Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by Wadsey:
2.95/5 rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Bottled sometime in 2008. Poured in a DFH signature glass.
A: Deep amber to amber brown with an above-average frothy head. Good clarity but moderate lacing.
S: Big caramel presence joined by tea-like or herbal hops. A touch of fruit and a note of oxidation. Really, this is a very standard profile for an aged American Barleywine.
T: Sweet caramel malt on front of palate, which is annihilated by a steely bitterness that thoroughly dominates tasting experience. Alcohol is noticeable but not unduly so. Long, long bitter finish.
M: Body is a little light for style and carbonation is too high for style. Moderately warming.
D: Old Ruffian drinks relatively easily despite its over-the-top IBUs. The problem is that it tastes like just about every other American Barleywine I've drank. I'm nipping this cellaring experiment in the bud.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2011 02:58:57 | More by Wadsey
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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