Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by elgiacomo:
4/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
New review July 24, 2011. 22oz bottled Jan 8, 2009...about 2.5 years old. Let’s see how this does with some age. Served at cellar temp.
Pours red/copper with a three finger beige head that leaves some spots of lacing and holds a nice creamy cap.
Aroma is caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some dark fruits, wood, bread & toast, some earthy hops as well still lingering on. Very good strength.
Flavor is rich toffee & caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, wood, vanilla, some hop notes of citrus & grass are present as well as some warming alcohol. Fairly sweet with some moderate bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium/full, creamy, a bit oily, with low to moderate carbonation.
A very tasty barleywine that I feel could go even longer. I’ll pick up some more for some extended aging for sure.
Original review Feb 25, 2008:
Pours a murky dark red/copper with very little head. Quite sweet on the nose and tongue from the caramel malts, but mixed nicely with the hops for some bitterness. Creamy, and a little sticky on the mouthfeel. Finishes relatively dry considering what it’s like up front.. Alcohol taste is completely hidden, but this one can knock you out! Couldn’t finish the bomber or write a review on night #1 with ’Ol Ruffian due to it’s effects, and am instead having to do so tonight with the leftovers...
Aroma 3.5, Appearance 3, Taste 4, Palate 3, Overall 4, Score 3.75
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2010 03:22:11 | More by elgiacomo
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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