Rock Bottom Yorktown Old Curmudgeon
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
A warming, full-bodied Barleywine brewed with loads of malted barley, American hops, molasses, and Belgian Abbey yeast, resulting in a complex, warming, wintertime beer with notes of caramel, light toast, spice, molasses, pine, and citrus fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12940) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
A copper barley wine with a thin off white head. A pungeant funky malt with exotic fruits, bizarre light spoilage. In mouth, a strange interpretation, with rye malt, chessy notes, warming alcohol, hard to drink. On tap at Rockfest, April 25 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Goblet on tap at the brewpub (Lombard, IL). Pours a murky amber with lighter edges, more brown body, a tannish creamy head, decent size, good lacing, stays level. Aromas are heat from the alcohol, throws a prominent fruitiness, orange zest and caramel malts come through, almost some coriander in there. Initial is very hopped, a strong blast of alpha bitterness, citrusy and maybe even some banana, florals, with some soap and bitterness clinging to the backend. The booziness isnít a real factor on the palate, instead a good hopping, bread, and some fruity sweetness. This must be Old Curmudgeon. The Belgian fruitiness and American hops are quite evident as they mix liberally, strike a pretty good balance. Pretty drinkable. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Served in a snifter at the brewpub, this has a somewhat hazy chestnut body with a tight ecru head that vanishes as the brew warms. Initially thereís a big whiff of caramel/toffee sweetness in the nose, but the warmer beer unveils some soft stone fruits and floral and citrus hop scents. Smooth. The flavor is also loaded with a malty sweetness, but a jab from the alcohol, hop bitterness, and some warm brown spiciness tames it all down. A very nice sipper from Tim Marshall which, had the name not been used so frequently, might have been named after me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2010
On draft at rb Yorktown. Pours hazy auburn with off white head. Nose has toffee, spicy yeast, and pear. Flavors are boozy, spicy yeast, toffee, molasses, and peppery dry finish. Pretty interesting take on a barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3747) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2009
The newest winter offering at Rock Bottom Yorktown. Snifter served in the brewpub bar with a fairly clear, whiskey-toned amber hue, modest, off white foam to the head, and clingy ribbons of lacing. The aroma was light notes of toastiness, alcohol, caramel, citrus and resin. Maybe due to an on coming cold, the flavor was the stronger presentation of these notes to me, along with a pronounced hop bitterness. With low carbonation and a medium body, I expected a little more heft as a Barleywine, but was still pleased with the nice, warming nature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Draft at Rockfest. Pours a clear and deep amber with fluffy head. Nose is Belgian in nature, on the lighter end. Notes of caramel, hop resin and black cherries. On taste, round and full caramel notes that are counterd with phenolic Belgian yeast notes and cloves. Quite spicy. Clean and dry finish. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Draft goblet at RBY. Dark brown with red highlights at the sides, a crowded ring of foam. Smells fruity, and a little bit yeasty, a light sweetness in the back, and not much alcohol. The taste is much fuller, with cherries, plums, brown malts and caramel. However, I get an impression of salt. No kidding, and I have no idea how. Some combination of my current head cold, Pacific hops, yeast (which I think may have a zinc based supplement) or a bit of extra potassium in the brew water. Or maybe itís because itís what can happen with a young barley wine. Iíll try again if itís still on tap later, otherwise, surely a barrel-aged version will pop up a year or so down the line.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Clear red orange with acreamy thin head. Sweet malts red fruits †some citrus but overall alight nose. Red fruit charred malt flavors dominate with a strong piney bitterness. Slightly sweet thin body and bitter finish. Even with the long bitter finish somewhat too sweet and too thin. 7/4/7/3/15 †3.6

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
hazy amber color, fruit and floral hops in the nose. flavor is caramel, citrus fruit, and alcohol. medium bodied, dry finish. pretty well hidden alcohol can sneak up on you. sampled at rockfest 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Draught. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin creamy light tan head with some bubbles. Aroma is rich, a sweet mix of chocolatey malt and floral hops. A nice, very full flavor that finishes roast bitter sweet and has a full floral chocolatey body. Very robust mouthfeel and potent lingering flavors. Good offering with a nice balance.

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