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Provisions Series: Old Richland - The Bruery

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Provisions Series: Old RichlandProvisions Series: Old Richland

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77 Reviews
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Reviews: 77
Hads: 224
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 25
Gots: 52 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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 craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark red/amber pour with a small white head

Smell: hops, toffee, dark fruit. Very boozy.

Taste: A bit too sweet, brown sugar, toffee and caramel. Very ho-hum.

Mouthfeel: medium body & carbonation

Overall: Decent example of the style but not one I ever need to try again, doesn't seem to really put in the effort.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark caramel color with a healthy tan head.

Aroma of citrus, lots of pine and caramel mixing with sweet candy.

Taste of thick piney resin, a handful of orange , thick caramel malt, mid body malt flavors and a sweet finish. Really a light aftertaste with the bitterness which I was expecting more, but there really is a large forward facing aroma profile that I expect to fall away after a year. This is a very nice tasting barleywine which I would get if it were available locally, but I doubt I will be purchasing this through the Provisions shop and going through a massive hassle of having it shipped to me through a third party. I really wish they would get their ability to ship straightened out.

Very light carbonation with a medium syrupy body. This would probably do well with some barrel aging. I wouldnt be surprised to see it within the next 6 months or so. Overall I think it is a less bittered , less carbonated version of bigfoot at a higher pricepoint. An American Barleywine is what it is supposed to be so that is a bit of a compliment.

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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 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 cvm4
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Pours a murky brown body with a two finger tan head. Great retention to the head and nice lacing down the glass.

S - Lovely malt, caramel and brown sugar profile. Seems like the pine and earth from earlier reviews has been relegated to the back, but it's still there, although not as prominent.

T - Piney at first, then goes into big malt profile with brown sugar and caramel.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Smooth and chewy.

O - To me, this beer has held up well. May'be some slight oxidation. But man I'm impressed with this beer and how old it is.

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

Poured into a tulip.

Dark amber that looks brown in dim light. Two finger off white head. Good retention and lacing left behind.

Smells of brown sugar and amber malt. Lots of floral hops.

Tastes of a flash of brown sugar and subtle licorice. Then slightly resinous and mostly floral hops take over.

Mouthfeel is almost heavy but with really nice carbonation that lightens things up. The finish is surprisingly dry. Suspiciously DIPA like body, much less of the thick/syrupy mouth feel I expect from a Barleywine.

A super floral/hoppy "Barleywine." Very nice. I dig it.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brownish red with a huge light tan head that fades to a small layering and leaves a TON of lacing on the glass. Crazy head on this thing and I didn't even pour it that fast.

S: The nose is mostly bready malt and not even a hint of hops. There is a herbal aroma that may be the remnants of hops. The beer is almost stale smelling. For a "heavily hopped" brew I'm not picking up much in the nose and what's there is pretty one dimensional. I wonder if I waited too long to drink this...

T: The taste however has a good earthy/piney hop flavor along with some nice caramel and bready malt. Not nearly the punch in the mouth I was expecting like some others in the style.

M: The feel is big and creamy with really nice carbonation.

O: I was a bit disappointed in the lack of hop flavor and aroma but the overall taste and mouthfeel were good. I have another that I may just stick in the fridge and drink soon...I don't see age being good to this unless it's just in a sick period at the moment.

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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 willjschmidt
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a very thick light tan head.

S: Brown sugar, citrusy hops, and a bit of alcohol.

T: A decent barleywine. It's smooth and rich. The malts dominate in the form of burnt brown sugar and caramel. Slightly sweet. The hops are there in the finish but would have liked to have seen much more of them. It's a bit boozy but not over the top in this regard.

M: Medium to full bodied, average carbonation.

O: Overall, a decent barleywine but would have liked to see more hop assertiveness.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour on this one has a nice robust head on it, and it leaves lots of lacing behind. semi hazy, dark amber.
The aroma is loaded with pine and citrus, only a hint of malts, not much at all. I expected the hops to have died down a lot by this point, but it seems they are still going very strong.
Man, this still has a really strong citric bitterness as its chief flavor component, orange zest and bitter orange peel, orange everywhere. Some pine notes but those are fainter, and at the same background strength level is some caramel malts. But overall this one really is over the top hoppy for me.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the glass Dave!

Pours a ruby-red brown with a fingers worth of creamy white head. Nice lacing. Looks good.

Lots of grassy, leafy hops on the nose. Caramel and a few dark fruits. Some sweet malts and a touch of alcohol. Figs and raisins in the background.

The taste is filled with hoppy caramel maltiness. Hoppy wood-char on the finish. A little bit of fig and light citrus. Fairly tasty, but the wood char flavor throws things off a bit. Reminded me of Old Ruffian, which is not a fave.

The mouthfeel is quite good. Almost velvety smooth. Low carbonation. The Bruery always seems to do a pretty good job with the body of their beers.

Overall, this is well done for an American barleywine. Not my favorite, but it sticks to the style well. Definitely need to split this with a friend or two. It would be hard to finish a bottle on my own.

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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 OakedCanuck
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into cervoise. From notes

A- This beer pours a dark, muddy brown colour. Nice rocky, muffin top head that left a few stick lacing rings.

S - Lots of caramel sweetness and toffee. Noticeable piney bitterness along with some oranges, lemons, pepper

T - Very distinct caramel malts, making this beer pretty sweet. The pine, grassy bitterness is there and the citric hops are muted. I do pick up a graininess to it mixed in with a hint of honey.

M - Sticky sweet, hard to drink more than a glass and a half.

