Special Reserve | Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe

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Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A wood-aged barley wine specialty beer that has gone through 3 fermentations and matured on various types of oak for years adding a uniqueness and complexity to the beer. Toffee and caramel on the nose, fruity notes, treacle and spice, toffee bitterness, big roasty, smoky finish with peppery hops. Elegant!

Added by vancurly on 08-08-2006

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by paulys55:
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Photo of vancurly
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this in reply to Todd's kind shout at the BA gathering in December 2006.

It came out of the fridge in an already-opened bottle.... shouldn't be a problem, but for the price I guess I was expecting a brass band...

$15 for 50ml is arguably the most expensive current-release beer in the world. I have mentioned in other posts that this equates to 7 or 8 times the price of Thomas Hardy's Ale, pound for pound.

So how was it ?

Well, not worth the price.

It has a very dominant yeast character.... but backs up with warming rich malts, christmas cake fruits...

Certainly a delight to drink, but a tad unbalanced.

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Photo of Gorilla
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served 50ml at a time (!!!) in an oversized burgundy 1er cru-style glass. Looked a deep caramel/toffee colour with a thin cream head. Smell was incredible - like a home-baked fruitcake soaked in 12 year-old scotch. Toffee, nuts, biscuits and fruit tied all prominent. Very complex. Taste was similar, very malty and sweet, with incredible length from the oak maturation. Highly alcoholic, but not hot at all. Four or five sips and it was all gone. An affirmation of what beer is all about - and with the hefty price tag, it is a real special occasion beer.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: brown, dark color with little head in my sipping 50 ml
s: very sweet fruity & malty aroma, strong alchohol presence
t: very sweet fruits--plums, tastes like a brandy but finishes with a nice little hoppiness, very complex
m: medium to heavy body with bits of carbonation, very smooth with warm alcohol throughout
d: this is the most liquor-like interpretation of a barleywine i've had. i enjoyed it but couldn't afford anything more than 50 ml -- i've seen bottles for $50 a pop

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red brown kind of hue, no head or carbonation. It isn't meant to have any, I suspect. Very sticky and thick appearance, nice.

Nose is very sweet with raisins and a sheey stickiness to the nose. Nice, but not very beer-like. Or rather, not beer-like at all.

Taste is very earthy with an overdose of oak on the front - I like oak but this is a bit too much. Lingering stickiness that lasts through the palate, but isn't very sweet on the back. Another kind of woody character on the back. Seriously, this really isn't a bad drinking drop but I do prefer drinking beer. As hard as it would be to construct, this isn't breathtaking and it sure as hell isn't worth 22 cents a millilitre.

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Photo of brendan13
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a newly opened bottle into a 50ml measure glass (wouldn't want to over pour...) then into a brandy snifter style glass. Advised to let it warm up a bit while I sip a glass of water to cleanse the palate/rehydrate.
A - Dark brown colour with no head to speak of.
S - Strong dark fruit notes, some oak, a bit of alcohol and nutty maltiness.
T - Dark fruit also to taste, a slight vanilla hint, again some nutty malt, warming alcohol touches.
M - Hard to judge mouthfeel in just 50ml but it was medium bodied, slightly sticky. Pretty low carbonation.
D - An interesting beer indeed. Price is quite a detractor & while it may be a very expensive beer to make it probably isn't quite worth it.

The Framboise Reserve now takes the mantle of Australia's most expensive beer at $75 per 250ml bottle though. This one is only $50.

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Photo of danieelol
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Owen. 250 mL bottle split three ways between myself, Owen & Pat.

Black caramel with well retained head and lacing. Great carb considering age.

At first smell I was overwhelmed with the potency of the aroma. Aged malt, roast, loads of chocolate, fig. Very strong and rich port-like flavour.

Taste is a little thinner, sweet and boozy.

Mouthfeel is spirituous.

Great nose, taste is lesser but still decent.

This was better than I expected and is actually a well-made and unique beer.

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Special Reserve from Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 7 ratings