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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Olde Bart was a free spirit who bent elbows with the best of ‘em. We’ve made this amber-hued, English style Barleywine ale for characters like him. Brewed with 100% Maris Otter malt (a traditional floor-malted English barley) and noble hops, Olde Bartholomew is an unfiltered winter warmer with a smooth malt background, soft fruit overtones and a slight hop spice in the finish. Just a few sips are sure to arouse the character in all of us. 22°
AVAILABILITY: November through January beginning in odd years


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1786) - - OCT 6, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-29-13- Poured from 750 ml bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours a clear reddish-amber/copper color with a one finger of a creamy just off white colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave lots of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The beer has a quite big aroma of lighter fruits with apple, pear and peach all there. Along with these aromas are some caramel as well as some dark fruit smells of cherry and plum. A little bit of a bready smell is there as well and when mixed with the rest of the sweet and a hint of alcohol it has an overall quite sweet and almost cidery like smell. Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter fruit flavor mixed with a little bit of a bready flavor. The sweeter fruits are largely of an apple and pear flavor with some flavors of cherry and plum in there as well. As the taste advances, the fruit flavors begin fading with a caramel and toffee flavor replacing them. Like the fruit, the caramel,which makes its max presence at the middle of the taste, begins to decline toward the end. As the sweeter flavors decline, some hop flavors of a grassy and herbal nature begin coming to the tongue. At the end, some other hop flavors of an earthy nature join the taste profile along with a little bit of a rubbing alcohol like taste to really bitter out the flavor. In the end, the mix of flavors that is left on the tongue, leaves one with a slightly sweet, hot, and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both the thicker body and lower carbonation are fantastic for the style and rather nice for the flavors upfront as they really allow all the sweeter flavors to linger on the tongue. While the feel isn’t perfect for the later flavors of the brew it is overall pretty nice with a feel that is overall good for the beer. Overall – A rather decent barleywine. The starting flavors are very distinct from the later flavors in the taste. The smooth and fruity flavors upfront are quite nice while the later flavors are just OK. An interesting barleywine that is worth trying at least once.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (13040) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Clear amber color, small tan head. Aroma of butterscotch. Taste is very sweet and boozy caramel and butterscotch.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duganc (15) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Typical m.o. Cigar and barley wine. While not disappointing, somewhat uninspiring BW. Pleasant enough, but compared to other offerings comes up wanting. It could almost be deemed a ’lite’ or summer BW. I would not expect this to warm on a cold night. I might be jaded by the hammer to the head BWs and so should compare to real live British barley wines before passing final judgement. If you want to drink a NOT double IPA this might be your quench. Recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Gold pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma is light dried fruit and sweet malt with a touch of abv. Flavor mirrors aroma with a sweet start and nice resiny bitter finish. Medium/full bodied with good carbonation. Solid

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5063) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear copper body under a one inch fizzy white head that faded to a thin wispy film. The nose is fairly heavy caramel and brown sugar sweetness with a little bit of alcohol. Doesn’t smell like they hopped this guy at all. The flavor pretty well seems like there aren’t any hops in here as well. This is all about the brown sugar and sweet toffee from front to back. Finishes with a touch of alcohol heat, but it’s kept pretty well in check for being a 10% plus beer. Just medium bodied, I’m surprised it isn’t all sticky and clingy with all this sweetness. Soft gentle fizzy carbonation level and a slight warming sensation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EvanFriend (312) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Appearance is just a guess here, I’m drinking from a stoneware stein (because fuck you. That’s why) so I can’t really see it. Otherwise, tastes of raisins and oak, a little booziness. A rather generic barleywine, but certainly drinkable and enjoyable if not memorable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7745) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
750ml bottle. Rich and fruity barleywine, waves of caramel and butterscotch, sweet and boozy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1712) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Slightly hazy copper pour that started with a large foamy off-white head. Juicy dark amber fruits covered in caramel. Apricot pits. Honeycomb. Tangerine peels. Oak planks. Yellow plums. Bean sprouts. Orange toast. Does not feel overly boozy. Nothing to offend. Finishes very smooth. Pleasant little Barleywine.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
Deep reddish-orange with frothy white head, about a finger and half thick. Good retention. Light nose of fruits, light caramel, some nuts and toffee. Nothing too powerful, just pleasant. Medium body, with unimpressive taste. Some fruitiness and light nut flavors , but that’s about it. Not much going on here. Have definitely had better barleywines than this, and trust me, there is better.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5045) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2014 Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a dark copper color with a small foamy beige head that faded and left good lacing. The aroma was malty, caramel, pine, lemon and bread. The flavor was bitter, sour caramel, tangy malts, pine, grapefruit, a bit of lemon, mint, bread, bitey fruity hops, moderate booziness and black tea. Long tangy finish of caramel, bread, pine, grapefruit and ever increasing booziness. Moderately full bodied. Decent but somewhat disappointing for a Barleywine.


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