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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

1,956 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,956
Reviews: 1,037
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 205
Gots: 276 | 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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Reviews by Frosty80:
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Frosty80

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nov 2010 bottling:
Color: pours light-medium brown. sits clear amber

Smell: great balance of citrusy hops and malt sweetness. notes of dark fruit, caramel and citrusy, piny hops. well hidden alcohol - just enough to brighten everything.

Taste: big, citrusy hop flavor up front followed by a moderate malt character and fruity esters. some caramel and dark fruit. alcohol is pretty assertive throughout and is slightly hot. bitterness is moderately high throughout. finish is slightly dry with a long, lingering bitterness and hop flavor

Mouthfeel: high-medium body and carbonation

Notes: solid barleywine with the balance shifted toward hop flavor and bitterness

Jan 2010 bottling:
Color: sits lighter than Nov 2010 brother with a clear, brownish-orange color

Smell: much less citrusy hop character, though still present, and more bready malt with raisins and a little banana. light alcohol presence.

Taste: again, much less hop character and bitterness, or at least more balanced. bready malt, with notes of raisins and a tinge of banana. alcohol is warming but not as hot it seems as other one. finish is slightly dry with only a light citrusy character and bitterness with a hint of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: high-medium body and carbonation

Notes: a little more balanced overall than fresh batch. not sure if its just attributed to age or if the recipe changes slightly. a "cuvee" of both is outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 02:54:48 | More by Frosty80
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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,956 ratings.