Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by tjkinate:
4/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I think the new batch is still a little green.
1+ fingered, creamy, khaki colored head that displayed decent retention and eventually settled to a thin soapy film atop this amber colored completely transparent brew. The scent was pretty boozy, hop profile was fairly strong, had to check what style of beer I was drinking and make sure it wasn't an IPA. As the beverage warmed the scent calmed and allowed toffee notes and dark fruits to poke through. The tasting followed the scent exactly. Overall I still enjoyed this beer, but really think I will go out and grab another bottle or two for enjoyment a few months down the road once the flavors have had more time to settle down and blend together.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2012 21:20:23 | More by tjkinate
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 1,974 ratings.