Old Richland | The Bruery

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Old RichlandOld Richland

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of mdfb79
2.81/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 4/29 and 4/30 notes. Got to try a few ounces of this on Friday night on tap at Hopleaf in Chicago, and then a few ounces again on tap Saturday at Dark Lord Day.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, soap, and lightly toasted malts. No real caramel and not getting much that would resemble a barleywine; more like a very hoppy DIPA.

t - Tastes of soap, bitter grapefruit, pine hops, citrus hops. Again, straight up hops and very bitter, with a little bit of a soapylike taste to it. Not what I would want in a barleywine at all.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with some bitterness due to all the hops.

o - Overall I did not enjoy this one at all. While the description on this site makes sense about all the hops, I did not know that going in and was expecting a barleywine; this is not one in my opinion. Even as a DIPA it was very bitter and soapy to me; tried it with a few BA's and no one seemed to enjoy it. Would not seek it out again.

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Photo of gford217
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As always, big thanks to tOrinO for getting the Bruery bottles out to me. I owe you for that.

Really dark pour, almost completely opaque mahogany with only hints of light coming through the edges. It also sports an impressive thick creamy beige head that shows phenomenal retention as it literally refuses to recede at all.

Definitely a hoppy barley wine in the nose with thick pithy citrus in the form of grapefruit alongside resinous pine. The caramel malts are subtle with a bit of toffee and overripe fruits. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Taste Is not quite as hoppy as the nose, but it's still hopper than most versions of the style. Sticky resinous pine up front with a more dominant caramel malt backbone than the aroma suggested. Definitely a stronger fruity sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation and is my main knock on the beer as it's verging on watery.

Tasty hop-forward barley wine but I think the Bruery could amp this up a bit and really hit a home run. I look forward to more iterations in the style from Patrick.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was received from pitasoup, from yet another great trade with a great trader. 750mL bottle.

This review will be scored and averaged between three army buddies:

1. (me) Big Chomp Daddy*
2. Lawn Dart
3. Spicy Spence


1. 4
2. 3.5
3. 4

It's slightly cloudy, tannish brown, with a pretty good head and decent enough lacing. Can't complain for the style.


1. 4
2. 4
3. 4

To me it smells like a DIPA. Very hoppy with some pungent malt overtures.


1. 4.5
2. 4.5
3. 4

Tastes like a DIPA too. Very hoppy, you can smell the hops when you pop the bottle and it carries over to the taste. Quite delicious tho.


1. 4
2. 3.5
3. 3

We all thought it was a touch bitter on the aftertaste, but I liked the feel more than my army buddies. Smooth and bitter with a lingering bitter aftertaste.


1. 3.5
2. 3.5
3. 3

We all agreed mostly that it is a fine treat to be split three ways (for a 750 mL) but that it's not an everyday drinker.

For my own opinion tho, being a barleywine fan, this is fine stuff. Too bad it's a one time only release.

*theme song plays

Note: the overage in scores was averaged close as I could call it between appearance and drinkability to reflect the most accurate possible 3-way score.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hopleaf.

A - Brownish beer with red highlights. Decent sized off-white head that dissipated to some pretty solid lacing.

S - This smells pretty hoppy, particularly along the resin, citrus, and bitter veins. There is a bit of malt on the backbone, but doesn't really smell like a barleywine.

T - This really reminds me of a hoppy amber or red ale moret han a barleywine. Taste is caramel and bready malts, with some citrus and resin hops. It's actually pretty tasty and easy to get down, but is style confusing.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O - Actually a beer I liked, although seems odd for style. Would drink again, but not going to go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hopleaf for the Bruery tap takeover.

Dark brownish ruby red body. Kind of an offish brown color--could look better. Served with a sliver of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Aroma is bitter and very hoppy with citrus and pine dominating. Some bready malts keep the hops in check.

Upfront taste is bitter citrus, grapefruit, and piney hops. Bready malts come through in the middle with a little caramel sweetness. Lemon, pine, and bitter grapefruit peel finish with a little caramel-like sweetness. Lingering piney bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation that makes it easy to drink. Hint of alcohol heat at the finish.

