Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by hoplover82:
4.43/5 rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Wow! The Aroma of this beer is amazing. Sweet caramel at first then it fades to a beautiful bouket of floral hops then that fades to toffee notes.
It pours a deep, hazy brownish dark red ale. The tan creamy head stays a little while and leaves in its trail lush lacing.
The flavor has lots of caramel notes and a nice in your face bitterness that lingers well. Dark fuits like prunes and also notes of bitter oranges.
It's a very smooth ale for the alcohol content. Not sting at all. It's hidden like a snake in its den.
A quite lovely Barleywine indeed. Thanks again Great Divide. The Lord bless the hop harvest.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2008 20:13:06 | More by hoplover82
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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