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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,042 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,042
Reviews: 1,041
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 217
Gots: 297 | 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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Photo of Bierman9
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Old Ruff is an enticingly deep-chestnut hued bier, with touches of garnet as well. It's a clear bier, with extremely fine carbonation heading topside, though it is few and far between. The head which tops things off starts at about 1/4" after a hard pour, then fades to a thin, covering layer of tan, creamy, compact little bubbles. Lacing is exquisite, too, as the pattern left in the glass is A-1! Aroma is easily evident, with malty notes oozing out of the goblet and into the surrounding atmosphere. Also has strong indicators of a large hop presence. Body is well above medium, and it is an exceedingly smooth, velvet-like bier. Nothing rough in this Ruff.

Caramel and toffee aspects are first evident in the heavy load of malt which hits the palate. Sweetness glides across the tongue and down the hatch. But the malt is matched in its strength by all those IBUs. Citrussy notes coat the mouth, and hide in all the nooks and crannies, allowing Ruffians hop-liciousness to linger long and hard. And this is a 10.20% abv bier? Where's it hiding? I don't feel it, and that could get scary! This is a wonderful offering from Great Divide!!

Prosit!!

overall: 4.6
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 5 | drinkability: 5

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Bierman9, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of Boto
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours a cloudy brown color, with a fairly good amount of an almost tan head. The aroma is quite nice. A fairly potent wiff of caramel malts, with maybe a hint of pineapple, along with some other mixed fruits. You taste some sweetness, but it is up against some strong hops here. Caramel malts with hints of fruits, spiciness, and a somewhat thicker, silky mouthfeel. This would probably age very well, but it is quite good now!

Boto, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The more I try Great Divide beers, the more I am impressed. Old Ruffian pours a darker amber color with definite red hues. The beer is mostly murky and has a great head retention that remains throughout. Decent lacing but becomes nonexistent over time.

The smell is rich in sweet malt. A prolific aroma with great hints of plums and raisins. For the malt a stronger caramel hint comes to mind, but other tones are present as well. Such as butterscotch and dry cherry flavor.

The taste is warm. A sweet and very complex malt is noticeable. With strong tastes of brown sugar and molasses. The malt does really well backing up the hop aroma behind it. The hops are not overpowering and I am impressed on how well the compliment each other.

The mouthfeel is one of the drawbacks on this beer. I feel that the stronger phenols make it a "hot" beer taste. Understandably on its high ABV, but I would like this to be a little bit smoother. Although I bet if I were to age this a year or two, it would be outstanding

Overall a great barelywine. A little hot in the taste but a beer I would like to get more of.

Oxymoron, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a perfect looking Barley wine. A cloudy brown/maroon color with an extraordinary head; about 1 inch thick and stays for years it seems, leaving lacing all the way down the glass until the last sip. I can barely see through the glass.

Very fruity aroma. Raisins and pineapples with molasses and figs. Strong hop up front as well. A heavy yeast smell is also present. Terrific bouquet of fruits. Sweet and syrupy smell. Very complex.

There are a lot of hops in here but I absolutely love every last ounce of hops added to this baby. The hops dont overpower the wonderful fruity smell. The hops and malt are in perfect unison. The alcohol is present at first and warms as it goes down. Not too overpowering and quite good alcohol flavor. Molasses and brown sugar with caramel are the flavors up front. Citrus fruits, predominately grapefruit and a sweet syrupy flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and damn near perfect. Plenty of malt in the backbone that makes this a smooth drinker.

My favorite barleywine I have access to. A great winter warmer beer that would be terrific on a cold rainy day. Hell, I could drink this any day of the year.

SaCkErZ9, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mid September 2005. Received via trade with Lostbearbrew.

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no visibile dating. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Murky Chestnut color. 3/4 inch head. Almost milkshake like in head appearance. Decent lacing.

Smell- Sweeter caramel scents. Hints of butterscotch and powdered sugar..

Taste- Not as in your face as Old Gaurdian. The hops are definitely present though. Nice sweet thickness too it. Plenty of dark fruits to go around. Mostly raisins and maybe some dates. Huge caramel background as well as some alcohol soaked cherry flavor. Brown sugar comes through as well.

Mouthfeel- Warming, a bit sryupy and super smooth. Very low carbonation. Thick as viscous.

