Royal Oil | Bull & Bush Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bull & Bush Brewery
Colorado, United States
bullandbush.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Batch 12/4/15 (Bottled) - Aged 1.5 Years - 13.5% ABV

Added by Mebuzzard on 04-08-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
33
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
6.64%
 
 
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151
Gots:
28
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of wellsnb
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours a thick murky brown with no head
S: sweet caramel raisins and big bourbon
T: huge bourbon, a bit hot up front then leads to the caramel raisin sweetness and finishes with king sweetness and a touch of bourbon. Awesome beer!
F: a bit boozy and hot, but I kind of like that. It is very smooth and coating
O: glad I got to share this with a buddy

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maximum12
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Stardusthotel83 for slipping me this long-time want. 500ML bottled 12/14/15 which claims to be cellarable up to 25 years.

The cool black wax has some kind of stamp in it that my corrected eyes can’t quite make out the fine print on, & it’s a bitch to get off. Eventually it yields to my tender ministrations, & out comes a murky brown with little to no visible carbonation. Smells like caramel, many board-feet of oak, sugary sweetness, whiskey. Not bad.

Royal Oil drinks twice as big as its already heady ABV. Boozy whiskey big enough to land Apollo 13 carves a warm crick from throat to chest cavity; pretty sure I’ve seen this bottle around the neck of a St. Bernard. Whiskey for miles, heavy oak, liquid caramel syrup, Belgian candied sugar, brown sugar, caramelized sugars that haven’t even been invented yet. More bourbon, more caramel. Good bat love, the caramel. Thick, syrupy, & I’m so glad I have 500ML to myself. Sad I don’t have a full liter. Or six. And an external liver. Can you buy those at Office Depot?

Not complex, not trendy, just fucking delicious. I could drink this until I was wondering how I got that great view of the ceiling, & why my bladder was full to bursting. Amazing beer that could hold it’s own against the elite.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a dark amber, walnut, and mahogany with a thin soapy khaki-colored head
S: Caramel, figs, brown sugar, and bourbon on the nose
T: Decadent flavor profile that evokes oatmeal raisin cookies, toffee, dark fruits, oak, and molasses
F: Full-bodied, thick, and moderately carbed
O: Gorgeous strong ale from the first sip to the last. Very rich and showcases a variety of flavors. If you're a barleywine fan, you'll undoubtedly enjoy this one. Tastes a bit hot, but should age well over the coming years.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle sealed with dark purple wax and a pressure cap.

Side notes: the wax job is quite well done and this brewery really does alot of little things asthetically... The wax is thick and really got into all the crevices of the pressure cap; not much air will be getting into this beer until it gets opened up for consumption. It even looks like they did two separate wax dips to the bottle. Also for a fancy touch, the Bull and Bush logo is stamped into the wax on the side of the bottleneck directly above the Royal Oil logo on the label. The label boasts a claim of the ability of this beer to: "cellar for up to 25 years" and denotes that this bottle's contents are infact barrel aged.

bottled on: 12/4/2015.
bottle #: 543

poured into Speigelau stemmed tulip. Yup, I took this one to the dome solo... all 500ml of the bottle and no I am not ashamed of that fact.

Appearance: When pouring the beer into the glass you see a very mucky brown bodied beer, but this beer looks to have a light black body with dark brown hue when the beer comes to rest in the beer glass. A hard pour yields a thin cap of white head that quickly drops to a thin uneven ring around the glass and eventually has no head to speak of. Well defined booze legs on the side of the glass that remains for long after each sip.

Smell: Huge barrel notes. Tons of dry oak with an entourage of vanilla, caramel, bourbon aromas. Dark fruits are the main player for the malt profile, but I also get a hint of a fudge note. As the beer warms, you get a jet fuel "esk" note to give you a clue that this beer is still pretty hot and boozy.

