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Carolina Brewery Old Familiar Barley Wine

Carolina Brewery Old Familiar Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Old Familiar Barley Wine is our latest foray into the big beer category. Clocking in at 8.3%, its a great smooth sipping beer. Old Familiar is an authentic barley wine made from malt like all beer, but with the alcoholic strength of a wine. Its malty body is nicely balanced with English northern brewer hops added to the boil and an extra hop addition of kent goldings in the fermenter. This limited edition strong beer will be served only in a 12 oz glass at Carolina Brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4351) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2013
Draught. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a slight off-white head on it. Nose is quite malty with some sweetness to it and some definite alcohol notes. Taste is slightly sweet up front with a bit of a bitter alcohol finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2013
Sweet, malty, fruity, finous. Clear. Dilute rosy cola appearance. Good label. Drier than it smells, warming, woody, alcohol noticable. Sweetish in the finish. Thanks to LuckyDog.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2010 Back on draft again at Pittsboro brewpub. Pour was light brown with small white head and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malts and molasses. Flavor had some more molasses, hint of vanilla and grassy hops. Not bad, but a little watery for a barleywine in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2007
on tap-pours a light tan head and dark copper/red color. Aroma is faint sweet medium malt, perfumy/sharp hops. Taste is sweet medium malt, sharp perfumy hops, medium fruit-brandy like. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Tap. A hazy bronze color with a minimal head, at least by the time it reached the table. Sweet, malty aroma, mixed with a bit of alcohol. Complicated flavor of sweet malts and fruit undertones, just a little weak for a barleywine. I’m starting to like barleywines quite a bit, and this one is certainly not bad, just nothing exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2007
On draught at the brewpub. Pour was copper with a small off white head. Nose was sweet malts, brown sugar. Flavor was a little weak, with citrus, vanila, and grassy hops. Not bad, but a littl bland. Nonetheless, a nice attempt by a local brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Tap. Poured a reddish-black with a ceamy khaki head, that soon dissapeared with only a small residue of a head remaining. Aroma was of fruit and candied sugar. Flavor was...hm...complex. Definately fig flavor with some sweetness. This was my first barley wine.. will rerate after some more experience....but I was left impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3270) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Snifter @ Brewpub. Good aroma, fruity, tobacco-ish. Raisin, date. gh6t-as my cat walks across the laptop, caramel, vanilla (like for cooking). Real nice dark reddish brown color, good fluffy head that slowly went to a ring, then to nothing. Bitter sweet flavor. Not unlike aroma, but I get a grapefruit/malty bitterness. Some caramel too. Medium body, sticky creamy mouthfeel, drying finish. Tasty BW that hides it strength well. At first I was thinking I wasn’t going to like it, but the subtleties grew on me as I sipped. Open up nicely as it warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3296) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Draught during my NC brew tour. Pours quite dark for a barleywine, almost black in a dim lighting. A firm tan head sits atop. The nose is similar to a sweet cigar with hints of pear and apple peel. This is a fruity take on the style. Vanilla, apples, and leafy notes are in the flavor. Scotch and earth make for a sturdier balance. This is not that heavy for a barleywine, but it certainly isn’t a light-bodied brew. Very accessible yet complex. This could’ve been the best barleywine I had from NC on this trip. It certainly was one of the best.

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