Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the Denver Bicycle Cafe into a snifter.
A-A nice-looking deep-tawny amber-hued beer sits beneath a thick cap of light tan head. The head is persistent and a thin layer of foam stays around for quite a while. The head leaves a heavy coating of lacing on the glass as I drink.
S-The aroma is pleasant and warming with a caramel sweetness that is mild for the style. I detect a fair amount of hoppy bitterness, but no one flavor stands out. Maybe some orange rind to go along with the vanilla-scented caramel? Alcohol is well-integrated.
T-The taste tracks the smell closely. It is subdued and very balanced with a nice dose of orange-rind hops to add some zest and spice on the finish. To be sure, the caramel, malty flavors are there, and I can feel the alcohol more than taste it, but this barleywine is easy on the palate.
M-The feel is medium body for the style with a fine, mellow, almost creamy carbonation. The carbonation is a nice change from ultra-heavy, syrupy beers of the style.
O-This is a good beer, but not a great one. The flavors tend toward simple and drinkable, instead of huge or complex or mind-blowing. Normally, a well-done beer like this would not be a problem, but in a barleywine that is 10-plus percent ABV, I want my mind to be a little blown. Simplicity notwithstanding, this is a good-looking example of the style and it drinks easy. A good fire-side, apres ski beer.
Serving type: on-tap
03-18-2014 02:27:00 | More by spoony
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,957 ratings.