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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

1,989 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,989
Reviews: 1,038
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 210
Gots: 280 | FT: 13
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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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-24-2011 07:31:06 | More by jophish17
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kenzak

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-24-2011 03:31:38 | More by kenzak
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1Adam12

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-23-2011 23:31:38 | More by 1Adam12
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DaveONan

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

12-23-2011 01:54:34 | More by DaveONan
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CelticAleMan

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-22-2011 23:26:59 | More by CelticAleMan
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -22.3%

I do not get the hpye over this beer. Pours nicely with a mohagany/copper color and healthy head that retains nicely.

The smell is ordinary at best. Nothing pronounced.

The taste is alcohol-heavy with little else to offer... too much grassy-ness and no trace of what you hope for in a barley-wine. As it warms, a hint of caramel comes out, but it's too little, too late. The best thing is the mouthfeel: this is a full-bodied, nearly sticky beer.

12-22-2011 03:44:15 | More by UpToMeBeer
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fatmcb1

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

Vintage 2010 poured into a wine glass

Pours a dark amber, reddish color with a khaki head that leaves ample lacing.

Very balanced aroma with plenty of malt, serious hops, and some fruity esters in the background.

This is one of the hoppiest American barleywines I've had. At first it is subtle, but the hop bitterness and flavors hit you. A definite hopheads barleywine.

Carbonation is rich and the body is average of the style.

12-21-2011 00:51:29 | More by fatmcb1
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rpaul2012

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

12-20-2011 21:15:56 | More by rpaul2012
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bconsidine

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-19-2011 17:57:55 | More by bconsidine
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MrJolly

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-18-2011 21:49:07 | More by MrJolly
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Sinewave

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-18-2011 20:55:55 | More by Sinewave
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BigD44

New Mexico

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-18-2011 19:23:53 | More by BigD44
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HopHead84

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

12/17/2011

On tap at Churchill's.

A: Dark orange with a finger of beige foam. Lots of scattered lacing.

S: A big caramel malt presence with lighter notes of bread and a slight candied quality. This is pretty hoppy, with pronounced pine and grapefruit. I don't get any alcohol in the aroma.

T: Pine and grapefruit with an upper moderate bitterness. The hops are aggressive but fitting. Malt imparts strong caramel notes and a light sweetness. Alcohol is perceivable in the finish but not offensive.

M: Upper medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A good American Barleywine.

12-18-2011 16:32:23 | More by HopHead84
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tat2dhllblly

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-18-2011 14:47:58 | More by tat2dhllblly
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eristicrat

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-18-2011 06:17:29 | More by eristicrat
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Bobbydigi

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-17-2011 06:20:54 | More by Bobbydigi
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calinalu

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-16-2011 03:53:55 | More by calinalu
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poolnbeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-16-2011 02:15:51 | More by poolnbeer
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photomike

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%

12-14-2011 18:28:44 | More by photomike
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azorie

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-14-2011 16:24:01 | More by azorie
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-13-2011 20:32:43 | More by DeutschesBier
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-12-2011 22:20:21 | More by drummermattie02
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-12-2011 06:55:26 | More by twelveinches
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inflatablechair

Idaho

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-12-2011 00:14:02 | More by inflatablechair
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alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-11-2011 16:29:06 | More by alamode
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,989 ratings.