Hey everyone! I'm writing this, sipping on a Yards Brewing Company Old Bartholomew Barleywine. The Christmas tree is up and lit, presents underneath, and only one more day of work until I have to work again (sadly on December 31st). I sincerely hope all of you have finished your holiday shopping, and can avoid the inevitably heavy crowds this weekend.
Old Bartholomew is, according to Yards Brewing, a barleywine and a winter warmer. It's drinking like a barleywine, and definitely warms your soul up a bit, and is a winter release. I suppose it's not such a stretch to use the term winter warmer when describing this beer.
Olde Bartholomew Barleywine Ale
Yards Brewing Company
Bottled on December 7, 2011
At first Old Bart surprised me. It poured a much lighter color than I expected, a light golden orange (looks a little darker in the pic). There was less than finger width of head. Lots of bubbles rising to the top of my glass. It's not what I was expecting, but it is an excellent looking beer. I couldn't get much aroma out of Old Bart. Just a sweet malt aroma, and a bit of honey and lemon. The flavor is very much characteristic of a barleywine. Caramel malt, backed by just enough bitterness that doesn't overwhelm my taste buds. A subtle, smooth alcohol burn finishes it off. There wasn't a whole lot of carbonation, and there was more of a medium body to the beer.
Overall: A good beer. It's not an in your face, intense barleywine, but rather an enjoyable, smooth, sweet barleywine. I will be picking this up again.
What do you think of Yards Old Bart? Let me know in the comments!