Oaked Old Richland
The Bruery

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Barleywine - American
3.91 | pDev: 8.95%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours cloudy brown with a tan head. Head retention is low. It has legs is swirled in the glass.

Smell: It has a bit of a wood aroma at first with strong caramel elements. It has a very light smoky elements with pine and a bit of orange.

Taste: It has strong caramel flavors with orange and wood. There is a bit of spice in the background with some pine. The wood is a bit aggressive in the flavor.

Feel: It is full bodied and chewy. The wood is noticeable in the aftertaste with the hops. It has smooth alcohol warming.

Overall, it is balanced towards the malts and the hops are noticeable. The wood is a bit too strong in the flavor and the finish.

Oct 31, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on December 26, 2015. Was the 2014 version (dunno if there were other ones).

Poured a hefty amber color with a light off white head in 3/5" depth, impressive retention. Aroma of well, you know, oak, bitter pine like hops, caramel maltiness.

Taste hits some more amber ale, Maris notes, bitter pine, grapefruit, caramel, toffee, has a dark bread like heft and texture. Everything is toasted well. Oak is toasted so well it comes off like cedar at times. Alcohol is there, but if you split it, you can handle it in regular proportions. Little hits of raisin/dark fruit notes in it, but not to the level of a quad or RIS.

In a way, imagine if you will, the era of big ass 10% and 100ibu double ipas, but you improve those absurd recipes, you throw a bunch of raw oak in so that the body isn't as syrupy, and you malt it up with more Maris instead of just crystal malt. You pretty much get this, a beer that is quite better than those ibu wars dipas.

May 22, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/4/2014. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, apple, grapefruit, orange peel, peppercorn, pine, toasted oak, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, floral, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, dark/bready malt, and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, apple, grapefruit, orange peel, peppercorn, pine, toasted oak, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, floral, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness and tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, apple, grapefruit, orange rind, pepper, pine, toasted oak, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, floral, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, dark/bready malt, and oak flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy, fairly slick/sticky, and lightly resinous/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a great American barleywine! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, dark/bready malt, and oak flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. This tastes very similar to Bigfoot in hop and malt flavors; with a big oak presence. A very enjoyable offering.

Dec 04, 2016
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SHODriver from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep gold topped by a dense three finger bone colored head that retains well and leaves good lacing
S: smells of muted piney hops and caramel sweetness
T: Taste is caramel, herbalness, faded piney hops and some oak. Swallow is a nice blast of faded pine oil and caramel sweetness with some lingering woody oak. Hints of toasted malts as well
M: Fairly slick and full in body with soft carbonation and a drying finish
O: Pretty inoffensive and run of the mill. the oak adds a nice dimension to it but the base beer is lacking depth. Stone Old Guardian ages much more gracefully than this beer. Overall still and enjoyable drink that aged ok but is lacking complexity.

Mar 03, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 01/01/16 notes.

Purposely held onto this in hopes the hops would die down as I don't like hoppy barleywine and it was much better than fresh. Lots of caramel malts, toasted malts, toffee, and light dark fruits.

A nice beer.

Jan 04, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle tasted a second time in 2017

Numbers recorded from 2017.

2014 bottle opened 2015

Numbers from 2015: 5, 3.75, 4, 3.75, 4

A - A absolutely beautiful looking barleywine. Deep maple, light mahogany body. Mixed bubbles through 2 fingers of bone-white head with nice retention and great lace.

S - Light and oaky. Pine, oak, dates, chestnut, and bread crust.

T - Strong oak flavor. Boozy raisins, warm oak, sharp booze, and stale honey. Bitter greens through the finish.

M - Smooth medium-light frame. Nice carbonation.

O - A really nice lighter, sharper take on an American Barleywine.

Nov 28, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2014 split with rudzud

Big creamy foamy fluffy head fades slowly with tons of lacing, clear but sediment laden maroon ruby colored.

Nose is not bad, big floral spicy hops, little orange peel, grassy as well, with big sweet candy malts, candy reddish malts little candy apple like, little booze, caramel toasted reddish malt.

Taste is sweet sticky candy, syrupy notes, big reddish toasted malt and toffee notes, but big oak tannin, some booze and fusel notes, weird bitter spices like baking spices, bitter piney earthy grassy hops. Finish is very bitter, orange peel, burnt baking spices like burnt cinnamon cardamom thing burnt in a pan, tannic oak, glogg raisin thing.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, but sticky, nice carb, some warming booze.

