Rock Art Ridge Runner

Posted: July 21, 2012 in English Barleywine, Reviews, Rock Art Brewery

What a day. I hate Thursdays. I know, they’re the day before Friday which is great. But, I have my executive meetings on Thursdays…every Thursday at 1000. This week’s meeting went over the monthly numbers and these take forever. I have meeting induced ADD. Once a meeting goes over an hour, I completely zone out. I start thinking about what I need to buy at the food store (which is odd to begin with because Katie does the food shopping) and then I start thinking about how the only Acme’s I know of are by Katie. Then, I start thinking about the food store I went to as a kid, Associated, in Queens, which I’m pretty sure doesn’t exist anymore. Then, I start thinking about doing laundry…again, amusing because Katie does that too. Do you see my problem? Anyways, the meeting ended, I had a good workout at the gym and now it’s beer time.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: English Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mild Barley Wine (by today’s bigger beers). ‘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.”

Random: Katie and I watched “Four Weddings” on TLC. It’s really helpful in showing us what we don’t want…like a buffet dinner.

A barleywine in July? Odd, I know. I didn’t even remember bringing this one to Katie’s house. Anyway, this brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear chestnut color with lots of active carbonation. It was lighter than I was used to for the style. The nose was also a little tame for the style. I got some sweet nuttiness with maple and raisin notes. The taste was like barleywine junior. I got nuttiness, candi sugar and a dose of raisin and plum. But, the body was very light for the style and I got none of the booze warming on the end that I’ve become accustomed to from the style. The finish was quick as well. This brew didn’t do much for me. It was definitely drinkable and had some flavor, but if you’re craving a barleywine, this wouldn’t be one I’d grab for.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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