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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Blue Point Brewing’s "Old Howling Bastard" named after an infamous local character, this strong ale has plenty of character all its own. Made with English 2 row barley and Vienna malt. Reaching an alcohol content of 10% barleywine should be consumed in moderation. Strong malty caramel flavors balanced by lots and lots of hops. Try this in a snifter or wineglass. The trick is to never forget that after a few glasses you may become the "Old Howling Bastard"

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3.1
crajun (1226) - , Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
bomber rec’d in trade from beer bill; agenda one year. great aroma - citrus, honey, caramel. cloudy amber pour. taste is SWEET; cloying. still finding my way on barley wines; this was too sweet for me


3.5
Ratman197 (14674) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Bomber 2011 vintage poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, sherry, light caramel and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, earthiness and light sherry with a smooth dry finish.

3
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2015
2014 bottle poured into a snifter..amber/copper with a fluffy off-white head..aroma of caramel,toffee,wood..tastes of toffee,caramel and booze..ok but nothing special.

2.6
N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Drank at the Big Brew Fest Nj. Pours a hazy light brown, alocole taste. Not a very good brew.

3.2
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2015
From NOTES. A: Classic raisin/fig notes with a little chocolate milk and dried strawberries. Sounds odd, but they blend well and it’s actually a quite inviting smell. A: Reddish amber and cloudy, about one inch of head and good lacing. T: Very mild, almost watery, with subtle favors of caramel malt and bitter hops. Not much else, as all of the flavors really die on the finish and aftertaste. A little disappointing. P: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. O: Decent, at best. Unremarkable.

3.3
ctipping (1922) - Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2015
22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. Beautiful red amber with a smallish head that fades to lacing pretty quickly. The beer clings to the glass very slightly when swirled. Not a strong aroma, really. I get some caramel and vanilla. Maybe some raisins. Perhaps more than anything I smell alcohol, though. Malty start with some sweet toffee. Not a lot of complexity in the taste, but nothing to complain about. The finish is a strong hop bitterness. It starts off quite thin for such a big beer and such a malt profile. As it warms, it gets a bit more syrupy. Decent carbonation. Nothing bad, just nothing of note. Indistinguishable malt flavors and some hop bitterness.

3.3
alliance100 (1137) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Taster at Gravity - pours a transparent burnt amber . Mild alcohol aroma with fruity grain notes . Taste is bready , burnt sugar with some warming alcohol . Not bad . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
Belgrave (30) - Truro, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 16, 2015
Pours a nice clear amber with an average size off-white head. Aroma and flavour of smoke and hops. Alcohol is well blended, doesn’t taste too strong. Medium bodied.

3.9
joshwoodward (575) - - MAR 29, 2015
Delicious, if maybe a bit on the sweet and simple side. Definite booze kick.

3.3
AirForceHops (7139) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2015
22 oz. bottle with at least 18 months age, thanks to Adrien. Aroma is candy sugar, fruit (not dark fruit) almost citrus, mild floral hints. Flavor shows a lasting bitterness that lingers well after the sip and has the citrus and floral notes that are indicated in the aroma. More on the hoppy bitter side rather than sweet/ dark fruit end of spectrum.

3.2
AdamChandler (4977) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2015
light brown 1 finger head that fades quickly. High bitterness, Bitter orange peel aroma, vanilla, taste is really high bitterness. Dense oily mouthfeel. orange but needs a bit more time.


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