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Flat Branch Old Cave Dweller Barley Wine (-2010)

Flat Branch Old Cave Dweller Barley Wine (-2010)
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
(2005 edition) Premium Scottish Golden Promise malt is used as the primary malt variety. Some lightly kilned malt was used to add a malt flavor and sweetness to the brew. British Target hops are used for bittering along with US Cluster hops added for flavor. It is very nicely balanced, and brewed more toward the American style with a dark copper color and higher hopping rates. The finish is semi-dry and not quite as sweet as many Barley Wines. This is a great winter warmer. This year’s version is slightly darker, more assertively hopped, sweeter in malt perception, and not as dry as last year’s version. 57 BU’s. 9.5%

(2007 edition) Our Barley Wine is a rich winter ale that is equally a dessert beer. This years brew used both Maris Otter and Halcyon English malts along with Warrior, Cluster and Bodecia hops. The overall profile is toward the malt and sweet side with a nice hop finish. The bitterness is calculated at 67BU’s and alcohol at 9.0% ABV. This is a great winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3587) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2012
2004 vintage consumed in early 2011 - A completely different barleywine than any of their other vintages that I had. First, its black. Even after 6 years its full of sweet fruit esters, all over the place. The strong barleywine alcohol is present as well, however it is not astringent (no astringent cherry). Sweet, alcoholic, strong, and overly fruity. Its showing no sign of age, still very fresh tasting actually. It could use more aging actually. Surprisingly ester rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Not sure of the year. Snifter. Dark brown filtered no haze no head very cold. Nose of soy and prunes. Taste is very sweet and alcoholic a bit hot. Prunes and hops. Way too drinkable and very smooth. Nice barleywine that could probably use some more aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009

Name: Barleywine
Date: February 25, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: hazy orange, scant head
Aroma: light sweet caramel malt aroma, hint of earthy hops
Body: big sticky body
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, sticky sweet caramel candy, light earthyness, just a hint of hot caramel
Overall: age does wonderful things to this beer or this was a special batch, this could go many more years

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

Name: Barleywine
Date: February 25, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: clear dark amber, wispy head
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, light fruityness
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, not near the fruity character of the 2007, touch of peppery alcohol, balancing earthyness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
topherh (1924) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Snifter poured a coppery orange. Very little carbonation. Aroma of lots of sweet malt. Taste is sweet, but toward the dry side for a barleywine with some hop bitterness that seems to linger on the back of the tongue. All in all a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (6662) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 9, 2008
I may have to rerate this one. I only see one barley wine listed here, and maybe the one I had tonight (Jan 2008) is the same. Maybe not. Decent malts. Not a very intense alcohol taste. Probably could use aging. Offered a taste to my wife. She said no.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Growler: Bloody orange. Fine-sized dirty-white collar of head. Very intriguing aroma comprised of hop resin, candle wax, watermelon seeds, and strawberry esters. Only a hint of vaporous alcohol manages to shine through. Soft, dense carbonation. Fairly viscous. Initially boasts an understated snap of alcohol that cuts the array of soft fruity esters. Sneaky kiss of bready malt sweetness slowly envelops the palate and links up with the resinous hops which continue to bolster the body’s thickness. Nary a smidge of alcohol, other than the dry snap it lends. Despite the lack of hop bitterness to balance the weighty body, the sweetness never becomes too forceful. Succulent malt frame reveals a whisper of nuttiness, and is mirrored by an equally juicy dose of hops. The finish matches the aroma with a furious medley of fruity esters reminiscent of strawberry and spicy rhubarb, as the deceptively bitter hops render the palate numb. The alcohol is a non-factor in both flavor and aroma, and the balance between malt and hops is very well done. An incredibly interesting spin, although it’s more interesting than it is tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2003 Deep copper-amber in color, malty sugary sweet candylike aroma full body, thick and sweet syrupy mouthfeel, very malty caremel flavors with a nice hop bite, balanced with more hops. This tasted a little green, would be much smoother after some aging.

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