Drinkability- One of the better BW's I have had. Not my favorite, but one I would have down the line again for sure. Good after dinner warmer.

GClarkage, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of goochpunch
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This poured out the color and consistency of motor oil (in a good way). No head and minimal lace. I have never seen bubbles move so slowly in a beer.

Smell: Tons of floral hop and booze aroma with sweet preserved figs in there somewhere.

Taste: Incredible. This is most definately the most interesting and best barleywine I've ever tasted. Lots of sweet dried fruit and hops with a little booze mixed in. Very chaotic on my first few sips, but as I progress, they all seem to intertwine perfectly, not one flavor dominates the others.

Mouthfeel: Very thick with hardly-there carbonation. Like drinking cough syrup (in a good way).

Drinkability: Definately drinkable enough to finish a bomber all by myself. The only thing preventing me from popping another is the high alcohol content.

I have come across some American barleywines that have almost turned me off from from the style by completely overhopping it to the point of nudging out the malt character. This is one beast of a beer, and it is as close to perfection as I have ever tasted in a barleywine.

goochpunch, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first carack at this bad boy its nice to see it here in Greensboro,pours a deep amber with a creamy like head that leaves a nice amount of lace behind as it slowly settles.Big fruit in the aroma upfront along with some raisin and caramel very vibrant in color and aroma it really jumps out at ya.Like the aroma the flavors of this are very fruity up front very ripe peaches and brown suger,there is a real hop presence even more as it warms in the finish keeping it balanced.Wow this is a dangerous brew intense and flavorful this is one I'll be grabbing alot of now that its local.

oberon, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of Higravity
2.75/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well this BW is not for me. Thick syrup of crystal malt with extra sugar added in. A nice red brown color and a good head, but I could tell from the color it was going to be syrupy. Smell was pretty damn fine and the best thing about this one. Full of hoppy pine and earthy digs, sharp distinct citrus that fold with the sweetness of berry fruit all of it sitting on top of a caramel and a hint of roastedness punched with alcohol. The taste was like a big hop bomb that someone had but too much sugar into like the kool-aid that kids will make when their Mom isn't watching. The beautiful floral hops are awash in the sugar and alcohol, the malt flavors are stunted by all the sweetness. Thank god I was sharing this with two other people.

Higravity, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of texashammer
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red-orange color and hazy; appropriate for the style from what I know. Beautiful, fine head. Nose is sweet floral spicy hops, and honey. Very smooth mouthfeel, body, flavor, finish. Overwhelming smooth for being so hoppy. Bready, toasty, nutty malt flavors and huge hops! Finish is bready, yeasty, bitter. Drinkability is hurt by alcohol, but a really great beer.

texashammer, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber is a lot of barley wine - a style for me where a little ususally goes a long way. Fortunately, for all the heft of this beer, it does manage to pull off a reasonable degree of drinkability. Poured an amber walnut. Sweet malt in the aroma. A big whack of sweet malt and hops land up front, the sweetness well balanced by the hops bittering. Caramel flavor predominates, thinning out at the end to what reminded me of Cracker Jacks. Sweetness hangs on throughout, but not cloying or tongue-coating. Long finish of caramel, with a little alchohol peaking through.

Brent, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark reddish-brown color. The big, creamy head is tan with light tan speckles. The aroma is a battle between citric hops and sweet malt. The winner of the battle seems to be my nose. The taste is big and bold. The sip is very bitter, while the aftertaste, alought still bitter, is quite sweet. The inside of my mouth is actually tingling long after the beer has pass though it. Beside the tingling the mouthfeel is full bodied and lively carbonated. Overall, this is a really good beer, but I would like to see the malt a little more. Perhaf, the malt would show more if I had aged this brew longer than six months.

KarlHungus, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dense, cream colored head that fades slowly leaving a nice coat of lace. Inviting, thick aroma of chewy candied grapefruit hops and butterscotch. Transparent dark mahogany colored head with a ruby hue and streams of large bubble rising slowly to the top. Moderately sweet, chewy pine and grapefruit hops on a big malt base. A hint of bitterness fades in midway through is joined by some cotton candy. Finish is flavorfull and quite warming, but not distracting. A full bodied beer that remains just short of slick. Big, tasty, sweet beer that verges on all 4.5's and manages to push the bounds of big beer without taking it too far.

