Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Dark, mahognyred, clear beer with a two finger high, beige, creamy, flyffy head.
Nose: Caramel malt, toffee, dried fruit, black pepper, red berries, vanilla and orange.
Taste: Orange peel, sweet caramel, herbs, dark fruit, apricot, syrup, raisin and hops.
Mouthfeel: Complex body with small but tingling carbonation and a great bitterness from all the hops. Long after you swallow the beer you feel the bitternes growing in your mouth. Really good!
10.2 % ABV that's well hidden in the bitterness and hoppy taste.
This is absolutely one of my favorite barely wine.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2014 21:46:01 | More by craftbeersweden
4.31/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Served in a snifter glass.
Appearance: Deep dark transparent amber with a brown tint to it. The off-white head that rose to maybe 1/4" at best settles nice and even after a sip....very good looking brew.
Smell: Honestly I have been going back and forth with this and it at the very least to me comes off bland. Could definitely be more potent, you smell the alcohol and like a wood note to it but drops before you place your glass down.
Taste: Complex, most barleywines in general dont have a such strong bitterness to it....this one is deep floral in taste but with wood undertones. Has almost a sweet feel to it, to the inexperienced might feel like a mellow DIPA. Malty as it gets, wow.
Mouth: Definitely feels medium to heavy with a gentle stickiness to it. It doesn't overwhelm you like some other brews to the point comes off easy and very well paired with food.
Overall: Great barleywine, I recently bought six bottles of one of my top three barlewyines and would have it tomorrow to compare. Drink up and enjoy, Salud!
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2014 02:08:48 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,974 ratings.