Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by johnniemarg:
4.55/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz bomber poured into a delerium tulip.
Pours with an engine oil thickness and cloudy copper color. The beer is visibly thick as it appears at first as if there won't be much head, but then the tiny bubbles slowly gather and slowly make their way to the top of the glass to create a nice 2-finger tan head. The side of the glass opposite the side I'm drinking from is almost a uniform sheet of shite tiny bubbles.
The smell of this is almost all malt to me. Tons of caramel malt and some spiciness that I can't quite tell if it's the alcohol or hops. I think it's alcohol.
The taste is great. The nice big caramel malt backbone is there throughout and a nice hop bitterness makes itself known quickly and lasting into the aftertaste. It never is too hoppy because there's just so much malt in there to balance it out. After I'm well into my first glass I begin to think that there is a taste in here that's something like burnt chocolate chip cookies.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with a spicy alcohol sensation. Carbonation is held down in the thickness of the brew, but it's not lightly carbonated. It's perfectly carbonated in my opinion.
One of the best barley wines I've had. I am really impressed by this brewery. They need to get distribution on the east coast. I got this from liquid solutions. Highly drinkable although you'll feel it.
Serving type: bottle
09-11-2006 02:35:32 | More by johnniemarg
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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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