Out of the Cellar: Beer with Friends


This out of the cellar edition is dedicated to all those friends of beer geeks that uncomplainingly sample all the oddball beers the beer geek in their lives subjects them to, smiling politely while you tempt (torture) their taste buds with all manner of crazy ABV’s, crazy flavour combinations, crazy tart sours, crazy heavy stouts, crazy …well you get the idea.

This cellared beer, Old Cellar Dweller 2010 from Driftwood Brewery, has some history for its’ drinkers as it was the first beer we tried at our very first trip to the Great Canadian Beer Festival. In retrospect, starting the day with a whopping nearly 12% casked barley wine was probably not that smart but it certainly set the tone for the rest of the event!

Old Cellar Dweller pours a hazy caramel colour, opaque with some light white head that ebbs quickly. A very sweet and syrupy nose starts you off. First few sips are malty, sweet and viscous, this is followed by more floral and earthy notes and just a bit of bitterness on the finish and a warming sensation that lingers. It is a caramel kind of beer, sweet but not cloying.
Barley wines really do age very well smoothing off any harsh alcohol and bringing the malt way forward. A lovely finishing beer and big enough (in quantity and personality) to share with friends.


4 responses to “Out of the Cellar: Beer with Friends

  • mikescraftbeer

    I do the same thing with high test beers. I often grab an imperial sour to start a night. I look forward to my future vertical of this beer. I may have to leave out this years version though as its not a Barleywine. It sounds like this beer aged very well which is not a surprise.

  • terryhickey

    I start my nights at festivals with the IPA run first to cleanse my palette, moving on to the pale ale’s, flavoured beers and then into the heavier barleywines, stouts and porters. Seems to treat me well…

    On the topic of this beer, I have never really loved this barleywine, but I think I always drank it too young. My cellar has 4 of this year’s psuedo barleywine in it, I’ll pop a bottle close to Christmas to see how it is, if I like it I will build up some verticals over time.

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