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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our spin on an American-style barley wine, and we we say "our spin", we mean it's super hoppy. Dry hopped with Simcoe, Centennial and Sterling hops, a real piney and citrusy flavor shines through the dark, caramelly malt backbone. Some may think of it as more of a double IPA than a barley wine, we just think its delicious.

ABV: 9%, IBU: 80, SRM: 30, Release: One time only

Added by Overlord on 01-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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79
Ratings:
226
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
18.44%
 
 
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Photo of rudzud
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros and poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - poured a dark molasses brown hue with light garnet intermingled. Three finger creamy light tan head that left absurd amount of side lacing. Super super sticky lacing here with a nice quarters inch blanket of retention.

S - Aromas of bright hops here light pine with faint fruits, wet dank musty hops. Nice black? malts here almost like a black ipa. Definitely not your typical barleywine.

T - Taste is lots of pine with pineapple running through it. Light roasty malts Herr faintly sweet with a good booze presense. A super tasty mingling of a dipa and barley wine. Really delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and sharp. Keeps the alcohol up off the tongue as well. Still slightly boozy.

O - Overall this was a tasty brew actually a very very good non barrel aged barley wine. Wonder how this will age.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle to Bruery snifter.

A - Dark brown; almost completely opaque with just the slightest ruby glow along the bottom of the glass. Two big fingers of thick, dirty white head.

S - A big bitterness is present right away with some grassy, fruity and piney aromas. A big sweet caramel and toffee malt backbone adds balance.

T - The hop profile hits the tongue right away with a huge bitterness and grassy/piney/fruity flavours with a touch of citrus present. The big sweet malt backbone enters mid-palate, adding dark caramel, toffee and raisin flavours. Bitter, dry finish.

M - Medium body with plenty of sticky hop oils. Light carbonation.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from the 2012 release. Thanks to JRSD for getting it to me, and after warming it was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Old Richland pours a dark mahogany, with scant cherry highlights shining through. Three fingers of khaki colored foam crown the beer and stick around for a little bit. Lacing is left in thick webbing around the glass. The nose delivers on the promise of hops in the beer's description, with lots of pine immediately apparent. A sticky caramel aroma is also easily appreciable. That caramel appears again at the opening of each sip, providing a firm sweetness for the hops to play off of. The bitterness that rolls through next is potent, but not as abrasive as I'd anticipate from a barleywine. The hop profile is again pine dominant, but there is a little bit of grapefruit peel shining through as well. The body is remarkably not syrupy for the heavy caramel flavor, but the carbonation ends up feeling just a little lackluster. The Bruery doesn't do hoppy beers very often, but Old Richland is evidence they can do them well.

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Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a mahogany brown that is clouded with 3 fingers of tan froth. The cap displays solid retention that leaves a webby lace all over the glass.

The aroma is oily and resinous with hops. It is dank and herbal with some catty quality towards the back mixing with suggestions of pine and tea like spiciness. A bit of burnt sugar is thrown into the mix giving something for the hops to play off.

The taste includes hints of raisin and plums mixed into a dark burnt molasses character. Some fruity bitter hops blend with pine,?herbs and strong black tea. Some catty flavors blend into a mild vegetative quality and dirty fruit like cantaloupe or other melon like honeydew. Not bad, but not terribly enjoyable either.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is integrated nicely. This is an interesting mixture of character here that really borders the lines of barleywine and boozy DIPA. This will be a huge hit for some, I think it was just ok.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed deep amber color. Three fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is good for the ABV and some spotty lacing is left.

4.0 S: Holy piss is this hoppy. No way I would identify this as a Bruery beer if smelled blind. Hops are foremost floral and herbal. Some citrus and earthiness to follow. Underneath there is a solidly toasty backbone with plenty of caramel and toffee. Light dark fruitiness to round things out.

3.5 T: Interesting. It's not bad, but it has trouble finding its place. It's not hoppy enough to be a DIPA, but it's not malty enough to be a BW. It's not even a hoppy barleywine or a malty DIPA. It's somewhere between those two. Mild to moderate bitterness. Toasty malts, caramel, toffee, and maybe a touch of molasses. Dark fruits, raisins, and a touch of tobacco. Floral hops with light herbal and citrusy components. Again, it's decent, but it confuses the palate and not in a good way.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Decently creamy, a bit chewy, and smooth enough. Booze is well hidden.

3.0 D: I think I summed this up already. Good, but confused.

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Photo of zac16125
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle into a tulip
no bottled on date, but I believe this was a one off from early 2011

Thanks to Redbeeron for sending this one over as an extra!

