Rude Boy - Burley Oak Brewery

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Burley Oak Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lackenhauser on 01-08-2012

Sessionable Barleywine

This seven malt red ale is filled with complexity; expect hints of nuts, burnt sugar, raisin and a slight touch of smoke.
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of fourstringer
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a small goblet. Moderate hand. Dated 2013.

A: Hazy, iced tea-brown body with 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet malt with notes of brown sugar and molasses. Touch of chocolate. Slight dark fruit, dates. Orange-forward hop notes.

T: Maltiness opens with a light rye-type spiciness. The hops gradually build to a relatively dry, moderately hopped finish. The flavors are quantitatively light for a barley wine, as is the alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Certainly less substantial than average for the style, but relatively easy drinking.

O: I’d say “sessionable barley wine” is a fairly accurate description. Potency of flavor and complexity are lowered, but accompanied by equitable gains in drinkability. Enjoyable, overall.


Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at the brewery

Deep reddish-brown color with a thin cap of light tan head that retained as a ringet, leaving some soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma was pretty much straight-up malts, moderately roasty, some distant, indistinct fruits. The taste was--you guessed it--malty, very malty, roasty and toasty, and even somewhat smokey, caramel, leather, neutral alcohol, light essence of ripe stone fruits and herbal hops. Medium-full body, somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Yeah, I like a good red ale once in a while, and this one was pretty solid.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Reddish brown color with a off-white colored head. There's plenty of bubbly carbonation and a lasting 1-plus finger head. Not much lacing.

S- Super strong toasted barley malts and a very potent scotch-like alcohol smell.

T- Some sweet malts to battle the booze. Big and bold maltiness.

M- There's nothing light here, lots of body. But it's so boozy that the alcohol trumps all.

O- I asked the bartender if the abv was 9.0% as she set the glass in front of me. She confirmed my estimate. It smelled 9.0, tasted and felt like even more. Not very enjoyable or drinkable for me.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rude Boy Sessionable Barleywine Ale
25 ounce bottle with 2013 date in the corner
A - pours a red bubbly rich thick head of three fingers that recedes to one finger and stays through the drinking. Looks very carbonated.
S - toasted malts, barley and rye, a bit of fruit, a touch of hops.
T - heavy on the malts but not quite a barleywine. Sweet with a slight bitter twinge. A touch of rye with a fruity aftertaste and slight alcohol burn.
M - smooth, creamy, slick, and not as carbonated as it looked.
O - pretty good but it isn't quite a typical red ale or barleywine but that's a good thing in this case.

Photo of NumberNone
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at the brewery and purchased a growler. Opened the growler two days after purchasing and reviewed.

A: This red ale pours a deep reddish brown color with a thin ivory-colored head. Good carbonation present and mild lacing.

S: Aromas of malt, rye, some hops, yeast, bread, and slight alcohol.

T: Deep maltiness with notes of rye and yeast, hints of red wine and whiskey, and a touch of caramel.

M: Earthy and grainy yet still has a good smoothness to it. Flavors are well balanced. Has characteristics of a whiskey, and a good dryness comes through.

O: A solid, tasty red ale from small brewery Burley Oak, which is located in Berlin, Maryland, close to Ocean City, Maryland, and about two and a half hours from the Baltimore area. This beer is brimming with malt and rye popping out right at the front, and it completes with a nice dryness. I like their Hugs & Nugs Double IPA better, as I'm more fond of IPAs, but this one is still a good offering. My wife gave the Rude Boy a try after Bryan Brushmiller, owner of Burley Oak and a cordial tasting room host, indicated that wine lovers find this one to be to their tasting (as noted in the description on their website--"the wine of beers"). She liked it quite a bit then and says it's her favorite beer. Well done, Mr. Brushmiller!

Photo of Cylinsier
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at the brewery

Pours a reddish brown with a fine off-white head about an inch thick.

Smells of caramel and rich biscuity malts with some fruitiness and a hint of oak.

Tastes of caramel, biscuit malts, brown sugar, and a hint of woody bitterness.

Medium creamy body, very smooth thanks to the nitrogen.

A pretty decent BW-like ale with some nice flavor and aroma. The nitro suits it surprisingly well. It's not fantastic but definitely worth trying, especially on the nitro tap.

Photo of greyghost86
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a gift in a week old growler. I am sure the carbonation was way off. Poured a deep amber with almost no head. Tasted a bit flat, but still had nice profile, earthy malty with raisin or plums. Had no idea what the alcohol was, so it was well hidden. Would love to have this fresh and properly carbonated.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty standard reddish color. A tad hazy. Malty enough aroma. Big malty flavor with a decent hop bitterness. Has a great "raiseny" quality to it flavor wise. The brewer told me it uses a boatlaod of Special B. Nice hints of cherry and chocolate. Very nice mouthfeel. A damn drinkable and easy quaffing beer. Dangerous at 9%. I find it hard to drink something else when I am there as I really like this. This is one of the first brews they had going on when they opened. To me the flavor has been tweaked a bit but still a killer brew. I wish these guys well they are doing some interesting things.

Photo of duceswild
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. Their menu listed this as the "wine of beers". Not sure that I would go that far. However this beer did stand out as one of the better ones that I tried.

Pours a reding color and smells of malt which you can taste on the backend. Very easy to drink and the alcohol is well balanced.

This seemed to be one of the more popular beers,as I saw a number of people eating growler fills of it.

Photo of sumofun135
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Not as barley wine flavor as you might be inclined to think, more of a red ale. Malty and good!

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Rude Boy from Burley Oak Brewery
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