Driftwood Brewing Co. – 2015 Old Cellar Dweller Barley Wine

Driftwood Brewing Co. – 2015 Old Cellar Dweller Barley Wine

Rating

4.1 out of 5
Appearance
4.4 out of 5
Aroma
4.3 out of 5
Flavour
3.8 out of 5
Palate

Total

4.2
4.2 out of 5

Overview

  • Type: Barley Wine
  • Brand: Driftwood Brewery
  • Pros:

    A smooth Barley Wine with big tropical fruit hop flavours

  • Cons:

    No the typical profile for a Barley Wine

  • Conclusion:

    A big hopped, big flavoured Barley Wine

Driftwood Brewery 2015 Old Cellar Dweller Barley Wine Review Driftwood Brewing Co. – 2015 Old Cellar Dweller Barley Wine Review

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
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Comments

  1. Mike
    Mike 23 January, 2016, 10:50

    I wish they would rename this beer as it is quite toasty and bring back the real Old Cellar Dweller. Being a massive fan of the Barleywine style I want the flavours back. There is room in the market for a new imperial IPA and a Barleywine.

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