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Black Raven Old Birdbrain Barleywine Ale

Black Raven Brewing Company
Redmond, WA, United States of America


Vital Statistics

Release: Limited Rotating (vintaged)
ABV: 11.5%
Bitterness: 85 IBU

From the brewer

This robust strong ale features pale malts and generous hop additions. After primary fermentation, several American rye whiskey barrels are filled and cellared to age. The remaining beer is then cellared in a stainless steel tank. After many months of aging, the barrels are then blended into the remaining batch aged in the stainless steel tank.

Average Scores

Overall: 79 (logged 17 times)
Bottle: 77 (logged 10 times)
Draft: 83 (logged 7 times)

Who's been drinking this

2012 release
Has continued to age in new and appealing ways. Quite mellow, with bourbon on top, burnt-caramel sweetness following through to raisin/date and what remains of the hops, dissipating in to a clean finish. Tastes like a warm home on a winter's day.
Bottle at Home
2015 release
Powerfull dark fruits (raisins, dried cherries), roasted nuts and caramel flavors. Quite sweet and boozy.
2012 release
Scent of whiskey soaked fruit, perhaps cherry skins. The whiskey flavor overpowers anything I might find redeeming in the beer. I'll note that since I drank a fifth of whiskey during an episode of Simpson's in college, I haven't been able to bear even the scent of it.
Bottle at A Friend's
2012 release
Bottle at Home
2012 release
Bottle at Home
2012 release
Sweet honey molasses smell. Sweet and bitter start with a moderately pleasant hoppy finish. Good cereal body.
Bottle at Home
2012 release
Bottle at Home
2012 release
I didn't like this at first but i think it opened up a bit later on and went really well with the a sharp aged cheddar. Do beers open up? Or is that just a wine snob term?
Bottle at Home
2012 release
Really nice, the only thing I could live without is the bitter buildup.
Bottle at A Friend's
2012 release
Not chilled quite enough.
Bottle at Bob's
2012 release
Bottle at Home
2012 release
Quite strong on the whiskey barrel with a nice woody caramel mellowness and a fiery bite. Finish is bitter but not out of place. An easy winner.
2009 release
Strong, strong, strong. Nice toffee-oaky complexity in the middle and a hoppy bite. Very mellow. But strong. Did I mention this was strong?