Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by swizzlenuts:
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
The beer pours a cloudy, dark amber with a nice thick creamy head. The beer doesn't appear to have a lot of carbonation. The retention on the head is great.
The nose on the beer is filled with hops and a sweet malty backbone. The smell is quite pleasing, but different than I expected. When having a drink of the beer the huge malt flavours come out quite a bit, with hints of caramel, dark fruits, and a sugary syrup. The hops come in at the end with a great bitterness. The flavours don't come out and kick your ass, but are very fucking balance and tasty. The mouthfeel is quite creamy and syrupy, which is great. This is quite easy to drink, even with all the flavours.
The beer is all around a solid barley wine, a lot of nice flavours, but there could be a bit more complexity. I do enjoy how the hops don't over power the beer, but just make it nice and bitter after the initial flavours.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2008 03:15:41 | More by swizzlenuts
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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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