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Reserve Ale - Barleywine - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Reserve Ale No. 3

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-14-2010)
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Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty basic bronze color. Ok carbonation. Rather still. Buttery and toffee like aroma. Big malty flavor. Again very buttery and toffee like in the flavor department. Mild "wood" flavor. Lingering dried fruit. Slight bite-more so from the alcohol then hops. Sticky and gummy mouthfeel. Lip smackin good. Nice UK barleywine for sure.

lackenhauser, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.6%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -14%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Exiled, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown in color with a negligible head. The aroma is quite malty...a touch of bread and toffee...some slight brown-sugar notes with caramel. The hop aroma is present, but in the background. The taste is a bit harsh with alcohol, but the malt is firm and very engaging. Very pronounced bitterness. Full in body, yet not mouth-filling, so its mouthfeel seems a bit incomplete. Still, fairly good.

Suds, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Russian River glass on 9/2/11.

Pours a deep golden orange color with a huge off-white head that dissipates leaving little lacing on the glass. It has a very pretty color seen more in the style of DIPA’s but I guess thats splitting hairs. I would liked to have seen a lot more head retention but in all its a pretty looking beer.

Smell is of malt sweetness, toffee, and a slight vanilla smell. I have to admit that I had a small problem smelling this brew. I just got done cleaning the apartment and doing some laundry and my hands smell of bleach and detergent. What I do pick out though I like

Taste is much easier to pick out. Its malt sweetness right from the first sip. Touches of dark fruit and a little earthy hop bitterness at the end. Tasty, I like it.

Mouthfeel is medium in weight and it also has a very nice tingling touch to it that really helps lift the taste to a higher level. It moves through the pallet very smoothly for a barley wine without any age on it. Almost no alcohol burn at all.

Overall I think that this is one of those beers where the whole is greater then the some of its parts. I enjoyed it.

UMNbeerhunter, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rather modest head that leaves only the vaguest trace of lace

Smell: Sweet toffee malt and earthy hops

Taste: Opens with a toast and toffe malt flavor that builds in intensity until mid-palate, when the hops arrive, bringing both English earth tones and American citrus to the palate; a delicate balance between the sweet and bitter flavors lingers, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; surprisingly light for the style

Overall: Clearly, the brewer was going for a different take on the barleywine style here and others have marked this down for not standing up to the bigger examples of the style; I rather liked this brew, thinking it had a nice flavor profile combining old and new world hop elements and didn't mind that the mouthfeel and alcohol was not as thick as some of the big guns of the style

brentk56, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Oaktree Discount Wines and Spirits in South Plainfield; it was cheaper there than it was at the Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars of Boonton.

Off white head turning into a ring around the glass. A hazy burnt copper gold body color. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nothing much going on.

Big time sweet maltiness, toffee, vanilla and toasted caramel. Quite a pleasant aroma.

Very sweet right away. A hazelnut, some toffee, roasted and toasted caramel, nut and dark fruits come into play. Just a touch of dry bitterness as well. I think this is quite tasty.

Medium body, a decent amount of carbonation. Some alcohol warmth detected but no so much tasted. It leaves the mouth feeling a little dry. Definitely, not a bad feel in the mouth.

Overall, it gets a little heavy on the belly. This is a sipper for sure. I'm not a huge fan of Barleywines but I'm a fan of my local brewery, Cricket Hill. This is a pretty tasty brew, though. I'm glad I got this for the right price of $7.99; I've seen it as much as $9.99. I say give it a shot if you see it.

9InchNails, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6/12/2011

Bottle shared by Jason (weibull), thanks! Snifter.

A: Orange with a bubbly white head.

S: Caramel and toffee with some piney hops and a touch of grapefruit. Light oxidation.

S: Upper moderate bitterness with notes of pine and grapefruit pith. Prominent notes of caramel and toffee. Booze is very well hidden. Candied sweetness and late palate warming.

M: Medium in body with lower moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, dry, and a touch thin.

Overall: Pretty good. It's like a Barleywine light. I think this should be categorized as an American Barleywine as there's nothing English about it.

HopHead84, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a clear, burnt orange-brown with a nice white head and some lacing. Aroma of dark fruits and sugars. Taste of dark fruits and sugars, organic, with an alcohol bite. A bit of stale bread lingered on the palate. Medium-heavy mouthfeel, kind of thick and not too drinkable. Below-average barleywine.

