Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,976 | Reviews: 1,038 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by soughtbygod:
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This beer pours a dark slightly hazy orange with a two finger off white head that dicipates rather quickly but leave great lacing.
The smell is sweet, malt, vanilla, and roasted caramel
The taste is very well balanced, no alcohol profile, hops and malt slightly sweet a little of the roast flavor pull through with the hops at the end
mouthfeel isnt as smooth as the beer looks, a little too carbonated for this style. but not bad
overall great beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2011 01:29:32 | More by soughtbygod
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
94 out of 100 based on 1,976 ratings.