High Water Old & In The Way Barley Wine 2011

 
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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Old and In The Way Barley Wine Style Ale is brewed in the traditional English Barley Wine Style. Flavors of toffee, treacle and caramel emerge as the beer opens up. Enjoy this beer a little warmer to fully appreciate the depth and complexity of flavors in this beer. Brewed to be enjoyed as a sipping or fireside beer. Share one with a good friend. Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for 9 months.

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3.8
fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ PBF2012.

Light unclear medium to dark brown amber colour with a average, frothy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, candy (brune lakrids konfekt - laber laver), moderate hoppy, light alcoholic. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, bourbon, caramel, candy (brune lakrids konfekt - laber laver), coconut, wood notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20120727]

3.8
oRos (1674) - sacramento, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
From bomber. Aroma is chocolaty and malt. Color is brown with creamy head. Taste is chocolate dark fruits malts and leaves a nice aftertaste.

3.8
neepsntatties (2041) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle courtesy of "hannont". Colour... Dark amber with no head. Nose... Bourbon and brown sugared dates. Palate...light CO2, a little oxidation but otherwise quite bitter with light molasses, Bourbon liqueur, sailor jack and a somewhat thin mouthfeel, though it does not distract from an otherwise enjoyable experience.

3.8
lusikka (7833) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
650 ml bottle.
Pours a dark amber brown colour with a white head. Aroma of caramel malts, toasted nuts and dark chocolate. Flavour of strong bitter floral hops, dark chocolate, toasted nuts, grass, caramel, grapefruit and syrup. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a sweet, malty, strong bitter finish. Enjoyable.

3.8
olio (10546) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
65 cl bottle.
Pours clear dark red color with a minimal head. Aroma of ripe fruits, some mild hops, hay, dark berries, yeast and some mild spices notes. Flavor of ripe fruits, caramel malts, toffee notes, yeast, some hints of oak and vanilla. Very good.< br> 4315

3.7
bhensonb (15747) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown with a 2 finger creamy beige/tan head. Aroma is mostly brown sugar. Full bodied. Flavor is treacle with suggestions of chocolate. Or coffee. Or something. There’s no direct heat, but my nose knows there’s alcohol here. Nice in that it’s not the sickly brown sugar many barleywines seem to be. It’s not dry, but it’s not excessively sweet, and it’s just lightly astringent. With a little time it develops cherry pit flavor. Thinking this is good stuff.

3.7
iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
$15.99 bomber from Olive Tree Market in OB a couple weeks ago. I hope this is a rendition of Old Inventory from Steve when he was at Valley Brewing. Clear ruby brown with a one finger beige head, swirly with decent retention. Caramel, toffee, toast and bourbon (the old delicious oxidized type, not a fresh boozy barrel) blend pretty well, as the latter two temper the sweetness of the first. Digging a bit deeper some dark ripe figs with a tinge of prunes comes forth with a bit of vanilla and cream. The flavor adds a slightly harsher booze presence, and even adding a little roast moving towards the finish. A bit boozy in the finish (doesn’t even try to hide its 10.5%), as the bourbon is becoming of the more fresh persuasion (maybe young is a better term, as opposed to my earlier statement on the aroma). The finish is bone dry with bitterness peaking at a 2-3, faint char showing up way way way late. Low carbonation with a full body. Still pretty good, but I’m glad I have one bottle for the cellar/base/ment/closet/windowsill(joke) to save for a year or so to see if this mellows.

3.7
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2012
22 oz bottle, barrel aged Vintage 2011. Darkish brown with a foamy beige head. Nose is caramel and light bourbon. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is bourbon, caramel and bitter hops. Bourbon up front with a bitter finish. Least dynamic of the brews in this barleywine tasting but still quite good.

3.7
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 14, 2012
On tap. Clear dark brown with a fizzy white head. Rose and earthy caramel aroma and taste with cereal grain notes. Not bad.

3.7
Cooperii (63) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle poured a murky brown with a light brown head that settled fairly quickly to a rimming of fine bubbles and good lacing. A dusty aroma up front followed by strong fig notes and sweet maltyness with subtle hoppy undertones. Flavors of sweet dark fruit (figs and chery), bitter malts, caramel followed by subtle notes of citrus. The Finish; the nose isn’t it’s best, the front end flavors are ok...but the back end and trailing after tastes are where it’s at with this beer, let this one sit out for 20 or so minutes before opening to get the most out of it!


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