From Victoria BC’s Driftwood Brewing comes the “Old Cellar Dweller Barleywine Style Ale 2011”. This is a Winter 2011 Vintage aged and opened December 2012. The beer pours a deep amber colour with an off white head. The aroma of this beer is big with caramel malts, pine, hops, spicy, burnt sugar, fruit and alcohol. The flavour of this beer is just as bold as the flavour with caramel malts, some sweetness, bitter hops, pine, fruits, some sugar and an alcohol hit. This brew has a medium body and a very light carbonation. The beer is cold in the mouth but warms as you swallow it! The alcohol content of this beer is 11.8% with an IBU of approximately 100. Like most barleywines it is always good to lay them down for at least one year. This beer really shines and is currently my second favorite barleywine and it is very very close!
Commercial Description: Three times the malt bill and five times the hops of a normal strength beer, this Barleywine tests the limits of our brewhouse and our backs! But the real struggle is in getting this massive brew to completely ferment, a true test of our skill and the vigor of our yeast. Consisting of 98% Pale Malt (with a bag of CaraMunch thrown in for color) and just one hop variety, Columbus, this beer showcases these two basic ingredients in their most concentrated state.
Enjoy this very special beer young, but save a few bottles for future winters. Enjoy not too cold, say about 13C! Barleywine will age indefinitely, like wine; thus the name.
Driftwood Brewing recommends food pairings as follows: Rouquefort, Gorgonzola and washed-rind cheeses like Oka or Port de Salut, Dried fruits, and sweet nuts such as Brazils.