Ringneck FOTB Barley Wine | The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by aracauna on 06-06-2004

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage courtesy of the sweet heavens and consumed in the company of THE tpd975. Pours brown-ish copper with off white to tan head. The aroma is crystal malts, maybe a hint of bourbon and oak, some caramel and notes of pine hops. The taste hits first with a combination of muted stunted pine hop flavor and bitterness and then crystal malts. Beyond that I get mild bourbon notes that ride into the finish on an oak constructed horse. The age has made this mellower than it must have been when fresh.

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Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ibrew2or3 aka McLargeHuge for providing this rare gem.

2007 Version.

A: Pours a nice radiant amber hue with an average head. The head dies rather quickly but a small collar does remain. Nice spotty lace hangs on for dear life.

S: Nice light malt with hints of dark fruit and bourbon.

T: More DIPA than barleywine. Nice sweet caramel malt with a nice blast of alcohol dipped dark fruit. Hits of citurs push thru as well.

M: Full bodied and somewhat syrupy.

D: Rather drinkable for a barleywine. This one is very DIPA like.

Thanks Dave, it was an honor to try this ultra rare treat!

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Photo of quasimoto
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - It's a reddish copper color with a little head and very little lacing.

S - Sweet malts start this beer off, then there is the citrusy hops, and almost a cherry flavor in there.

T - Strong caramel flavor with the floral of the hops gives this some complex fruit flavors.

M - Sharp, on the tip of the tongue. Followed by a glue type feel after it leaves.

D - Its a very good barley wine, I thoroughly enjoy it. One is enough though.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprise "kicker" at a beer taste, this almost stole the show. Ruddy, murky, warm amber in hue, its nose shows its barleywine body with alcohol noticable under an otherwise mild, deep bodied and malt, yet sweet nose. Head was a 1/2" of mixed cream foam.

Its rich and full bodied, with a spiceness present along with sweet honeylike hues and pepper tones. Its hopped strongly, more noticable on the pallete than tongue, which play off the rich malt base. For all the flavor it finishes surprisingly clean on the throat, albeit a warming clean with the ABV.

What a treat this was. I never would have gotten to try this, and it was one of the better beers I have had recently. If you like strong tastes and barleywines in general, give this a try if you can.

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Photo of clvand0
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Rich O's Public House over the past weekend. Pours an amber color with a small head that fades quickly and doesn't leave much lacing behind on the glass. The aroma has a large alcohol character along with some caramel malts and lots of hops. The flavor has the same overall feel. Lots of hop flavor and strong alcohol presence slightly overtake the maltiness, leaving it slightly unbalanced. Easy to drink and the body is just right.

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Photo of aaronh
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FOTB stands fro "Friends of the Brewery". Well, thanks to a Fried of the brewmaster at Ringneck, I recently had the pleasure of sharing in a comparative tasting of six versions of this beer. All six versions were brewed on 11-2-03 and bottled 3-27-04. That grain bill was similar, although the OG's varied a bit.

Bottle #1: Using Simcoe and Chinook hops with an ABV around 9.75% or so, this beer was a decent barleywine with an aggressive hop note. A bit of pine and that Earthy Chinook note. Over all, pretty well balanced though.

Bottle #2: Using Galena and Centennial hops with an ABV nearing 12%: This beer was absolutely fantastic. Well-balanced caramel against the floral aromas and nice citrus flavors. I loved this beer, even with a bit of alcohol burn.

Bottle #3: Using Northern Brewer and EKG with an ABVV again around 9.75/9.8%: This was also a decent beer, but the hops couldn't really support the residual sweetness of the beer. The hops were just too mild.

Bottle #4: All Cascade hops and again around 9.8% ABV: A pretty good beer as well. The hops were very balanced, with decent bitterness against the malt. Slight grapefruit aroma, but very little in the flavor.

Bottle #5: Northern Brewer and Fuggles hops with about 9.8% ABV: Surprisingly, a little better than the NB/EKG combo. This was a bit more balanced, but still a little on the sweet side. Maybe a heavy dose of Perle or Wye would have helped balance it out a bit. Still worthy of enjoying, though.

Bottle #6: This is like the 4 C's ale on steroids: Chinook, Centennial, Cascade, and Columbus hops with ABV around 10%: This was a really nice beer as well. Aggressive hops with a big malt backbone. Nicely warming. Yeast really let the hops shine through. Great offering.

Not sure which of these is the regular FOTB (if there is such a thing), but thanks to Mike for sharing and Chris for providing the beers.

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Photo of aracauna
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a hazy light copper with an ok head that fades quickly. There is a nice little burst of hops in the aroma. There’s a slight bit of butter and a good caramel sweetness, but not too sweet. It’s got a slick mouthfeel and is pretty sticky. Tasty.

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Ringneck FOTB Barley Wine from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 7 ratings