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Provisions Series: Old Richland - The Bruery

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 223
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a clear copper brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and some citrus zest and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not one of the Bruery's best efforts in my opinion. (565 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex L for being my trustee and getting these out to me. Served in a Jackie O's snifter.

Pours a moderate copper color with a large off white head and quite a bit of lacing as it goes down. Nice collar throughout. The nose brings forward a good amount of citrus hops plus some sweet malt in the background--a bit of caramel plus a nice amount of candied sugar. Favor is enhanced by a good amount of bitterness. Hops are at the front with a bit of sweet malt in the background. Body is medium with a nice bitter finish. A nice barleywine, and I am excited to see how this one ages. (591 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask for First Firkin Friday at the Bruery

A: The pour from the cask is a dark amber one with a creamy yet slightly airy off-white head.

S: The nose is very hoppy, which is always nice. Lots of lemon and grapefruit rind with just a touch of pine. The basic aromas of toffee, chocolate, and caramel (maybe some bread, too) are there.

T: Not quite as bitter as I would have expected, given the nose, but that's not to say it's weak in this area. Grapefruit and pine provide the hop character, but there is that perfume and alcohol flavor that brings down the enjoyment level for me. Not quite as sweet as you would anticipate for a barleywine, either. While there are some malt flavors, it's pretty dry.

M: The body is medium with the low smooth carbonation I expect from the cask.

D: A pretty solid barleywine here. I think it might benefit from a little more aging, but still pretty good right now. (906 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into an oversized tulip glass. I enjoyed this one in early July, 2011.

Pours a deep, clear ruby and is topped with several fingers of rocky looking light mocha head. This retains with a thick ¾ of a finger of foam that just absolutely slathers the sides of the glass with rich sticky lacing. Quite the robust look to this! The aroma has a definite thick graininess to it, which mixes with a deep and earthy ripeness. There is a dark aspect here to the nose, which appears to not only be coming from some fruit character but also maybe from some roast and chocolate flavors as well. Alcohol adds a bold sweetness, which has this filling up the nostrils with some heft.

The taste has a base core of strong dark fruitiness, tight grains, and then some lesser pronounced notes of cocoa and caramel. This is surrounded on the sides by grapefruit bitterness, while much like the nose; the ABV is adding a good bit of sweetness here to the profile as well. This finishes more on the roasted side of things, with lingering notes of bitterness and spice hanging about. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a mostly creamy slickness to the carbonation that encapsulates a beefy alcohol center. I wouldn’t really call the alcohol presence here stinging per se but it definitely sticks a bit in the throat and chest as things start to warm up.

Granted that I might have got to this one a bit late but I was still looking for much more of an American hop presence than what I got here. Especially in the nose. Still though, with the way that the malts and alcohol are already interacting with each other, I could definitely see this one as having some aging potential. It’s just too bad that this was my only bottle. (1,726 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared with rudzud of course.

Big honkin head, 2+ fingers, fluffy thick and good retention, tons of soapy thick lacing completely covers the glass, dark molasses brown color with foggy faint garnet light sneaking through.

Nose is essentially a black ipa, lots of pine, light citrus and pineapple, earthy spicy hops, resinous musty dank simcoe. Then malts, dark malts dark caramel and hint if black malt, etc. Light creamy darkness, and faint cocoa almost.

Taste starts with malts, coffee and roast, caramel, dark almost powdered cocoa, creamy at the same time, and hint of char. Hops come on strong, slight earthy spicy hops, then pineapple again, slight resinous musty simcoe, hint citrus and orange peel, etc. Bitter rind like flavor that detracts slightly, and bitterness is huge. Pretty much a black ipa. Finish is quite bitter borderline astringent, spicy earthy long lingering hops, creamy dark malts, light roast and powdered cocoa like lingering. Barely any booze.

Mouth is nice, creamy, nice fluffy carb, hint of booze but not close to 10%.

Overall interesting beer, more like double black ipa than a barleywine, 5 minutes after the last sip I still feel like I'm chewing on hops. Not quite my fav style blend of roast dark malts etc and pine pineapple and citrus, etc, so this didn't strike a chord with me, esp for being a barleywine... however, for a double black IPA taking into account it's not my fav style, this was still a decent beer. I wonder how the aging will effect the hops in this. (1,511 characters)

Photo of drewone
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Rich.

