Vicennial III: Father Time
River North Brewery

Vicennial III: Father TimeVicennial III: Father Time
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River North Brewery
Colorado, United States
Barleywine - American
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4.38 | pDev: 4.57%
Apr 12, 2022
Jan 30, 2018
Vicennial III: Father TimeVicennial III: Father Time
Notes: Father Time is your classic barrel-aged barleywine for the ages. This whiskey barrel aged barleywine is 15.8% ABV, keeping it in line with your traditional “barleywine” style while it creeps up into the higher gravity that barleywines are most known for. Think molasses, toffee, bread and honey flavors.
Recent ratings and reviews.
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4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Cellared for a year. Shades of dark brown in the opaque body, tan head that quickly settles into a collar. Toffee and honey dipped date, fig, apple, and plum lead the nose, barley and light oak cut a bit, expressive though sweet. Taste is even sweeter, same sweet actors plus molasses and apricot, maple, whiskey with barley, resin, oak, and dry earth crash in hotly to finish. Woah a lot going on, but final lasting impressions are residual sugars and booze. Feel has that barley bite with booze added, brighter than most for style, sticky and viscous up front by dries out a bit, slight oxidation kicks in near the finish before very warm sweetness lingers on the tongue. Would let this one age for awhile as I think it will be rewarding, but one year in it is complex and good but not great

Apr 12, 2022
4.06 by Seantronz3030 from Washington on Apr 04, 2022
4.5 by Radcpa from Washington on Feb 18, 2022
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4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DIM from Pennsylvania

Very sweet overall, equal parts caramel and toffee plus even more brown sugar. The barrel notes aren't shy, plenty of smooth brown liquor with hints of vanilla and very faint wood. Nothing subtle and not much nuance, but this is sticky, drippy, and delicious.

Dec 13, 2021
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4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

28 April 2020 - Beer #80

Corona Day #47

Price: $19.99 on Tavour

Appearance: 3 - root beer brown with nearly no head and no action. Looks almost flat. Some small yeast floaties in there. Eww.

Nose: 4 - no barrel. Smells more like a barleywine than an old ale. Not bad, but it's a shame; I like old ales.

Taste: 5 - VERY tasty. This is not an old ale, but it's an outstanding barleywine. Super sweet, but just right.

Mouth: 5 - sticky, thick, chewy, and round. My lips are getting stuck together.

Overall: 5 - big comeback after a slow start. Probably could have aged it another 17 years, but drinking really well right now.


May 04, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a sample tulip glass.

Look is dark opaque brown.

Aroma is whiskey malt.

Taste is super intense whiskey malt.


Feb 15, 2020
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4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Greywulfken from New York

2017 vintage, barrel aged old ale... Dark caramel colored beer, kinda like the coating on a caramel apple... Solid old ale, with lots of fruits, like dates, figs, and apples, sweetly shellacked with caramel and soaked in booze... Medium-weight body has a little tingle of tart, but is mostly sweetly mellow and juiced with soft, dark fruits like plums and prunes, and aired out a bit with oaky tannins... Reminds me of a caramel apple soaked in prune bourbon... Super-groovy drinking experience...

Apr 14, 2019
4.31 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin on Jan 07, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

these guys have set out to make a series of beers that are meant to be aged for up to 20 years, which is ambitious to say the least. aside from a couple of esoteric english ales, this length of cellar time is usually reserved for lambic. even the big stouts dont generally go that long, so i was intrigued to try this old ale and check it out for myself. i totally get it too, after drinking this one, how it might hold up over so much time. its deep bronze in color, pushing dark brown without the light, and giving rise to a short tan head that settles back quickly, leaving this looking thick and still in the glass like a dark cognac. it smells incredibly boozy, but pleasant too. sure its fusel alcohol abundant, but there is a lot more to it, rich whiskey, baked bran and fruitcake, and hints of dates, raisins, and figs. the booze seems to weave in and out of all the complexity, not always at the forefront, but sort of always there through the whole drink, which is very long. i get more roasted and deeper darker grain than i am used to in the style, dark chocolate notes and burnt edges of carrot cake cooked in cast iron. it does sort of have a timeless complexion already, and surprisingly little yeast character for what it is and how strong it is. i can see a little oxidation flattering this, like in a good english barleywine, and i could see the sweetness coming down over time to reveal more wood and vanilla. i think the bread crusts and toasted chestnut and honey aspects are built to last too, this is full bodied and really sturdy. a cool beer and a really neat project. i hope to get a chance to drink the other beers in the series, and i hope i can try this again in 20 years!

Jan 30, 2018
Vicennial III: Father Time from River North Brewery
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 9 ratings