Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pours hazy copper in color with about two fingers of head; good retention and nice sticky lacing.
S - The aroma of this is just fantastic! Sweet like a candy apple, caramel and toffee malts, hops and rough citrus.
T - Again I think candy and or caramel apple really sums this one up. Really nice malts, with some hop bite and a subtle bitterness in the finish.
M - Pretty heavy in body, perfect carbonation and it really coats the mouth nicely. Extremely well balanced.
D - Sweet, malty, tasty, delicious, I could drink it all night, but then I would pass out from the ABV! Anyway, enjoy this one because it's a great barley wine!
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2010 04:02:42 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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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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