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Provisions Series: Old Richland - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

218 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 27
Gots: 54 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of Pahn
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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

A - Pours almost cola brown, maybe a bit lighter. Off white head, .5 inch thick, hangs out for awhile. Some spot lace.

S - Wort! It's so malty sweet. A thread of bitter tries to come through, but malt wins the match.

T - That malt comes right out and attacks. Brown sugar, cooked dark fruits, and a nice surprise bitter does make a show.

M - Medium body, good carb, balance is nice for such huge sweetness.

D - I like this one.

Photo of waltersrj
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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!

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.

Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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

750mL bottle (thanks to sleepyhead for this extra - no date but 1st reviews of this "brewed once" beer from bottles date back to February so presumably this is 6 months old) poured into a tulip. Bottle says "intended to drink immediately" so this is probably past its prime - but I received this only a couple weeks ago so what are you gonna do?

Pours a murky mahogany brown with a rich creamy off-white head, great lacing.

Aroma is earthy dark fruits: figs, dates, brown sugar, molasses and a hint of spice. Aroma intensifies as it warms. A quick swirl brings that rich 2-finger head right back up and releases fresh aromas of caramel malt and rich barley.

Taste follows nose: dark fruits, toffee, hops, booze, and a hint of rum. There's a warm buttery aspect to this beer but the finish is dry and not overly sweet.

Overall this is definitely a sipping beer and after 750mL I've had just about enough. I could drink this again but probably only every few months or so.

It must be fun working at The Bruery; I haven't had a bad beer from them yet.

Photo of willjschmidt
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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.

Provisions Series: Old Richland from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.