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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,031 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,031
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 215
Gots: 296 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

kds2437, Jun 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

dtomes, Jun 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

sohearn, Jun 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

mjc3151, Jun 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

PatB1987, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

SlothB77, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

kluless59, Jun 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

basickness, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

qcbrewer, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ramrod666, Jun 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

zestar, May 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

GRap, May 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: ruby red with orangish hints to it. very strong clarity, a finger plus of a tannish head thats leaves behind a strong lacing.

Smell: lots of hop resin. covering up caramel and toffee sweetness. some alcohol. grassy, herbal and resiny hops.

Taste: opens with some caramel and slightly darker sweets. some strong breadiness. back end is flooded with hops, grass, citrus, resin and mostly herbal. alcohol astringency plays a strong role in it.

Mouthfeel: heavy and bitter. sweetness is there but nothing compared to the bitterness.

Overall: pretty good and tasty for a young barley wine. good sweetness, a bit too much astringency and herbalness though.

SportsandJorts, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

weeare138, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BlazedNug, May 25, 2014
Photo of Kuaff
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In a small pint glass, close to cellar temperature.

Really looks flawless. It's a beautiful shade of garnet with a frothy three-finger beige head that just won't die down. The perpetually remaining cap of foam leaves loads of lacing on the glass.

It smells of leather, oak, cherries, strawberries, caramel, and pine. And a hint of citrus.

Tastes like pine resin, citrus rinds, and more caramel and cherries... There's a warm finish like toasted bread, with lingering piney hop astringency and terrific leathury smokiness.

The feel is full, lazily carbonated, and a little sticky.

This barleywine really strikes a chord with me. Rough with harsh hoppiness around the edges, and mightily malty underneath.

Kuaff, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

robear, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

MichiganderHB, May 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ZEB89, May 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Jakethesnake503, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jkball01, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

funkyaudio, May 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

TimBeaulieu, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

psdonnelly, May 15, 2014
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,031 ratings.