Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by GeezLynn:
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
A: Big oatmeal colored head of foam over a reddish-brown hued body. Head is very well-retained.
S: Big punch of piney hops hits the nostrils first, followed by some brown sugar and toffee. Smells like a sweet roll glazed with sap.
T: Like the aroma, pine and brown sugar are immediately noticeable. Caramel/buttery flavors come through with time. Decent balance between sweetness and biting hop bitterness. Maybe a bit of overkill on the hops while young, but would love to see how this develops with age.
M: Smooth and creamy with fine carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, however the heavy hop bitterness is a somewhat palate stripping.
Good beer for what it is supposed to be - an intense American style barleywine with a ton of hops. Would rate it higher, but the level of hops really detract from the overall drinkability and 22 oz is plenty.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2010 03:52:14 | More by GeezLynn
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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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