HappyHourHero, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a thick dark brownish red with a tall light tan pillowy head. Plenty of sticky lace and good head retention. Big hoppy nose with plenty of citric and piney hops over a great solid malt base. Some caramel, fruits and a bit of toastiness round out the aroma. Toasted malts with a big dark fruit sweetness and a touch of caramel start off the taste. Plenty of hoppiness mixing about here with grapefruit and pine notes over the sweetness. Both the malt and the hops come on strong. A bit of a bittersweet bite to the finish. Sticky sweet feel with a plenty thick body. Somewhat dry as well. Excellent drinkability here for a brew with so much alcohol and complexity. So much going on and a great mix of big hops and big malt.

meathookjones, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of bditty187
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark gold in hue, bronze influenced as well with coppery-amber highlights. Hazy. The liquid is darker than I was expecting, lovelier as well. The head was faint beige in color; at the apex the foam was two-fingers in height. Head retention was excellent; the foamy mass of bubbles just sat on top of the beer like it was protecting it. Teflon. Impenetrable. A tight cap did last the entire consumption and I took my damn time drinking this! The subsequent lacing was thick and coating, oh so impressive! Beer porn.

The nose mumbles a bit, plus it talks in a low, but sexy, voice. Regardless, it clearly states this beer is an American Barleywine. Hoppy? Yes, but not as aromatic of Bigfoot. Malty? Yes, but not as rich as Old Backus. Fruity? Yes… but the aromas are hidden, somewhat, they are dark and mildly tropical. Raisins. Figs coated in chocolate. Spicy pine. Citrus. The alcohol is also in play. Caramel. Spruce. Okay, screw my lame comparisons; the nose is great, simple as that. It is rich; it has tremendous depth. There is the right amount of aggression and the ideal amount of compassion. There is an angry hoppy side and a loving malty side to cuddle up with. I wish this beer screamed at me. No matter the tone, this beer is very inviting. Oh, hell yeah…

The palate is… delicious. NFM. Okay, I’ll go on. It is rich and alcoholic. I adore the malty sweet throughout, the caramel and toffee notes suits me just fine. The light chocolate notes are graceful. Playful candied fruits are a lovely addition. It is spicy and hot with prickly citrus zest, some spruce and pine needles. Grapefruit flesh. Moderate bitterness but it is very firm and it stands up well to the malt. Raisins. Figs. Tropical melons. Is yummy a taste or a feeling? Because this beer tastes yummy! In a nutshell, this beer is a “Top 3” American Barleywine. It isn’t the loudest or angriest or the most articulate but it scores very high in every attribute and thus it really kicks ass. There is plenty of depth; I love what I taste. I am savoring every drop.

Rich, creamy mouthfeel, the low carbonation is so damn fitting! The mouthfeel is smooth; it is velvet in liquid form. Long, malty sweet but bitter aftertaste... this a reward, plus it doesn’t let me forget what I just swallowed. It begs to be paired with cheese and meat and rich fruit. It begs to be paired with a glass. This beer can fly solo. The mouthfeel is so damn relaxing without being lazy or monotonous. In fact, I can’t think of a Barleywine with a better mouthfeel. Perfect.

Dangerously drinkable, it is a flawless beauty in this regard. The palate wasn’t “perfect” but my yearning for another ten bombers is through the roof! I really want more of this beer. I would spoil myself silly if I could drink this everyday. WTF… would I ever be sober? Big beer. Big flavors. Big kudos to Great Divide, this is awesome stuff. I purchased my bomber in Boulder, CO. I highly recommended it.

bditty187, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of lostbearbrew
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep burgundy's and mahogany's in the pour, with a resemblance to nothing else I've seen. The hues of reds and scarlets in this brew are amazing under a halogen light.

The smell on this baby is quite fine - a rush of piney hops, malt, fruit (plums, I think, predominantly) and a little alchohol...

As you take your first sip - be aware - this is a complex beer. The layers seem to change on almost every sip, where you often taste something new each time you swallow. Although the overlaying tastes are the same as the smells, there is also a hint of roasted grains, and some chocolate, perhaps. As the glass warms, it seems to gain even more character, adding not flavors, but seemingly layers to the complexity.