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). (546 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.81/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 4/29 and 4/30 notes. Got to try a few ounces of this on Friday night on tap at Hopleaf in Chicago, and then a few ounces again on tap Saturday at Dark Lord Day.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, soap, and lightly toasted malts. No real caramel and not getting much that would resemble a barleywine; more like a very hoppy DIPA.

t - Tastes of soap, bitter grapefruit, pine hops, citrus hops. Again, straight up hops and very bitter, with a little bit of a soapylike taste to it. Not what I would want in a barleywine at all.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with some bitterness due to all the hops.

o - Overall I did not enjoy this one at all. While the description on this site makes sense about all the hops, I did not know that going in and was expecting a barleywine; this is not one in my opinion. Even as a DIPA it was very bitter and soapy to me; tried it with a few BA's and no one seemed to enjoy it. Would not seek it out again. (1,076 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You know this is a barleywine because it says so on the label and it has the word "OLD" in the name. Very clever Bruery. Served in a Bruery tulip because...well let's be honest, if you could you would too.

Beer is kind of ruby / amber red with tan bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation mild to moderate. The lacing really destroyed the glassware. I doubt you'd see this effect with another brewery's glass. Seriously people, drink the beer out of the right glassware.

Aroma is sweet, mild ethanol, malt, a faint pine hop note off in the distance. I wonder if it would smell better if I put on my Bruery T-shirt.

Beer is a little thin on the get go but fills out in the mouth. Mildly alcoholic / boozy on the palate with a semi-dry finish. Second sip was better than the first with more hop presence on the palate, a better finish with some mild bitterness that lingers, it is earthy rather than piny hops on the palate. It is a decent beer, not earth shattering, still a little hot. I have another, I'll take it to a tasting someday in the future, could use a little time in the closet...if you know what I mean. (1,135 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a mahogany brown that is clouded with 3 fingers of tan froth. The cap displays solid retention that leaves a webby lace all over the glass.

The aroma is oily and resinous with hops. It is dank and herbal with some catty quality towards the back mixing with suggestions of pine and tea like spiciness. A bit of burnt sugar is thrown into the mix giving something for the hops to play off.

The taste includes hints of raisin and plums mixed into a dark burnt molasses character. Some fruity bitter hops blend with pine,?herbs and strong black tea. Some catty flavors blend into a mild vegetative quality and dirty fruit like cantaloupe or other melon like honeydew. Not bad, but not terribly enjoyable either.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is integrated nicely. This is an interesting mixture of character here that really borders the lines of barleywine and boozy DIPA. This will be a huge hit for some, I think it was just ok. (1,049 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and a lot of dark fruit and some alcohol. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of brown sugar and toffee and caramel malt. The hops are also present in the flavor and contribute some grassy and piney notes. The alcohol is present but the beer is still easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (441 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A steady pour produces a three-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head that leaves a lot of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a lightly hazed, amber-red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells sticky with notes of ample, sweet crystal malt and candied citrus zest / pine needles. Concentrated malt notes of brown sugar syrup, even a touch of molasses, plus a huge sweetened whole grain maltiness. The malt, is just about the dominant character here, just edging out the hops, if not because of the up front intensity, then for its staying power. The hops, in addition to the candied citrus zest and candied pine, especially in combination with the rich malt, contribute notes of ripe berries, tobacco, an almost cedar like note that can be quite distinct, as well as cleaner hop notes of lychee, tangelo zest and a bright floral peach note.

Well balanced malt sweetness and herbaceous bitter hop notes up front yield to a more dominant sweetness in the middle that finally in the lingering finish comes to be dominated by a sometimes astringent, raw bitterness and pine-like flavor. The hop character seems to be the dominant character in the flavor, and it is definitely a bit raw and aggressive. The hops and darker malt notes accentuate the herbaceous and pine notes in the hops as well as producing hints of tobacco, cedar and a just plain, raw, aggressive, green hoppiness. More typical fruity hop notes are definitely here as well, though they seem to be muted a bit by the ample crystal / caramelized malt character and the raw herbaceous hop notes, but you do get flavors of essential citrus oil, lychee, touches of other generic tropical fruit, some slightly muddled tangelo zest notes, and a sort of dirty grapefruit note. The malt even seems to have an almost roasty edge, but definitely amply toasted grain, to it in the finish. Chewy, viscous and rich, but the hop character is ample enough that it dries out the palate enough after each sip to keep this from being cloying

The ample malt and ample hop character seem to clash a bit in this beer; it is not so much that I am not enjoying this beer, but there the malt character is too big to really enjoy the bright, vibrant hop character as it muddles and dirties the hop notes at this point and accentuates the harsher side of the hops. With time the hop character will fade and the malt should come into its own, but this was a beer advertised to drink now & for that reason it doesn’t really quite work (fresh Bigfoot definitely does this much better). Still, this is quite an enjoyable beer, worth trying, but I would always choose a fresh big foot over a fresh one of these if I had the chance. (2,736 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery Tasting Room,

A: Pours a dark red with a small white head, good lace.

