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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

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2,042 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,042
Reviews: 1,041
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 217
Gots: 297 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old Ruffian is a hefty, hop-forward Barley Wine. Seemingly mellow at the start with subtle fruit aromas and complex caramel sweetness, it quickly becomes aggressive with its bold hop flavors and huge hop bitterness. Ultimately, the big body, succulent sweetness and massive hop character come together to work wonders on your palate.

(Beer added by: gbontrag on 11-28-2004)
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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%

A: Fantastic. Pours a wonderful dark amber color with a decent amount of head. An aggressive pour could cause an overflow no doubt. A very crisp looking beer when pour into a tulip glass.

S: Smells strong, but not in a bad way. Like the smell of a good, not cheap whiskey. The hops are big up front but there is also a piney and floral aroma that follows it. Definitely get a feel for the sweetness as well.

T: As if the smell and look weren't good enough, the taste backs it up. It's deceptively strong for what it brings to the table. Very sweet with a lot of fig and grape flavors going on. Again, the alcohol is masked so well in this it's hard to believe it's a 10+.

M: Very robust and what you would expect from a high alcohol barleywine. Little bit of carbonation but not too much. It fits well with the overall feel of the beer of it being big in presence but light in some of the things that can take away from good barleywines.

O: I am a lover of the Barleywine and Old Ale style, and GD hasn't disappointed here. A tremendous Barley wine to try if you have never gotten into the style. It's big in a lot of ways but subtle in just as many important ways. Tremendous beer.

Jaysauras, Oct 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Mason Jar, beautiful color and a creamy off white head. Aroma of hops and dark fruits hits the nose..things get heavy here and I couldn't get much else, no matter because the taste is awesome and although hop forward it has some levels of depth with the overall flavor which covers the ABV very well. The mouthfeel is heavy at first sip and changes on the tongue to medium..almost light and then finishing a solid medium..the tongue takes a journey here but it should with a good Barley Wine Style Ale! Overall a very solid and enjoyable brew..glad I picked it up and would grab it again...Great Divide Brewing Co turns out some nice stuff.

Bear1964, Oct 15, 2014
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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,042 ratings.