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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - AUG 23, 2015
From NOTES. A: Classic raisin/fig notes with a little chocolate milk and dried strawberries. Sounds odd, but they blend well and it’s actually a quite inviting smell. A: Reddish amber and cloudy, about one inch of head and good lacing. T: Very mild, almost watery, with subtle favors of caramel malt and bitter hops. Not much else, as all of the flavors really die on the finish and aftertaste. A little disappointing. P: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. O: Decent, at best. Unremarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ctipping (364) - Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2015
22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. Beautiful red amber with a smallish head that fades to lacing pretty quickly. The beer clings to the glass very slightly when swirled. Not a strong aroma, really. I get some caramel and vanilla. Maybe some raisins. Perhaps more than anything I smell alcohol, though. Malty start with some sweet toffee. Not a lot of complexity in the taste, but nothing to complain about. The finish is a strong hop bitterness. It starts off quite thin for such a big beer and such a malt profile. As it warms, it gets a bit more syrupy. Decent carbonation. Nothing bad, just nothing of note. Indistinguishable malt flavors and some hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alliance100 (1043) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Taster at Gravity - pours a transparent burnt amber . Mild alcohol aroma with fruity grain notes . Taste is bready , burnt sugar with some warming alcohol . Not bad . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Belgrave (30) - Truro, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 16, 2015
Pours a nice clear amber with an average size off-white head. Aroma and flavour of smoke and hops. Alcohol is well blended, doesn’t taste too strong. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwoodward (573) - - MAR 29, 2015
Delicious, if maybe a bit on the sweet and simple side. Definite booze kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (4804) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2015
22 oz. bottle with at least 18 months age, thanks to Adrien. Aroma is candy sugar, fruit (not dark fruit) almost citrus, mild floral hints. Flavor shows a lasting bitterness that lingers well after the sip and has the citrus and floral notes that are indicated in the aroma. More on the hoppy bitter side rather than sweet/ dark fruit end of spectrum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamChandler (3784) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2015
light brown 1 finger head that fades quickly. High bitterness, Bitter orange peel aroma, vanilla, taste is really high bitterness. Dense oily mouthfeel. orange but needs a bit more time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (2226) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2015
2009 Bottle..Pour is golden with a light hazy head..Nose is sweet caramel, spice, hop spice...Taste is caramel, soft sweetness, spice..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (8864) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2015
750 ml bottle. 2003 vintage. From a New York beer store. Cloudy deep amber colour with a tiny off-white head. Alcohol, sweet malt, sweetness, molasses, dryness, leather and some yeast in the aroma. The flavour is dry leather, sweet malt, molasses, dry yeast, alcohol and some bready notes. Aged very well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8061) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2015
75 cl bottle @ Timo A. 2003 vintage. Thanks rosenbergh!
Pours clear dark amber black color with a small head. Sweet raisins on the aroma, ripe fruits, dry malty notes, caramel and cocoa. Dried ripe fruits on the flavor, pine, faint resin, some alcohol, caramel, molasses, faint wooden notes. Some notes of being a bit old but very faint, the ripe fruit notes here are simply unreachable for any fresh brew. Unique but I’d like to taste this fresh also.

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