Rifugium, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of flannelman808
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says No. 3 barleywine but the scanning ticket attached "... Reads Reserve Bourbon B". Also BBA is written across the back on the neck in Gold paint marker. This is a bit of a mystery bottle.

A: Sort of looks like a tawny port ... on the burnt orange side. Almost no head at all but what begins and then disappears was white. You might say it has long legs but poor lacing.

S: Wow this smells strong. Boozy oaky bourbon notes jump out of the glass. Soft fruity notes linger in the background as well. Oak and bourbon drive.

T: Holy hell This stuff is nuts. To say it tastes boozy is a vast understatement. I'm not really convinced as to what the abv on this is because it tastes like the barrels must have still had some juice left in them when they barrel aged this beer. Strong oak qualities Rye whiskey and an almost islay scotch like quality. After letting this swallow air in a larger brandy glass (and I would recommend having done it) Sweet burnt sugar flavors mix in along with some baked apple pie. I would love to know what sort of barrel this was aged in. Frankly I would love to know anything definitive about this beer ... Currently none is available on the fake me out website they have up.

M: Very thick and oil.

O: Quite strong overall, this is a very robust beer that screams malt and yet does not scream sweet. Almost as if Oak barrels alone leave a sweet beer feeling perfectly dry. A must try though this will have some haters and some lovers for sure.

flannelman808, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of BeerCon5
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy dark amber color with a creamy off-white head that left a thin layer throughout the beer.

The aroma was of faint grains and some dark fruit.

The taste was of dark fruit, grain, bread, some notes of alcohol.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

This was an average beer, I thought the flavor was weak for the style. I might try again but not on cask.

BeerCon5, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to jcwattsrugger and markwise over on ratebeer. Pours clear copper with nice off white head. The aroma is nice rich floral hops, some spicy hops, some earthiness and a touch of citrus. The taste is pretty smooth and mellow with floral and spicy hops sweetened by maltiness. Toward midway mild dark fruity ester and citrus notes join in and take this to the finish. Smooth drinkable barleywine.

BigMcLargeHuge, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this 22oz bomber at the Georgetown Deli last week ($8.99) and consumed on 30JAN11. Full name, per the label, should read "Cricket Hill Reserve No. 3 Barleywine".

Poured into a small tulip, the bier was a bright copper, maybe even a touch orangey. Had a slight haze, and intermittant carbo lazing its way up. Head was thin from the start, off-white in color, and was mostly a rim-clinger. Nose? Quite malty, with some dark fruit and a slight tropical lean to it. Body was decent, medium all the way, with good smoothness.

Flavor had some sweetness, though not as much as suggested by the aroma. It coats the tongue, and throws in some toffee and brown sugar. Has some dark fruit action, mostly in the guise of dates and raisins. Gets a bit resiny at times, but is a tad bitter at the finish. Felt hot, green and young. Not bad, but... and not one I'd get again, especially at the price. Zum wohl!!

3.7
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3

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Bierman9, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of magnj
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz split 3 ways

A - murky copper color, almost no head.

S - musty nose is vaguely sweet.

T - sweet up front with some hop flavor, ends with some apple and caramel. Was hoping for some bitterness to match but found none.

M/D - full body, sweet and sticky. Not boozy, but kind of boring and too sweet without enough hops. Wouldn't get again...although now i have a second bottle.

magnj, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

Served alongside Mother of All Storms. Oops.

A: The beer appears mostly clear and is orange in color. The beer has a white head of approximately half an inch that leaves some random traces of lacing about the glass.

S: The beer smells sweet and of dark fruits and alcohol.

T: The flavors seem muted and / or subdued. Overall, I found this to be a bit too sweet for my liking. Beers of this ilk become almost immediately cloying to me, as my palate can't tolerate the unrelenting sweetness without a big, robust malt bill and a healthy level of complexity. Balanced and refined, this is not.

M: Alcohol presence was too forward, especially for a lower alcohol type beer, within this style.

D: I wasn't impressed.

Huhzubendah, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mdfb79 for bringing this to a recent tasting. Always love trying a new brew that I haven't heard anything about before. Served in a snifter.

