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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

Old Ruffian Barley WineOld Ruffian Barley Wine

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BA SCORE
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1,882 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 1882
Reviews: 1030
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%


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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lnashsig

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#BOTG number 20!

2009 Vintage, thanks to MDaschaf (Matt)! Thanks dude!

Poured from bottle into CBS snifter. Looks like dark brown rain water. Some decent head, still some carbonation present. Appearance of an English Barleywine. Smell- sweet molasses and caramel. Toffee, faint plastic in the background- but it doesn't detract too much. A great smelling beer, I am guessing that I am probably sniffing the remnants of the hops. Vanilla is also present. Taste- whoa. cocoa, roasted caramel/toffee, vanilla. This is mellow and delicous, and I am amazed at the surprising chocolate and creme brule taste profile. The hops have mellowed and the malt has developed a very nice complex profile. For the ABV, I get no booze at all. In fact, its scary how quick this can go down. I've had this beer fresh, and its abrasive and super hoppy. In fact, I didn't like it fresh. This is great though, I was glad to try it. Thanks again Matt!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 23:37:01 | More by lnashsig
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 Duvel tulip glass, bottled 12/02/2011. Pours a ruby red, with a two inch off white head that leaves an amazing coting of lace. Smell is big carmel, brown sugar, pine hops, and some dark fruit. Taste is all of that, but larger with more pine and grapefruit hops then the nose would have you expect. Body is large, wonderful amount of carbonation, more lush than dry, and very drinkable for its large body and ABV. This is my new favorite non barrel aged Barleywine, wow is this is special.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:57:19 | More by SawDog505
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claspada

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated Jan 07 2010.

Pours a hazy tawny, rustic mahogany with a substantial creamy, fluffy off-white head that leaves some nice sticky/soapy lacing on the sides of the chalice.

Aromas begin quite heavy on the caramel and dark fruity malts, as you might anticipate from being aged for 2 years plus. Second pass I get a light citrus and pine hop presence which still remains, which makes me think this was a hop bomb fresh. As it warms I get more complex maltiness highlighted by brown sugar, toffee and figs/dates. A decent amount of toasted breadiness is present throughout with no real booze or heat to speak of.

The tastes directly follow the nose with big toffee, dark caramel and brown sugar maltiness. You then get a light but substantial enough bitterness on the back end, enough that I can pick out the pine and light blood orange hop flavors. Toasted bready and the dark fruit flavors are once again present, no alcohol whatsoever. More bitter than I expected still but not too much so for the style. Fresh this may have been too bitter for the style, but aged here it is at a perfect level.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a surprisingly medium level of carbonation. The slight extra bit of carbonation helps this from being too sweet, which is important because barleywines can become too sweet with this much age on them. Finish is lightly sweet but more so lightly bitter.

Overall this is one of the best American Barleywines out there. Not quite up to the level of the Alaskan Barleywine which I consider the top, but really close. Really nice flavor profile, pine/citrus bitterness to complement the sweet caramel/toffee maltiness. Just a great showing overall. (This beer once again helps to prove my theory that American Barleywines peak at 2 years of age, so I will continue to follow that practice of waiting until that maturity date to sample going forward and recommend all to do the same for maximum enjoyment.) Definitely a must try for fans of the style and another high quality brew from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 23:28:42 | More by claspada
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Jaycase

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: light mahogany. one finger head, thick lacing

s: caramel, fruity, hops.

t: hops with a booziness aspect. strong alcohol presence.

m: medium body, low carbonation. tad thin

o: alcohol is quite strong, a tad too much in my opinion. I prefer bigfoot over this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 21:00:54 | More by Jaycase
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an off-beat barleywine thats pretty good, but in my opinion overrated on BA. pours a mostly clear amber color with a good fluffy white head. smells like fruity wood, maybe cherry or apple wood. plenty of hops in the nose as well, more than the style usually presents. there is also the smell of red/amber malts in this one, caramel and toffee sweetness. flavor is a compliment to the nose, very similar profile. long long bitter finish here, and a shocking alcohol burn. the feel is good, if a bit too boozed up, but theres good carbonation and a medium body on it. overall, its complexity and strength make it a nice barleywine, but im not as blown away as some other reviewers.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 18:32:39 | More by StonedTrippin
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Lawl3ss

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a 12 oz. snifter. Bottling date 5.12.11.

