Provisions Series: Old Richland | The Bruery

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Provisions Series: Old RichlandProvisions Series: Old Richland
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
227
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.91%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
51
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 80
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 AlexM
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 tjfinkle
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of EROCK75
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of John11486
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 JMRSN
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of clarkenstein
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of furthurgone
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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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Provisions Series: Old Richland from The Bruery
3.85 out of 5 based on 227 ratings.
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