The Old Cellar Dwellar is a sought after seasonal brew from Victoria’s Driftwood Brewery. This Barley Wine Style Ale is a massive 11.4% alcohol and is extremely ageable. If you buy a bottle, do not be afraid to keep this beer in a cool dark place for a few years. It will likely improve with time. From the wax topped bottle the beer pours as a golden colour and is topped with two dense fingers of heavily lacing head. The aroma is strong with tropical fruit hops, a slight booziness and distinct lightness for the style. The aroma is almost more that of an Imperial IPA than a Barley Wine. Tasting the beer the Barley Wine aspect becomes more apparent but the Mango, Passion Fruit and Pineapple hop tones add a very pleasant fruit-sweetness to the flavour. The big Barley-Malt tones add to the ensemble and give a big, smooth body to the beer that finishes with a lingering hop character and a warm, boozy sensation at the back of the tongue. For being a Barley Wine this beer is very fruity in its hop tones and verges more on being an Imperial IPA. If you give it a year or two to settle however those hop tones will begin to fade and it is likely that a richer, more sherry-like character will begin to emerge.
Alcohol – 11.4%
Size – 650ml