Oct 19, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a darker brown hue with a fat four finger tan head that fades to leave thick lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of pine hops, light caramel, soft bourbon and barrel.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with lots of pine hops and citrus, caramel sweetness, light bourbon barrel. Almost winter warmer spices on the finish. Really harsher alcohol on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, heavier, sticky.

O - Overall this beer was just alright. Looked and smelled nice, however, the taste was just a mess. Really disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

Oct 16, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 poured into a 22oz snifter. The brew appears mahogany in color with ruby clarity when held to the light. A finger plus of khaki head rests atop and fades leaving stringy lace.

Smells raw with toasty oak, spicy hints almost cedar, fruity raison-like alcohol. Toasty, bready malt and herbal hops blend the nose out and give it depth.

Tastes raw with oak, spicy almost cedar and herbal resinous piney hops leave lingering bitterness that blends into raisony alcohol. Somewhat toasty bready malt plays a minor role in comparison to the hops, oak and alcohol.

This is mediun in body with modest carbonation. A pretty raw and aggressive sipper that I enjoyed more than I thought I would (i hate raw oak aging but this was tolerable.)

Sep 23, 2015
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nickfl from Florida

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is shocking oaky, especially with a full year on the bottle. Still, it's nice though it would probably be better with a little bit more time to mellow.

Jul 02, 2015
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cvm4 from Mississippi

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a murky red mahogany body with a two finger tan head.

S - Not a huge oak aroma. Classic barleywine smell that leads to smokey/peaty aroma.

T - Caramel barleywine base that is hopped up and has an underlying oak taste.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. A bit of alcohol heat. Overall smooth body.

O - Nice classic american barleywine that isn't as hopped up or oaked as the label suggests.

Jun 10, 2015
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle acquired through the Bruery's society. Bottled 12/8/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a deep bronze chestnut with a pillowy three fingers of near white head. Settles to a persistent collar which leaves some flaky lacing.

The nose is slightly subdued but pleasant. Notes of oak, caramel, pine, faint bread and a whisp of alcohol.

Taste is in line with the aroma. Very woodsy up front with pine, oak, vanilla and resin followed by grapefruit peel, bread, caramel, a vaguely nutty element and a healthy booze kick wrapping it all up. That oaky vanilla precense is a welcome addition to the base as it serves to both compliment and amplify the sweet malts.

Smooth, medium full feel with carbonation that is understated but not quite soft. Finishes with rich oak, pine, caramel and a slight burn from the alcohol.

Oaked Old Richland takes the base and ups the ante with the infusion of oak. The oak aging truly compliments and elevates the base. While it's not the top of my list this is a solid oak aged barleywine that it worth a try, if not a hunt.

Apr 27, 2015
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LeeEvolved from Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was way too hoppy for my tastes. I expected the oak barrel to mellow it out a lot more than it did. If you like super hoppy BWs then you'll love it. It just didn't do it for me.

Mar 23, 2015
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rand from California

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 750 mL bottle to snifter

A: Leathery dark-brown in color, slightly opaque with a small sudsy head. Quite a bit of suspended yeast floats about.

S: Grainy sweetness anchors the bouquet, classic barleywine-style. There's a smoky undertone, earthy and peaty. Spicy sweetness balances, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg lingering.

T: Rich and earthy on the palate - this would be a great cigar beer. Leathery notes along with a ginger-sweetness usher in all of the goodness expected from a classic barleywine. Grainy, grassy, astringent hops against a huge, sugar-sweet malt-backbone. Nothing fancy here, but fascinating in how it's so reigned in. Medium finish with lingering earthy sweetness.

Unique for a Bruery brew - instead of coloring way outside the lines, they went right for the center of the canvas.

Mar 22, 2015
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Bowers-Brew from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served @ 60deg F in Bruery snifter.

A - Amber body with ~2" off white head when poured aggressive.

S - Brown sugar, molasses, hops - oak & ABV not that present, but noticed at the finish

T/M - Caramel malt, hops, & smoke -- clean.

O - Sometimes just being simple & using good ingredients is all that is required. I found this to be much better than expected. Prost!

Feb 21, 2015
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snaotheus from Washington

3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

750ml bottle served in a large snifter. Brought from the Bruery in a suitcase on a plane. 2014. Don't see any other dates on it right now.

