Iron Hill Oak Aged Old Tom
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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
This classic English-style Barleywine is full bodied, has a pronounced complex malt sweetness that is balanced beautifully by the dryness imparted by the oak. A slight tart sourness rounds out this complex beast.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
egajdzis (6101) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Poured a murky red amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, caramel malts, dried fruits, brett, light toast, oak, citrus, and a bit of alcohol. Taste of vanilla, sticky caramel, oak, sherry, dried fruits, bretty yeast, citrus, and light alcohol. Fuckin fantastic, we were downing mugs and not even realizing the 10.5%.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2008
On tap at Iron Hill Wilmington for the Cassis release party and the World Series final game. I couldn’t think of a better beer to be drinking when the Phillies won. Poured cloudy amber bronze in color with a thin beige head. Aroma of light brett funk, dark fruits, orange citrus, caramel, and vanilla. Tastes of a fruity orange sweetness and light citrus, with dark fruits, oak, brett, Very complex and quite drinkable for 10.5%. In the excitement as the Phillies won the World Series, my second mug of this was knocked over by the brewer and spilled everywhere. Oh well. I can’t wait to get more of this sometime.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2008
On tap at Wilmington. Hazy burnt orange color with a smaller head. Aroma of wood and bretty tartness, brown sugar, dark fruit (plums), vanilla and caramel. The orangy taste of the regular Old Tom is still present, and blends nicely with the heavier tartness of the brett. Tangy texture and candy orange finish. As good as it gets in so many ways.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 7, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 Re-rate on draft at the Wilmington location a couple of days later: Darned great, just a great brew, loving it all the more. Have to bump up the aroma rating, a near perfect brew for me. Original rating: On draft at the Wilmington location. Poured a deep orange-copper color with a nice off-white colored head with good lacing, much surprising for a BA brew. Aroma was bretty funk, caramel, raisins, and oak. Flavor featured the regular base beer: caramel, raisins, other fruity notes, faint resinous hops still present. The barrell aging, however, provided a wonderfully complex and tasty experience, lactic tartness, bret notes, and musty oak. Really great and lively mouthfeel, just very well-done.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Draft at IH Wilmington. This one has a really pretty reddish copper cloudy color with nary a head. Aroma is pure funk and Oak barrel lots of sugar, green fruits, sourness, a d loads of wet oak wonderful smelling! Flavor has a nice sweetness with tart/acidic berries, funky mushrooms, rich sugar and malt, with a pleasant sour/oaky/funky thing that is pretty awesome. Fantastic mouthfeel. Well, seems pretty obvious that this one is fantastic on draft and terrible when handbottled - much like the Oak Aged Quad With Brett Was. Nevertheless on draft this is not only the best beer Ive had from Iron Hill, but probably the best beer Ive had on the East Coast. Awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 29, 2008
On tap at IH Wilm. Pours a hazy deep almost ruby amber with a medium creamy off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of brett, fruit loops, vanilla, light oak, very fruity, dark fruits, floral and citrus notes. Flavor of sweet tarts, earthy, oaky, vanilla, dark fruits, nuts, floral, citrus an bretty. This beer was very solid. Well done. Really smooth, abv well hidden.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Much, much thanks to axilla for opening up this growler at The Sly Fox IPA event... Appears a hazy, dark mahogany with a small, off white cap that never fades. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of rubber, ripe fruit, caramel, toasted nuts, vanilla, funk. Wow. Taste is of sweet, funky fruit, caramel, cashews, almonds, brown sugar, vanilla. Jesus...complex isnt even the word here. This is fucking great stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, funky, rubbery, fruit filled, with vanillins coming through. Palate coating. Holy Christ in Heaven. This is really outrageous stuff that everyone needs to try. It is almost like being able to have a super power for a few minutes because your senses are overwhelmed with goodness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Cask at IH Wilmington. Great stuff. Oaky as hell. Reminds me more of a Belgian strong than a barleywine. Heavy toast from the wood goes extremely well with the bretty finish. I really don’t think I’ve had another beer quite like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pineypower (3075) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Much thanks to Dmac for sharing a growler of this. Pours out a murky dark amber color with a very small lacing head. Very interesting aroma, funk with some notes of oak and slight alcohol, maybe a little sweetness in there too. Taste is very complex, and extremely unique. Some vinous funkiness blends with some sweetness, mainly caramel and some raisin, definitely not your everyday barleywine, that overwhelming boozy sweetness it totally taken away by the aging in the lambic barrels. Just about one of the best barley wines Ive ever had. Truly top notch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 Hand-bottle… This beer rocks!... Cloudy amber ale with an orange tint and a small, creamy, white head. The absolutely wonderful nose is woodsy, funky and fruity with notes of cherry Swee Tarts really standing out alongside a nice touch of vanilla. Full-bodied and very creamy with modest carbonation. Interesting flavor – funky, caramely - tangy, fruity goodness. This unusual marriage of styles works super well and totally blew me away. Big-time kudos goes out to axilla for shipping this beauty to me!

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