Old Cellar Dweller Barleywine Style Ale 2015 – Driftwood Brewing

From Victoria BC’s Driftwood Brewing comes the “Old Cellar Dweller Barleywine Style Ale 2015″ a beer that is no longer a barleywine.  The beer pours a deep orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of orange, other citrus fruits, caramel and floral hops.  The flavour is of orange and other citrus, candied sugar, toffee, resin, bitterness and alcohol.  This beer comes in at 11.4% alcohol.  For a barleywine this beer is completely off style but as a Triple IPA it is quite good.  I think it is time to change the style in the name.

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.

Food paring as per brewery: Rouquefort, Gorgonzola, and washed-rind cheeses like Oka or Port de Salut.  Dried fruits, and sweet nuts such as Brazils.

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