Ales From The Wood: Richland Reserve
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Ales From The Wood: Richland ReserveAles From The Wood: Richland Reserve
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #179
Ranked #6,591
4.1 | pDev: 10%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Ales From The Wood: Richland ReserveAles From The Wood: Richland Reserve
Notes: A pair of Georgia’s best liquid artisans have come together to combine two art forms: craft brewing and craft distilling. Richland Reserve, the second in our Ales from the Wood series, is made from vintage Tiramisu-Hoo Imperial Milk Stout and has been masterfully aged in Richland Rum barrels for over 22 months.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 59
Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into pint glass in November 2018. The label listed brew date Volume 2 in 2017. I drank it about 2 months after purchase.

Appearance: Very dark black with a 1 finger dark brown head. Head is thicker and creamier than many other stouts, and left a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Balanced aroma of mollasses/maple syrup, roasted coffee, vanilla, toasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and cocoa as well, but overall the mollasses dominate the others. I do not get much hops aroma.

Taste: Strong flavors from the rum barrel. There is an interesting balance between the coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and some bitterness from hops. The chocolate adds some sweetness, but there is a strong run flavor from the barrel, adding some complexity. There is a strong alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: Strong alcohol, full bodies with a very smooth and creamy body.

This is a nice, complex stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a strong-bodied stout, it is very smooth and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Happy Birthday ACQ. Happy Mothers Day.

Bottle to tulip glass while cooking dinner.

LOOK: thick dark black; big foamy light brown head. Excellent retention
AROMA: fudge, rum, coffee, dark fruit.
TASTE: lots of rum up front and throughout. chocolate and coffee. a little unbalanced. blueberry, blackberry, fig, black cherry. Finish has a winey character with red grape and the dark fruits.
FEEL: Mostly full bodied.

Pretty tasty, though not perfectly smooth.


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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2017 vintage

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger and a half of dense dark tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of a lot of rum barrel notes with a hint of root beer
T: Taste is rum barrel forward with some molasses, coffee, vanilla, and more rum barrel. Slight roasted malt presence at time with a lot of sugary sweetness. Swallow is more rum barrel, hint of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt with some lingering rum notes
M: This beer is surprisingly thin feeling as it sits on the lower end of medium. Carbonation is adequate and about what should be there for the style of beer. This beer has a drying finish to round things off as well.
O: Overall too much rum barrel influence and not enough beer flavor. Not bad but I'd like for the base beer to provide more flavor than it does.

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Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decent head production and retention for the style; slightly fizzy, and dark brown. The brew itself is an inviting black.

Boozy nose, prominently featuring brown sugar and barrel influence. The rum notes are quite pleasant, but despite nearly two years in the barrel, the base beer features adjuncts so strongly that the rum comes in a distant second behind a very sweet, sugary aroma.

Sharper, tarter on the palate than the nose indicates; sugar is more restrained. Everything the nose implies is present, just in different quantities: red grapes, cream, booze, rum, oak, caramel, and brown sugar. The sugar is most prominent as a molasses-tinged finish, coming on strong in the back third and lasting throughout the aftertaste. The tartness comes with a slightly hot and almost vinegary acidity. 22 months in the barrel may have been a touch too much for this brew.

Hot but smooth on the palate. It's a sipper, to be sure.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark chocolate brown colored pour with bubbly/soapy toffee colored lacing.

S - Maple, delicate smoke, oak/wood, chocolate, and rum.

T - Maple, delicate smoke, oak/wood, chocolate, cherries, vanilla, some spice, and rum.

M - Medium body and a little thin on the texture.

O - Nice complexity. Needs more body, but other than that, a very nice beer!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

"A pair of Georgia's liquid artisans come together by combining two art forms, craft brewing and craft distilling. Richland Reserve, the first in our 'Ales from the Wood' series, is made from vintage 2014 HopZilla 'Double IPA' and has been masterfully aged in Richland Rum barrels for over one year." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Entry #1 in the Terrapin Ales from the Wood series.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy head of a pale tan tone over a densely hazy murky toasted caramel body. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3

(Smell) Toasted oak and rum alcohol atop a smooth malty body of toasted bread malts, caramel grains, rich raisin and fig syrups, and a faded hop presence. Potency is moderate/high. 3.75

(Taste) Rich bread and syrupy malts with undertones of fruit syrups and molasses, moderate hop bitterness but faded flavors, finishes with a trailing note of rum, vanilla and toasted oak dryness. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slick, moderately syrupy, modestly grainy, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is light, generating a mild frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style and shy of heavy overall. Balance is slightly grainy and earthy booze over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no discernible off flavors. 4.25

