Ridge Runner - Rock Art Brewery
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Reviews by bultrey:
3.85/5 rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This is a damn tasty beer, but in no way does it come close to resembling a barleywine, English or otherwise. Maybe one could make the case for an old ale, like Old Peculiar or Old Nick, but it has way too much roasty character for that. It pours a deep reddish brown with a minimal frothy creamy head around the edge. I pick up some charred sugared pecans in the nose, maybe a touch of vanilla. Taste is a nutty roastiness, very much like a good brown ale. Some sweetness kicks in, maybe vanilla, and the finish is a quite tasty char flavor that is reminiscent of a coffee porter of something of that ilk, or maybe roasted peanut skins. Very little hop bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is close to a barleywine, but not quite as thick. Drinkability is actually quite good because it is not an overwhelming beer. A decent cool weather beer to be sure, but misses the mark on style.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2005 02:56:10 | More by bultrey
More User Reviews:
3.44/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: A very deep copper color in my tulip. Very minimal white head shows up but leave that much of a trace after each sip. Looks very similar to a deep amber maple syrup honestly. Enticing enough.
S: Malts. I thought I would get a bit of hops but its pretty sweet malt oriented, which is fine just not what I expected. I also detect a bit of what I would perceive as oxidation (The cardboardy sherry type smell) but that's okay as it's except-able for the style IMO.
T: Once again very malty but the bitterness backs it up nicely. I really don't get all that much complexity out of it but its nice. Some heavily cooked raisin notes come through along with some bread like flavors. That oxidation is there as well but its not over the top and perhaps adds another interesting element the beer in a strange sense. A touch of fruity esters, really just a touch. alcohol comes through a bit but not much. Hops ? I didn't get any.
M: Very low carbonation, which is great a barley wine should be this level carbonation and makes it a great slow sipper even though the ABV might not make it one entirely I guess. Moderately thick body and a bit creamy I suppose as well.
O: A good beer. Not really a barley wine by my definition but none the less drinkable and pretty decent IMO.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 23:20:09 | More by Haydn-Juby
Ridge Runner from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.