Ridge Runner | Rock Art Brewery

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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
Ratings:
417
Reviews:
203
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
15.94%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 417 |  Reviews: 203
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of redsoxjim
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Molson2000
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dizzy242
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hendry
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DirtyDawg10
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vt_beer_sampler
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhavs
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fitzy84
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of MTKATL
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shoretaxi
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScaryEd
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucoli
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sk8sean86
1.75/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 02/15/16

L-Pours a dark caramel with 3 finger cream colored head. The head recedes quickly down to a thin film. Lacing is moderate at first, but quickly disappears.
S- The nose is pretty muted on this which I find disappointing. There is some crackery maltiness up front, finishing with a bit of dark fruit like plum.
T- The taste is much like the nose in that you get mostly the malt before a small amount of dark fruitiness bobs to the surface. Unfortunately the mild hop bitterness in the finish quickly pushes the dark fruit back into the depths of the brew. I expect I may like this beer with a bit more age on it.
F-Carbonation is very light after the initial pour, and the mouthfeel is medium.
O- Overall I find this beer to be a bit disappointing. It may improve with some more age, but I've had better barleywines from a couple of different sources. Unless it improves dramatically over time, I wouldn't rebuy.

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Photo of jonfed
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eddiefl
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ridge Runner from Rock Art Brewery
3.45 out of 5 based on 417 ratings.
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