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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

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2,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,063
Reviews: 1,045
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 218
Gots: 302 | FT: 15
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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Mongrel, Today at 02:15 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

fosters9, Yesterday at 07:49 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

SteveB3014, Yesterday at 05:54 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Enjoyed at brewery on tap
Appearance: Brown with a redish tint, uniform body, white head
Aroma: Dark fruits, carmaly, a bit of sweet hops
Taste: A bit to hoppy for my taste, the hops tend to overpower the other flavors of the the beer
Complexity: heavy, and boozy
Overall: Worth the try but not my favorite Barleywine, would be nice to try after a couple of years in the celler

StoutFox, Yesterday at 04:44 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jgunther71, Friday at 03:50 AM
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4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Ruddy, nectarine red. Nectar hazy. Just off white lofty head. Clings to glass as it dissipates with look of sea foam.

S: I get a lot of resin, like walking thru an evergreen forest. Mossy earth and citrus; that's the bright. Toffee malt, rum raisin cake, pineapple, berry jam, thyme, good leather. Alcohol that can over-dominate if you get the wrong whiff, otherwise near perfect.

M: Near gel like chewiness. Very fun, velvety soft. Light and flirtatious carbonation. Good residual warmth. Tasted thinner as it warms/consumed with food.

T: Boozy and alcoholic, perfect drink fireside. Very aggressive hop bitterness noticed next. Pine, orange peel, oak wood, hint of coffee, tangerine sours. Brandy soaked fruits, light sweetness of honey+ woodsiness of maple. I like the bitter and booze. Bitterness is actually perfect for style; taste it with a clean palate else all you'll get is booze.

orcrist_cleaver, Thursday at 12:11 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

EDubLovesBeer, Tuesday at 11:51 PM
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

WILD-THING, Tuesday at 08:46 PM
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4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Think white head slowly dissipates. Very pleasant aroma, sweet floral and malty. Initially sweetness is quickly overcome by very strong malty and happy flavor. Very dry mouth finish. Excellent early wine beer. The extra hoppiness and heavy malt does an excellent job of masking the high (10.2%) alcohol content. Very good barley wine.

GregJ, Tuesday at 01:27 AM
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Griffith, Nov 17, 2014
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jacothom, Nov 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

A lightly hopped nose with touches of spice and alcohol faintly suggestive of bourbon. Pours brilliant chestnut with a ½” foam cap that surprisingly provides intricate lace. The palate combines big malt, big alcohol and big hops with dried fruit, caramel, faint vanilla, alcohol and a balancing, sustaining bitterness that provides a lingering bitter aftertaste. A very creamy big beer just a shade less than chewy.

pat61, Nov 16, 2014
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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
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