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Rosie's Old Ale - Barley John's Brew Pub

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Rosie's Old Ale
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley John's Brew Pub visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: fantome on 03-01-2004)
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

millelacsmark, Sep 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

will1256, Aug 12, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

HoudiniRN, Aug 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2014...
Walked up to the Barley Johns Booth, asked for a pour of Rosies...the guy rolled his eyes at me and asked if I had ever tried the base beer...Wild Burnette. I said I hadn't and he proceded to pour me a glass to try...I took one sip of Wild Burnette, and then took a sip of my buddies Rosies...Dumped my glass on the ground, handed it back to the guy and said Rosies please...its THAT good...Like sweet ice tea on a hot summer night, perectly balanced....I could drink it by the pitcher...The best Old Ale I have had too date...too bad its only made every three years! I am in love

TboneRN, Aug 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

jera1350, Jul 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

josephwa, Jun 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Hopsiam14, Jun 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

ystazi, Jun 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've avoided reviewing this over the past couple of months because I didn't want to sully the memory of it's sweetness, but here I am...again. Six times back for this beer, & counting. Another wildly expensive ($9) five ounce pour.

The pour is my favorite, redhead, with red highlights. The smell is like sticking your nose into heaven, but who cares? I want this in my mouth, not up my nose. Onward.

Rosie's Old Ale is a purebred work of art. The overwhelming impression is one of fine, artisanal caramel created by gorgeous virgins & imbued with a kick of searing, high-quality alcohol. After that perfect onslaught of caramel, almost nothing else matters. Huge sweetness. Great balancing vanilla with a slow, subtle burn of bourbon that never overpowers the beer. Dry. Five ounces at a time is probably a good idea given the ABV, but I could go at this in pint glasses & die happy.

This beer has that elusive "X" factor that so many brewers strive for & so few achieve. A dull rendition of the tastes - barrel, caramel, blahblahblah - just doesn't do it justice. This is liquid poetry, the formula probably found on ancient stone tablets delivered by some pagan god. This is perfect beer #5 for me. Simply stunning.

maximum12, May 07, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

At 18% I expected some rubbing alcohol taste, but none present at all. For the ABV, actually remarkably smooth drinking. Brewery pours a 5-6oz pour. Taste lingers well, rum and raisin present.

Alcohol is slightly present in the aroma, which is the only knock I haven't against this awesome beer.

treznor, May 07, 2014
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Rosie's Old Ale from Barley John's Brew Pub
97 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.