A: Pours an opaque very dark mahoghany with a huge 3 plus fingers width of light mocha colored head. Head is dense and takes minutes to dissipate down to a drinkable level. Leaves sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Aroma is rather unique. Pretty heavy medicinal/astrigent flavors, along with some brown sugar and caramel. Nutty and booze notes as well. Remnants of hops are present with faint notes of stale pine. A swirl of the glass brings out aromas of apple and hints of citrus.

T: Taste is roasted malt and herbaceous character forward. I also get a bit of burnt sugar, caramel malts, nuts, some bitterness on the finish. Pretty weak in terms of barleywine flavors. The hops are obviously diminished, with piney bitterness on the finish being pretty much the only noticeable hop characteristic. However, even fresh I doubt this tasted much like a traditional barleywine, probably even less so.

M/D: Pretty smooth with an approriately low carbonation. Full bodied but not thick. The double digit ABV is well masked, and drinkability is fair.

O: Its always interesting to see how the 'hoppy' barleywines age. This one was alright, the hop characters were obviously muted, which I am ok with, but it seemed to be missing a lot of the traditional barley components that I love (like dark fruits, toffee, bourbon, etc). Overall, its decent, but its not something I would seek out. Im always happy to get the opportunity to try a Bruery one off though!

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mud colour, with a beige finger of head. Aroma was some hops, floral, tinges of citrus. A little bit of sweetness and caramel. Taste had a fairly potent bitterness with a floral hop bite, caramel and nutty malt sweetness. Somewhat lighter for a Bwine. Not too sticky and definitely not full bodied.

It's definitely hoppy, but it's not super hoppy...and I've had much hoppier American barleywines. Pretty good, but nothing out the ordinary.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a clear copper brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and some citrus zest and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not one of the Bruery's best efforts in my opinion.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a recent trade with Irishgurl4. Cheers for the brews!

From a 750 into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, light tan head with great retention. Clear mahogany red with higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly recedes to a thick, fluffy foam cap and coats the sides of the glass with lacing. A thick foam cap remains until the end and leaves nice sheets of lacing down the glass. A touch too much carbo perhaps, but the head and lacing are phenomenal.

SMELL: Lots of hops and plenty of malt backbone. Caramel, toffee and butterscotch notes for sure, with plenty of citrus, grapefruit and piney hop notes. Definitely a nice balance between malt and hops for a barleywine at this point.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness and toasted malt notes up front, moving into a nice hop finish with grapefruit, pine and citrus at the swallow. This introduces a big, bold and persistent aftertaste of caramel malt sweetness, butterscotch, gram cracker and plenty of citrus and floral hop bitterness. Lots of malt sweetness and hop bitterness, nicely balanced for the style.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium, smooth carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a bite at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A bitter bite lingers. Good feel.

OVERALL: This was great. After trying a few American barleywines and finding out the name is often just an excuse to release another DIPA, this was a nice, honest brew. Perhaps this was hoppier when it was first released, but right now this is a barleywine with a nice hop presence as opposed to the other way around. Anyways, this was a quality beer that I really enjoyed. Cheers for this one Irishgurl4!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL courtesy of JMRSN. Thanks

A: Brackish brown. Agressive pour yields thin, lasting lacing.

N: Really heavy toffee and caramel nose. Some grapefruit and mango. Coconut.

T: The nose matches the taste. Grapefruit, mango, coconut, toffee and caramel.

M: Sits well on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel. Very nice.

O: After 2 years, this is doing really well. Stomps Bigfoot to the curb. More please.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to buzbuzzer for the bottle.

Pours deep brown with a big sticky off-white head.

Smells of heavy caramel with a little bit of a piney hop presence.

Similar flavors. This one is definitely over the hill though. Most hop presence has faded and it's just a malty amber at this point.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin with medium carbonation levels.

Been really wanting to try this one for a while, but was ultimately disappointed by it. A little one note at this point.

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Photo of thetastywort
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy amber color and about two fingers of head. Very nice lacing left behind.

S - citrus hop with some carmel and juniper. Brown sugar finish.

T - Strong citrus hops up front with medium bitterness. It mellows out right before too bitter. Caramel/Malt and brown sugar on the back end. The taste has really developed since I first had this.

M - Medium body with slightly high carbonation. Possibly because it has aged for a bit, carbonation appears to have increased. Leave a dry and warm finish.

