Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Jules11788:
3.83/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a dark, deep, orange-red color; one finger-width head, slight retention, super sticky lacing. Overall beautiful color.
S: Very, very slight smell of malts, toffee, and figs. Not much in the smell department.
T: Starts with a nice charred wood bitterness that opens up as it hits the middle of the tongue, revealing oaky bitter hops and some sweet bready malts, with a good helping of booze. Finishes with some spicy, earthy hops that linger.
M: Medium thickness; lightly carbonated; pretty boozy and sharp on the tongue. As it warms it mellows out A LOT and becomes buttery and smooth.
O: This is a great Barleywine that needs some time in the cellar to become and exceptional Barleywine
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2011 02:13:20 | More by Jules11788
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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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