More of a double/imperial IPA in my opinion--it lacks the heavy malt presence and thick syrupy body I'm used to in Barleywines. That said, as a big IPA fan this was very enjoyable. Great hoppy flavor and aroma with just enough caramel malt.


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Photo of Gfunk720
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle, out of my Founder's tulip.

A- A murky brown color, almost solid. The head is an off white color, and is quite plentiful. The lacing is also pretty stupendous.

S- Smells strongly of grapefruit and dark malt. I also get notes of caramel and piney hops. It really doesn't smell anything like it looks like.

T- The bite of the hops is evident immediately. The beer then smooths to a nice rich barleywine. The hops linger in the aftertaste forever. I get what they are going for with the style, however it's a little hop heavy.

M- I would expect it to be a bit thicker as a barleywine. The carbonation though is spot on, and it's quite a complex beer.

O- It's a good American Barleywine, but needs a bit more barleywine in it. The hop profile is very nice, and it certainly isn't hard to drink.


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

Came off as a brown looking beer, not much head to it. Great aroma, especially for a barleywine which tend to be alcohol dominant in the nose.

Extremely hoppy taste, all the simcoe and amarillo really came out in the nose and on the palate. Extreme citrus amount, haven't seen anything in a barleywine come close outside of O'Dell's India Barleywine. The pine is there too. One of the easiest drinking barleywines out there when it is fresh and on tap, had this for the first time at the Bruery initiation party and was raving about it.

Unfortunately, my 2 subsequent drinks of it in the bottle were not as pungently hoppy. Good, but not great like it was the first time, on tap and fresh.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex L for being my trustee and getting these out to me. Served in a Jackie O's snifter.

Pours a moderate copper color with a large off white head and quite a bit of lacing as it goes down. Nice collar throughout. The nose brings forward a good amount of citrus hops plus some sweet malt in the background--a bit of caramel plus a nice amount of candied sugar. Favor is enhanced by a good amount of bitterness. Hops are at the front with a bit of sweet malt in the background. Body is medium with a nice bitter finish. A nice barleywine, and I am excited to see how this one ages.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You know this is a barleywine because it says so on the label and it has the word "OLD" in the name. Very clever Bruery. Served in a Bruery tulip because...well let's be honest, if you could you would too.

Beer is kind of ruby / amber red with tan bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation mild to moderate. The lacing really destroyed the glassware. I doubt you'd see this effect with another brewery's glass. Seriously people, drink the beer out of the right glassware.

Aroma is sweet, mild ethanol, malt, a faint pine hop note off in the distance. I wonder if it would smell better if I put on my Bruery T-shirt.

Beer is a little thin on the get go but fills out in the mouth. Mildly alcoholic / boozy on the palate with a semi-dry finish. Second sip was better than the first with more hop presence on the palate, a better finish with some mild bitterness that lingers, it is earthy rather than piny hops on the palate. It is a decent beer, not earth shattering, still a little hot. I have another, I'll take it to a tasting someday in the future, could use a little time in the closet...if you know what I mean.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the glass Dave!

Pours a ruby-red brown with a fingers worth of creamy white head. Nice lacing. Looks good.

Lots of grassy, leafy hops on the nose. Caramel and a few dark fruits. Some sweet malts and a touch of alcohol. Figs and raisins in the background.

The taste is filled with hoppy caramel maltiness. Hoppy wood-char on the finish. A little bit of fig and light citrus. Fairly tasty, but the wood char flavor throws things off a bit. Reminded me of Old Ruffian, which is not a fave.

The mouthfeel is quite good. Almost velvety smooth. Low carbonation. The Bruery always seems to do a pretty good job with the body of their beers.

Overall, this is well done for an American barleywine. Not my favorite, but it sticks to the style well. Definitely need to split this with a friend or two. It would be hard to finish a bottle on my own.

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Photo of Verecund
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a carnelian reddish brown with two to three fingers of sticky head.

Caramel malts, brown sugar, and some dank floral hops. Also, strong whiffs of citrus and grapefruit hops.

