Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by devilben02:
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle that was filled in December 2009, this one glows in the glass with a medium-dark garnet brown color and a big, frothy, light beige head. The aroma is confusing but delightful, with sweet caramel malts being contrasted by an earthy bitterness, a noticeable alcohol presence, and maybe even a bit of smokiness. In the flavor, the earthy hops are more dominant, but a contrasting sweetness of toffee, burnt caramel, and sweet rolls is also there, along with the alcohol that intermingles with the hops to deliver quite a wallop to the palate. The mouthfeel is fine but unremarkable, with a solid carbonation giving way to a slight alcohol burn, especially as the beer warms.
Overall, I can recognize the complexity and depth of flavor in this beer, but it forces its potent flavors too strongly and becomes a bit brash for my liking. In this way, I equate this beer to an acquaintance who joins your group of friends while they engage in a round of friendly trash talking and is a bit too good at the put-downs. He's funny, and his barbs are certainly meant to be good-natured, but you still just don't appreciate him calling your sister a low-class call girl who wouldn't be considered interesting enough to appear on the Jerry Springer show even if her boyfriend left her for a bearded dwarf with Tourette syndrome.
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2010 15:04:50 | More by devilben02
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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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