1249) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Pretty standard, yet good tasting barely wine. Lacks the over the top hops and dark fruit undertones, but at the base is still a very decent brew.

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