Resinous, floral, and grapefruit hop medley, some brown sugar, somewhat earthy, and a toffee sweetness.

Disappointingly thin feel, even though it's only medium-low in body and fairly low in carbonation. Watery.

Not the biggest fan at this stage. It doesn't scream barleywine to me, but it doesn't work for me as a DIPA either (hop profile seems muddled). Not a complete miss (nice look and aroma), but the body is oddly watery and the taste is here and there.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Bruery beer in a long time. Thanks to Nicks6217 for sending this out.

A-- Poured a dark, golden amber color. Dark leather is a better way of putting it. Light brown, two finger, light brown colored head. Excellent streaks of lacing on this. Good head retention on swirling.

S-- Big hoppy nose up front that drops off to Carmel, toffee, apricot and prune notes. In some ways this has a lot of a smell of a DIPA.

T-- Hops up front and followed by a lot of rich, thick, and buttery Carmel backbone. Very nice.

M-- Mostly pine hops in this. To me the pine is stronger in the mouth feel than in the taste. Pretty much medium feel and higher medium carbonated. A little bit creamy at times. Quite a dry finish to this with a pine and grapefruit punch. ABV is noticeable in the mouth.

D-- Quite nice. Has a bit of the DIPA smell and feel and a lot of the barley wine character to this. Should have got a second bottle of it. ABV is there and feel it about halfway through this but still a very good beer.

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

Poured into a tulip.

Dark amber that looks brown in dim light. Two finger off white head. Good retention and lacing left behind.

Smells of brown sugar and amber malt. Lots of floral hops.

Tastes of a flash of brown sugar and subtle licorice. Then slightly resinous and mostly floral hops take over.

Mouthfeel is almost heavy but with really nice carbonation that lightens things up. The finish is surprisingly dry. Suspiciously DIPA like body, much less of the thick/syrupy mouth feel I expect from a Barleywine.

A super floral/hoppy "Barleywine." Very nice. I dig it.

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Photo of treehouse
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nose of wet wood and raisins...copper.... a small bit of sassafrass

it looks deep and rich..very pretty in a large bowled and stemmed glass

tangy...more of the sarsparilla taste...earthy...damp earthy things...not saisony at all though....9%...decent amount of hops..the malt keeps them barely in check...in a good way...a bit of alcohol comes though but fades...

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Photo of hickmancase
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap my first trip to The Bruery.

A: Rosy Brown. Not much head.

S: Delicious smell. Unique. Floral hoppiness, but not IPA.

T: Delicious and wonderfully complex. Not like a barleywine. Heard comparisons to IPA, but not buying it. Great warming alcohol with the swallow.

M: Thin for the style.

D: Will be drinking again.

Similar to Lucky Bastard


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Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Bruery growler into three pint glasses. Thanks to Steve and Chris for the assist! Extra special thanks to errantnight for the amazing hook-up!

A: Pours a muddy/cloudy Des Plaines River water brown. A massively creamy yet rocky four finger layer of foam rises up, way over the rim of the glass, and hangs tight before slowly receeding and leaving a wonderful mess of lace stuck to the sides of the glass.

S: Loads of sticky pine resin hops. Before long, a thick layer of sweet caramel and pan roasted nuts come on to soften the blow.

T: Just as above with an excellent level of boozy heat. Just enough to let you know it's there, but not enough to wreck your palate.

M: As the growler wore on it picked up a twinge of barleywine roughness. Pretty typical for the style. Loads of oily hops and spicy alcohol mixed with a little caramel sweetness for balance.

D: Drinks waaay better that expected. We killed this growler far too quickly! These limited Bruery releases have been stellar as of late!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Haven Gastropub

Pours a nice deep red wine color. Very nice head and lacing. Good lookin beer.

It smells like an IPA. Very citrucy hop forward. Not slot of malt like you would expect.

Taste is great. Not heavy like you would expect a barlywine to be. Hop bite on the tongue with citrucy hops. The malt profile is pretty good but not heavy. What's weird is you can't taste the 9% ABV at at all.

Mouthfeel is thinner than you would expect but it makes it so easy to drink.

