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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Old Ruffian Barley WineOld Ruffian Barley Wine

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2,065 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,065
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 221
Gots: 305 | 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 poured 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

bowzer4birdie, Monday at 10:38 PM
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

yeaprolly, Monday at 09:55 AM
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Mongrel, Sunday at 02:15 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

fosters9, Saturday at 07:49 PM
Photo of SteveB3014
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

SteveB3014, Saturday at 05:54 PM
Photo of StoutFox
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Enjoyed at brewery on tap
Appearance: Brown with a redish tint, uniform body, white head
Aroma: Dark fruits, carmaly, a bit of sweet hops
Taste: A bit to hoppy for my taste, the hops tend to overpower the other flavors of the the beer
Complexity: heavy, and boozy
Overall: Worth the try but not my favorite Barleywine, would be nice to try after a couple of years in the celler

StoutFox, Saturday at 04:44 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

SteelersX, Saturday at 12:56 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

a77cj7, Saturday at 06:21 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

krome, Nov 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jgunther71, Nov 21, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Ruddy, nectarine red. Nectar hazy. Just off white lofty head. Clings to glass as it dissipates with look of sea foam.

S: I get a lot of resin, like walking thru an evergreen forest. Mossy earth and citrus; that's the bright. Toffee malt, rum raisin cake, pineapple, berry jam, thyme, good leather. Alcohol that can over-dominate if you get the wrong whiff, otherwise near perfect.

M: Near gel like chewiness. Very fun, velvety soft. Light and flirtatious carbonation. Good residual warmth. Tasted thinner as it warms/consumed with food.

T: Boozy and alcoholic, perfect drink fireside. Very aggressive hop bitterness noticed next. Pine, orange peel, oak wood, hint of coffee, tangerine sours. Brandy soaked fruits, light sweetness of honey+ woodsiness of maple. I like the bitter and booze. Bitterness is actually perfect for style; taste it with a clean palate else all you'll get is booze.

orcrist_cleaver, Nov 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

EDubLovesBeer, Nov 18, 2014
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

WILD-THING, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of GregJ
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Think white head slowly dissipates. Very pleasant aroma, sweet floral and malty. Initially sweetness is quickly overcome by very strong malty and happy flavor. Very dry mouth finish. Excellent early wine beer. The extra hoppiness and heavy malt does an excellent job of masking the high (10.2%) alcohol content. Very good barley wine.

GregJ, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Griffith, Nov 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

jacothom, Nov 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

A lightly hopped nose with touches of spice and alcohol faintly suggestive of bourbon. Pours brilliant chestnut with a ½” foam cap that surprisingly provides intricate lace. The palate combines big malt, big alcohol and big hops with dried fruit, caramel, faint vanilla, alcohol and a balancing, sustaining bitterness that provides a lingering bitter aftertaste. A very creamy big beer just a shade less than chewy.

pat61, Nov 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Rborre321, Nov 16, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%

olradetbalder, Nov 13, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +14.7%

CabTiki, Nov 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ChipMurray, Nov 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

DeadeyeOTDO, Nov 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

treznor, Nov 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

quine, Oct 30, 2014
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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
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