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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Anticipated throughout the fall and released on December 1st each year, Old Wooly is Big Time's biggest and rarest beer. It is always powerfully malty with a prodigious amount of hops for balance. In addition to Northwestern 2-row pale malt, English Crystal, Munich, Carastan malts are used along with just a touch of roasted barley for a slight dryness and additional color. Old Wooly is bittered with Yakima Nugget hops and finished with Cascade and Centennial. Only 7 barrels of Old Wooly are brewed each year in late June. The beer is aged in our cellar until the 1st of December and then put on tap at the pub until it's gone. Starting gravity from 22-24 Plato and alcohol 8.5 to 9.5 by weight.

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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2013
On tap. Pours a hazy light brown color with a medium tan head that leaves great lacing. Smells of pine, caramel, toffee and citrus. Tastes of all the same things in the smell with slight dark fruit in the flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy but slight chewy with ok carbonation and a dry finish. Overall its pretty average for a barleywine. I was expecting a little more out of it it seemed a little off balanced Maybe it will taste better with age.


3.7
Capa (3299) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2017
Copper. Powerful sweet booze up front. Caramel, sweet ripe fruit, dough, toffee, and more booze. Finish is lingering boozy heat and a sweet toffee note forms, as well. Medium to full bodied. I wasn’t expecting quite the boozy profile but once I got past that it was really a nice BW.

4
raphael (1254) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2016
On tap at Hopvine. Impressive, even to my two friends who don’t usually care for large beers but found this one complex and clean. Has that crispness so more the spirit of a cocktail than a beer. Tasted like it was barrel aged but it wasn’t--alcohol and wood, hops largely int he background but not much overt sweetness either.

3
DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
[3/2/15] Draught at Big Time Brewery in Seattle. Clear amber. Aroma of malt, caramel, some fruitiness. Sweet flavor, malty, caramelly, with some cookies, some fruitiness and a slightly bitterish finish with a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied, oily mouthfeel. Kinda boozy.

3.5
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2014
bottle. 2008. drank on 5/2/14. thanks glkaiser. boozy pour, deep pour with thin head. sugar, candy, earthy aroma. held up really nice. it’s been a long time since I drank a barley so I was a curious how it would go. By the second glass I was all in. boozy, sugar, rich malts, candy with long finish that reminds me of a maple sugar candy.

3.8
CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2014
2008 Bottle (from box) Courtesy of Edmund Edmunds
Pours a deep red color, plenty hazy with a really small wispy ol’ head.

The aroma is rich, it’s got lots of caramel, some cooked fruit, some brown sugar... invitingly sweet smelling.

The flavor is rich & sweet, it’s got loads of toffee, lots of fruity cherry and apple bits. There is a touch of bitterness left in it, but that’s pretty light. Some vanilla rounds it out well.

The mouthfeel is big, but lightly sharp.

A real chill boost.

3.7
jkwalking05 (4740) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Hazy amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of toffee, caramel, alcohol and brown sugar. Taste is of caramel and toffee.

3.4
Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2012
On tap at big time. Pours murky amber/brown, foamy off white head. Aroma is caramel and pine. Toffee. Some citrus. Taste: moderate hop bitterness, a little sour? tangy at least. Moderate sweetness - nicely balanced by bitterness. Palate: soft carb, light-medium body. Overall: wish I could figure out what tastes "tangy". Sweetness really comes through nicely the longer I sip on this. A nice way to finish the quarter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bomber of 2012 Vintage. Pours a dark burgundy and amber color with a layer of light reddish brown foam. Lots of orange, grapefruit peel and pine resin in the aroma followed by some caramel, malt and dark fruit in the background. The flavor is heavy on the hops resin and citrus rind upfront leading to notes of brown sugar, honey, raisin and toffee. The body is moderately thick and creamy with low carbonation and a citrusy, alcohol-warming finish. Overall, it’s significantly hoppy fresh but should be a lot maltier and smoother with a few years of age on it. Well done.

3.6
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Pours deep amber colored body with a bit of an orange hue. Finger-width, frothy and creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is rich and malty, but well hopped and balanced. Caramel and toffee-bread with a moderate sweetness, some raisin and plum skins, and a good amount of pines with a bit of an herbal spice. Flavor is similar. Caramels, toffees with light bread, raisins, plum skins, pines with touches of citrus, and a lightly spiced herbal note. Finishes dry and bitter with a light malt sweetness, toast, spice, and slight alcohol note. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid barley wine. Malty and well hopped with a good amount of dark fruits. Nice beer.


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