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Provisions Series: Old Richland - The Bruery

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 223
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 26
Gots: 54 | FT: 6
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Overlord on 01-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our spin on an American-style barley wine, and we we say "our spin", we mean it's super hoppy. Dry hopped with Simcoe, Centennial and Sterling hops, a real piney and citrusy flavor shines through the dark, caramelly malt backbone. Some may think of it as more of a double IPA than a barley wine, we just think its delicious.

ABV: 9%, IBU: 80, SRM: 30, Release: One time only
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Photo of hickmancase
4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap my first trip to The Bruery.

A: Rosy Brown. Not much head.

S: Delicious smell. Unique. Floral hoppiness, but not IPA.

T: Delicious and wonderfully complex. Not like a barleywine. Heard comparisons to IPA, but not buying it. Great warming alcohol with the swallow.

M: Thin for the style.

D: Will be drinking again.

Similar to Lucky Bastard


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Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Bruery growler into three pint glasses. Thanks to Steve and Chris for the assist! Extra special thanks to errantnight for the amazing hook-up!

A: Pours a muddy/cloudy Des Plaines River water brown. A massively creamy yet rocky four finger layer of foam rises up, way over the rim of the glass, and hangs tight before slowly receeding and leaving a wonderful mess of lace stuck to the sides of the glass.

S: Loads of sticky pine resin hops. Before long, a thick layer of sweet caramel and pan roasted nuts come on to soften the blow.

T: Just as above with an excellent level of boozy heat. Just enough to let you know it's there, but not enough to wreck your palate.

M: As the growler wore on it picked up a twinge of barleywine roughness. Pretty typical for the style. Loads of oily hops and spicy alcohol mixed with a little caramel sweetness for balance.

D: Drinks waaay better that expected. We killed this growler far too quickly! These limited Bruery releases have been stellar as of late!

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Photo of rudzud
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros and poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - poured a dark molasses brown hue with light garnet intermingled. Three finger creamy light tan head that left absurd amount of side lacing. Super super sticky lacing here with a nice quarters inch blanket of retention.

S - Aromas of bright hops here light pine with faint fruits, wet dank musty hops. Nice black? malts here almost like a black ipa. Definitely not your typical barleywine.

T - Taste is lots of pine with pineapple running through it. Light roasty malts Herr faintly sweet with a good booze presense. A super tasty mingling of a dipa and barley wine. Really delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and sharp. Keeps the alcohol up off the tongue as well. Still slightly boozy.

O - Overall this was a tasty brew actually a very very good non barrel aged barley wine. Wonder how this will age.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Haven Gastropub

Pours a nice deep red wine color. Very nice head and lacing. Good lookin beer.

It smells like an IPA. Very citrucy hop forward. Not slot of malt like you would expect.

Taste is great. Not heavy like you would expect a barlywine to be. Hop bite on the tongue with citrucy hops. The malt profile is pretty good but not heavy. What's weird is you can't taste the 9% ABV at at all.

Mouthfeel is thinner than you would expect but it makes it so easy to drink.

Overall an awesome take on a barlywine. Not your traditional take but you can taste it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came off as a brown looking beer, not much head to it. Great aroma, especially for a barleywine which tend to be alcohol dominant in the nose.

Extremely hoppy taste, all the simcoe and amarillo really came out in the nose and on the palate. Extreme citrus amount, haven't seen anything in a barleywine come close outside of O'Dell's India Barleywine. The pine is there too. One of the easiest drinking barleywines out there when it is fresh and on tap, had this for the first time at the Bruery initiation party and was raving about it.

Unfortunately, my 2 subsequent drinks of it in the bottle were not as pungently hoppy. Good, but not great like it was the first time, on tap and fresh.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber-brown color with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of strong grapefruit and citrus hops with some pine as well. There is also some strong toasted caramel malts with a bit of brown sugar.

T - Starts off with some strong grapefruit and citrus hops with some rich sweet caramel malts and brown sugar. Through the middle, some strong pine hop flavor with some bitterness comes through. The finish is a mix of rich caramelized malts, pine and citrus hops, bitterness, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really big hoppy American Barleywine with some strong malt flavors and body to balance things out.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at the Reserve Society Initiation Celebration 2011. 

