Saturday, December 03, 2005

Rock Art Brewery Ridge Runner Barley Wine Ale

Check this beer out at Beer Advocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1805/5336/

Here's my take on this one:

Bottled on Mar. 05 per the notched label. The Ridge Runner Barley Wine Ale pours from the bottle a deep cola brown bordering on black with a taught half inch of creamy bone white head on top. Spotty lacing sticks to the side of my glass as garnet hues streak out as the light passes through. Aromas of rich caramelly, raisiny malts with a slight burnt undertone. Dark fruits along with a hint of cocoa and just a touch of hops. Nice and malty..maybe even a touch of molasses.

First sip brings rich dark maltiness that'a a bit burnt with a cornucopia of flavors including dark fruits, raisins, caramel, cocoa and a hint of molasses and licorice on the way down. The brew is a tad smoky with only a faint hint of hops in the finish. A tasty, flavorful brew, quite thin for a barleywine really, but it makes it easy to drink and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rather light with a good amount of carbonation. The body is not as big and chewy as I was hoping for and it really doesn't resemble a barleywine at all. However, the brew is quite drinkable and I wouldn't mind having another. Overall a nice brew that I wouldn't mind having again given the chance. Thanks to BIF20 and MuddyFeet for this one.

Overall I gave this one a 3.8 out of 5. A nice, drinkable brew!

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