D - Not like most barley wines you would think of. Big hop flavor with a bi of a bite in the end. I like this beer, but I wouldn't expect your traditional barley wine when you drink this. Overall, a nice beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well it seems like its a barley wine kind of night, this one should put me out.
Pours a deep reddish orange color with a massive tan head that persists forever. Lots of earthy and citrus hop aroma in the nose as well as a healthy dose of sweet caramel and burnt brown sugar. There's a hint of oxidation, but at this point it adds more complexity than hindering the aroma of this brew. The taste is sweet up front with lots of the usual suspects. Toffee, caramel and sweet and burnt brown sugar play with hint of dark dried fruits. The sweetness quickly fades to an almost stinging hop bitterness that lingers with a bit of ethanol long onto the finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. This one has been aging in the cellar for about a year and a half now. The hops have faded a bit and I believe its in that in between stage where it's not as good as it was when fresh, but well on its way to becoming a great aged barleywine. I wish I had another to see how this one develops.

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Photo of drewone
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass.

Nice brown color, small head, med to low carbonation.

Really enjoy the smell - def seems to be what a barley wine should be, hops don't over dominate which maybe the age of the beer. Smells rich.

Hops still come through quite nice on the taste front. A lot of heavy sweetness too. Has depth, enjoyable.

Rich.

I liked it, to me seemed what a barley wine should be - even though there are hops there, doesn't have the bit that some barley wines have. Alcohol is present, but not hot (on the lower end as far barley wines go).

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber-brown color with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of strong grapefruit and citrus hops with some pine as well. There is also some strong toasted caramel malts with a bit of brown sugar.

T - Starts off with some strong grapefruit and citrus hops with some rich sweet caramel malts and brown sugar. Through the middle, some strong pine hop flavor with some bitterness comes through. The finish is a mix of rich caramelized malts, pine and citrus hops, bitterness, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really big hoppy American Barleywine with some strong malt flavors and body to balance things out.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper pour, dark off-white creamy head. Definitely a good amount of lace sticking to the glass.

Alcohol is somewhat abrasive in the nose. Grassy hop profile. Caramel and rich toffee.

Toffee up front in the taste. A little thinner than I'd like. Hoppy, semi-sweet, with a dry finish from the hops. Wish it was a little sweeter and complex. A somewhat average beer. Looked nice though.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy and murky dark amber color with some slight light brown hints. The head is nice and dense and about 1 inch tall. It is quite sticky and recedes to a nice chunky ring around the glass.

Aroma is delicious. With sharp grapefruit hints and some nice citrus hop notes just exploding all over the nose. On the back end of the nose one can notice some nice caramel notes. Buttery butterscotch is present as well. Very nice malty finish with the hop aroma lingering in the back.

The flavor is quite nice. Strong hop hints begin early in the beer with some nice intense citrus notes. Grapefruit rind, and nice sharp orange notes. Very hoppy and citrusy. Intense sharp and bitter hop notes. There is definitely some nice caramel notes in the back and some nice malty grain that opens up as the beer warms. Nice notes of butterscotch can be perceived after more sips along with some nice slightly burnt caramel notes. As the beer warms the butterscotch notes get real nice and smooth. Body is a bit on the light side but its nice and refreshing and crisp.

Pretty good barleywine. Nice fresh hop notes and some bread mixed in there with nice strong caramel hints.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour on this one has a nice robust head on it, and it leaves lots of lacing behind. semi hazy, dark amber.
The aroma is loaded with pine and citrus, only a hint of malts, not much at all. I expected the hops to have died down a lot by this point, but it seems they are still going very strong.
Man, this still has a really strong citric bitterness as its chief flavor component, orange zest and bitter orange peel, orange everywhere. Some pine notes but those are fainter, and at the same background strength level is some caramel malts. But overall this one really is over the top hoppy for me.

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Photo of Pahn
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip (split 3 ways). Thanks to BA morningthief for splitting this bottle.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates slowly leaving a few clumps of lacing. Pours a semi-translucent red brown, and leaves thin but spread out continents of lacing.

Smell: Strong piny and sugary aromas characteristic of a good American barleywine. Prominent hoppiness despite being about a year old. Ripe fruit, lots of pine, juicy date/fig/raisin, mild caramel. Pure American barleywine, very spot on.

Taste: Follows the nose, only more subdued. Not as bitter as it seemed like it would be, though there's a healthy bitterness and toasted bread flavor in the finish, along with lingering piny hops.