O - A decent beer. A touch unbalanced and very sweet.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper pour, dark off-white creamy head. Definitely a good amount of lace sticking to the glass.

Alcohol is somewhat abrasive in the nose. Grassy hop profile. Caramel and rich toffee.

Toffee up front in the taste. A little thinner than I'd like. Hoppy, semi-sweet, with a dry finish from the hops. Wish it was a little sweeter and complex. A somewhat average beer. Looked nice though.

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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 Sideswipe
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a tulip.

A- Murky reddish brown color with three fingers of off white foam. Spectacular lacing.

S- Huge caramel notes dominate the nose. The malt is in the driver's seat here, but there is a healthy hop presence at play in the background.

T- Caramel and toffee intertwine with distinctly hoppy citrus characteristics, giving the beer a very complex flavor profile. Initial caramel malt dissolves into a bitter citrus hoppiness mid palate. The hops slide into a very nice toffee flavor before finishing dry with a slight lingering bitterness.

M- The beer is full bodied with a thick, chewy feel to it. ABV is well hidden by the wonderful interplay of contrasting and complimenting flavors.

O- Overall I am really enjoying this one! Old Richland has become much more like a barlywine since I had it fresh on tap some months ago. At that time it could nearly have qualified as a DIPA, but some time in the bottle has allowed the beer to really come into it's own. The contrasting hops and sweet caramel malt make for a very tasty take on the style. Thanks to The Bruery for another excellent Provisions Series brew.

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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 ejyoung
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great dark amber color with a huge off-white head. The head eventually falls to about an eighth of an inch of creaminess. Lots of bubbly lacing left behind.

Nice citrus in the aroma, blended with caramel malt and some dark fruits. Not much alcohol in the nose like a lot of barleywines.

Definitely a good amount of bitterness in the taste as suggested in the description, but less so than when I had it at the Reserve Party when it was fresh. Getting more sweetness now than before. This is fine as it is tasting closer to a barleywine than a DIPA now, but I did enjoy it a lot when it was hoppier. Still very hoppy for a barleywine though.

Nice medium body with a playful amount of carbonation.

Overall, very enjoyable, but I'm planning to drink my other bottle soon as well.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle, out of my Founder's tulip.

A- A murky brown color, almost solid. The head is an off white color, and is quite plentiful. The lacing is also pretty stupendous.

S- Smells strongly of grapefruit and dark malt. I also get notes of caramel and piney hops. It really doesn't smell anything like it looks like.

T- The bite of the hops is evident immediately. The beer then smooths to a nice rich barleywine. The hops linger in the aftertaste forever. I get what they are going for with the style, however it's a little hop heavy.

M- I would expect it to be a bit thicker as a barleywine. The carbonation though is spot on, and it's quite a complex beer.

O- It's a good American Barleywine, but needs a bit more barleywine in it. The hop profile is very nice, and it certainly isn't hard to drink.


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Photo of Verecund
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a carnelian reddish brown with two to three fingers of sticky head.

Caramel malts, brown sugar, and some dank floral hops. Also, strong whiffs of citrus and grapefruit hops.

Resinous, floral, and grapefruit hop medley, some brown sugar, somewhat earthy, and a toffee sweetness.

Disappointingly thin feel, even though it's only medium-low in body and fairly low in carbonation. Watery.

Not the biggest fan at this stage. It doesn't scream barleywine to me, but it doesn't work for me as a DIPA either (hop profile seems muddled). Not a complete miss (nice look and aroma), but the body is oddly watery and the taste is here and there.

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Photo of sbxx
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Dark brown with amber tint, much darker than expected, 2+ fingers of thick dense foam head that hangs around forever. Chunky lacing.

Smell - Caramel malt, citrus fruit

Taste - Where are the hops? This must be an old bottle because it's basically a malt bomb at this point. Barely any hops coming through. It's like they've faded into nothing more than a bitter taste within the malt. Very minimal flavor overall. Very odd. Kinda like a big malty IPA gone stale.

Mouthfeel - Med/heavy body, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish

Overall - Blah. Extremely forgettable. When fresh, I'm guessing this is an entirely different beer. At this point, either suck it up and drink it or give it away. This is not one that belongs in the cellar.

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Photo of waltersrj
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Murky copper brown with an initially large, creamy tan head that dissipates into a soapy swirl around the glass' edge.

Nose: Rich, sweet toffee, fig, dates, slight cardboard, oak, and alcohol.

Taste: Slight oxidization at this point which doesn't retract from the taste. Toffee, dates and a buttery lingering aftertaste. This isn't very dimensional which is weird coming from The Bruery.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, moderately thin, and decently carbonated.

Overall: Probably my least favorite Bruery beer. I've had a ton but this is not that great of one. Pretty week at this point for a barleywine but perhaps I should've had it fresh (even though it cam as an extra). Thanks Rich btw!

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Photo of Goldstar81
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Bruery Provisions poured into a Russian River glass. Pours with a thin layer of foam. Smells mouthwatering as I'm in the mood for a hop bomb. This is more like a barley wine and imperial IPA hybrid. Reminds me somewhat of white knuckle. Sticks to the side of the glass. Upon first taste a nice mouth full of hops that dissipates quickly.

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Photo of treehouse
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nose of wet wood and raisins...copper.... a small bit of sassafrass

it looks deep and rich..very pretty in a large bowled and stemmed glass

tangy...more of the sarsparilla taste...earthy...damp earthy things...not saisony at all though....9%...decent amount of hops..the malt keeps them barely in check...in a good way...a bit of alcohol comes though but fades...

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Provisions Series: Old Richland from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.