Barrel Aged Richie
Ale Syndicate

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Porter - American
4.04 | pDev: 7.67%
Ale Syndicate
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark with a nice thick tan head.
S - Aroma is molasses and barrel.
T - Flavor is sweet with vanilla, chocolate and molasses notes. Barrel flavor comes in at the end. ABV is only 8% but it seems bigger.
M - Mouth feel is thick and creamy. Carbonation is less than average.
O - This is a very good BA Porter.

Dec 19, 2016
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maxcoinage from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- 2016 vintage bottle from fridge, removed white wax pretty easily, poured into snifter. Dark black with lighter head, decent sized that settled quickly

Smell - getting that whiskey barrel aroma I love so much. Vanilla,

Taste - bittersweet chocolate, caramel dark fruits

Feel - for 8% I wasn't expecting a thick body so I have to say it's better than expected. Medium to heavy body, lower carb, smooth.

Overally a very enjoyable dark ale, esp to enjoy during summer time, not always looking for that huge syrupy BA stout that, .this definitely got better as it warmed up

Jul 13, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark oily black with a minimal tan head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing and no head except some tan film along the outside edge of the top of the beer. .

Smell has tons of oak, rye whiskey, with undertones of raw wood, vanilla beans, bourbon, chocolate and rye whiskey. The rye whiskey is coming through a lot here.

Taste has a ton of different flavors, some more dominant than others, and some more or less noticeable at different points as Im sipping this one. Initially you get a really smooth spicy taste from the rye whiskey side of things, bit of vanilla undertones and risk roasted malts and caramel. Lots of earthy wood notes throughout. Then as the taste mellows in your mouth you get this wave of bourbon soaked chocolate that is almost surprising, but incredibly tasty. I really didn't get any rum barrel notes in this, lots of rye whiskey, some bourbon, but no rum. Overall its a pretty good flavor profile, but I found the multiple barrel thing to be a bit gimmicky. The rye whiskey was very dominant in this and the rum was almost nonexistent. It would almost be better if they just did aged variants rather then blending them together.

Feel is very smooth with mild carbonation. Booze provides a nice warming feel. Dry finish leaves you anticipating the next sip. Very drinkable. This might be a bit thin for a stout, but its a porter and for a porter its actually very nice. Not watery at all.

Overall this is a really good barrel aged offering from Ale Syndicate, but in the end it would benefit from a bit of simplification of the barrel aging. Rather than mixing all three together and losing the flavor on some, it might be better to do barrel aged variants allowing each to showcase its own unique flavors. Because I got none of the rum barrel flavors it did hold this one back a bit. One other thing. Do yourself a favor and drink this at room temperature. If its too cold, it actually doesn't taste good. I had to let it really warm up before the aromas/flavors came through.

May 02, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is unremarkable. A dark brown, edging black color in appearance with a half finger of light brown foam that dissipates and sits at the edge of the glass.

Now we are getting somewhere, the three barrels used for blending is apparent as there is so much going on in aroma. Sweet and spicy rum and bourbon notes, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, toasted coconut, toffee, caramelized sugar, and more earthy wood notes.

Wow, while extremely complex in aroma, those aromatic notes explode even more in flavor. Tons of vanilla, toasted coconut, some earthy hops, chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, oak, spice rum, and sweet warming bourbon.

Medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, silky smooth, warming, sticky but finishes slightly dry. Just a tad on the thinner side, but up to par with the porter style.

Overall, this is truly one of the most complex beers I've ever had, it's honestly on par with Firestone's anniversary blends in terms of intricacy. While at a low(er) ABV at 8%, this beer offers a multitude of layers in both aroma and flavor that lend such great complexity. This is a beer to marvel at.

Apr 10, 2016
Barrel Aged Richie from Ale Syndicate
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 29 ratings