Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle opened at a recent barleywine tasting. This is a 2009 bottle, aged for more than a year.
Pours a mostly clear apple cider color with a creamy one-finger head of khaki. It recedes very slowly, leaving thick sheets and a thin, fuzzy top layer that doesn't look like it wants to leave.
The aroma is robust and fairly sweet. Lime peel, lemon juice, a bit of OJ, candy sugar, lightly toasted bread. Good balance of sweet and toasted.
Big bottom. Talk about mud flaps, this beer's got 'em. The flavor comes in waves -- sweet, then dry, then sweet again. Orange peel and oak at the start, grapefruit, caramel and honey at the finish. Some bitterness builds on the back sides of tongue between sips.
This feels lovely. Some low, soft carbonation massages the tongue while the plush, silky body moves about. It's only slightly fizzy, and the alcohol warmth noticeable as numbness on tongue and warmth in the chest.
Old Ruffian wasn't the best barleywine at the tasting, but it certainly wasn't the worst. In my experience, age does wonders for this brew, and three years seems to be its peak.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2010 17:54:45 | More by Phelps
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