Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Old Cellar Dweller Barley Wine (Driftwood)

Meterman: So it nearing our 100th beer review, do you have anything special planed?
Flavius: Yes, we plan to drink the three cheapest beers in the BC Liquor store.
M: Lovely. Do I have to attend?
F: You might want to; as a reward I bought a bottle of Ola Dubh 16 yr.
M: Merciful lover of the palate; beer aged in Highland Park 16yr Whiskey Casks. I will be there!
F: Great I got a top secret zombie movie for the occasion; it has a love scene.
M: Groan. Can I have the Ola Dubh before the movie?
F: Nope, after.

Old Cellar Dweller Barley Wine (Driftwood)

Ratebeer 4.2 not enough votes for percentile
Beer Advocate B+

Taste +3

Ouch this beer will undoubtedly punish the liver; the nose is alcoholic and phenolic. The first swig fills the mouth with a full fruit spiciness. It tastes a little like mulled wine, but with added malt.

Aftertaste +2

You cannot shake the full mouth flavours of mulled wine, cloves and the alcohol sting.

Alcohol Content +1 12%

I think this is a new record for alcohol content.

Value 0

This malt beverage was not cheap; about $11 for a 650ml bomber. I would most likely get two difference bombers for the same price next time.

Ingame Enhancement +1

I know L4D was played this night; but the memories are a little foggy. There is a clear recollection about Nightware yelling at me to watch my friendly fire. I think he swore too.

Overall 7/10

This was an interesting beer. If you like'em strong and fruity; this is the one for you. Get them before they sell out.


Anonymous said...

What temp did you drink this at? When I did my review of it the drink chilled was nearly undrinkable, but when I drank it at room temperature it was delicious.

Unknown said...

Honestly it was over 3 years ago, so I don't remember. But you are right. If you drink it too cold all the balancing flavours are lost. All you would get are the harsh alcohol notes.