Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750ml bottle into St. Bernardus chalice.
Not exactly sure how old this bottle is, but it's a least got a few months on it. I've had it sitting around awhile and it has the "old" Great Divide label on it.
A - Slightly hazy reddish brown color. Half inch of tan head rises. Retention is decent for the ABV and plenty of lace sticks to the glass.
S - Good stuff here. Moving up from Titan to Hercules to Old Ruffian, this is quite similar to the two. Lots of caramel from the malt with traces of vanilla. Full on herbal hop aroma with hints of mint, grass, flowers, pepper, and even some basil and parsely. Some alcohol and slightly woody and earthy aromas enter near the end.
T - Moderate sweetness with lots of caramel and a doughy backbone. Hops shine through quickly with strong leafy overtones. Grass, pepper, bits of citrus peel, and a very herbal/tea-like ride over the sweet malt. Late palate is earthy with noticable alchol and a strong but managable bitterness that sweeps any vestige of sweetness away.
M - Solid full body with a medium low carbonation. Very close to perfect here; totally smooth and mouthfeel allows to malt and hop characteristics to shine through equally well.
D - Though I can't quite pinpoint why (though I'm guessing the mouthfeel), Old Ruffian is quite drinkable despite the ABV and the bitterness. Somehow it's going down quite smoothly. Fantastic balance here.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2009 06:24:24 | More by PatrickJR
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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