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Ridge Runner - Rock Art Brewery

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Robust, Dark and Smooth, hold on to your hat cause you’ll lose your feet on this one!" Brewed with pale, dark crystal, Munich, flaked barley, black and chocolate malts. Hops include Cascade, Crystal, Challenger and Perle.

(Beer added by: Murph on 08-07-2002)
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Photo of smutty33


1/5  rDev -70.7%

07-02-2012 18:50:57 | More by smutty33
Photo of nkeckhar

New York

1.48/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up on a whim as a barley wine I've never tried

A: Hazy Brown

S: Doesn't smell as expected - dark fruit, sweet

T: Plum and raisiny with not much else.

M: Very light.

Overall not a pleasant experience with the light mouthfeel and one note taste, but am glad to have tried a new beer and like other Rock Art stuff, but will not purchase this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 16:51:40 | More by nkeckhar
Photo of DonFrap


1.5/5  rDev -56%

07-20-2013 22:49:58 | More by DonFrap
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.6/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet with loads of overcooked vegetables. Taste is also dominated by some overcooked vegetables with some oversweet malt. Body is really thin with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I thought there was way too many brewing flaws in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 20:00:05 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of aasher


1.73/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This beer was received as an extra from Shaggy9356, thanks Matt! It poured a dark burnt, stained woodlike amber with a quickly dissipating off white head. It smells like a bland macro amber. I can't quite put my finger on which beer it's most similar to but it may be along the lines of Fat Tire. For a barleywine, this tastes nothing like it. It's very malty and has something flat going on. It has a strange funkiness to it. It's not only not impressive it's pretty bad. This is near a drain pour as it leaves a downright odd aftertaste in your mouth. It drinks smoothly enough. To be honest though, I'm having a tough time drinking this. It's smooth, I guess, but it's other lackings are so distracting. At least I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 00:26:24 | More by aasher
Photo of JMS1512

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -41.3%

04-14-2013 02:38:05 | More by JMS1512
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2/5  rDev -41.3%

03-05-2012 23:52:23 | More by Massbmx
Photo of chrispoint


2/5  rDev -41.3%

02-20-2012 17:56:35 | More by chrispoint
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New York

2/5  rDev -41.3%

07-06-2012 21:17:22 | More by POTABLE83
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -41.3%

09-08-2012 16:34:53 | More by ChelseaNJ
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2/5  rDev -41.3%

07-26-2013 05:50:04 | More by Holland
Photo of woosterbill


2.1/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep, clear persimmon body under a finger of fine tan head. Ok retention and lacing; attractive.

S: Weak sauce. Cocoa, chocolate malt, bread, and some dull vegetal hops. It smells like a mediocre brown ale, never a barleywine. Thin and disappointing for the style.

T: Maybe a touch better than the smell, with some light toffee joining the breadiness and cocoa. Thin graininess comes in on the finish, though, negating whatever richness came before. Inoffensive but thoroughly disappointing.

M: There's a nice, moderate amount of fine, creamy carbonation, but sadly it's stuck within a depressingly thin, watery body.

O: I'd score this significantly higher if it were called a Brown Ale, an Amber Ale, or maybe even a Scotch Ale. As a Barleywine, though, it's an utter failure. Don't expect this beer to be rich, sweet, hoppy, or satisfying in the least. Note to Rock Art: please stop getting people's hopes up by calling this a Barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 22:24:05 | More by woosterbill
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

2.1/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pour is a crimson amber, decent enough head. Weird dark-malt nose, the smell, taste, and mouthfeel are a bit thin an there is something off. Very strong coffee taste/aroma throughout. It just isn't very good and it isn't worth going into detail about it, too much wrong here. I poured it out and moved on, skip this if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 02:27:24 | More by craytonic
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2.15/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(0005) Reviewed: 02/08/06.

A 12 oz. bottle purchased in VT approximately 3 days prior to this review, and provided to me by fellow BA eanderson. “Bottled on” date on bottle: May 2005. Bottle not stored for any significant time after receipt, but sampled/reviewed same day (evening of date listed above). Held in the basement, and then popped it in the ‘fridge for about an hour to chill it. Pour temp: 54 oF.

Appearance: Average (0.5-inch), off-white head that slowly descended into the body of the beverage. Color a clear, reddish-brown, with deeper red (almost cherry) tint. No lace to speak of.

Smell: Light whiff of bready malt, slight piney hops. No alcohol, none of the expected complexity.

Taste: Quick malt sweetness, overwritten by hop bitterness. Both petered out at the end, leaving a weak sweet/bitter, almost metallic aftertaste. Definitely not as complex as the style is renowned for.

Mouthfeel: Way too thin for the style. It actually seemed to get thinner as the beer warmed up to room temperature.

Drinkability: Fairly good, despite the aftertaste, and thin body.

Overall: in my humble opinion, this beer is not to style. Perhaps it would serve as an example of another style (Irish Red ale?), but not the deeply complex, warmingly alcohol-laden barleywine style.