Surprisingly drinkable beer. There's echoes of the deep, rich notes from the aroma, but the flavor is crisp, almost refreshing. Also, the 9% ABV is hidden entirely; I can barely tell this beer has alcohol in it at all.

With warmth, some creamy, caramel and chocolate covered dark fruit notes come out, all infused with the piny hoppiness of a good American barleywine. It's maybe a bit too watery and muted (I'm enticed by these flavors and the aroma; I want *more*), but regardless of what it could be, it's very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Moderate bitterness. Nice bitter and toasty, semi-dry finish. Gets creamier with time, but remains a bit watery. The wateriness is a flaw, but everything else is stellar, so 4.0 it goes.

Overall: Solid American barleywine, really nails the aspects of the style that set it apart from other strong ales. This would be great if the Bruery made this again and released it in a 12oz bottles in 4pks--would make a great seasonal.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost cola brown, maybe a bit lighter. Off white head, .5 inch thick, hangs out for awhile. Some spot lace.

S - Wort! It's so malty sweet. A thread of bitter tries to come through, but malt wins the match.

T - That malt comes right out and attacks. Brown sugar, cooked dark fruits, and a nice surprise bitter does make a show.

M - Medium body, good carb, balance is nice for such huge sweetness.

D - I like this one.

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Photo of waltersrj
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Murky copper brown with an initially large, creamy tan head that dissipates into a soapy swirl around the glass' edge.

Nose: Rich, sweet toffee, fig, dates, slight cardboard, oak, and alcohol.

Taste: Slight oxidization at this point which doesn't retract from the taste. Toffee, dates and a buttery lingering aftertaste. This isn't very dimensional which is weird coming from The Bruery.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, moderately thin, and decently carbonated.

Overall: Probably my least favorite Bruery beer. I've had a ton but this is not that great of one. Pretty week at this point for a barleywine but perhaps I should've had it fresh (even though it cam as an extra). Thanks Rich btw!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with friends with and after dinner last night.

Darker in color than I was expecting, this is a deep amber-colored brew with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Despite having a few months under its belt, this beer still does smell hoppy, and in a good way. Moderately subdued pine and citrus hops with a noticeable brightness are immediately noticeable. In addition, there's a nice malty backbone as well, with dark caramel, candi sugar (wink wink), brown sugar and a mellow sweetness. In fact, the malt character makes me think of Papier/Coton/Cuir light, minus the age and oxidation. Again, despite the age, the hops are mildly faded but still fresh, and show no signs of oxidation.

The palate opens with a blend of pine and grapefruit hop flavor, and moderate bitterness. The malt appears right after, with flavors of brown sugar, dark caramel, toffee, a little bit of burnt sugar and some cocoa coming through. The caramel does linger on the finish, along with a sticky, resiny hop character. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this feels great on the palate. Recommended, I'd drink this again.

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Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark red/amber pour with a small white head

Smell: hops, toffee, dark fruit. Very boozy.

Taste: A bit too sweet, brown sugar, toffee and caramel. Very ho-hum.

Mouthfeel: medium body & carbonation

Overall: Decent example of the style but not one I ever need to try again, doesn't seem to really put in the effort.

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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (thanks to sleepyhead for this extra - no date but 1st reviews of this "brewed once" beer from bottles date back to February so presumably this is 6 months old) poured into a tulip. Bottle says "intended to drink immediately" so this is probably past its prime - but I received this only a couple weeks ago so what are you gonna do?

Pours a murky mahogany brown with a rich creamy off-white head, great lacing.

Aroma is earthy dark fruits: figs, dates, brown sugar, molasses and a hint of spice. Aroma intensifies as it warms. A quick swirl brings that rich 2-finger head right back up and releases fresh aromas of caramel malt and rich barley.

Taste follows nose: dark fruits, toffee, hops, booze, and a hint of rum. There's a warm buttery aspect to this beer but the finish is dry and not overly sweet.

Overall this is definitely a sipping beer and after 750mL I've had just about enough. I could drink this again but probably only every few months or so.

It must be fun working at The Bruery; I haven't had a bad beer from them yet.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a very thick light tan head.

S: Brown sugar, citrusy hops, and a bit of alcohol.

T: A decent barleywine. It's smooth and rich. The malts dominate in the form of burnt brown sugar and caramel. Slightly sweet. The hops are there in the finish but would have liked to have seen much more of them. It's a bit boozy but not over the top in this regard.

M: Medium to full bodied, average carbonation.

O: Overall, a decent barleywine but would have liked to see more hop assertiveness.

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Provisions Series: Old Richland from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.
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