Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheSixthRing:
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottled on date of 12/13/13
Appearance - Pours a dark, relatively clear ruby brown with a finger's worth of sandstone colored head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of surface suds. Fair lacing around the glass, with good stick.
Smell - Huge caramel in the nose, offset by some earthy, woody and leafy tea-like aroma. Hints of citrus once it warms.
Taste - Caramel and burnt toffee make up the bulk of the malt base, while hints of wood and earth lurk below. A solid punch of grapefruit pith comes crashing in mid-taste to give this a beautiful, bittersweet finish. The bitterness builds, sip after sip, and a resultant ruby red grapefruit character becomes the predominant flavor, while caramel hangs around the edges.
Mouthfeel - Full in body with fair carbonation. Lightly syrupy. Smooth at first, but gets a little rougher with the passage of time.
Overall - One of those barleywines that might be best while fresh, because the hop profile is a thing of beauty, though I wouldn't mind scoring a bottle at some point in the future just to see how well it ages. Gets a bit sweeter as it warms, and frankly I better loved the layered complexity it showed when first opened, but it's a hell of a barelywine all the same.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 05:56:01 | More by TheSixthRing
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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