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Provisions Series: Old Richland - The Bruery

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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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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 224
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 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 srandycarter
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 draheim
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 Kegatron
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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.

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

Pours a murky brown with hints of purple. A small off-whit head that disappears quickly. Scent is candied dark fruits, booze, maple syrup. Taste is dark fruit with a lot of caramel malt and a healthy dose of American hop flavors. There is also a hefty amount of alcohol flavors, which compliment the beer nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a dry finish due to the hoppiness. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is not the best example of an American barleywine, but it is very drinkable and tasty. Nice to see the Bruery doing a beer like this.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks very much to jdiddy for sharing. Pours an exquisite burnished red/mahogany with a quarter inch cream-colored head embedded with tiny ringlets. Spots of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses dark fruits, figs, prunes and a slightly candied character. Taste follows nose with the addition of a hoppiness that sits on the malty backbone. Finish is slightly bitter and medicinal. Mouthfeel is medium-light in consistency with a slightly prickly carbonation. Right now this beer comes off a little too hoppy for my preference, but it's still quite tasty and has great cellaring potential in my opinion.

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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 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 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 Gueuzedude
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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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 xnicknj
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.35/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago the night before Darklord day 2011 (4/29).

A: A dark brown color with a nice pinky of head and great lacing! A great start.

S: Bizarre smell thats mostly dominated by citrus rind and a smell I can only describe as a mix of vegetable produce a la the produce at Whole Foods or something, really weird. Not appealing at all.

T: Not much better. A lot of raw citrus hops that seem unmingled into the sweet malt and toffee. Tons of vegetable, raw vegetable I'd say thats not inviting in beer. Some lighter toasted malts but thats hurt by minty soapy hops. Not at all what I expected.

M: Super, super dry and medium feel. Egh.

O: Very underwhelmed. Disgusting.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a La Chouffe tulip; thanks to the kind soul who shared this at the Batch 3 Rosso release.

A: Hazy russet body with a solid finger of super-fine tan foam. Fantastic retention, solid sheets of lacing. Beautiful.

S: Caramel, toffee, and fruity, spicy hops. Clean, simple, and good.

T: Follows the nose, with added emphasis on the hops up front and caramel sweetness on the finish. Excellent, but far from transcendent.

M: Smooth, sticky medium body with low carbonation. Ok.

O: This was a solid example of a great style, offering a nice balance of sweet specialty malts and fruity American hops. I wouldn't go out of my way to get more, but I'm very glad I got to try it.


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