lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Split this with crosling while listening to hip-hop
I take a few slow sips and get the foam on my lips
The nose is unobtrusive, yet the hops are rather abusive
(but only in a wonderful, masochistic sort of way)
I could drink this every day.
And even though this Ruffian tastes mighty fine,
the fact remains,
you can’t screw up a barleywine!
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a slightly murky reddish brown, with a nice tan head. Nice aroma of caramel malts, pine needles, and some mild alcohol. Wonderfull full mouthfeel, thick and slightly syrupy with a a big caramel malt taste with hints of toffee, pine, with a nice slightly warming alcohol presence leading to a nicely bitter finish. Outstanding
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, at the brewery? Great Divide is a small production brewery. they gave an excellent tour, but are only equipeed with a few of their beers on draft. they were happy to open up bottles of anything that we wanted to try. Smooth and big, malty beginning with a nice dry finish, a solid barleywine style ale.
wolfecruz (3) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bold and a bit unbalanced with heavy hop flavor and bitterness but overall likeable. Similar to Bigfoot.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Perfect clearish ruby red. Very bitter with a high alcohol nose and taste. Caramel in there as well.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was really good. Slightly hazy ruby brown, bordering into mahogany, with a thick creamy head that slowly faded, leaving lacing and a fine ring even after quite some time had passe, unusual in such a thick beer. Massive caramel, spruce, and grapefruit aromas. Tasty, almost chewy caramel and toffee malts greet the tongue, which is then sandblasted by bitter hops, with loads of resiny pine and citrus. There are also some dark fruit underpinnings throughout. Great fresh, I suspect this would age nicely as well. Good stuff.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Pours cloudy reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma of piney hops, dark fruit and caramel. Flavor has spiciness, pepper, pine, resin, grapefruit, oak, dark fruits, toasted malt, caramel, toffee and a hint of cherry. Pleasantly sweet with a ton of hop bitterness, which lingers on the tongue forever. The body on this is just beautiful; thick, lush and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation. Great head retention. A really nice barleywine.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is deep ruby with a big dense thick off white head...smell is pine, soap, plums, and cherries...maybe vanilla too...taste is intensely sweet then bitter...seems a little over the top, but good indeed...
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle: Damn, this is a barleywine. Big, huge malt aroma, brown sugar, soap, hops. Caramel brown with a thick rich tan head. Big rich hoppy flavor with a nice malt backbone. Appropriately bitter finish. Damn good beer. Impressive.
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thick, fluffy and creamy dark sandy-tan head that leaves TONS of lace. Aroma has alot of pine, citrusy hops and plums to go along with the candy-like malts. This is THICK and RICH! Possibly the thickest beer I’ve ever had that wasn’t an imperial stout. Very sweet, caramel, piney malty start. Floral, citrusy hops are present in the very bitter, dry finish. Quite sticky. Leaves the impression that I’ve just licked some delicious tree sap. Some warming alcohol throughout. Very powerful and intense.