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Leapbeer Reviews #349 & 350 Old Cellar Dweller 2012 & Old Barrel Dweller 2012 by Driftwood Brewing Company

Let me start off with saying I really didn’t want to open these beers yet. Driftwood marked the five year anniversary of their Old Cellar Dweller Barleywine with two iterations of this ale. Old Cellar Dweller has a ‘friend’ on the shelf by it this year, a barrel aged version named Old Barrel Dweller. They even did us the added bonus of sealing the tops of these two bold barleywine style beers in wax in an effort to encourage beer geeks to cellar them.  On top of that they even went so far as to release older vintages to private liquor stores to satiate the masses. While I am a fan of both of these beers I beg of you, if you MUST open one, make sure it is just one. I opened them both, for the blog, and I regret it. I regret not giving these beers time to mature and develop. That said, I do have other bottles of them that are sitting safely in the cellar. They are getting a minimum 6 month treatment (if not more).

But I press on, for science, with my review of these two beers. First up is the 2012 Old Cellar Dweller. This is a deep reddish brown and thick barleywine with a thin tan head on top. The aroma is equally complex, hops on the nose initially followed by brandied cherries and port or sherry. It is a big malty beer, giving hints of cherries, oranges, brandy and a latent bitterness. Despite its high test, this is remarkably drinkable. The alcohol (11.8% ABV) doesn’t hit you until its passing down your throat. The carbonation on this was thin, but still there.

Leapbeer #349 is 2012 Old Cellar Dweller

2012 Old Cellar Dweller Barleywine Style Ale by Driftwood Brewing Company

2012 Old Cellar Dweller Barleywine Style Ale by Driftwood Brewing Company

Brewery: Driftwood Brewing Company of Victoria, BC
Released: December 4th, 2012
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/11.8% ABV
Availability: Limited
Purchased @: Cascadia Liquor Courtenay
Webpage:
http://driftwoodbeer.com/beers/old-cellar-dweller/
Other Reviews: BeerAdvocate & Rate Beer

Next I move to the Old Barrel Dweller. This one uses four times the ingredients of the OCD and is made using an overnight boil. The colour is a deeper brown than the previous beer, and the aroma has added oak, peat (or ash), bourbon and kirsch notes. The biggest difference between these two is in the taste. Immediately you are hit with a big boozey taste up front. Its all bourbon-y and bitterness. In my opinion this beer should be aged. I’ve seen on some bottles where they have a ‘best after’ date instead of a ‘best before’, and I think this beer could use one of those as well. It isn’t terrible, but it is very strong up front and difficult to drink a lot of it.

Leapbeer #350 is 2012 Old Barrel Dweller

2012 Old Barrel Dweller Barrel Aged Barleywine-Style Ale by Driftwood Brewing Company

2012 Old Barrel Dweller Barrel Aged Barleywine-Style Ale by Driftwood Brewing Company

Brewery: Driftwood Brewing Company of Victoria, BC
Released: December 4th, 2012
Size/ABV: 650ml Bottle/11.8% ABV
Availability: Very Limited
Purchased @: Cascadia Liquor Courtenay
Webpage:
http://driftwoodbeer.com/beers/old-barrel-dweller/
Other Reviews: BeerAdvocate & Rate Beer

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7 thoughts on “Leapbeer Reviews #349 & 350 Old Cellar Dweller 2012 & Old Barrel Dweller 2012 by Driftwood Brewing Company

  1. You have to drink it now and later to get a baseline.

  2. I was wondering about the latter, and for some reason, the bourbon-barrel aging seems to be making the rounds. Phillips did the same thing for this years trainwreck, and it didn’t work out too well (in my opinion).

  3. I just stopped by to learn about this place. It seems to be really good and I had a good time reading it,
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