Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by markaberrant:
4.63/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - carmel amber colour, brilliant clarity, puffy light tan head, good retention, small bits of lacing left behind.
S - rich caramel and fruitiness, citrus grapefruit hops are present, but integrated into the overall aroma
T - rich carmel and grapefruit pith dominate, very well rounded, tons of depth, solid bitterness in the finish, aftertaste is bitter grapefruit and alcohol
M - thick, but not syrupy, body really accentuates the malt, but the bitterness and alcohol in the finish really dry things up, lip smacking, alcohol is noticable, but very smooth
D - about as fine an example of the style I've ever come across
This bottle is from winter 08/09, so about 7-8 months old. The flavours are relatively simple, yet powerfully complex. I like that in a beer, I don't need 12 different malts and 12 different hops. This is everything a barleywine should be. Fantastic.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2009 19:23:47 | More by markaberrant
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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