A: Amber with a frothy off white cap.

S: Prominent pine resin and grapefruit notes, a very nice hop bouquet. Caramel malt provides backing and a little balance. I detect a dash of alcohol. Smells like a Double IPA. 

T: Quite bitter, upper moderately so I'd say. Notes of pine and grapefruit rind mingle with caramel malt. The flavor is aggressive and uncompromising, much like Richland. Finish is dry and with some astringency and lingering pine bitterness with a little alcohol.

M: Medium in body, upper moderate in carbonation, and dry and sticky on the palate, with some astringency.

Overall: A great beer. I probably had 5 pours of this. I'm glad they're bottling it. Essentially a maltier Double IPA.

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Photo of Overlord
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This amberish red colored DIPA ... wait, I mean American Barleywine ... really came out of nowhere to surprise me.

Pours a reddish/amberish/orange-ish hue (kind of looks like Bigfoot). Smells like a blast of pine, caramel malt, and citrus rind from a foot away. Oooo ... I like.

Taste is upfront with abrasive hops. More pine, perhaps, than I expected, but it's balanced really well with an aggressively sweet caramel malt backbone that's sticky and sugary yet not doing much to tone down the aggressive hop character. Mouthfeel is great.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with amber highlights. It had a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left sticky patchy of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very floral with a piney nose. It had a nice malty presence, too.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness with some bitter piney hops. It had a mild booziness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

O - This is a deliciously good barleywine. Another thanks to drfabulous for sharing.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Bruery beer in a long time. Thanks to Nicks6217 for sending this out.

A-- Poured a dark, golden amber color. Dark leather is a better way of putting it. Light brown, two finger, light brown colored head. Excellent streaks of lacing on this. Good head retention on swirling.

S-- Big hoppy nose up front that drops off to Carmel, toffee, apricot and prune notes. In some ways this has a lot of a smell of a DIPA.

T-- Hops up front and followed by a lot of rich, thick, and buttery Carmel backbone. Very nice.

M-- Mostly pine hops in this. To me the pine is stronger in the mouth feel than in the taste. Pretty much medium feel and higher medium carbonated. A little bit creamy at times. Quite a dry finish to this with a pine and grapefruit punch. ABV is noticeable in the mouth.

D-- Quite nice. Has a bit of the DIPA smell and feel and a lot of the barley wine character to this. Should have got a second bottle of it. ABV is there and feel it about halfway through this but still a very good beer.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL courtesy of JMRSN. Thanks

A: Brackish brown. Agressive pour yields thin, lasting lacing.

N: Really heavy toffee and caramel nose. Some grapefruit and mango. Coconut.

T: The nose matches the taste. Grapefruit, mango, coconut, toffee and caramel.

M: Sits well on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel. Very nice.

O: After 2 years, this is doing really well. Stomps Bigfoot to the curb. More please.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the source. Served from cask into a goblet. Poured dark brown with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bitter/citrus hop, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Had a very nice flavor and aroma going on here. It wasn't very Barleywine-ish in my opinion, but still great. Probably one of the nicer Barleywines I've had as of late.

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Photo of cjer53
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at RS party on 1/8/11

app- orange cloud, foamy head, it looked alive and full of life

smell- zesty, fresh, hoppy, full

taste- the hoppiest barley wine ever. medium bodied for a bw, an unexpected barley wine, i look forward to revisiting it once the bottles are released

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A small off white head on a dark brown body. A nicely hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit with a touch of dark malt and brown sugar. A much more barleywine like flavor with notes of molasses, pine, pepper, and mustard. Medium thick body, modately carbonation, and a sweet finish. Nicely done, fairly hoppy, but definitely not a DIPA, there is a lot of dark sugar and rich, spicy character that cleary makes this a barleywine.

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Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bruery Line Party.

Hazy medium orange brown in color with a creamy light beige head.

Aroma is great with huge caramel malt notes , citrusy and floral hops, and some brown sugar.

Hugely hoppy flavor of grapefruit and pine resin backs up a medium level of caramel and toffee maltiness. Some fruit notes, plum and fig, poke through, and there is some booze to it.

Resinous and enamel-ripping on the palate, medium-full bodied, and slightly boozy.

