Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
22 oz foil-capped bomber, bottled on Dec 02 2011, served in a tapered pint glass. Beer is perfectly between red and brown. Crystal clear, though. Thick, dark foam. Aroma of sweet corn and barley malt.
Flavors go way way down. There's the edge of sweetness you expect, followed by a significant hop load which brings complexity and an unbelievable balance, before leaving he palate just on the bitter side of the balance. 90 IBUs? Oh my. I can believe it.
The beer is no thicker or heavier than you'd expect for the style and there's not nealry as much alcohol burn as there should be. Well done, Great Divide.
02-16-2012 05:38:10 | More by hreb
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
Bomber from either '05 or '06 poured into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Matt for sharing this well-aged treat.
A: Clear ruby body with a 1/2" head of fine tan foam. Ok retention, spotty lace. Nice, especially considering its age.
S: Soft, delicate, yet rich aroma of toffee, raisin, plum, and some herbal hop notes. Balanced, rich, and lovely.
T: Big and sweet up front, with nice toffee and vanilla notes leading in to a bitter, boozy, toasty finish. Tastes like a great, old American Barleywine - which it is.
M: Slick medium body, low carbonation. Ok.
O: I can't believe it's taken me this long to try this beer; I've got a couple bottles in my own cellar, but have never gotten around to opening one. Given how tasty this was with at least 5 years on it, I won't be in any hurry to open my more recent bottles. I really hope Great Divide comes back to CT soon, as I'd like to set up a nice vertical of this stuff.
02-16-2012 01:12:45 | More by woosterbill
4/5 rDev -5.2%
A - Pours a murky orange/red color with a thick slightly off white head that leaves some nice lacing.
S - Big malty sweet aroma upfront before the citrusy and slightly herbal hop notes come in. Faint hint of alcohol in the background.
T - Fruity, boozy and quite intense (yet balanced). Citral and piney hops make an appearance. Citrus peel, dark fruit, caramel and boozy finish.
M - Thick and syrupy and full and very much bold with flavor.
O - Another solid beer from Great Divide. This is my first time having this beer and I can tell that I'll like this one more with a few years on it.
02-11-2012 19:22:31 | More by SkiBum22
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
Old Ruffian, bottle bought at Owasso Wine&Liquor in Oklahoma for $11.99 (then I come back to NYC and see it for $8.99!).
Bottled November 2010 and consumed on January 29 2012.
Appearance: Classic barleywine looks, amber-raisin looks, sherry-like. A solid finger of head that lasts and lot of foam. Great carbonation, retention and lacing.
Smell: Hoppy! Despite the age... funky too, stinky lake in a pig farm in Texas. Brown sugar, coconut shavings. Dirty raisin juice, stale cranberry juice.
Taste: Hops right away, dank and musty. I get a little vanilla and coconut... then toffee, Twix, lot of sugar. Some serious sweetness here! Booze, top-shelf liquor.
Mouthfeel: Full flavor, medium-to-full-body, well balanced. Not too dry or boozy. Smooth and nice, you can feel the age.
Overall: I love how drinkable this is. A farmer's beer, let me say, so "barnyard-y". The age adds interest to it and it is really balanced. Some hops and funk on the mix. Not the most outrageous barleywine in the world, but damn good!
02-09-2012 06:06:51 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours a deep amber with a mountain of thick, foamy, cascading, brownish head that has amazing retention. The nose has a heavy citrusy hop aroma as well as a faint caramelly, malty aroma with hints of pineapple and birthday cake. The flavor is malty, bready, and caramelly up front with some faint dark fruit notes followed by an intense hop character. The hops offer citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple as well as some piny, earthy notes. The hops leave the bitterness of an IPA behind on the palate well after the swallow. The alcohol is present but it mostly adds warmth and a slight bite to the finish. The mouthfeel is warm, medium to full bodied, and very smooth.
This is a well built barleywine. This will also keep the DIPA vs. Barleywine conversation going. The flavor is fantastic and I bet some time will calm the hops and marry the flavors a little. The alcohol is buried and only really shows up in the finish and in the warmth of the mouthfeel. It's drinkabe. Maybe dangerously so. I would definitely have this again.
02-09-2012 03:38:19 | More by tdm168
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
22 oz bottle. Snifter.
A: Very dark red, finger of creamy off-white head.
S: Strong overripe dark fruits (figs, dates, raisins), and lots of underlying booze.
T: It certainly leans toward the fruity side with bitter raisin flavor sticking out.
M: The body is pretty thick with average carbonation.
O: It is a good barleywine along the lines of Old Horizontal and Third Coast Old Ale.
02-08-2012 15:17:55 | More by bucklemyshoe
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
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