Rosie's Old Ale - Barley John's Brew Pub
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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by CoolJosh:
4.28/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Note: Hand bottle generously shared by gentleman Treyrab.
Poured into a snifter, this beer pours fairly low carbonated, to be expected given the bottling and the style. A very nice deep and rich dark brown with no translucency. No head.
The smell is very bold. Huge burnt toffee smells control the nose, and give way to a subtle kentucky mash scent. There is a bread-like smell that is very prominent. My sniffer is also picking up some salty characteristics, along the lines of a sweetened soy sauce.
This is a very unique beer. I am told that the listed abv on BA is incorrect, and that this beer is actually 20%!!! This is a great beer, and while there is so warmth in the mouth and throat after each sip, it is not overpowering. The roasted flavors are unbelievable. Tons of burnt malts that produce burnt toffee flavors and sweet chocolate tastes. The flavors aren't 100% developed but there is a lot of depth to this beer, as the complexity runs ramped on the palate. A nice oak compliment provides subtle nuances of vanilla. This beer is incredible, and I am savoring every sip of this. The bourbon flavors are done just right and lack the overpowering flavors that are found in beers like Goose Island BCS. As this beer warms, some nice darker fruits rise out. Decadent, man...
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2009 00:29:28 | More by CoolJosh
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-07-2014 01:14:50 | More by maximum12
4.84/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-07-2014 00:11:34 | More by treznor
Rosie's Old Ale from Barley John's Brew Pub
96 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.