Rudyard's Rare Barley Wine - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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Rudyard's Rare Barley WineRudyard's Rare Barley Wine

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BA SCORE
87
very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2002)
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3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought from BevMo. Pours a ruddy murky red brown color. Little white head dissipates quickly leaving almost no trace. Aromas of dark fruit, plums and raisins. Taste is rather sweet and heavy. A little fruity with some boozy undertones. Very warming and a nice sipper. Lightly carbonated for a nice mouthfeel.

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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 edition

Super hazy super opaque. Medium brown, like a really thick homemade apple cider. Minimal head.

Smells good. some malty sweet, caramel. A little grassy hops somewhere in there, but not rull strong.

Follows suit. There's even some dark prune/plum fruit in there somewhere too. Spicy grassy notes, some alcohol, but not a whole lot. malts, but not as sweet as it smells.

I don't know if it is as good fresh, but at a year plus, it is quite delicious.

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3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours brownish amber with almost no head poured vigorously from a bottle. The nose is nice with notes of lavender, banana, other fruits, leather, caramel, and hops. The hops flavor is very strong and overpowers many of the more subtle sweet notes masking the alcohol. Medium bodied, mouthfeel is average. Not a bad barleywine but it lacks balance.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage consumed on 10/9/2012

before I begin - while this is not a bad beer by any means, this did not taste like a barleywine. I definitely wouldn't call this an IPA, but it was one of those cross-breeds.

A: Nothing special here. Brown with thin head, some lacing. There is a bit of red tint.

S: Hops, caramel, some exotic fruits (I want to say blood orange, grapefruit, and dried cherries or prune).

T: It starts off with blood orange, quickly followed by caramel malt, sugar, booziness, then dark fruits, finishes off with hop bitterness. It's quite sweet, hoppy, malty, and boozy. Big beer for sure. This sort of reminded me of Short's blood orange wheatwine.

M: Thick, syrupy, but caronation is there. Slightly hot from alcohol.

O: It's the best Hale's beer I have had, but to be honest, I am not a huge fan of Hale's. This one was alright and it felt like it could benefit from further aging.

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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque with a one finger, light beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Surprising considering the style and ABV.

Earthy, leathery malt aroma with spicy hops, sweet alcohol and subtle dark fruit notes. Surprising hop presence with some grass and resinous pine followed by alcohol, leathery malt, caramel, toffee, plum and fig.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a spicy hop bite that lingers over the earthy, leathery malt and sweet booze into a hot, bone dry finish. Again, it's surprisingly hop forward with lots of dry, earthy bitterness and resinous pine flavor dominating until the malts and booze come in on the back end. The leathery malts compliments the earthy hops but it could use a bit more sweetness. There's some caramel and toffee but the vinous dark fruit notes found in the nose are barely noticeable. Some boozy heat in the finish that provides some nice warmth, but overall the high ABV is decently masked. Not very complex but still a flavorful sipper.

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4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle at Concordia in Portland. After a really, too big meal.

A -- just fine. Better than average lacing, eggshell white head, really really dark brown-red, as close to opaque as you can get.

S-- smaller than you'd think for its big big flavor. Mostly a smoky caramel smell, a kind of funky fruit maybe too, like old prunes and walnuts.

T -- whammo. Huge hop nose, the piney, leafy kind, immediately followed by funky fruit -- dates, prunes, dried apricots, all overripe; these are good flavors, sweet and bitter in the hops, sweet and bitter in the yeast, understated but powerful malts... Yes, Hale's Ales Ltd., yes.

M -- feels anti climactic to talk about this now, but the fermentation obviously didn't over-carbonate this bad boy. Suede, yo.

O -- this is what we mean when we say barley wine. Pay attention, other barley winers.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery in Seattle.

Pours a deep amber, slightly hazed colour, with a very solid body that holds lots of static, fine-bubbled carbonation. Head is a firm, full crown of yellowish off-white that leaves some streaky lacing. Good looking brew.

Nose is rich with chewy, sticky caramel, shot through with singular hops that give a bright contrast. Aromas of musk come through as well giving a nice twist. Good stuff.

Caramel entry, big and chewy, which is soon joined by some light citric lemon characters and a dash of pepper. There's a touch of mild astringency on the finish, along with a boozy note on the back (the only hint of its rather heavy weight yet). There's a slight build up of bitterness after a while, but it creeps up, and isn't immediately noticeable after your first couple of sips.

Feel is chick and chewy, as you'd expect.

This ticks the boxes for a barleywine. Does it go beyond this? Not much beyond, but even getting a beer this big to feel so coherent and tasty is a good achievement.

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Rudyard's Rare Barley Wine from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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