As Hurricane Irene approaches, I sit here drinking a beer instead of getting the things I may need…water, batteries for the flashlight, etc. What the heck is wrong with my priorities?
Anyways…on to beer #270. Ridge Runner by Rock Art Brewery is an English Barleywine brewed in Morrisville, Vermont. The ABV comes in at 7.5% . Rock Art uses my favorite “icon”, Kokopelli. I don’t know why I like that little horn playing deity of Native American cultures from the Southwestern United States…I just do.
Now to the beer, it poured a dark slightly reddish brown with no head whatsoever. The nose was earthy and smelled like raisins with caramel and brown sugar thrown in for good measure. It was a quite light nose wise for a Barleywine. Lets taste it shall we? I know you can’t taste it…unless you have it on hand that is. The dark fruitiness of the raisins mixes well with the caramel and brown sugar. There is a nice hop kick in there also providing a nice bitter bite. It was not nearly as sweet as some Barleywines I have had and I liked that. It had a slight alcohol kick near the end of it that intensified slightly as it warmed up. It had a medium body and fairly higher amount of stinging carbonation.
Not to shabby…I would get this again. And now I’m at a loss for words…