Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
3.55/5 rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours a nice, homogeneous looking reddish brown with a thick white head on top. It looks rich and sweet.
S: The nose is not terribly strong, but what is there tells the story of a malty and hoppy beverage to come.
T: The Old Ruffian is surprisingly hoppy. The malt is certainly there to balance it out, but the big, bitter hops push through and dominate. I would almost prefer to classify this one as a triple IPA. The malt, however, does push back one last time before the end of the sip, but as it heads down the hatch it gives way to a bitter aftertaste. As the glass emptied and warmed the malt became more and more prominant, but this is still a hop show.
M: Unlike many other Barleywines I've had this is a nicely carbonated beer. It is not oily, rather it has a little more sparkle to it.
O: As I mentioned above, the Old Ruffian seems more like a triple IPA than a Barleywine. Maybe there should be a small category in between the DIPA and the Barleywine for beer like this although I don't know what else would fit into it. Either way, this is a Barleywine for an IPA fan. I liked it, but I expect more bold flavor from the style.
Serving type: bottle
06-03-2011 06:05:58 | More by StoneTSR
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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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