Look- Rosy amber-brown with three fingers of crackly-looking off-white head that settles slowly and leaves the glass coated with a dense layer of lace.

Smell- Bubblegum, green apple, and cedar are the first things to mind. The second take reveals hints of pineapple, tangerine, cinnamon raisin bread, and a bit of booze. Promising.

Taste- Resiny, fruity, and bready throughout. Quite tasty. Starts with a crisp citrusy bite that is quickly followed by a toffeelike malt. Finishes with brown sugar, raisin, and a bit of clove. Aftertaste is herbal and a little sweet, with a drawn-out spicy feel. Alcohol is very subdued. Well balanced, not as sweet as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel- Full body, light-to-medium carb. Slick feeling, dry finish. Chewy. Clean for the style, not cloying as many barleywines are. Drinkable for the style.

Overall- Pretty good, and reasonably priced. I would still pass in favor of Middle Ages Druid Fluid, if I could get it in my area. Still, it's a solid beer, and better than this year's Bigfoot. I'll definitely pick it up again at some point.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 04:22:08 | More by Lawl3ss
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Red Amber color with a good amount of haze. Head is slightly tan in color with some good retention in terms of head and lacing

Smell - Sweet Caramel, Toffee, Sweetened Piney/Citrus Hops, Malts, Yeasts and some fruity notes which I can't quite put my finger on. It's got a very rich smell to it, without being too powerful

Taste - Initial sips show Strong Resiny Citrus Hops upfront followed by sweet caramel flavors and malts. After the first sips, the hops are more balanced out with the sweetened caramel and fruity notes.

Mouthfeel - Thick Bodied with a feeling of molasses. The carbonation is pretty mild and makes it a surprisingly creamy beer to drink. I like it!

Overall - It starts out strong in terms of hoppiness before balancing out into a nice sweet tasting barleywine. Pair that along with a creamy mouthfeel and you get a winning combination

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 04:31:23 | More by NuclearDolphin
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Holland

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep brown/reddish-orange color with a one inch off-white head that becomes thin lacing for the rest of the glass. Sticks nicely to the sides.

S: citrus, darker fruits, malty sweetness. Very pleasant smelling with a hop kick.

T: first comes raisin, then bitter hops, apple, brown sugar, and some malt. The malt takes a back seat to every other flavor in this, making it very tasty. Alcohol becomes more present as it warms, but does not significantly detract from the taste. The only downside to the taste is a slight nutty flavor I get.

M: medium carbonation and a medium-heavy body on this beer creates a crisp feeling along with the mouth-coating goodness of the barley. As it warms the alcohol feels warm and the body gets much thinner.

O: it's big, so sips are required for me. Excellent beer, especially at $6 for a 22 oz. I'll have to try this again to see if the nutty flavor is still there.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 00:20:50 | More by Holland
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flashablecards

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review!

Barley Wines are a guilty pleasure of mine. I love all beer (there's even a place for Bud Light in this world), but I would pass on most beers for a chance to try something new in the BW realm. Tonight I did just that.

Appearance: Admittedly, I give my judgement with Thomas Hardy as a foundation. A lot clearer and brighter than I would expect.. has the color of a brown ale. Not that I really care though.

Smell: Yup, smells like BW. I was afraid there would be too much emphasis on hops after reading the description on the bottle, but it's definitely not noticeable here.

Taste: What I would expect from a BW; slightly sweet, with notes of age and wine. The hops in definitely noticeable, but not so overpowering that it takes away from anything else too much.

