05 October 2008

Beer Review, Old Ruffian Barleywine

Great Divide Old Ruffian Barleywine

First beer review while living in Kalamazoo!

Appearance: Dark orange, almost red. Some effervescence from bottom of glass. Thick head that dissipates quickly but leaves significant lacing. Very impressive head considering the abv on this one. 4.5/5

Smell: Strong hoppiness, intense sweet malts. Notes of caramel, a touch of corn. A very strong barleywine, enticing. 4.0/5

Taste: Crisp hops up front, very "hot" with alcohol. Very sweet caramel malts in the middle, with a dry but somehow refreshing finish. The hops and alcohol can be a bit overpowering, but overall this is an amazing example of a barleywine. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Thick, low carbonation, heavy on the hops. Coats the mouth admirably. Smooth and clean. 4.5/5

Drinkability: Considering the alcohol, an amazingly drinkable beer. 4.0/5

Overall: 4.35/5

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