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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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2,008 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,008
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 211
Gots: 288 | 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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Photo of Spadoof
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Name: Old Ruffian
Brewery: The Great Divide
Bottled on: 12/02/11
Purchasing Date: 12/31/11
Purchased From: 101 Bottles (Kent, Ohio) [$8.99 a bottle]

Origin: 22oz bottle
Serving Glass: 22oz Snifter
Serving Temp: 60F

Appearance: 2" Fluffy white head. Beautiful ruby red body.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt backbone. Chocolate covered fruit (Figs, Dates, etc.), herbal hops. Sweet, sticky and mouthwatering.

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

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky. Medium amount of carbonation.

Overall: Fantastic, probably my favorite barleywine so far! Be careful though, at 10.20%, it is easy to go overboard with a bomber.

Spadoof, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Bookseeb
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a rusty hazy copper color supporting a thick off white head that dissapates slowly leaving a sticky clingy lace. Smell of thick caramel, light chocolate and some darker fruits. taste is as stated hefty and hoppy having the big citrus grapefruit thats grainy with the caramel in the big malt backbone. Mouthfeel is full and chewy with a good amount of carbonation. Not as rich as some, but then again it does express it's hefty and hoppy and still a good example of the style.

Bookseeb, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

CrazyOtto623, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

McLaughlin5350, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11millsown113, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of lovindahops
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's Jan 1st so a pumped up barley wine will hedge against suseptible sadness to come from the cowboys game

A- can you say perfect ruby hue with a cutless red color richoscheing off the glass

S- fruit and caramel syrup are overly impressive on this brew. Some earthy components arise making this a balanced brew with different characteristics participating

T- amazing caramel flavors melding with earthy flavors completely coexist with hearty flavors of Maley earthiness. The brew is intense and hearty

M- thick and syrupy and full and very much bold with flavor

O- great hearty barleywine that is poisotioned as full of caramel flavor and musty earth aromas. Great brew

lovindahops, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

rdespain, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

xdefeatsy, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Marti403, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a 22 oz. CBS snifter. Pours a brilliant dark ruby red hue with a substantial two finger plus crown of foam. This is by FAR the most hop forward nose on any barleywine I've poured. If I'd been blindfolded on this, I'd have thought this a boozy IPA. The nose is riddled with hops and just the faintest hint of malt. It just doesn't have a nose that resembles what I've come to associate with a barleywine. The first sip and the hops jump right out at you. Some maltiness comes into the picture immediately after the hops depart. Again, there's a subtle woodiness to this, but it's not a mainstay. This is the most bizarre example of a barleywine I've had. At this point, nothing in either the nose or taste points to this being a barleywine. Granted, I don't mind it at all, and I find it enjoyable, but the grades are taking a bit of a hit as I'm grading this to style for a barleywine, and this thing is just...went rogue. The mouthfeel is boozy, with a high dose of bitterness. Again, I personally don't mind it, but I just don't expect this attribute from a barleywine. Overall, this is a solid beer, if it wasn't a barleywine. I feel it falls short of the style, however, and the experience is nothing like what I was looking forward to when I initially cracked the bottle. I can see myself coming back to this the next time I want a bold IPA.

Retail1LO, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

buckyp, Dec 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jsurfs82, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

foulhooked, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Abrahammer, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

cdwil, Dec 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

dejrrma, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kenzak, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

1Adam12, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

DaveONan, Dec 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

CelticAleMan, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of UpToMeBeer
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

UpToMeBeer, Dec 22, 2011
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,008 ratings.