Barleywine Ale | Richbrau Brewing Company

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Richbrau Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Fall

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 10-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by jackndan:
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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Richbrau Barleywine Ale: From a 22 oz bomber. Pours a murky brown, quite hazy in fact. The head is nice, rocky, thick and long lasting with a bit of an off white color. The aroma is pleasant malts and a bit of orange. Nice taste, very warming. As is typical with the style it has a buttery smoothness, with terrific and quite assertive malty caramel taste. I always say that a good glass of barleywine tastes like melted butterscotch with a bite, and this brew does not disappoint. Really nice, not cloying at all, with a clean sweet finish. Great beer when you do want to sip a good brew all night long.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Beautiful dirty brown in color with a modest head (as many high ABV ale’s do) that lasted a lifetime. The ale looked really cool.

Smell – Rich, classic Barley Wine aroma. The giant sugars are ultra-sweet and lean towards the dark fruit variety. I found a bit of olive to this one, which I thought was interesting.

Taste – Kapow! This is a serious heavy hitter. This is not a big-hopped West Coast IPA Barley, it is more of a super-saturated high-fructose kick in the arse. I mean, each sip is like a meal. The flavors are incredibly strong.

Everything from the nose makes it to the tongue. Again, the olive is here along with a monster sugar punch. This one is richer than a slice of NY cheesecake and just reeks of oak-aged sherry and port.

The yeast backbone makes it though, IMHO. The sweetness is “extreme” and makes this ale good, but the quality yeast is what makes it great.

Mouthfeel – This is fuller than a one-trip Mongolian buffet bowl. This is as big as it gets, and the flavor profile will have you sucking for air.

Drinkability – This is Old Salty meets Blithering Idiot and is for true BW fans only. DO NOT go near this bottle if you aren’t a Barley Wino.

Comments – Only a crazy SOB like OldFroth would have the nerve to send this in a care package. This thing is just plain nuts! I feel like I’ve just been on a roller coaster ride.

Warning: Keep hands and feet inside the car when draining this bomber!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Richbrau brewery.

I finally had a chance to stop by the brewery for a taste of the barleywine recently introduced. It poured a clear, deep copper color with a HUGE amount of white lace that slathers the glass. Nose is almost all malt. Huge amounts of malty sweetness in the nose, along with a bit of medicinal alcohol. Flavor is still a bit on the raw side. Surprisingly bitter at the end. ABV is well-hidden., showing up only at the end. Caramel in the front is really in your face. Finishes bitter and long-lasting. This beer has only been out for a few weeks and I purchased a bomber of this to lay down for a year. It should be interesting to see how this ages. It's pretty good already and extremely smooth.

In the "beer karma" department, I was speaking with someone from the brewery about the barleywine, discussing the flavor and how the beer would age. When I asked if they were bottling this, he went upstairs to see what was available. He returned not only with the '03 version, but...a *'95* bottle as well! He only had a few left and parted with one for me to try sometime. I can't wait.

Overall, Richbrau has crafted another solid beer to add to the lineup of tasty offerings.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 version that is 12.3% ABV - poured a murky brown with a decent head. Strong alcohol nose but comes across a little medicinal; dark fruits mixed with some sweet malts. The ABV makes the alcohol present no matter what and a definite sipper on this beer, but it still holds smoothness and a mix of sweet malts like caramel and nuts, maybe some roasted, along with a dark fruit taste in there (black cherries, something akin to tropical fruit). Still, finishes dry w/ minor burn and makes it not sessionable, although one after a meal could hit the spot.

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Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Version. 12.3% ABV, according to the bottle. 77 IBUs as well.

Pours a deep, dark mahogany. Very rich looking. Virtually no head as expected. Nice carbonation and some lacing.

Very thick nose. Lots of esters here. Dark cherries, maybe a slight hazelnut twang. Candy sugars and molasses as well.

Sweet and thick up front, with an incredible bite at the end. Nose gets a little sharper, too, after that first taste. Cherries and molasses in the hit, followed by intense bitters and alcohol in the finish. Lot of malt body here.

If this weren't 12+% I'd want to have more than one.

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Barleywine Ale from Richbrau Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 5 ratings