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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,117 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,117
Reviews: 1,054
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 227
Gots: 310 | 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:
Beer added by: gbontrag on 11-28-2004

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.
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Photo of DavidST
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Tpsauer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of danieelol
2.91/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of krause316
4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of JizackFH
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of hreb
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,117 ratings.