Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
2009 vintage - bottled on December 2, so just over a year of aging on this one. The Ruffian pours a rusty red color with a fizzy and bubbly head. Aroma has this raisin and fruit thing going on, with a subtle malt sweetness in the background. Taste is ... huge. (The label says hefty, and it might actually be appropriate in this case) The first sips let you know that there's a big hop profile on this one, with a lingering bitterness that I associate more with IPAs than the Barleywine style. This has to be dry-hopped. I'm amazed that a beer this old can have this much hop presence. Impressive. Beyond the hops is this great, caramel-toffee malt backbone that holds everything up. As the beer warms and opens up there's this very nice raisin and fruitcake sweetness that comes out the more you drink it. There's some alcohol burn on the way down, though it's not unpleasant and certainly something you kind of expect with the style. Overall this is a hefty and hoppy (borrowing from the label) example of the American Barleywine style.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2010 04:40:07 | More by eclaycamp
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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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