From Victoria BC’s Driftwood Brewing comes the “Old Cellar Dweller Barleywine Style Ale 2012″ a beer that I have been cellaring for the last 2 years and 5 months but finally have opened as of June 2015. The beer poured a deep brown colour with ruby tinges and a brown head. The aroma consisted of dark fruit, earth, caramel and a sweet finish. The flavour was of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, tobacco, black coffee, orange peel, hops bitterness and a mild alcohol note or two. The alcohol content of this beer is 11.8% with an IBU of 75. This beer has mellowed in a big way and is tasting amazing. It is to bad that this was the only bottle of this vintage that I had as I would like to have tried it again in a year or two!
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.