Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by deanhead:
3.3/5 rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Nice amber color, highly alcoholic nose
The taste is bitter almost sour...maybe acid aldehyde. I want to have faith in this beer, and hope it's not infected. Finishes with a taste like acetone.
Very dank and hoppy. Slightly thin to medium body. Would have expected more body from a beer this big. The malt flavor is somewhat overpowering.
It's drinkable, but either needs some time, or a different bottle then one I drank.
I did enjoy this beer despite the bottle itself being suspect.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2008 02:34:28 | More by deanhead
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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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