Well, The Bruery has come through big on yet another style. Their quality and consistency have been on the rise as of late. I'd like to see how a couple years of age treat this one.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the first beers from the provision series i opened i was anxious to try this monster of a beer. split between me and alex, this one still kicked our butts.

the pour is a nice light brown/dark amber with a cloudiness and a big head that came up nearly three inches before settling back down. enormous aroma, tons of bright, fresh citrus hops dominate until it cools down and then light caramel malts, and hints of butterscotch do poke their heads up, this is much more noticeable in the finish when the flavor really opens up and you get a sense of how good this one could be. give it a few years and this is going to be absolutely incredible.

overall this was great fresh, super hoppy and full of character, so glad i have another bottle to see what a year or two does to it.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a recent trade with Irishgurl4. Cheers for the brews!

From a 750 into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, light tan head with great retention. Clear mahogany red with higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly recedes to a thick, fluffy foam cap and coats the sides of the glass with lacing. A thick foam cap remains until the end and leaves nice sheets of lacing down the glass. A touch too much carbo perhaps, but the head and lacing are phenomenal.

SMELL: Lots of hops and plenty of malt backbone. Caramel, toffee and butterscotch notes for sure, with plenty of citrus, grapefruit and piney hop notes. Definitely a nice balance between malt and hops for a barleywine at this point.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness and toasted malt notes up front, moving into a nice hop finish with grapefruit, pine and citrus at the swallow. This introduces a big, bold and persistent aftertaste of caramel malt sweetness, butterscotch, gram cracker and plenty of citrus and floral hop bitterness. Lots of malt sweetness and hop bitterness, nicely balanced for the style.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium, smooth carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a bite at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A bitter bite lingers. Good feel.

OVERALL: This was great. After trying a few American barleywines and finding out the name is often just an excuse to release another DIPA, this was a nice, honest brew. Perhaps this was hoppier when it was first released, but right now this is a barleywine with a nice hop presence as opposed to the other way around. Anyways, this was a quality beer that I really enjoyed. Cheers for this one Irishgurl4!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber brown in color with brown highlights that had a. Half finger of foamy head and left good lacing sticking to the glass. Upfront the piney hops were very noticeable with a good amount of caramel character sweetness from the malts and faint booze in the background. It wasn't a bad thing for me but the piney hops were dominate on the palate but weren't too bitter alongside caramel citrusy accents and a good malt backing that added some sweetness as well. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a piny, hoppy, sweet, malty finish. I honestly like barleywines like this one which drank good and was not overly bitter and boozy.

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beige head. A half fingers worth.

Aroma: Very, very hoppy. This doesn't even smell like a barleywine. I know it is supposed to be hoppy, but it reminds me more of a dipa. A lot of floral and earthy hops. Hardly and malts showing.

Taste: A little more malts shows here. Has some bready and caramel flavors. But it is still intensely hoppy. Floral and earthy with some grapefruit citrus. Very hoppy. Some other cirtus shows.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. It is pretty sticky with a hop resin tastes to it.

Overall, a very drinkable hopped up bwine. I love how hoppy it is. Hardcore dipa in the nose. Then dipa with malt backbone in the taste. Good stuff.

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Photo of Pahn
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip (split 3 ways). Thanks to BA morningthief for splitting this bottle.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates slowly leaving a few clumps of lacing. Pours a semi-translucent red brown, and leaves thin but spread out continents of lacing.

Smell: Strong piny and sugary aromas characteristic of a good American barleywine. Prominent hoppiness despite being about a year old. Ripe fruit, lots of pine, juicy date/fig/raisin, mild caramel. Pure American barleywine, very spot on.

Taste: Follows the nose, only more subdued. Not as bitter as it seemed like it would be, though there's a healthy bitterness and toasted bread flavor in the finish, along with lingering piny hops.

Surprisingly drinkable beer. There's echoes of the deep, rich notes from the aroma, but the flavor is crisp, almost refreshing. Also, the 9% ABV is hidden entirely; I can barely tell this beer has alcohol in it at all.

