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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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2,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,092
Reviews: 1,048
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 224
Gots: 305 | FT: 14
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown murky appearance that produces a rich ruby color when held up to light. Thin head with fairly good retention. Lacing comes in a delicate pattern with little gobs of bubbles.

S: Sweet, malty, and an aroma of piney hops. Not even a hint of alcohol heat after one year in the cellar.

T: Sticky malts and resinous piney hops. The initial flavor is sweet with notes of toffee malts. Fruity notes of dates and other dark fruits. Finish has a hint of residual hop bitterness among rich caramel malt.

M/D: Smoothly textured with a sticky malty finish. Far less heavy than the style and alcohol content lead on. Very drinkable, but the alcohol catches up quickly.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - deep red color, very hazy, large tan head with great retention, very good lacing as well

s - caramel maltiness dominates with notes of hops and alcohol

t - hop bitterness up front with lots of sweet maltiness in the middle, alcohol and bitterness dominate the long finish

m - fair amount of carbonation, medium-bodied, coats the mouth very well

d - great beer, but one bomber is plenty for me, the alcohol is definitely present in both taste and effect, but it definitely keeps me interested until the end of the bottle

Very impressed with this brew; it definitely lived up to its billing. Another wonderful beer from the folks at GD. My favorite American barleywine to date.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a ruby brown color with a creamy tan head. Crystal clear.

S - Aroma is a combination of roast malt and caramel malt with hops pushing through. A little alcohol detected, but very mild.

T - I am beginning to appreciate American barley wines after many years of avoidance. This has a nice malty background with hop accents on the side of the tongue. The hops linger a while, but are not overwhelming. Alcohol is warming, but overpowering

M - Full bodied, low carbonation on the tongue.

D - Even though it would be reckless of me, this is a very drinkable beer. The hops and the alcohol are subtle. Too much of this, and I would be calling in sick to work.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two finger head on top of a glowing copper/red color. Sticky lacing down the walls of the glass.

Smell is potent earthy hops and a large amount of caramel malt. After a couple glorified DIPA's branded as barleywines that I have tried recently, it is really nice to smell that malt backbone. Appetizing.

The taste reverts back to big hops, with the huge malt backbone somehow getting drowned out in this massive bitter hop extravaganza. Still, very nice, but I would almost guarantee that I would like it better with a couple years on it. A bit too overwhelmingly bitter at this point.

Mouthfeel is just fine for a barleywine. Alcohol is very noticeable. This is an absolute beast of a beer, and I can sure see why it is rated so high. I am going to have to grab some of these for the cellar!

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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,092 ratings.