Rude Boy
Burley Oak Brewing Co.

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American Barleywine
3.88 | pDev: 10.57%
Burley Oak Brewing Co.
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Sessionable Barleywine

This seven malt red ale is filled with complexity; expect hints of nuts, burnt sugar, raisin and a slight touch of smoke.
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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I CAN cry - I had this in abeyance for a while & when I was rearranging other beers for a turn, this one fell on the deck & CANpromised itself! Awww. Well, it just got moved up to the top of the queue as a result.

From the CAN: "

I Crack!ed the CAN open & gave a moment of sad, silent reflection before CANmencing a slow, gentle Glug. I was so regretful for having shunted it aside, only to drop it ignominiously, forcing me to drink it well out of turn in the queue. I recently dispatched a call out of the queue out of turn & I was held acCANtable for it, so I know how this one feels. Nose was the dictionary definition of "leathery". My my. Its fumes wafted out of the goblet like a gentle wave, enticing me to partake of its essence. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with a light, CANstantly decreasing haze that bespoke a chill haze. I feel so badly about all of this! The taste was really leathery! I spent a LOT of time in the military around fresh, virgin leather, so I know how it smells. Oh, man. This probably had an amount of time left on it until I dropped it. 8=( I loved the way it rolled around on my tongue, soft & slick, like I imagine a dolphin or a penguin might act. The taste was so leathery that I wondered whether my fave dominatrix might not have snuck up behind me to get the raw leather belt in my mouth as a gag! She knows that I am only into light B&D/S&M as foreplay, so it backed off acCANdingly. Mmm. I was simply letting it languor around on my tongue as I allowed the opium smoke to swirl around my head as the mama-san took the pipe from me. This is S.F., no? Hong Kong? Never mind. I remain CANvinced that this had some more aging & life left to it, which I inCANvertently snuffed out prematurely. The finish was semi-dry, evincing its coming lack of sweetness. I could cry, given its potential. I f**ked up! 8=(

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Photo of tone77
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A thanks goes out to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, malts. Taste is dark fruits, caramel malts, brown sugar, hints of alcohol. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Barleywine? Or Imperial Red Ale?

Deep ruby, nearly brown like body, sort of an Indian like red color. Solid as a rock. With partly a touch of clarity up to the heads crown. Khaki to light tan head. Manage two fingers slowly, but with a half finger retention as it settles. Deep, dark, and aggressive, if strangely large.

Aroma is pretty wild. Deep dark liquored cherry fruit aromas. Slight hints of brown sugar, with a nice dusting black forest cake like slight aroma. Thick malt but without rushing caramel sweetness. A bit of toffee squeaks in. Senses large brew on the nose, but without the heat.

Palate gets more into richness, but with nice mouthfeel. Bold coating and filled with malt rich flavors. Soft bodied but with a big density more towards Imperial red, and small hop thickness of oils and soft cedar. Excellent fruit berry tones, more towards cherry and raspberry in the mid palate, almost like a clotted rich cream flavor. Aftertaste hits at a bit of herbal tea softness, and muted tangy caramel.

A sessionable barleywine indeed. Let's just call it Red Richness and just be done with it! Delicious too!

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Photo of larryi86
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a pint glass

A- A clear ruby red with a two finger off-white head.

S- Sweet, dark fruits, raisins, hints of cherries, molasses, some sweet bread, floral/earthy hops.

T- Dark fruits, dark bread, some caramel malts, brown sugar, some earthy/floral hops, touch of rye, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- An easy drinking beer, definitely for 8% ABV. The idea of a session Barelywine is a fairly good description of this. Worth picking up!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had from 16oz can. So its labeled as a sessionable Barleywine on the can and that is a pretty good description. Not sure why its called an Amber/Red Ale on here at all. Perhaps even coming across as a Scotch Ale with the caramel and sweet notes. Not hoppy or bitter at all and not overly sweet. Drinking 16oz of it was no challenge at all and it went down well. A pleasant "sessionable" big beer.

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Photo of EricStanch
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is intentionally hilarious. "sessionable" barley wine. Its a very malty beer. like drinking brown sugar. that said, I love it. Burley Oak rarely misses. It smells of sugared raisins. Available in tall boys which is ridiculous. again hilariously ridiculously good beer

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Photo of marcfromphilly
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a good fucking sour. All sours are not good beers in my opinion unless it's hot as fuck out. If so, then these beers are smoother than a tax evasion. Hopped well and tart, yet dry on the finish. Fuck yea.

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Photo of Buck89
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a crowler into a snifter. Dark copper/ruby hue with a modest tan head that retreated, leaving some nice tracks. Great aromas of cedar, cherry, plum, orange and dark bread. I tasted dark cherries, oranges and plums up front, followed by a strong malt presence with dark bread, cedar, nuttiness and caramel. Full bodied and a lightly sweet finish, not thick like in a barleywine. Moderate carbonation. The alcohol was hidden well. Very nice.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a small goblet. Moderate hand. Dated 2013.

A: Hazy, iced tea-brown body with 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet malt with notes of brown sugar and molasses. Touch of chocolate. Slight dark fruit, dates. Orange-forward hop notes.

