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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Affectionately known as Old Abe, our original barleywine is an example of the brewer's art taken to the extreme. In early December, we brew a thickly sweet and sumptiously hoppy wort that evolves into one of the strongest beers that we make here at the brewpub.

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3.6
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
Courtesy of Jeff

Bottle: The aroma caramel, fruit, citrus, and oxidation. It pours a transparent dark amber with a thin white ring for a head. The flavor starts with caramel and fruit. The finish has some ages citrus hops, oxidation, andlight oxidation. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and slight syrupy mouthfeel.

3.5
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Pours a clear amber. Lots of caramel malts. Thick and oily. Not too bad.

2.7
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle shared by thickfreakness. Thanks Charles! Pours reddish amber with a short lived beige head. Smell is tart, oxidized caramel. Taste is dark, tart bitter caramel with the slightest tang. So-so, and not terrible, but this bottle was on its way downhill.

3.6
hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Bottle... Pre-C&P’sLYFO Throwdown... Mostly clear amber ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Fruity esters and caramel malt comprise the nose. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Caramel sweetness flanks moderate bitterness and a whisper of acidity. Crisp, bittersweet, malty finish.

3.7
User29624 (1683) - - DEC 14, 2008
@ GI Clybourn. Pours a reddish brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit. Very sweet, caramel and dark fruit. Just a slight bit of hops. A nice barleywine.

3.9
JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
On tap at the San Diego strong ale festival. Pours a reddish brown; off-white head. Sweet caramel malts, raisin, spice, and hints of berries and bourbon. Very good,an interesting barleywine.

3.8
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Tap at Clybourn - RIP. Smells so much like Bourbon County that we checked about 5 times to see if it was aged. Very deep red, thickly sweet and sour at once. Real gritty barley and rye notes. Old Abe is not going quietly...

3.9
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
tap at GI Clybourn... dark reddish amber brown pour, just penetrable by light, with a medium frothy light beige head... aroma has a more assertive dark fruit component to it. very little hops and mostly sweetened malt.... rich, sweet, caramel flavors. the middle keeps the sweeter profile and finishes with an apparent and mild sharp bitterness. nice full body with mild carbonation. slightly warming. a really nice barleywine... also had this side by side with the cask version which had a more transparent color to it. huge difference in tast in that the hop bitterness was hugely pronounced when compared with it’s sibling off the regular tap. less malty and sweet. def. favor the regular version to this one. 7/4/8/4/16

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BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
On tap at GI Clybourn. Poured a deep red with a small tan head. Aroma is of malt, sweet hops, spice, and alcohol. Nice malty taste, with a delicious super hoppy backbone. Notes of spice and raisins. Deep warming alcohol presence. Creamy mouthfeel that goes down smooth, without being too intense. Insanely drinkable. My only complaint is that it needed less sweetness and more alcohol face punching.

3.2
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2008
on tap at goose island clybourn. dark brown color, ruby highlights, small head. aroma of airy perfume. flavor of rich malt, with a hint of coffee, dried fruits, alcohol. oily mouthfeel.


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