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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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BA SCORE
97
world-class

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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Reviews by sulldaddy:
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4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well well well! Cant believe I am writing this review! Ever since the first post on this brew I began questing after it. I have to thank Feloniousmonk for his efforts to get some of this MN treasure to a thirsty BA in CT.
Brew is ina growler and I pour a sample into the snifter. I am drinking at just below room temp as the growler wason the sunporch before I got in. The beer pours a very dark hazy mahogany color with a beige head that foams up well and quickly fades. Not surprising with the ABV on this one!
The aroma is incredibly complex: rich malt with molasses, maple syrup, ripe pears and plums coming through strongest.
First sip reveals the expected huge body and very syrupy texture. This texture is appealing in my mind. Carbonation is mild but existant, adds some nice texture to remind me this is a beer. Flavor is huge malty hit with molasses and caramel dominating, also rich toffee flavors. As the brew warms (and my belly too) I pick up some plum and maybe raisins as well. Not surprisingly bourbon hints too. The beer is amazingly smooth for the high ABV and easy to drink in sips. Not a beer to drink a lot of in one sitting. I poured some into a bottle and recapped with homebrew gear, just to see what happens. I do get a nice warming in my throat and belly as I finish the second snifter. Wow time for bed after that!

Thanks for giving me this opportunity Feloniousmonk!!

sulldaddy, Apr 05, 2004
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

DaftPatrick, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

striker2160, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.78/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky burnt sienna with a scant topping of beige bubbles.
Nose looms heavy in the sugars and the booze. Like kiwis drenched in dark rum.
Begins titanically sweet. Prune and peach and pear (and kiwi again), all seared slight and caramelized. At this point, its pure brown sugar and molasses. The yeast is mostly cloaked, but clearly belgian-devired, bringing with a plaintain-like phenol. The finish is booze-driven, alternating between the caramel traits of Bourbon and the sweet heat of rum. Any hopping here is completely overmatched.
It's thick, but not binding huge. For a brew of this potency, the sweetness impacts drinkability moreso than the alcohol content.
It's decent, but single minded.

cokes, Jan 07, 2005
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3.78/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

tempest, Jun 08, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on 1/27/07. 5oz pour at the brewpub. The board claimed this was 14%, I believe. Aroma flows as a bright, piquant and sharp aroma of clear cherries and pomegrante. Hints of port and cream show through in a heavily vinous and alcoholic aroma. Served at the right temperature this is a quite volatile and lucious aroma. Succulent and inviting. More vinous aged grapes and sweetness. Mature pear touches. It was dark in the brewpub, so it was hard to get a real read on the character, but it was a deep deep red with ochre fringes and little head. Flavor continues along these same lines with pear brandy, warmed sherry and a nip of oaked Mexican vanilla. Distant cherry pipe tobacco carries over some bright tropical fruits on a palate of incredibly dense sugar. I’m not sure I’ve ever put anything this sweet in my mouth. There are certain wisps of milk chocolate and black tea in the background. It just stings of corn syrup, brown sugar and pralines. It’s good, but could be way better with a bit less destructive cloyingness and that sickly sugar-yeast flavor that reminds me, unfortunately, of the high octane DFH beers. It really dominates the middle of the flavor profile. I really want more hops in this. I can’t reach out and get any. Maybe a bit singular, but still to produce a beer of this heft and complexity is quite an accomplishment.

CharlesDarwin, Feb 07, 2007
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Sinatra716, Feb 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Bunuelian, Mar 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Hopsiam14, Jun 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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

ystazi, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Sep 18, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

MCImes, Apr 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

will1256, Aug 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

billhelm, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of grub
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

grub, Sep 07, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

hopdog, Nov 23, 2008
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

j6reid, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a little befuddled how I haven't reviewed this yet, have had every vintage of it so far. That said, was a little surprised as it was presented, and it was a bit brown, usually its more copperish. Eh, in a small snifter, with little head, shrinking pretty quick, no lacing. Aroma is hefty, to say the least. Its definitely bourbon aged, lots of sweets, plums, raisin, and that transfers over to the taste. Its a different cat than previous Rosies, and I'm all for evolution and experimentation, but I will say I liked previous versions better. That said, I'll still keep going back every year for it.

objectivemonkey, Feb 12, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

ahermsen, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

herman77, Feb 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

josephwa, Jun 25, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley John's.

I was handed a dark copper fluid, capped by a tiny, creamy, light brown head. No lacing, but lotsa legs.

Aroma was quite strong. Port/sherry like. Dark fruits, very sweet, raisins and toffee.

Taste was much more sweet than bitter. Touch of smoke, initially. Again, port is a good comparison. Lots of raisins. Alcohol. Vanilla and bourbon. Bittering only seems to kick in at the end, more in aftertaste. Grassy in character. Nicely complex.

Medium in body, could/should be heavier. No real carbonation. Not dry. Mouthfeel is coating. Lots of ABV warming right off the bat.

I would love to have this again, but no more than one at a sitting. Very nice after dinner drink. Pair up with some sort of dark chocolate dessert.

Value - a bit pricey - $9 for a 6oz. pour.

, May 29, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev -4%
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!

Viggo, Aug 11, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

tuckerlikesbeer, Mar 18, 2014
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Rosie's Old Ale from Barley John's Brew Pub
97 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.