Mouthfeel: Never did understand this category. On a scale of 1 to 3, 1 being "what did i just put in my mouth" and 3 being "I feel fancy", I'll give it a solid 2.2.

I love BWs, and if you like Tom Hardy with a little bit of hops and a relatively high ABV (10.2%, I want wondering why I was feeling so fuzzy) you'll definitely enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 02:19:26 | More by flashablecards
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flagmantho

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. Bottled 12/2/11, so it is basically un-aged, but I'm going to give it a try.

Appearance: rich amber hue with the tiniest touch of haze. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam with a hint of orange infused. Nice!

Smell: big sweet malt with a light fruitiness and a bit of that strong-ale prickliness. Good!

Taste: big malt and big alcohol. Sweet with some caramel notes with a bite of both bitterness and alcohol. The hops themselves don't come through very strongly other than in bitterness. Frankly, it's a bit over-alcoholic; the flavor doesn't stand up to the octane.

Mouthfeel: big body with a great carbonation and a great silkiness. Pretty awesome.

Overall: there's just too much strength here for the flavor profile. The flavor is good, but even for a barleywine it's got too much alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 23:18:06 | More by flagmantho
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depechemode1983

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a beautiful clear mahogany color. There isn't much head retention but it leaves lots of sticky lacing. The color is amazing though almost like a light red wine.

S - Bittersweet grapefruit, sweet caramel, sour grapes and faint alcohol. Extremely aromatic. All the smells jump out.

T - Very sweet. Maybe a little too sweet. Could use a little more balance. Still you get the grapefruit rind bitterness in there and this time around sweet apples come into play. Finish is bitter and alcohol is surprisingly well hidden considering the abv.

M - Soft, oily/slick. Carbonation is low.

O - I love beers like this. This whole bomber is going to last a really long time. Worth the 8 dollars in my honest opinion. Its a little malt forward but if you like that sort of thing and are expecting it than your in for a treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:31:14 | More by depechemode1983
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diamondc

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Dec 5 2011

A: A clear shade of crimson, fluffy tan head, lots of lacing.

S: Spicy ... cinnamon, woodsy, dark chocolate, pine. Nothing really leaps out.

T: Heavy on the pine hop flavors, tastes almost dirt-y, bit of a cotton candy aftertaste.

M: A bit medicinal, reminds me of cherry flavored cough syrup. A sipper.

O: A decent barleywine, not the best on the shelf. Still enjoyed it though.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 09:34:40 | More by diamondc
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 2, 2011.

Pours a reddish brown, relatively light. A fairly large white head recedes slowly.

Smell contains caramel malt, diacetyl, and some hoppy scents with mild citrus- grapefruit. Malt also results in a bit of a bready smell. Some grape and plum scents as well, a bit like port, but not strong. Quite good.

Taste follows the nose. The dark fruit scents stick out first, accompanied by caramel and bready malt flavours. The hoppy flavours come in as well, resulting in a beer that is well balanced between bitter and sweet and has a bit of a citrus flavour, along with a grassy element. Good.

Moderate carbonation, full bodied, a bit of a chewy flavour. Alcohol is present but quite well hidden for the strength.

Overall, very good. Very enjoyable and great on a cold day.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:45:03 | More by jrenihan
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DavidST

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip, bottled on 12 - 5 - 12. This pours a brownish color with a massive lace leaving tan head. The smells are of toasted malts, caramel and a nice little bit of pine hops and dark fruit. The feel is thick. The taste is pretty good, a load of bitter hops, nuts, caramel and toasted malts, excellent. I'm glad I bought this today, I was looking for the 12 Bigfoot, but this is a fine alternative.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 05:29:04 | More by DavidST
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danieelol

Australia

2.85/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Adam @ Platinum

2010 Vintage.

Pours a lovely golden red with billowing head and great lacing.

Smell is pineapple hop and solvent. Also get qualities strongly reminiscent of Fullers Vintage/Golden Pride. Nutty notes a la Samichlaus.

Taste is underwhelming. Big dose of alcohol without any sweetness and with only faint malt.

