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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Blue Point Brewingís "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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3858) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2015
On draft at Mad Fox Barleywine Festival 2015. Pours a clear deep copper with an ecru head. Fruity nose. Flavors of grapefruit and orange with some sweet malt notes. Bitter finish. Very close to a double IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pacv27 (41) - - FEB 1, 2015
Amber in color. Immediately taste the hops up front. Then comes malts with sweet caramel. A little bit of nutiness with faint hints of vanilla at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (528) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 31, 2015
(Bottle) Cloudy, dark ruby body with a big, stiff tan head. Powerful aroma of alcohol, caramelized malt, maple syrup, oak. Light to medium body. Rich and sweet flavor, strong alcohol, brandy, light wood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vipinvelp (2493) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2015
Tasting at Rockwell Tavern. This confirms again, not too fond on Barley Wines. Opaque orange, off-white foam. Alcohol content, light sour taste. (Houston 201501)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Dark amber pour with an off white head. Aromas of toffee, dark fruits, and a touch of brown sugar. Flavor is big sweet malts upfront with a touch of floral hops in the finish. Very drinkable, the abv is well hidden. Solid barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pailhead (5243) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate toffee, caramel, honey, brown sugar, light fruit, and some aged citrus hops. It pours a hazy (bordering on cloudy) bright amber with a small off-white head that fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some minimal thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and light fruit. The finish has some light honey, aged citrus hops, and a touch of alcohol. Itís medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, if you like American Barley Wines, this will be right up your alley. For me, itís a style that I find that Iím liking less and less over time...just personal preference.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1617) - 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 (629) - - 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 (6232) - 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 (2350) - 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, Iím getting a decent sessionable aspect to it. Overall, Iíve had Bellís Hopslam over the years and if thereís any barleywine remotely close to that, this would be it. I didnít 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.

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