Based on comparison with other BA reviews, it may be that bottling this beverage degrades it (reviews of on-tap servings tend to rank higher). Or, it may be that a bad bottling run was encountered (barleywines ought to be able to stand “laying down” for the indicated nine (9) months). eanderson’s sample came from same batch; see his review for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 20:07:20 | More by Gogol
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2.28/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My bottle was labelled as a barleywine, and this definitely does not taste like one.
The beer poured a deep mahogany, reddish brown. Very dark, with a thin misting of head. A little bit of head clinging to the glass, but not much.
Aroma is weak and maildly malty. It smells like a barleywine, but very watered down. Very little hops, moderate esteriness, a touch of sugary caramel, and mild alcohol.
Flavor is also weak and watery. Very thin taste, with perhaps a medium body at best. Moderate carbonation. Slight caramel/roastiness to the malts. Light alcohol in the finish. Slightly slick mouthfeel. I wasn't very impressed with this beer, even after aging the bottle for a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 07:22:34 | More by UnionMade
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2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look - Pours a nice deep copper with a foamy white head. Nice looking carbonation.

Smell - Nice start with barley and fruit undertones, completely overpowered by the strong alcohol finish.

Taste - A good strong flavor that never develops any undertones or highlights. It is a bit flat.

Mouthfeel - Feels quite a bit watery. Then you are slammed with the alcohol. While having Alcohol is good, I don't like being slammed by it.

Drinkability - I'd probably stay away from this one next time.

Packaging: A nice earthy looking label. The Kokopeli and the large Vermont on the label gave me a good idea of what to expect from this beer. What are they marketing, a place, or a brew?

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 16:50:30 | More by Gilgemesh
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2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in September 2010. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy, brownish color, maybe mahogany, with almost no head. At most a very, very thin white ring around the glass.

Nose is unlike any barleywine I've had. There's a little bit of sweetness and earthiness. It's definitely very malty but there is an off scent that I can't quite put my finger on. The closest thing I can come up with is the peat characteristics I get from a good scotch ale. But this isn't quite that either. Not sure if it's pleasant or not. Not really bad but not great either.

Taste isn't the same as the nose but there still seems to be that off flavor. Very earthy with some toffee and some smokiness. But really I keep coming back to that peat-like character that I can't quite wrap my head around.

Mouthfeel is on the border between thin and medium. Very low carbonation.

Drinkability is low on this one. Goes down very smooth with the thin/medium body and low carbonation but the flavors really aren't that pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 05:16:14 | More by ms11781
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North Carolina

2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Even with a hard pour I could barely raise a head on this amber colored beer; no lacing, either

Smell: Caramel, tea and cooked vegetal aromatics

Taste: Very strange opening, with a bit of toffee and some herbal elements; perhaps some dusty chocolate underneath; grainy throughout, with a vague brown sugar element in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, rather aqueous; very low carbonation

Drinkability: Not undrinkable, but why waste the time; this is the most insipid barleywine I have encountered

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 00:56:47 | More by brentk56
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2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours rather dark for a barleywine, a cloudy mahogany with a thin head/ring. Aroma is malty and syrupy but with noticeable hops.

Taste is only faintly malty, more roasted flavors like a stout. Lots of hops bitterness, quite dry. No alcohol flavors but that isn't surprising; it is just barely within the style guidelines.

Mouthfeel is rather watery, especially for what is intended as a barleywine. Not knowing, I might call this a fairly robust porter. I'm not sure this one works for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 01:38:48 | More by assurbanipaul
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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

07-28-2013 00:46:41 | More by KungGustav
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2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've tried this one on tap before, unfortunatley the 22 ounce bomber serving is not much better. Not enitrely sure where the brewer is trying to go with this. It's kind of a cross between a mildly hopped Pale Ale and ground water. It does pour a very nice deep ruby colr, with absolutley no head. At 7.5 it's pretty easy to get down for a "Barley Wine".

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 23:57:04 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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Rhode Island

2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed on May 21, 2006. Julios Spring Beer Festival. Pour of clear brown, fringed with tan. A distant sweet nutty aroma. Vacant flavor of distant rum and touch of tannins. Light nuttiness and a hint of sugars. This is weak. Palate is biting and bitterly dry. Hops? Overly thin bodied, not enough alcohol to carry flavor and the flavors that are present are mildly offensive.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 02:45:22 | More by CharlesDarwin
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North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark copper color...shades of brown and red. Massive carbonation but not much head at all. Smell is light but not too offensive. Softly sweet of caramel and fruit with bready, doughy undertones. Taste is kind of bland. Sweet, bready, hints of chocolate. Light hop presence. No alcohol noted but watery. Mouthfeel is about medium but super thin. Not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 23:08:13 | More by ncvbc
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2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle sampled from a rock art variety pack.

Pours a clear amber color with thin head. Aroma of malts, hops and alcohol but all less prominent than in your average barley wine. Flavor again is similar to a barleywine yet much weaker. Niot a strong alcohol presence with more of a malty taste. Dissapointing.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 08:21:30 | More by corby112
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2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a dark crimson barleywine, with a three-quarter finger tan head, with no visible carbonation or sediment

S - more sour than any barleywine i have ever smelled, with a background thats like an agave sour/sweetness

T - weakes barleywine also, thin bodied, not very sweet, and not thick enough, need higher ABV. nice taste for an english ale

M - smooth and easy to down due to the thin body

D - easy to down for the same reason, plus the lower ABV

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 05:19:53 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Ridge Runner from Rock Art Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.