Ales From The Wood: Richland Reserve | Terrapin Beer Company

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Ales From The Wood: Richland ReserveAles From The Wood: Richland Reserve
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by cindyjeffsmith on 11-24-2015

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#8,465
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
53
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by scratch69:
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4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of chiefbender
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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 pacollier
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lurkerson
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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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4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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 GTJayG
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GDawgs34
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeccaH
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlaskaAg
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Grackos
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Too sweet, not enough rum or oakiness.

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Photo of Beerando
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Moose88
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +17%
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 augustwest
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewduder
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaketaz
2.68/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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