S: Simcoe stands out. Lots of pineapple, gooseberry, greenery. Fragrant.

T: The traditional barleywine flavours come out here. Sweet crystal malt with a lot of pine, Christmas tree.

M: Full-bodied, strongly resinous, medium carbonation.

D: Solid barleywine, not as good as Bigfoot or Old Crusty, but well made and certainly tastes to style. (437 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well it seems like its a barley wine kind of night, this one should put me out.
Pours a deep reddish orange color with a massive tan head that persists forever. Lots of earthy and citrus hop aroma in the nose as well as a healthy dose of sweet caramel and burnt brown sugar. There's a hint of oxidation, but at this point it adds more complexity than hindering the aroma of this brew. The taste is sweet up front with lots of the usual suspects. Toffee, caramel and sweet and burnt brown sugar play with hint of dark dried fruits. The sweetness quickly fades to an almost stinging hop bitterness that lingers with a bit of ethanol long onto the finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. This one has been aging in the cellar for about a year and a half now. The hops have faded a bit and I believe its in that in between stage where it's not as good as it was when fresh, but well on its way to becoming a great aged barleywine. I wish I had another to see how this one develops. (1,023 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/08/2011

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. (784 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A : Poured a hazy amber color with a dirty white cap. It sports some good head retention and good lacing

S: Big pine hop presence, Christmas trees with a hint of citrus and and brown sugar

T: Big pine start to finish, perhaps juniper, definitely hop forward with a caramel/toffee base. This beer has some moderate heat, moderate bitterness and dry on the finish with a lingering caramel/pine presence. This beer honestly reminded me of vintage Doggie Claws.

M : Medium bodied, medium-high on carbonation, dry, warm, a little sweet but still very hop forward and its packed full of faded hops which gives it a chewy feel

O: Not bad. (635 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle to Bruery snifter.

A - Dark brown; almost completely opaque with just the slightest ruby glow along the bottom of the glass. Two big fingers of thick, dirty white head.

S - A big bitterness is present right away with some grassy, fruity and piney aromas. A big sweet caramel and toffee malt backbone adds balance.

T - The hop profile hits the tongue right away with a huge bitterness and grassy/piney/fruity flavours with a touch of citrus present. The big sweet malt backbone enters mid-palate, adding dark caramel, toffee and raisin flavours. Bitter, dry finish.

M - Medium body with plenty of sticky hop oils. Light carbonation. (644 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.39/5  rDev +14%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with friends with and after dinner last night.

Darker in color than I was expecting, this is a deep amber-colored brew with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Despite having a few months under its belt, this beer still does smell hoppy, and in a good way. Moderately subdued pine and citrus hops with a noticeable brightness are immediately noticeable. In addition, there's a nice malty backbone as well, with dark caramel, candi sugar (wink wink), brown sugar and a mellow sweetness. In fact, the malt character makes me think of Papier/Coton/Cuir light, minus the age and oxidation. Again, despite the age, the hops are mildly faded but still fresh, and show no signs of oxidation.

The palate opens with a blend of pine and grapefruit hop flavor, and moderate bitterness. The malt appears right after, with flavors of brown sugar, dark caramel, toffee, a little bit of burnt sugar and some cocoa coming through. The caramel does linger on the finish, along with a sticky, resiny hop character. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this feels great on the palate. Recommended, I'd drink this again. (1,146 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip, thanks to gcphilli

Pours a clouded burnt orange color with a decent coating of white head. Retention is nice with some splotchy lacing on the glass.

Strong scents of bitter hops with pine and resin. Almost astringent alcohol and slight malt base.

Punch of bitterness with juicy and citrus hops, grapefruit rind and very pithy. Some hints of fruit sweetness, but overwhelmed by waves of bready malt base and caramel. Syrup-like sweetness with biting hop bitterness, swallowed up by extreme alcohol.

Full medium body, higher carbonation, a bit rough on the tongue. Drinks okay but there's definitely some balance issues here. (662 characters)

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Provisions Series: Old Richland from The Bruery
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