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Old Double Bagger by Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery
American Barleywine
13.10 % ABV

American-style Barleywine. Still a youngster at this point, Old Double Bagger (ODB for short) has a long life ahead of it. At 13.2% ABV and 100 IBUs this ale will age for years and develop over time. Look for a straight forward spicy citrus character from the exclusive use of Columbus hops and the considerable alcohol with a subdued malt background. This is a work in progress and we look forward to seeing how it ages.  

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Review by everetends on 01/02/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 7 17 4 8 2010
Had this one on tap at Brick Store Pub in ATL. Apparently this is a Oskar Blues brewery only release that finds itself at guest bars from time to time. Figured I'd give it a shot since I will probably never see it again. 12 oz pour into a fluted kind of glass.

A: Reddish brown off the pour. Has a really nice and solid color to it. Decent amount of carbonation moving around in that hazy body. You can see through the beer, but there is enough haze to cloud it up a bit. Got about a finger of off white to tan head. Really nice retention and sticky lace. Very nice.

S: Smells almost exactly like a Gordon. Big time caramel maltiness that is sweet and inviting. This is followed by an aggressive amount of citrus hops. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Little bit of spiciness kicking around with all that alcohol. The alcohol is hot here in the nose. It smells good, but it loses marks because it doesn't quite distinguish itself from Gordon here.

T: Yet again, this is just a big, BIG brother to Gordon. The main difference is that this has a ton more hops presence than Gordon. Lots of spicy and citrus hops presence. Little bit of pepper maybe, can't figure it out. Grapefruit, orange, and maybe a little bit fig, and date (the darker fruits are not really that pronounced). Big ole booze really comes in, but I find it warming and pleasant. Caramel malts round things out with some brown sugar and a touch of toffee.

M: Full bodied with a light carbonation. ABV is big and it warms everything it touches. Sweet and hoppy, sticky on the palate. Aftertaste is spicy booze and some caramel.

OA: I really enjoyed this more than I expected to be honest. I was a bit fearful it would be completely off base, but I thought it was a nice, albeit very hot, American BW. If you are a fan of Gordon, odds are you are going to enjoy this beer. It doesn't deviate much from what Gordon has going for it other than an assertive alcohol presence and hops bill. With that said, I was impressed. It wasn't over the top and it didn't strike me as a beer that tried to hard. The beer is what it is and it stands up well IMO. Would absolutely have it again, but I wouldn't have more than one in a sitting.

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