Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by cratez:
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
650ml bomber shared with friends. 2008 bottle. Pours a murky mahogany red with dark brown edges and a thick ring of cream coloured head. Smell and taste are burnt caramel, biscuit, phenolic and woody aromas, roasted barley, sweet and sticky pale malts, assorted berries, and a big punch of green, herbal, and citrusy American hops. Substantial bitterness in the aftertaste, the 90 IBUs make themselves known. Mouthfeel is lush, crisp, and rough at the same time, with a fruity hop acidity that clings to the palate. Alcohol warms the insides but is not apparent in the flavour. A bold ale that was well received by the entire group.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2010 17:22:09 | More by cratez
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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
94 out of 100 based on 1,974 ratings.