Old DQ | Rubicon Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Rubicon Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Arbitrator on 02-16-2009

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 2
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours clear deep amber with tan head and spotty lacing. The aroma is mild with hints of dark fruitiness and generally sweet notes and not much else. Very sweet flavor that is nearly punishing in its palate assault. I get cherries, sugar coated plums and harsh un-ripe raisins. By midway pine hops rise up and help tame the overly sweet notes to get it to a semblance of balance. Maybe more age will smooth it out.

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3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Toronado Barleywine Festival 2009.

A: Poured a dark amber color with purple highlights. Not much head to speak of, and it dissolved into a ring that left substantial lacing down the glass.

S: Butterscotch by far, with caramel malt coming second. Some toffee, hints of plums, figs, and licorice.

T: Again, the butterscotch absolutely dominates, giving an extremely smooth and sweet impression that dissipates only slightly as the caramel malt backbone kicks in. The flavor remains on the sweet side of things as the dark fruits and licorice hints enter the picture, but it is countered by a slight taste of cloves and pepper.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, creamy, sticky. Active carbonation.

D: I wanted to, and did have, more than one. But it's too sweet to have multiples of.

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Old DQ from Rubicon Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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