Rio
Reserva

330 mL bottle. 43 IBU.

I’m not a huge fan of many Struise beers under any circumstances, and at this age, although the beer may have held up well I’m still not holding out a lot of hope. Grabbed this in the last couple of years as a straggler up at the fading Whitlock Package in Marietta, GA. That store brings back some memories as do Shelton Bros. imports!

A slight whiff of gun smoke on opening with a mid-amber body and some bubbly head. Head settles to some broken lace on the surface of the beer.

Nose offers some sweet sherry notes.

Initial tastes reflect the nose and then add some more sweetness in the form of the barrel. It is EXTREMELY smooth, as if time has melded everything perfectly. A little warming alcohol but it’s quite mellow, some might even say muted. No sign of any oxidation for me which is pretty remarkable for a beer at around 12 years of age. Incredibly even and smooth – remarkably so.

Maybe some marzipan in amongst the sweetness, the beer has turned away from any quad character that it might have had originally and is firmly in Old Ale/English Barleywine territory for me. Sweetness is the lingering memory here, brown sugar on top of a very light honey element. Some dark fruit, prunes maybe and the beer is very light.

Label tells us, “First maturation took place in our tanks, second in St-Emillion wine barrels, thrid stage took place in bourbon barrels from Kentucky, or Four years of barrel patience.”

 

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03/15/2024
Format:
bottle
ABV: 10.5 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.0
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.0
Total:
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Year: 2012

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