Ridge Runner | Rock Art Brewery

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BA SCORE
30.7%
Liked This Beer
3.44 w/ 420 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States
rockartbrewery.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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.

Added by Murph on 08-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,003
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
420
Liked:
129
Avg:
3.44/5
pDev:
15.99%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
37
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 420 |  Reviews: 204
Photo of von_kaiser
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JLK7299
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of argock
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown btottle into a clear glass snifter. Bottled on Jun 28 2015 is my guess (no date) but could easily be earlier (see below).

A: Very clear amber with 1 finger beige head with decent retention and a few spots of lacing.

S: A weird chemical rum raisin extract kind of aroma leapt from the glass with a bit of light caramel and weird grassiness.

T: Flavor is poor to start with and gets worse with each sip. No caramel really to speak of with a bunch of cardboard and weird vegetable flavors. They need some oxygen control as this beer should hold up and is 3 years old at most. Little other flavors come through. No infection flavors per se but tons of oxidation.

M: Super thin and carbonation is medium.

O: Maybe a bad bottle but won't try again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a dark hazy amber color with a slim quarter finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated within seconds. The smell starts off with a semi-sweet cooked caramel malt trying to blend with light vanilla and herbal/tea-like qualities running over some light cooked cocoa tones. The taste pretty much copies the aroma decently. There’s no aftertaste but it does have a slight smooth semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation hits just a tad harder than other Barleywines I’ve had. Overall, a bit different as an English Barleywine, not exactly sure about this one. I'll stick with Vermonster by these guys.

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Photo of IBUBrew
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueKurenai
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bibo_ergo_sum
4.36/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As I've found with most of this brewery's stuff, this beer is kind of a throwback, or better yet, a time machine, embracing a milder, more drinkable and less assertive style of barleywine than what we're normally used to. This is your father's barleywine and that's a good thing.

The beer is a lovely deep amber color. It is fairly clear. It smells like someone dipped banana bread in rum, like toast and toasted nuts. These aromas are carried through in the flavor. It is a malty, nutty, sweet beer. Where this beer might let you down is in terms of mouth feel. It is pretty thin. But, as I made my way through a few of them, this defect actually grew into an asset; you can drink a LOT of these because the beer doesn't stick in your mouth -- it finishes relatively cleanly.

My overall impression this beer is that it is best thought of as a campfire companion or a ski-lodge favorite. It is something that tastes really really good, that you can drink a lot of, and has no pretensions of being a "total work of art." It is a beer intended to compliment an already wonderful experience, not be the experience itself.

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Photo of jwhancher
2.41/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

From Rock Art's website this is considered a mild barley wine by today's standards. When I picked this up last week in Vermont I didn't know what the heck this beer was trying to be. Canned on date of 12/13/16. Pours a dark clear Amber with head that faded quick. Some suspended particles float around but far from a cloudy or hazy beer. Smells of crystal, toasted , and some roast malts. I get some diacetyl in the nose. Hops aren't apparent in the aroma.

Taste: Upfront shot of bitterness with a chalky, roasty, slightly astringency. Some light caramel , some coffee that finished very dry. Thin bodied for 7.2% alcohol. I think they should raise the mash temps and let more body shine through. Noticeable alcohol warmth in the throat. Drinkable yes, but pleasurable not so much.

At $15 a 4-pack I was left vastly disappointed in this beer. Would not seek out again.

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Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zotzot
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ptat
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jebrew
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can, it pours a solid darker amber with a small head, quickly dissipating. Very light nose. The mouth gets the maltiness with some slight bitterness.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of redsoxjim
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Molson2000
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dizzy242
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hendry
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DirtyDawg10
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is light with some maltiness and a bit of prune or fig. The taste is quite malty with a hint of banana and dark fruit. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected for a barley wine. Overall I would say this is a light barley wine, almost a brown ale in flavor.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vt_beer_sampler
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhavs
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fitzy84
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bottle up at a cider mill store in Waterbury, Vermont. Beer pours with a murky, dark brown color and a thin head. Aromas include roasted malt, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Taste follows the nose with a bit richer complexity, especially with the aftertaste that had hints of plums and raisins wrapped in a sweet, warm vanilla malt flavor. Mouthfeel does a decent job making this drink creamy, but with a good carbonation. Overall, not too bad; the flavoring was the best attribute to this beer for me.

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Ridge Runner from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 30.7% out of 100 with 420 ratings
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