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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

1,974 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 12-30-2012
Freshness: Bottled 12-05-2011
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap covered in foil
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Murky, orange-brown beer with a finger's worth of off-white head. Very good lacing and a fair amount of retention.

S: Aromas include caramel malts, dark fruits such as figs and raisins, honey, maple syrup and piney and earthy hops. Bold and pleasant smells!

T: Taste is rich -- initially piney and hoppy, and then malty sweet caramel and bread flavors. Has a nice layer of alcohol warmth.

M: Full-bodied and thick with medium carbonation. The finish is of both malt and fruit sweetness as well as hop and piney bitterness.

O: An excellent balance of hops and malts on this year-old barleywine. Recommended

Thanks to baybum for this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 03:57:45 | More by sommersb
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I heard great things and thought I should finally try this beer out tonight.

It's a dark brown with a surprisingly thick head. The head stuck around a while and contributed to its delicious caramel and hoppy scent.

The taste was much more than I had expected. Caramel came through as well as some malts and hops. This proved to be a more complex beer than I was prepared for; which was a great thing! I thoroughly enjoyed every sip as I devoured the bottle far too fast.

I'm now going to go search for this on tap... it was excellent!

Serving type: bottle

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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,974 ratings.