Taste: This tastes similar to how it smells; lots of barrel influence. Dark fruit malts for sure and the dark fruit flavor gets bigger as the beer warms. My favorite part about this beer though is the barrel notes... Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, coconut, caramel, and really great dry oak note. The finish is juicy prunes, dry oak, and fantastic mix of sweetness that includes caramel, coconut, and even more bourbon. Take away the bourbon note and booze note then the finish almost tastes like a "samoa" girl scout cookie with dark fruits and dry oak.

Mouthfeel: full body with low yet adequate carbonation. This is a bit boozy and has a light dry finish. This beer is very rich. The carbonation actually fizzes a little bit on your tongue...that does not happen too often with high abv barrel aged beers. It actually help to cut through the booze character and massive flavors of the beer.

Overall: You really should feel like royalty after drinking Royal Oil. I have been wanting to track down a bottle of this ever since I tried Bull and Bush Legend of the Liquid Brain back in spring of 2014. Bull and Bush has some serious barrel aging skills proven to me now, for the 2nd time with Royal Oil. I am reviewing this beer as an American Strong Ale because the label clearly states this is beer is in fact a "Strong Ale". It tastes like a barrel aged strong ale, but it is worth mention that this beer does have some significant English Barleywine characteristics as well. My immediate thoughts when I took my first few sips of Royal Oil was that this would be the products of conception if King Henry and a Firestone Walker anniversary beer would have been expertly blended together.

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Photo of yeaprolly
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I will say up front that THIS is looks to be right in my "wheel-house". I LOVE English BW's, strong ales. Some of the Firestone Walker anniv, and Abacus is what comes to mind.

Look - If you told me that this was Firestone Walker Abacus (I refuse to call it the new name on principal) or one of their anniv ales I'd believe you. Dark amber, minimal khaki head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - once again - smells just like Abacus, brown sugar, caramel, sugary sweetness, figgy business, but.... smells a bit more boozy that the FW offerings

Taste - seriously, tastes exactly like the Abacus that I had 24 hours prior, HOWEVER... there is one deviation, Royal Oil, is a little "hotter". Their is a booziness that is absent in the FW offerings. That is NOT to say that this isn't a GLORIOUS beer... it truly is! But I like boozy where some people might not. AND I cannot fault his beer for that as the label clearly states ... "AGE FOR UP TO 25 YEARS" So this is green as a 2015 bottle!

What an amazing beer.... there is no way I'll ever be able to cellar one as I don't have the will power to not drink em!!

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Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gatornation
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BO 12/4/15 Pours a murky rusty mahogany color with a thin khaki head very little lacing, smell BA wood and bourbon with dark fruit toffee and caramel whoa! it smells great. Taste is superb! BA wood and bourbon on the front it mixes so well with vanilla ,dark fruits, slight hops with toffee and caramel just delicious, mouth feel is lower carbonation with a smooth silky luscious Bourbon barrel . This is one of the best BW ive tasted complex in flavor with excellence in the Barrel.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of mothman
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark caramel brown. No head.

Lots of oak and bourbon. Warming and spot on. Lots of caramel and toffee. Lots of malt. Vanilla.

Full bodied. Nice warming bourbon feel.

Great ba bwine. This stuff is complex and delicious.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured clear mahogany with quickly disappearing head. Smell is strong bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, and a tiny bit of dog food - a very small tick against an otherwise fantastic nose. Taste is classic huge tasty English Barleywine -- bourbon but no roast, caramel but not sickly sweet, thick and creamy but drinkable, bitter but not hoppy. Lovely dark fruit character but not a raisin bomb. Still just a bit hot for me, but I'm a wimp when it comes to alcohol heat, and I imagine it'll be at a perfect level next year. Overall, this is all I dream an English Barleywine could be. Exceptionally delicious and well made. Loved it.
Bonus: it's pretty much the coolest looking bottle ever, thick sealed wax, crisply printed label, matte finish.

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Photo of BMart
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dfhhead25
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Royal Oil from Bull & Bush Brewery
4.52 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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