T: Maltiness opens with a light rye-type spiciness. The hops gradually build to a relatively dry, moderately hopped finish. The flavors are quantitatively light for a barley wine, as is the alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Certainly less substantial than average for the style, but relatively easy drinking.

O: I’d say “sessionable barley wine” is a fairly accurate description. Potency of flavor and complexity are lowered, but accompanied by equitable gains in drinkability. Enjoyable, overall.


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Photo of dbl_delta
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from the brewery into pint glass. Pours an absolutely gorgeous, clear deep amber with a slight off-white head - this is one pretty beer! Initial impression is raisins, roasted malts, and a hint of smoky blackstrap molasses. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is smooth and slightly bitter. Another excellent offering from Burley Oak!

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at the brewery

Pours a reddish brown with a fine off-white head about an inch thick.

Smells of caramel and rich biscuity malts with some fruitiness and a hint of oak.

Tastes of caramel, biscuit malts, brown sugar, and a hint of woody bitterness.

Medium creamy body, very smooth thanks to the nitrogen.

A pretty decent BW-like ale with some nice flavor and aroma. The nitro suits it surprisingly well. It's not fantastic but definitely worth trying, especially on the nitro tap.

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Photo of greyghost86
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a gift in a week old growler. I am sure the carbonation was way off. Poured a deep amber with almost no head. Tasted a bit flat, but still had nice profile, earthy malty with raisin or plums. Had no idea what the alcohol was, so it was well hidden. Would love to have this fresh and properly carbonated.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at the brewery

Deep reddish-brown color with a thin cap of light tan head that retained as a ringet, leaving some soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma was pretty much straight-up malts, moderately roasty, some distant, indistinct fruits. The taste was--you guessed it--malty, very malty, roasty and toasty, and even somewhat smokey, caramel, leather, neutral alcohol, light essence of ripe stone fruits and herbal hops. Medium-full body, somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Yeah, I like a good red ale once in a while, and this one was pretty solid.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rude Boy Sessionable Barleywine Ale
25 ounce bottle with 2013 date in the corner
A - pours a red bubbly rich thick head of three fingers that recedes to one finger and stays through the drinking. Looks very carbonated.
S - toasted malts, barley and rye, a bit of fruit, a touch of hops.
T - heavy on the malts but not quite a barleywine. Sweet with a slight bitter twinge. A touch of rye with a fruity aftertaste and slight alcohol burn.
M - smooth, creamy, slick, and not as carbonated as it looked.
O - pretty good but it isn't quite a typical red ale or barleywine but that's a good thing in this case.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Reddish brown color with a off-white colored head. There's plenty of bubbly carbonation and a lasting 1-plus finger head. Not much lacing.

S- Super strong toasted barley malts and a very potent scotch-like alcohol smell.

T- Some sweet malts to battle the booze. Big and bold maltiness.

M- There's nothing light here, lots of body. But it's so boozy that the alcohol trumps all.

O- I asked the bartender if the abv was 9.0% as she set the glass in front of me. She confirmed my estimate. It smelled 9.0, tasted and felt like even more. Not very enjoyable or drinkable for me.

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Photo of NumberNone
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at the brewery and purchased a growler. Opened the growler two days after purchasing and reviewed.

A: This red ale pours a deep reddish brown color with a thin ivory-colored head. Good carbonation present and mild lacing.

S: Aromas of malt, rye, some hops, yeast, bread, and slight alcohol.

T: Deep maltiness with notes of rye and yeast, hints of red wine and whiskey, and a touch of caramel.

M: Earthy and grainy yet still has a good smoothness to it. Flavors are well balanced. Has characteristics of a whiskey, and a good dryness comes through.

O: A solid, tasty red ale from small brewery Burley Oak, which is located in Berlin, Maryland, close to Ocean City, Maryland, and about two and a half hours from the Baltimore area. This beer is brimming with malt and rye popping out right at the front, and it completes with a nice dryness. I like their Hugs & Nugs Double IPA better, as I'm more fond of IPAs, but this one is still a good offering. My wife gave the Rude Boy a try after Bryan Brushmiller, owner of Burley Oak and a cordial tasting room host, indicated that wine lovers find this one to be to their tasting (as noted in the description on their website--"the wine of beers"). She liked it quite a bit then and says it's her favorite beer. Well done, Mr. Brushmiller!

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Photo of duceswild
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. Their menu listed this as the "wine of beers". Not sure that I would go that far. However this beer did stand out as one of the better ones that I tried.

Pours a reding color and smells of malt which you can taste on the backend. Very easy to drink and the alcohol is well balanced.

This seemed to be one of the more popular beers,as I saw a number of people eating growler fills of it.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty standard reddish color. A tad hazy. Malty enough aroma. Big malty flavor with a decent hop bitterness. Has a great "raiseny" quality to it flavor wise. The brewer told me it uses a boatlaod of Special B. Nice hints of cherry and chocolate. Very nice mouthfeel. A damn drinkable and easy quaffing beer. Dangerous at 9%. I find it hard to drink something else when I am there as I really like this. This is one of the first brews they had going on when they opened. To me the flavor has been tweaked a bit but still a killer brew. I wish these guys well they are doing some interesting things.

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Rude Boy from Burley Oak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 131 ratings