Overall an awesome take on a barlywine. Not your traditional take but you can taste it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery Tasting Room,

A: Pours a dark red with a small white head, good lace.

S: Simcoe stands out. Lots of pineapple, gooseberry, greenery. Fragrant.

T: The traditional barleywine flavours come out here. Sweet crystal malt with a lot of pine, Christmas tree.

M: Full-bodied, strongly resinous, medium carbonation.

D: Solid barleywine, not as good as Bigfoot or Old Crusty, but well made and certainly tastes to style.

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Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bruery Line Party.

Hazy medium orange brown in color with a creamy light beige head.

Aroma is great with huge caramel malt notes , citrusy and floral hops, and some brown sugar.

Hugely hoppy flavor of grapefruit and pine resin backs up a medium level of caramel and toffee maltiness. Some fruit notes, plum and fig, poke through, and there is some booze to it.

Resinous and enamel-ripping on the palate, medium-full bodied, and slightly boozy.

Well, The Bruery has come through big on yet another style. Their quality and consistency have been on the rise as of late. I'd like to see how a couple years of age treat this one.

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

Pours a beige head. A half fingers worth.

Aroma: Very, very hoppy. This doesn't even smell like a barleywine. I know it is supposed to be hoppy, but it reminds me more of a dipa. A lot of floral and earthy hops. Hardly and malts showing.

Taste: A little more malts shows here. Has some bready and caramel flavors. But it is still intensely hoppy. Floral and earthy with some grapefruit citrus. Very hoppy. Some other cirtus shows.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. It is pretty sticky with a hop resin tastes to it.

Overall, a very drinkable hopped up bwine. I love how hoppy it is. Hardcore dipa in the nose. Then dipa with malt backbone in the taste. Good stuff.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask for First Firkin Friday at the Bruery

A: The pour from the cask is a dark amber one with a creamy yet slightly airy off-white head.

S: The nose is very hoppy, which is always nice. Lots of lemon and grapefruit rind with just a touch of pine. The basic aromas of toffee, chocolate, and caramel (maybe some bread, too) are there.

T: Not quite as bitter as I would have expected, given the nose, but that's not to say it's weak in this area. Grapefruit and pine provide the hop character, but there is that perfume and alcohol flavor that brings down the enjoyment level for me. Not quite as sweet as you would anticipate for a barleywine, either. While there are some malt flavors, it's pretty dry.

M: The body is medium with the low smooth carbonation I expect from the cask.

D: A pretty solid barleywine here. I think it might benefit from a little more aging, but still pretty good right now.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

179th review on BA
on tap at RS party

App- A lighter amber/red with a creamy white cap.

Smell- Up front is the citrus notes, got a big whiff of hops and looked at my sheet to see Barleywine. Hmmm...Maltly backbone on this one

Taste- It was flavoful and a touch bitter to me. It wasn't bad though. Had a lot of hops. Which I wasn't expecting.

Mouth-Medium bodied with a high carb level.

Drink- Was a nice beer, was excited I got to try it.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the source. Served from cask into a goblet. Poured dark brown with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bitter/citrus hop, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Had a very nice flavor and aroma going on here. It wasn't very Barleywine-ish in my opinion, but still great. Probably one of the nicer Barleywines I've had as of late.

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Photo of cjer53
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at RS party on 1/8/11

app- orange cloud, foamy head, it looked alive and full of life

smell- zesty, fresh, hoppy, full

taste- the hoppiest barley wine ever. medium bodied for a bw, an unexpected barley wine, i look forward to revisiting it once the bottles are released

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

Poured a dark amber brown in color with brown highlights that had a. Half finger of foamy head and left good lacing sticking to the glass. Upfront the piney hops were very noticeable with a good amount of caramel character sweetness from the malts and faint booze in the background. It wasn't a bad thing for me but the piney hops were dominate on the palate but weren't too bitter alongside caramel citrusy accents and a good malt backing that added some sweetness as well. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a piny, hoppy, sweet, malty finish. I honestly like barleywines like this one which drank good and was not overly bitter and boozy.

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Old Richland from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 227 ratings