Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Trueant1:
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured a thick pancake batter like head. Lost of haziness stirring around in the glass. Dark orange brown color. Exceptional looks in the glass.
Smelled up the whole room upon opening. Sweet molassis and sweet bread smells. Great!
Not an overly bitter barley wine, but just enough to be in your face. The alcohol and hop bitterness is three to one over the malts that are in the background. The malts are like molassis candy. Every thing works with this huge brew.
Mouthfeel is somewhat dry for this style. A bitter tinge stays on the tongue and pallet for quite a long time. After three minutes your mouth is begging for more.
Great brew, great brewery.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2010 06:36:47 | More by Trueant1
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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