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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
Ranking:
#42,183
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
422
pDev:
15.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
39
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 422 |  Reviews: 204
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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Photo of MTKATL
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shoretaxi
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScaryEd
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucoli
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sk8sean86
1.75/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
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 +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chewy6935
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of CayseyW
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer really shouldn't be classified as an English barleywine; it's something totally different. When this first dropped I was really impressed, but times have changed and so has my palate. That said, I still find this to be a beer worthy of drinking occasionally. Nice nose, decent fruity taste, but the mouthfeel becomes daunting after a while because the aftertaste gets sickeningly sweet. Try one.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Winston3737
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whynot44
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper-brown brew with a modest tan head that disappears quickly.

The aroma is malt, caramel and plums.

The taste is caramel malt, raisins, bread and a touch of grassy hops.

Medium bodied, light for a barleywine, but smooth and easily drinkable.

Altogether a decent brew, not really heavy or complex, but still worthwhile.

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Photo of hozersr
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gajo74
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look- poured a dark brown, hint of ruby red, minimal head that quickly disapates and left no lace.
Smell- roasted malts, dark fruits, some coffee. Smells a bit like a stout.
Taste- roasted malt with semi bitter hops profile. There is a mineral water backbone that detracts from the flavor a bit.
Feel- body feels a bit thin. Lightly carbonated and drinkable enough.
Not so bad, but the thin body and not so complex taste did not impress me.

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Ridge Runner from Rock Art Brewery
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 422 ratings
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