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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,973 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,973
Reviews: 1,038
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 207
Gots: 278 | FT: 12
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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ChadQuest

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter paired with 4 personally selected wisconson cheeses and crackers.

A-Amber colored with a lingering finger of head. nice lacing.

S-tropical fruit,caramel apple, and kettle moraine pine forest.

T- strong hops over a smooth caramel backbone that holds it all together. The hop/malt war is balanced perfectly for an american barleywine. Alcohol is hidden well.

M- Creamy and smooth, not quite syrupy but thicker and slick.

D- Drinkable for a 10% american barley wine thanks to how smooth and creamy the mouthfeel is, but very filling.

Awesome American Barley wine that sets the standard for me. To other Barley wines, good luck.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 06:46:13 | More by ChadQuest
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A: yeast dregs were poured in my glass, so it stays pretty cloudy. Beautiful brown color with shades of ruby and Siena. Beige head retains at about a half inch. lacing is spotty.

S: Big bready sweetness up front. Bread pudding. Crust and toast. Runny caramel. Berry juice esters. Cherry and ripe, sweet raspberry. Some wet paper oxidation, which is fine. Fading hops still bring earthy pine and bark.

T: Toasty, crusty. Scones. Caramel. Fruity esters of cherry and raspberry. Prune juice. Perhaps suggestions of apricot and marmalade, though I think it's coming from hops. Hops also add earthy flavors of pine and bark. Modestly strong bitterness to balance all the malt. Long finish of scone, crust, and earthy hops.

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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
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