Mouthfeel is thin and bone dry with minor alcohol burn.

Unfortunately this beer is very one note, too alcoholic and lacks any sweetness whatsoever, despite the fact it's supposed to be a barleywine. Dunno if this is a bad bottle or what.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 10:44:15 | More by danieelol
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2378GCGTG

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1.5 inch copper and white head over a deep amber red color, the lacing clings to the glass and the head is well retained.

Nose: Caramel, figs, piney hops and hints of citrus with bits of vanilla, then the malts come through and finish with the slightest hint of cotton candy.

Taste: Grassy and earthy yet candied, very complex with some dark fruit notes. The hops come through strong and are followed by hearty caramel and aggressive malt.

Mouthfell: Creamy and flowing with good supportive carbonation yet bitter by the hops that come through.

Overall: A great barley wine, will age well resulting in more present darker fruits.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 15:14:10 | More by 2378GCGTG
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JizackFH

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a brilliant dark ruby color that has nice clarity. There is about two fingers of tan head resting on top. The head has great retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of toasted malts and caramel. There are some good dark fruit aromas like figs, plum, and apricot. There is some candied sugar and a nice hop presence. Some booziness is also here.

T - The taste follows the nose well. It starts off with the toasted caramel malt and dark fruit flavors. There is a nice piney hop presence that adds some bitterness and citrus as well. Also, there area some flavors of candied sugar and a bit of booziness. The finish leaves some lingering caramel malt, fruit, piney hops, and a touch of booziness behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a slight chewy quality to it. It has a nice amount of sweetness, as well as a piney hop bitterness that stands out more. Also, there is some alcohol warmth in the finish.

O - This has really good drinkability. It is smooth and full of flavor. Overall, It is a great beer, and it is a very nice example of an American Barleywine. The flavor is really nice and it has a good hop presence. Also, the alcohol is pretty well hidden for being 10.2%. I recommend trying it out. It is an excellent beer, and I would buy it again. The price point isn't bad either.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 15:01:51 | More by JizackFH
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, unfortunately the date on the label is smudged but I think it says it was bottled sometime in November 2010. I've had the bottle for at least a year so I think that's the correct bottling date. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/amber color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like dark fruit (prunes, raisins), brown sugar, pine hops, caramel malt and some sherry. For the most part it tastes just like the aroma, but there's also a slight bitter taste that I don't care for. It doesn't seem like a hoppy bitter flavor, there just seems something a little bit off about it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit chewy and has good carbonation. Overall I think it's a good enough brew. I'll have to try this again in the future, maybe a fresher (or older) bottle will be better.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:13:10 | More by bluejacket74
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hreb

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz foil-capped bomber, bottled on Dec 02 2011, served in a tapered pint glass. Beer is perfectly between red and brown. Crystal clear, though. Thick, dark foam. Aroma of sweet corn and barley malt.

Flavors go way way down. There's the edge of sweetness you expect, followed by a significant hop load which brings complexity and an unbelievable balance, before leaving he palate just on the bitter side of the balance. 90 IBUs? Oh my. I can believe it.

The beer is no thicker or heavier than you'd expect for the style and there's not nealry as much alcohol burn as there should be. Well done, Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 05:38:10 | More by hreb
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from either '05 or '06 poured into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Matt for sharing this well-aged treat.

A: Clear ruby body with a 1/2" head of fine tan foam. Ok retention, spotty lace. Nice, especially considering its age.

S: Soft, delicate, yet rich aroma of toffee, raisin, plum, and some herbal hop notes. Balanced, rich, and lovely.

T: Big and sweet up front, with nice toffee and vanilla notes leading in to a bitter, boozy, toasty finish. Tastes like a great, old American Barleywine - which it is.

M: Slick medium body, low carbonation. Ok.

