Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by slayer3604:
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Nice deep amber with a fluffy head. Damn does this look appealing. Kind of what you'd expect for a Barley Wine to pour like.
smells like boozy fig and raisin with a great little husky malt note hanging in the balance.
Has so much flavor. It is bitter but balanced and full of cream from the body. This is a spectacular beer for the price. Most barleywines these days are hefty in price.
Full bodied and creamy
Not very drinkable. This actually got me a little messed up. Heavy borderline cloying stickiness and has a burnt fruit taste in the background after every sip.
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2010 06:50:09 | More by slayer3604
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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