Pours a medium copper color with a single-finger white head that fades down somewhat quickly and leaves no lacing behind. Half a collar sits around the edges of the beer. The nose brings a really strong grainy presence with a bit of booze as well as some faint dark fruits characteristics in the background. The taste is more grain and booze. Mouthfeel is medium with a fair amount of carbonation and some alcohol. Drinkability is okay; nothing offensive, though I wasn't in a hurry to get through this.

Thorpe429, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dan, went up side by side with the Mother of all Storms...no contest really.

Beer is amber with a slight haze, nice white head of medium bubbles and low carbontation, not much lacing.

Beer smells like raisins and malt with a slight alcohol to it.

Beer is medium bodied and warming on the front half of hte palate. There is some moderate bitterness at the back but mostly from grainy acidic and not from hops. The forward half is sweet and fruity, stone fruits, overall its a decent beer but needs more palate connectivity. It was fine.

drabmuh, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12/12/10 notes. Brought to a local tasting to try alongside The Mother of All Storms.

a - Pours an amber/copper color with two inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruit, caramel malts, light bready malts, and light alcohol.

t - Tastes of dark fruit, caramel malts, sweet fruity malts, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - This was a slightly above average barleywine, but it exceeded my expectations. Nowhere near as good or complex and MoaS, but how many English barleywines are? Glad to try but wouldn't seek out again.

mdfb79, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of bonkers
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is light orange, one inch white head. The aroma is sweet, bready. A very sweet barleywine, hints of alcohol, and caramel. It finishes light, light alcohol burn. It has a nice sticky mouthfeel, but it is too thin. A decent brew, lots of better barleywines out there.

bonkers, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of claspada
2.35/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas are realllly sweet. No hop presence at all. Smells light too if that's possible or this style. All caramel malts...

The tastes are dominated by the malts once agian but not in a good way. It's one thing if a barleywine has been aged for a bunch of years and the hop presence falls out, but this is def subpar at best. It's one of those beers that you can drink, but you would rather drink something else/better. Enough said. This brewery needs to step in up for me to buy another one of their products.

claspada, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a neat copper color with a thick foamy head atop. A bit light in color for style. The head retention is impressive at least.

S: Not nearly malty or bready enough. Not picking up anything distinctly English smelling about this either. Gives off more of a pale ale aroma. Hops seem to be more in the forefront. Not getting anything reminiscent of the style here. Really only picking up the faintest malt aromas here.

T: A bit more malts come through on the palate, just seems overly hopped and that they skimped out big time on the grain bill. Has a bitterness that is not common in English barleywines. Was expecting something malt forward with good honey, bready notes. Disappointing.

M: Does have the correct mouthfeel, good weight and body. Finishes with a bit of sticky sweetness on the lips. It's a shame everything else takes away from the finish though.

D: Drinks like a pale ale, too bitter for the style but not a bad tasting beer. Missed the mark with this one and after paying 9.50 for a bomber of it, I am contemplating asking my money back. Won't be grabbing this beer again.

kiddynamite920, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1" head that slowly falls to some rather large surface bubbles.

Smell: one dimensional malt sweetness is all you can detect.

Taste: caramel, ripe dark fruits, mild alcohol tones, moderate bitterness, and a hint of pepper / earthiness shows up late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Drinkability: decent but not great barleywine. Worthy of a try if you can get your hands on it.

Gavage, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-amber color with a white head. The aroma is caramel with some nuts and alcohol. The flavor is more complex with notes of caramel malt, dark fruit, toffee and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently since it was available via the big bottle and I haven't had anything from these guys in a while. I'm not much of a Barleywine drinker, but this wasn't as strong tasting or in the alcohol department as some that I've had before. While this wasn't an outstanding beer, it was pretty drinkable and it's nice to see these guys branching out from the 12 oz. bottle!

Decent pour to this - clear, with a light amber hue and a little bit of lacing. The aroma wasn't too powerful and this had the feel of a Belgian beer since it was somewhat floral and sour - not as much barley as I expected. The aftertaste only saw the hops and alcohol slowly linger, with the slightly watery mouthfeel not holding the grain for very long. By no means was this week, but this didn't have the feel of mead or rye that I associate with this style. It made it pretty easy to enjoy, but I wish this had a bit more backbone to it!

The alcohol can be felt but you'll have to down the whole bottle before it kicks in. Not as dark in taste or complexity as other beers of this style but for this time of the year, it has it's own niche. Worth a try once to support your local brewer!

JerzDevl2000, May 01, 2010
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Reserve Ale - Barleywine from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.