Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Aiptasia:
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Holy crap! This is an excellent, "in your face" style of barleywine. Kudos to Great Divide for coming up with a brew that isn't as sweet as it's European counterparts. Definitely for anyone that's a fan of medium to strong bodied beer fans!
A: Poured into a 22 oz. plastic beverage mug (hey, it was clean). Poured a humongous head, at least 3" (and yes, I was careful in the pouring) and the lacing was tenacious. Clinged foam throughout drinking. OMG!
S: Smelled of hops and sweet barley notes. Very pungent and smacked of imminent enjoyment on the tasting. Pine, alcohol and magic.
T: Initially, very hopsy. Floral bouquet explodes on the pallete. Mid, nice hops semi-dry sweet with the alcohol curbing nicely on the tonge. Finish is semi-wet with definite hops aftertones and the alcohol content, while well balanced, kicks ass.
M: Very nice and luxurious on the tongue. Intitial hops on each draught fades into alcohol dryness with only a slight residual.
D: Because of the alcohol content, gets over on you very quickly. Be prepared, very prepared. You don't want more than two of these in any one sitting. Pair it with breads to absorb some of the alcohol. I'm completely "f'ed" up, be warned.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2011 15:59:53 | More by Aiptasia
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4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Vintage 2011.
A: yeast dregs were poured in my glass, so it stays pretty cloudy. Beautiful brown color with shades of ruby and Siena. Beige head retains at about a half inch. lacing is spotty.
S: Big bready sweetness up front. Bread pudding. Crust and toast. Runny caramel. Berry juice esters. Cherry and ripe, sweet raspberry. Some wet paper oxidation, which is fine. Fading hops still bring earthy pine and bark.
T: Toasty, crusty. Scones. Caramel. Fruity esters of cherry and raspberry. Prune juice. Perhaps suggestions of apricot and marmalade, though I think it's coming from hops. Hops also add earthy flavors of pine and bark. Modestly strong bitterness to balance all the malt. Long finish of scone, crust, and earthy hops.
M: Big thick body. Creamy and smooth. Weighty but not heavy or syrupy. Gentle supporting carbonation.
O: A classically done American Barleywine. All around solid. One of a handful to look to as a measuring stick for the style. The age on this one has rounded it out beautifully.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 20:46:53 | More by ryan1788a5
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
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