Driftwood Old Barrel Dweller Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine

Formerly brewed at Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Barley Wine
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
Three months in Kentucky Bourbon barrels has added an extra layer of complexity to this potent Winter favourite. Enjoy now, or cellar away!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LarryBeast (616) - - JAN 20, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2013 650ml bottle. Ruddy mahogany with thin beige head. Aroma galore: smokey oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark berry, caramel, baked bread, hazelnut. Malt-forward with a very rich sweetness that carries nicely over the high alcohol. Gently hop-tempered at the end, giving it a nice finish. Warming, delicious and deeply inebriating. The best way to kill some brain cells on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiery_1 (861) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2017
650ml bottle @ the office. Pours a murky rusty dark brown colour with tiny beige head. Nose is quite the malty barleywine character with a mild hop note. Flavour is caramel, malty, some boozy heat(but not as much as I recall historically). Im so happy this is holding up nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (17093) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2017
Reddish-chestnut. No head. The aroma is a lot of bourbon, wood, alcohol, and on the palate you get a lot of this same character. Its strong, the bourbon is pretty powerful, and of course the base beer is strong, sweet, and has a lot of underlying bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3982) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2016
Brown bottle, 650 ml, 2012 vintage, savoured on June 11 2016; eye: dirty brown, hazy, minuscule ring of brown head, slight lacing; nose: bourbon, malt, caramel, bittering hops, molasses; mouth: bourbon, malt, caramel, bittering hops, alcohol, alcohol warmth, molasses, alcohol acridness, finale in molasses with presence of alcohol, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, surprisingly bitter, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: fine FRANAIS Bouteille brune, 650 ml, millsime 2012, change avec Dustin Sepkowski, savoure le 11 juin 2016; il : brun sale, trouble, minuscule anneau de mousse brune, trs lgre dentelle; nez : bourbon, malt, caramel, houblon amrisant, mlasse; bouche : bourbon, malt, caramel, houblon amrisant, alcool, chaleur dalcool, mlasse, cret dalcool, finale en mlasse avec prsence dalcool, corse, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucre, curieusement amre, texture lgrement alcoolique; en rsum : bien

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6267) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2015
Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a large foamy head with ok retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of residual sugar notes is pretty dominant with some vanilla and bourbon notes also easily noticeable. Taste is a mix of sweet caramelized malt notes with some toffee, some oak, and bourbon and vanilla notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with some light warming alcohol notes also perceptible. Quite the nightcap with a heavy dose of sugar and loads of barrel notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11949) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2015
Better than expected. Liams bottle. Bourbon, dark, yet still good drinkability. Boozy from 12%. Big mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
aquenne (3) - Paris, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015 does not count
2012 bottle shared... Classic barleywine, huge cherry wood character on the aroma. Dark chocolate and fig l taste.. Strong alcohol heat... Nice mouthful slightly balanced to the bitter... Very enjoyable.. Wish we had another to age another couple yes!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20792) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle shared during the RBESG 2014 Sunday tasting at Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell. Vintage 2012. Pours clear, rich amber with a creamy tan head. The nose smacks of alcohol, with some ripe fruits and wood, along with fruitcake. Medium sweet flavor with some crunchy grains, bread, aged fruits, toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with gooey malts, dried fruits. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (10139) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle, via trade with dresden (thanks Steve!)-- shared on game night with phantomhennes, heavylaevy, and TvM. Very hazy dark amber with a creamy golden head. Thick toffee malts, vanilla/butterscotch bourbon notes. Chewy and malty, very full bodied. Loved this beer, not sure why it doesnt score higher within its style category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (9313) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2014
25/X/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ The Autumn Gathering formerly known as RBBAG Mons (Gent) - BB: n/a, 2014 vintage (2014-1261) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brownish beer, aery irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: caramel, alcohol, bit chemical, some vanilla, sugary. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: alcohol, bit chemical, more alcohol, sugary, sweet, malty, some chocolate, vanilla touch. Aftertaste: sweet, alcohol, vanilla, bit chemical, bitter hops, sour touch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (11579) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 10/08/2014 Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell.Golden / light amber coloured pour with a lasting cream head. Aroma is smoked malts, honey and some hot alcohol. Flavour is more solvent, hot alcohol, varnish, brown sugars. A bit headache inducing. Palate is semi sweet, thick bodied and a bit chewy.

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