O: I can't believe it's taken me this long to try this beer; I've got a couple bottles in my own cellar, but have never gotten around to opening one. Given how tasty this was with at least 5 years on it, I won't be in any hurry to open my more recent bottles. I really hope Great Divide comes back to CT soon, as I'd like to set up a nice vertical of this stuff.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:12:45 | More by woosterbill
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SkiBum22

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky orange/red color with a thick slightly off white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S - Big malty sweet aroma upfront before the citrusy and slightly herbal hop notes come in. Faint hint of alcohol in the background.

T - Fruity, boozy and quite intense (yet balanced). Citral and piney hops make an appearance. Citrus peel, dark fruit, caramel and boozy finish.

M - Thick and syrupy and full and very much bold with flavor.

O - Another solid beer from Great Divide. This is my first time having this beer and I can tell that I'll like this one more with a few years on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 19:22:31 | More by SkiBum22
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Ruffian, bottle bought at Owasso Wine&Liquor in Oklahoma for $11.99 (then I come back to NYC and see it for $8.99!).

Bottled November 2010 and consumed on January 29 2012.

Appearance: Classic barleywine looks, amber-raisin looks, sherry-like. A solid finger of head that lasts and lot of foam. Great carbonation, retention and lacing.

Smell: Hoppy! Despite the age... funky too, stinky lake in a pig farm in Texas. Brown sugar, coconut shavings. Dirty raisin juice, stale cranberry juice.

Taste: Hops right away, dank and musty. I get a little vanilla and coconut... then toffee, Twix, lot of sugar. Some serious sweetness here! Booze, top-shelf liquor.

Mouthfeel: Full flavor, medium-to-full-body, well balanced. Not too dry or boozy. Smooth and nice, you can feel the age.

Overall: I love how drinkable this is. A farmer's beer, let me say, so "barnyard-y". The age adds interest to it and it is really balanced. Some hops and funk on the mix. Not the most outrageous barleywine in the world, but damn good!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 06:06:51 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a mountain of thick, foamy, cascading, brownish head that has amazing retention. The nose has a heavy citrusy hop aroma as well as a faint caramelly, malty aroma with hints of pineapple and birthday cake. The flavor is malty, bready, and caramelly up front with some faint dark fruit notes followed by an intense hop character. The hops offer citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple as well as some piny, earthy notes. The hops leave the bitterness of an IPA behind on the palate well after the swallow. The alcohol is present but it mostly adds warmth and a slight bite to the finish. The mouthfeel is warm, medium to full bodied, and very smooth.

This is a well built barleywine. This will also keep the DIPA vs. Barleywine conversation going. The flavor is fantastic and I bet some time will calm the hops and marry the flavors a little. The alcohol is buried and only really shows up in the finish and in the warmth of the mouthfeel. It's drinkabe. Maybe dangerously so. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:38:19 | More by tdm168
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Snifter.

A: Very dark red, finger of creamy off-white head.

S: Strong overripe dark fruits (figs, dates, raisins), and lots of underlying booze.

T: It certainly leans toward the fruity side with bitter raisin flavor sticking out.

M: The body is pretty thick with average carbonation.

O: It is a good barleywine along the lines of Old Horizontal and Third Coast Old Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 15:17:55 | More by bucklemyshoe
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zhanson88

California

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov. 2010.

Appearance: Pours out a deep clear ruby color with 1/2" of off-white head. Head is very fizzy and doesn't last long, not surprising considering the ABV and style. Lacing and legs are decent.

Smell: Smells of sweet caramel, maybe a few dark fruits, and plenty of hops. A lot of citrus and pine hops are present.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Fairly malty up front with caramel, and a very hoppy finish. Still very hoppy after 1 year, I would be interested to see what 3-4 years does for it.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit prickly. The beer definitely does drink to it's 10.2% mark, the alcohol is definitely noticeable. Overall, a pretty good barleywine. I tend to enjoy the malty barleywines more, so while I enjoyed this, I didn't love it. Still, have to recognize it for a solid beer of it's style. Would like to try one of these that's aged even more for comparison's sake.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 03:13:25 | More by zhanson88
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,882 ratings.