Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by unclederby:
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This old ruffian pours beautifully, a murky dark amber topped off by a creamy, frothy tan head. Lots of bubbles work their way up from the bottom of the pour. The head doesn't stay too long but bits of sticky lacing coat the glass.
Lots of good stuff on the nose: caramel, raisins, wood, chocolate.
Flavours of caramel, honey, raisins and chocolate present themselves upon sipping. Sweet up front, it all smooths out nicely in the middle and then the piney, sappy hops kick in and assert their presence on the finish. We're left with a bittersweet aftertaste.
Alcohol is noticeable more by it's warming effect than in the taste.
Mouthfeel is full and viscous: slick and oily with good carbonation. It lingers...
Well let me tell you i am torn on it's drinkabilty. I could sip a bomber say over a period of a couple of hours... but i think that's about it. With it's nice hop character this barleywine is a bit of a palate wrecker. Definitely screams "nightcap", and one to share too...
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2005 21:02:23 | More by unclederby
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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
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