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Rip Van Winkle Beer | Weston Brewing Company & O'Malley's Pub

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Brewed by:
Weston Brewing Company & O'Malley's Pub
Missouri, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by KansasBeerLover on 04-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by KansasBeerLover:
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3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Clear amber body with 1.5 finger head. The head is beige, with medium bubbles. In 2 minutes the head is merely a wisp leaving some lacing on the sides. The only carbonation present is from the SA disk etched in the glass.

Smell - Mild. Malt, a hint of yeast.

Taste - A nice blend of malt, caramel and toffee. Slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with no carbonation. Slight sweetness followed by a moderate bitter. Dissipates from the palate after a short time.

Overall - My success with Weston beer has not gone well. This one ranks second from the top. It is a simple beer and easy to drink. Smooth certainly. I might buy it again.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with a finger of tan head. Very good lacing & good head retention

S: Brown bread & pears

T: Brown bread, pears, white grapes, some woody hops up front. More fruittyness as this warms, slight green apple skin & caramel, some dryness. Finishes fruitty, dry & slightly sweet

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, slight grainyness, thins out a touch as it warms

A servicable bock, nothing to get excited about, but not bad. Easily one of the better beers from these guys

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a nice amber/mahogany color. An off-white head sits tightly on top for a while until receding to a film. Surprisingly decent lacing. The beer smells like an alcohol bomb straight off, but is coated with faint bready, yeasty aroma. Again, the taste follows the smell, and I'm getting strong alcohol right off the bat. Somewhere in there though hides some malty body, with some biscuits and even a faint bitterness. The mouthfeel is heavy and carbonated.

Overall, very disappointed. I was hoping for more flavor and less alcohol in this. And I'm going to be honest, i only bought it for the artwork, which is actually exceptional, but that doesn't go into the score, unfortunately.

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Photo of DPSFiremedic
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not what I was expecting. The label does not describe the beer at all. It tastes more like a barley wine to me. Very malty!! Good head retention and color but would be helpful if you knew what to expect.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kinda orange and cloudy with a one finger head with some staying power and decent lace.

Smell is malty, bready, a little yeast, pretty subdued.

Taste is very sweet, malty with biscuit, caramel, bready notes, with little hop character.

Body is pretty thick and full with a slightly cloyingly sweet finish. Carbonation is pretty light.

It's not bad but I don't think it's spectacular. A pretty good example of a bock I suppose but I'm not wild about it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Retired....like a car with bald ones? Oh, it must mean it's not available. But I bought it yesterday, so....

Appearance : Fiery orange with ruby highlights; opacity of 30%, SRM of...14 maybe? Head is admirable, 2 fingers, receding to 1/2, leaving speckles of lace behind.

Smells like fresh toast, just lightly crispy. Beyond that is a little bit of blood orange, pineapple, and prune. Pass the butter knife, it's breakfast time.

This one is a little off-balance. It starts off super malty with a crisp caramel sweetness, then it digs into the prune and fig territory, mashing in oranges and grapefruit rinds. Normally this would be more of a Barleywine thing, if executed properly. However, it is not. Overall it just feels unbalanced, trying to be hoppy but fighting all the way down with the malty sweetness, even becoming cloyingly bitter after awhile (oxymoron?).

Feel is medium bodied, starchy, mildly carbonated, and a parchy finish.

This beer is more in line with an Altbier, and I would have suspected someone placed the wrong style when adding it. However, Weston's website lists this as a German Bock, and this is nowhere NEAR a German Bock. Okay as an Altbier, absoluely shameful as a German Bock.

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1.5/5  rDev -56.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A local brewery here in the Kansas City area, Weston Brewing Co. doesn't get enough love. Saw this one and did not think twice about picking it up. Bottle poured into a pilsner glass, an aggressive pour.

A- Pours a dark amber with 3 fingers of thick, foamy, light tan head that is taking it's pleasant time leaving creating a thick cap on top of the beer and some huge chunks of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet and bready. A little yeasty.

T- Pretty sweet, a tasty blend of caramel and toffee, only getting a little balancing bitterness. It is mostly malt sweetness coming through.

M- Medium body with a little amount of carbonation.

O- I am pleased. A good beer from a small local Brewery.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Rip Van Winkle Beer from Weston Brewing Company & O'Malley's Pub
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