Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by GRPunk:
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A- It poured a deep amber-brown color with a 1 finger tan head that was supported by light carbonation and fell to a good lace that left nice sticky spots on the side of the glass.
S- The aroma was great. There were lots of malt scents giving a caramel, raisin, and brandy aroma that met up nicely with some earthy hops.
T- There were more of the raisin tones balanced by earthy, perhaps citrus, hops and a warming alcohol flavor.
M- It had a nice tingle from the hops and high alcohol content and a thick, oily feel.
D- It's a definite sipper. The flavor was great, but there was a bit of a sting from the alcohol.
Overall- This is a really flavorful, cold weather or nightcap beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2008 17:27:57 | More by GRPunk
More User Reviews:
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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