With warmth, some creamy, caramel and chocolate covered dark fruit notes come out, all infused with the piny hoppiness of a good American barleywine. It's maybe a bit too watery and muted (I'm enticed by these flavors and the aroma; I want *more*), but regardless of what it could be, it's very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Moderate bitterness. Nice bitter and toasty, semi-dry finish. Gets creamier with time, but remains a bit watery. The wateriness is a flaw, but everything else is stellar, so 4.0 it goes.

Overall: Solid American barleywine, really nails the aspects of the style that set it apart from other strong ales. This would be great if the Bruery made this again and released it in a 12oz bottles in 4pks--would make a great seasonal.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

179th review on BA
on tap at RS party

App- A lighter amber/red with a creamy white cap.

Smell- Up front is the citrus notes, got a big whiff of hops and looked at my sheet to see Barleywine. Hmmm...Maltly backbone on this one

Taste- It was flavoful and a touch bitter to me. It wasn't bad though. Had a lot of hops. Which I wasn't expecting.

Mouth-Medium bodied with a high carb level.

Drink- Was a nice beer, was excited I got to try it.

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Photo of drewone
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass.

Nice brown color, small head, med to low carbonation.

Really enjoy the smell - def seems to be what a barley wine should be, hops don't over dominate which maybe the age of the beer. Smells rich.

Hops still come through quite nice on the taste front. A lot of heavy sweetness too. Has depth, enjoyable.


I liked it, to me seemed what a barley wine should be - even though there are hops there, doesn't have the bit that some barley wines have. Alcohol is present, but not hot (on the lower end as far barley wines go).

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Photo of sidetracked
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hopleaf for the Bruery tap takeover.

Dark brownish ruby red body. Kind of an offish brown color--could look better. Served with a sliver of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Aroma is bitter and very hoppy with citrus and pine dominating. Some bready malts keep the hops in check.

Upfront taste is bitter citrus, grapefruit, and piney hops. Bready malts come through in the middle with a little caramel sweetness. Lemon, pine, and bitter grapefruit peel finish with a little caramel-like sweetness. Lingering piney bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation that makes it easy to drink. Hint of alcohol heat at the finish.

More of a double/imperial IPA in my opinion--it lacks the heavy malt presence and thick syrupy body I'm used to in Barleywines. That said, as a big IPA fan this was very enjoyable. Great hoppy flavor and aroma with just enough caramel malt.


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Photo of axeman9182
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from the 2012 release. Thanks to JRSD for getting it to me, and after warming it was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Old Richland pours a dark mahogany, with scant cherry highlights shining through. Three fingers of khaki colored foam crown the beer and stick around for a little bit. Lacing is left in thick webbing around the glass. The nose delivers on the promise of hops in the beer's description, with lots of pine immediately apparent. A sticky caramel aroma is also easily appreciable. That caramel appears again at the opening of each sip, providing a firm sweetness for the hops to play off of. The bitterness that rolls through next is potent, but not as abrasive as I'd anticipate from a barleywine. The hop profile is again pine dominant, but there is a little bit of grapefruit peel shining through as well. The body is remarkably not syrupy for the heavy caramel flavor, but the carbonation ends up feeling just a little lackluster. The Bruery doesn't do hoppy beers very often, but Old Richland is evidence they can do them well.

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Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ottovon, poured into a tulip.

Dark burgundy, pretty clear and tinged with cherry redness at the edges. A beautiful, dense, one-inch head of khaki foam becomes a thin, pancake batter-dense top layer with thick dalmation spots of lace.

Deep, sweet aroma. Lightly toasted dark bread, nicely caramelized, brown sugar, orange. Some citrusy hops, but it’s lost the brightness it had just seven months ago.

In the flavor: toasty biscuits, orange peel, caramel. Bitterness is moderate, lingering on the tongue with grapefruit peel. Pretty big smack of ethanol, but the sugar emerges as the beer warms to hide it. Smoothly deep in flavor, and I love the pronounced toastiness of the malt.

Silky, pillowy body is just one notch under medium. Gentle bubbles. There’s more alcohol in the flavor than the feel, but it;s still fairly well-hidden for 9 percent ABV.

When I had Old Richland on tap at the Reserve Society party, this beer was a bitch slap of hops. I like it much more now. Better malt flavor, better blend.

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Provisions Series: Old Richland from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.