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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,974 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,974
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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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into St. Bernardus chalice.

Not exactly sure how old this bottle is, but it's a least got a few months on it. I've had it sitting around awhile and it has the "old" Great Divide label on it.

A - Slightly hazy reddish brown color. Half inch of tan head rises. Retention is decent for the ABV and plenty of lace sticks to the glass.

S - Good stuff here. Moving up from Titan to Hercules to Old Ruffian, this is quite similar to the two. Lots of caramel from the malt with traces of vanilla. Full on herbal hop aroma with hints of mint, grass, flowers, pepper, and even some basil and parsely. Some alcohol and slightly woody and earthy aromas enter near the end.

T - Moderate sweetness with lots of caramel and a doughy backbone. Hops shine through quickly with strong leafy overtones. Grass, pepper, bits of citrus peel, and a very herbal/tea-like ride over the sweet malt. Late palate is earthy with noticable alchol and a strong but managable bitterness that sweeps any vestige of sweetness away.

M - Solid full body with a medium low carbonation. Very close to perfect here; totally smooth and mouthfeel allows to malt and hop characteristics to shine through equally well.

D - Though I can't quite pinpoint why (though I'm guessing the mouthfeel), Old Ruffian is quite drinkable despite the ABV and the bitterness. Somehow it's going down quite smoothly. Fantastic balance here.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 06:24:24 | More by PatrickJR
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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
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