Pours dark brown, fairly translucent, maybe a little cloudy. Huge tan head, lots of carbonation. Head fades at a reasonably slow pace and seems to be leaving a great deal of lacing along the sides of the glass. Smell is oaky, boozy, maybe a slight bit of banana. Something about the aroma reminds of typical dubbels -- some kind of spiciness.

Taste is boozy, banana and spice, oak. Strong bitter. And it's a mess. Not a big fan right now.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Overall, not a big fan. That flavor combination is not working out. It's like a confusion of a dubbel and barleywine and IPA.

Feb 08, 2015
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mr-jj from Washington

4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure whether to rate this as an oaked IPA or a barleywine...

Color is orange with a good head, aroma is pine and floral hops, taste is piney and floral at first with a strong backbone of caramel and some oak. Overall, a good beer that I enjoyed, regardless of its official style.

Jan 27, 2015
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01001111 from California

4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep burnt orange. Kicks up a healthy head with some retention as it settles.

S: Bitter hops, some dankness, roasted mango, toffee, and a hint of spice.

T: Assertively bitter. Not as much of the hop resin that is apparent in the nose. As the hops fade, a nice wash of tropical fruits and caramel starts to dominate. The finish is sweet but not cloying.

M: Full without being syrupy.

O: I liked this a lot more than I expected. Bordering on a triple IPA but without the resiny, hop dankness in the flavor. If that was present, this would be perfect. Better than most double/triple IPAs, especially in the malt flavors.

Jan 11, 2015
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brycemc from California

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark brown with just enough red to be called (dark) copper. Poured with lots of head and some sediment into tulip at ~45 degrees F. Head lacing nicely, diminishing slowly. Renewed easily with a swirl.

S: Wood and pepper. Heavy wood notes, lighter pepper. Slightly sharp. Back note of something bready...malted/biscuity notes? Maybe a bit of citrus (grapefruit, burnt).

T: Immediate impression is of a barleywine style ale with more hop. Just like it said on the label. Malts are coming through as well, slightly sweet undertones but definitely more to the to the hoppy side. Slight grassiness on back of palate where the hops hit. Alcohol is not evident until the warmth hits your chest.

M: Has some of the slight heaviness/silkiness one expects from a barleywine, but not nearly as much as a typical one would show at 11+% ABV. Carbonation is of the perfect amount in my opinion, and again slightly more than a typical barleywine would have. Bright and light on the tongue, the heavier notes settling on the back of the palate. Sort of DIPA-ish.

O: Enjoyable. Not my favorite style, but a very good example of it. The oak is very well balanced, and perhaps even lighter than one would expect. A good beer, and one I'm glad to have sampled.

Jan 11, 2015
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ronricorossi from California

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Just joined the Preservation Society, recently received my first allocation, this bottle along with Sourrento and (bows head solemnly) Black Tuesday. Extremely excited to review my first society pour.

As the one-sheet says - is it a barleywine? Is it an oaked IPA? It straddles the line. Creamy. Teases vanilla oak. But also teases barleywine caramel! And hits a hard hops bitter. Finds the middle ground - and it's a relatively unexplored middle ground. Finishes with a taste of bitter.

Very, very solid beer. If either the idea of a hopped light barleywine or a burly oaked IPA appeals to you, you'll be satisfied.

Dec 31, 2014
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ThePaleRider from California

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yum! The second very hoppy barleywine of the year for me, and they are a great success. Love the combination of old and new styles. Only detecting a slight amount of oak, but it really works with the hops.

Dec 29, 2014
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johnInLA from California

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Hoppy, floral, pine nose with some wood.

Strong piney citrus orange comes through initially, with a nice bitter finish.

I think the oak has improved it.

This one seems more like DIPA, then a barley wine, and in that context I think its an excellent beer.

Update: With a bit of age I am now getting lemon with some pine and oak in the nose. A really nicely balanced lemon and caramel flavor with a dry light/moderate bitter finish.

Its moved more toward a barley wine but still has some nice hoppiness in it.

Still excellent. I would buy more.

Dec 28, 2014
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Rollzroyce21 from California

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

- 4 oz. pour off tap into tasting snifter at the Bruery Tasting Room on 19-Dec-14

Smells like a densely hopped DIPA. Taste follows with dense pine notes. Malty with some oak notes. Boozy. Bitterness in the finish. Prob would age well, but not a fan. Must note that I prefer English over American BW's so might just be personal preference.

Dec 23, 2014
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