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

Rosie's Old Ale
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.34%


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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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a small 5.5 oz brandy snifter.

Very little head due to the pour. Color is a dark caramel hazed rub-red hued brown.

Aroma: Dark dried cherries, bourbon, oak, raisins, booze. Nice and sweet, but tarty. I really love the aroma.

Taste: First I get the high alcohol flavor, but after that I get the amazing bourbon flavor, dark cherries, plums, and raisins. Big and malty.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy and boozy. A good level of carbonation. Medium bodied. Ends with a wine/boozy bourbon flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is simply amazing. I love the 30 year old bourbon barrel taste. I am slowly sipping at this beer because it is so small. I could drink a lot more of this. It is definitely worth the price.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 21:12:17 | More by mothman
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at the brewpub aug 1/09.

pours very deep red-brown with a thin ring of very fine white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace. it's almost orangey toward the bottom (thinner) section of the glass and darkens to red toward the top. almost looks like a nice coniac or brandy.

aroma is great. alcohol. bourbon. vanilla. raw oak. nice fruity component too. date, fig, raisin. bit of plum. rich caramel and toffee. just a touch of a spicy character that i can't quite place.

taste is great too. warming alcohol. bourbon, vanilla and oak. there's a bit of toasty and slightly spicy component too, probably a bit more barrel character coming through. date, fig, plum, bit of raisin. rich caramel and toffee. bit of butterscotch. hints of smoke and dark chocolate. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. low carbonation level. just a hint of astringency. drying finish from the barrel tannins.

drinkability is great. i think this one works even better than the dark night does - the barrel is more balanced against the base beer. the alcohol is lightly warming but never overpowers. great depth and complexity to keep you going back for more. really good stuff.

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09-07-2009 22:02:21 | More by grub
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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08-19-2009 00:29:28 | More by CoolJosh
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treyrab

California

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Tim for sending me a 12oz hand bottle of this nice summer warmer. Opened with a hiss and I was glad to see the carbonation was still kickin' in the bottle. Split with JoshCool into two snifters.

Batch 3 (3rd use of the barrel)

A: Pours a nice mahogany ruby red with slight bubbles but no head. Looking into the bottom of the snifter I can see some bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Very still, crystal clear and great looking.

S: Bourbon is the first whiff and that is followed by a marriage of dark caramel malts, and bourbon soaked raisins and other various dark fruits. Bourbon is the most prevalent by far though.

T: Very, very nice. For being the 3rd use of the barrel, the bourbon flavors are just perfect. Not over the top, yet not so subdued either. The bourbon blends nicely with the burnt toffee and slight roasted flavors. Bourbon soaked dark fruits are really the icing on the cake though and bring the beer to a final close.

M/D: Low carbonation, but perfect for the beer.

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08-19-2009 00:21:43 | More by treyrab
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, served in a little port glass.

Pours a very lightly hazed ruby red, some brown, thin off white head forms, quickly disappears to a very thin ring, no lacing on the glass. Smell is intense, sherry, very sweet and boozy, bourbon, oak, toffee, whiskey, brown sugar, raisins, tons of fruit, alcohol, wow, really complex. Taste is similar, sweet at first, toffee and brown sugar, sherry, whiskey, bourbon, vanilla, super malty, cognac, oak, coconut, alcohol, pretty crazy. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, some warmth going down but ABV is well hidden. Thin body but keeps it from getting too cloying. A pretty wacky beer, really neat sherry notes to it. Try it!

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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The third and final brew I ordered for lunch at Barley John's. It was a long lunch.

Served in a 5.5 oz portion in a small brandy snifter. Little to no head. Color is a dark ruby/copper brown color.

The nose is fruity and boozey. Sweet malts, a woody character (from the Fitzgerald Boubron barrels ranging in age of 15-20 years, used for a third time), bourbon, dark dried fruits such as dates and raisins. Incredibly complex. There is more but I can't put a finger on it.

Admittedly the first taste you get is the warming alcohol presence. After that, the vanilla bouron flavor comes out, as well as dried raisins, dates and other fruits. There is almost a tart fruit flavor here as well. Sweet malty goodness, very impressive.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and hot. Medium body, you can definitely feel the heat from the alcohol. I believe the normal Rosie was 14% ABV, but for some reason the beer list listed this as "TBD." Not really sure why, but you can definitely tell it is far north of 10%. Drinkability is pretty high considering the specs.

Overall, a great beer to end lunch on. It is pretty pricey ($9 for a 5.5 oz pour) but in my opinion well worth the experience. Not something I would want on a regular basis, this is more of a treat that should be savored slowly over the course of a meal. The best offering I had at lunch, and I think it could stand up to the best Old Ale's in the world, honestly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 22:38:54 | More by Mistofminn
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerguy101 for sharing his shared sample with me!

Poured a dark reddish-brown color with almost no head. Sweet. Little fruity. A little alcohol came through in the taste and aroma.

Rerate; larger sample courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!). Additional tastes and aromas of dark fruits, woody and vanilla. Increased the aroma score.

Serving type: growler

11-23-2008 01:25:15 | More by hopdog
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a foggy light caramel color that was a darker brown towards the middle. The head was a dark tan film that was sustained by a field of lazy bubbles.

Smells of marshmallow, red grapes, caramel, port, bourbon and powdered sugar.

Tastes of honey and caramel with a light floral jasmine. There’s also a bit of fruit cocktail juice. This also reminded me a bit of barbecue, but in a good way. The bourbon comes through very delicately and very well balanced.

Feels a bit heavy and dense. It’s also rather sticky but with a light thickening carbonation. This burned my stomach quite a bit too, much like a shot of whiskey.

Too sweet for me, but a nice desert.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2007 18:00:11 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a glass after dinner, made a very nice dessert. It reminded me a lot of a dessert wine or cordial in it's sweetness. That sweetness also seemed to indicate that this beer had a lot of sugar leftover (the last batch was 4% higher). Instead of the alcohol playing a large roll, the sweet malt dominated. This made for a very fruity and thick drink. It almost taste like plum wine with raisins and dates. I should also mention the appearance was a bit muddy, but that wasn't a huge factor. If you're at Barley John's, this is worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2007 03:05:52 | More by tempest
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Rosie's Old Ale from Barley John's Brew Pub
94 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.