Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by CHADMC3:
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours murky amber to walnut brown with a creamy, tannish head that hangs around for a while before leaving a sticky lacing in its path.
Bold earthy hop aroma with sweet fruit and vinous notes and then reverting back to piney hops. Second approach reveals sweet caramel malt, and perhaps just a hint of toastyness.
Wow, this is quite a complex barley wine with big earthy hop flavors in the front and finish of the palate with sweet caramel malt in the middle, hints of dark fruit, and even wood notes.
Medium to full in body with medium carbonation and a nice dry finish.
The palate really packs a wide range of character, perfect blend of hard hitting hops and sweet malt, and a very pleasant abv presence.
Serving type: bottle
09-05-2009 00:56:41 | More by CHADMC3
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4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on Dec. 20, 2012.
A: Pours a murky copper color. The head is a one finger off-white shade featuring decent retention and a soft, creamy texture. Some nice lacing is left on the glass. The haziness isn't exactly appealing visually, but will likely translate into a surprisingly easy drinking barleywine.
S: Upon first whiff, I get a lot of bready, vaguely caramel-forward malts, which is supplanted by some aged leafy hops. Of course, the trick here is to let it warm up - that way, the subtle fruit esters (like cherries and apricots) will come out and add a welcome dimension to the beer. I'm also getting some notes of chocolate, brown sugar, and tobacco. The more I let this sit, the more interesting it becomes. In other words, just like how a barleywine should be.
T: A wave of bitterness opens things up, and is quite fleeting off the palate. I'm getting a lot of tobacco flavor from this beer, which quickly develops into chocolaty, fruity, and caramel-y notes. These flavors are more whispered than shouted It has a somewhat dry, mineral water finish. There are really light hints of alcohol, slowly coming out the more it warms up - again, adding to the experience rather than detracting. Every flavor here is integrated and balanced to near perfection; I'll take that over something mindlessly complicated any day.
M: While it's not exactly light, it's shockingly crisp and dry on the finish. A lot of that has to do with how vibrant the carbonation is. I can tell it's a big, strong beer, but there's absolutely nothing to suggest it's 10.2%. It's definitely more drinkable than your run-of-the-mill DIPA, yet every bit as rich and decadent as a barleywine should be.
O: Oh man. This is a killer barleywine. Not only is it luxurious and complex, it's surprisingly drinkable and not overly sweet (which is a problem, even in good barleywines). Actually, I overstated it's drinkability...if only because I want to savor every last drop of it.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 21:45:31 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.75/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The beer pours an off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some very noticeable lacing. The beer itself is a clear ruby with hints of purple. The beer is very clear and see through. The beer has a strong notes of barley with lighter dark fruit notes that resemble raisin with a slight hint of alcohol. The beer taste is slightly different. The barley notes are weaker than the dark fruit notes. Also, the beer has a slight strawberry tartiness. The dark fruit notes are raisin with a bit of plum. The beer is heavy-bodied with a smooth feel and biting carbonation. Overall, a fantastic barleywine and worth drinking.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 03:53:07 | More by HattedClassic
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
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