(Overall) It's going to be difficult for any budding craft beer consumer to truly appreciate a beer like Richland Reserve for the flavor complexities it produces versus the overall impact on the base recipe it uses. To some, I expect this beer may come off as foul as a year-old DIPA with rough edges, faded hop flavor and creeping malt graininess, but this beer edges closer to that of an American Barleywine, with a somewhat more graceful malt maturity and barrel and yeast-aging complexities that add rich fruit syrup tones that pair nicely with the richness of rum. It's a far cry from the hop-driven Hopzilla, and quite a different beer in itself, far less hop-driven than expected. The rum and barrel aging comes through clearly, and this is a beer that reveals its 12% abv in full. Recommended for those with the seasoned palate to appreciate something of this nature, an interesting experiment for the barleywine-loving crowd. 3.75

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 edition. 2014 Hopzilla aged for 1 year in a Richland Rum Barrel

L - Muddy brown/burnt wood color. No lacing or head whatsoever. Total different appearance than Hopzilla

S - Booze, Rum, wood, and spices, caramel, and sugar

T - Sugar, honey, caramel, and Rum of course. Sweet, strong, and definitely a sipper. But damn tasty

F - Flat, non-carbonated goodness

O - Wow, so this beer totally transformed to nothing like its original state. A citrusy hop forward IPA has now become a wood aged barleywine. Great beer. Grab a fresh Hopzilla, and taste them side by side

2017 edition. 2015 Tiramisu-Hoo aged in Rum barrels for 22 months

L - Pitch black with 1/2 a finger of tan head that quickly dissipates.

S - Dark chocolate, sugar, tiramisu, and rum

T - Sweet, milk chocolate, tiramisu, and the rum adds a nice boozy and sweet kick

F - Medium body, not very carbonated

O - A great dessert sipper brew

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Photo of ryanhooks81
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into tulip. pours dark amber. smell is sweet. carmel. malt. vanilla. tastes much the same. tastes more like a barrel aged barleywine. still pretty good

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a heavily clouded and murky ruddy caramel with almost no head and little visible carbonation. appears a bit lifeless and heavy, with the color gradually darkening to a ruby mahogany toward the bottom of the glass. with the pour alone, you already know this isn't your typical DIPA. nose; sweet & boozy whiskey/rum oak barrel, molasses, vanilla & rich centennial hops. taste; caramelized dark malt, oak, fig, citrus hops, citrus pith & molasses. sweet oak roves on the aftertaste. at 12% abv and barrel-aged, there's some expected warming alcohol presence, but it's decently in check. low carbonation and slightly heavy mouthfeel. this beer is 2014 terrapin hopzilla aged a year+ in rum barrels. it's a completely different animal now after some time on the wood - it's a huge, complex sipper that is pretty damn amazing and deserves a very slow & open-minded approach. released november 2015 in very limited quantities in georgia; good luck!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently someone decided to change the listing here for the 1st Richland Reserve (a completely different beer) instead of starting a new one. Could be misleading. So I retained my initial review of the inspired rum barrel aged DIPA below & am now updating to review the 2017 rum barrel aged Tiramisu-hoo:

500mL bottle from Sherlocks (Marietta, GA). 12.99. Bottled Q3 2017. Served in a Terrapin snifter. Enjoyed 12/14/17.

Pours jet black with almost two full fingers of deep khaki head. Retention amounts to some thin surface wisps, a modest collar and a few small trails of lace.

Amazing barrel-forward nose. Vanilla sweetened wet oak, chocolate, rum, bread pudding and sweet milk sugar.

As with the previous two Ales From The Wood releases, extensive barrel aging has created an entirely new flavor profile. Wet, oaky barrel character is right up front and remains a dominant influence. Sugary sweet rum, lactose, milk chocolate, spiced pastry, subtle roast, caramel, faint char and a kiss of alcohol. Delicious and deceptively easy to drink.

Velvety smooth full feel with decidedly soft carbonation. Aftertaste of wet wood and rum-drenched tiramisu.

The theme for Terrapin's Ales From The Wood series has been made perfectly clear over the past three years. Let the barrel be the star, not just an influence. I truly love how unapologetically barrel-forward this is and enjoy that the whole is much more than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of Mlawrence
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Brown reddish color, very hazy, tiny bit of head
Smell: BOOZE, dark fruits, zero hops
Taste: booze, dark fruits, caramel malt, rum/oak
Mouthfeel: relatively ligh with little carbonation
Overall: great beer, malty with a lot of complex flavors that work well together. No hop flavor or aroma which would be expected after a year in a barrel so it doesn't taste much like a DIPA.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Hazy dark reddish brown. Sparse off white head.
smell: Oak and rum are prominent. As advertised on the bottle, "mellow pipe tobacco". Not getting any of the Hopzilla citrus, and grapefruit. This is a different beast altogether.
taste: Wow, this is really nice but a completely different beer now. Very little hops. Rum, oak, caramel. This should probably be classified as a Strong Ale or a Barley. Delicious.

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Ales From The Wood: Richland Reserve from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 59 ratings