Up until recently, I didn't really "get" barleywines, but I must admit this is one that I am fully latched on to and enjoy tremendously.

lostbearbrew, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of tjthresh
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. Pour a beautiful clear garnet/mahogany red. A creamy whipped head forms that lasts the entire pint. Notes of caramel/toffee, cooked brown sugar, and ton of hops rush right to the nose. You can taste all 90 IBUs in the beer. Almost to a fault. There is an alcohol burn that I can do without also. There is some big hop flavor with enough malt sweetness to keep this beer from crossing into the Imperial IPA catagory. Quite full bodied and mouthfilling. Everything clings to your tounge for a while. I think it might hang on too long. Old Ruffian is worth the 6 buck I paid for it. I just think it might be a bit too over the top.

tjthresh, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with very little light penetration, and a thick frothy tan head that retains well for such a high abv brew. Aroma packs a huge hop punch, with big citrus and floral scents and a strong caramely/molasses like malt backbone. Wow, they werent kidding when they said "Hop Forward". Taste begins with a big hop wallop, huge citrus, pine resin, floral and earthy hops followed by a nice but not quite as big malt profile. The malt side of the equation is bready, lightly toasted, caramely, and molasses like with a nice sweetness to compensate for the overwhelming hops presence. The finish is bitter, and drying with a mild biting alcohol presence that is not unpleasant. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a big body. Drinkability is good, but this is a barleywine so you should really take it slow. Another great offering from great divide, definately something to seek out if you like big beers (especially hoppy ones).

silver0rlead, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

brilliant red with hints of orange along the edges.. creamy tan head that shrinks down to something very substantial for a barleywine.. like the head on an espresso! lacing forms quickly. big carbonation. aroma is absolutely perfect. sweet maple and brown sugar mouth-watering goodness with fresh cannabanoid hop perfume. slight hint of alcohol in the nose, deep breaths let me feel it in my throat. powerful. first sip presents an overwhelming bitterness that fades fast... light body and mouthfeel peppered with carbonation helps this beer go down easy. flavor oozes roasted malts and waxy bitterness is so aggravatingly dominant. wish there was more of the sweetness in the body, but less is usually the preferred style. this beer screams west coast and i could spend hours with my nose buried in the opening of my tulip glass. warmth evokes more layers of bitterness.. some salty bread and raw hop oils. an excellent exercise in barleywine mastery. yet another good beer from the G-to-the-D.

goodbyeohio, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of egajdzis
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby red / dark gold color with a medium sized light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was hoppy, sweet caramel, lots of malts and fruits, and light alcohol. Very complex aroma. Sweet malts, citrus fruits, strawberries, lots of hops, and strong alcohol finish. Very young, but should age with the best of them.

egajdzis, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Phenomenal beer. Very nice appearance; appears to be filtered. A brilliant mahogany pour reveals a deep caramel indication... massive, pillowy head forms above.

Subtle fruit aromas hint at softness. Taste reveals otherwise. This beer has a massive hop whallop that punches your palate in the gut. You get the wind knocked out of you but you come back for more. It's some weird sort of sadist enterprise. I love it.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy for a barley wine. Quite unique. Overall, one of the most complex, subtle, and interesting American Barley Wines I've ever had. Bravo.

Sixpoint, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of Morris729
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark and murky reddish brown color with a tall frothy tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Fresh pine and cedar dominate the nose with some fainter aromas of cocoa and freshly baked cinnamon cookies in the background. This is a very flavorful beer with candied sugar and sweet malt up front quickly followed by lots of dark fruit and chewy caramel. Next up are acidic bitter raw hop flavors, rum-soaked raisins, a rather pronounced spiciness (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, and white pepper) and a bit of brandy towards the finish. A sticky hop resin aftertaste remains on the lips and tongue until the next sip. Very nice—a thoroughly enjoyable barley wine.

Morris729, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with LuckySevens82. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1 1/4" of dense tan head over the deeply orangey amber brew. Head just sits there, and lacing is nice. Aroma is sweetly of malts, with tinges of fruit, hops, and alcohol. Taste begins with smooth sweet grains, then the hops, fruitiness, and alcohol all hit at once. Kind of overpowers the palate, and then departs with a strong alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not bad for the style, but it is certainly an acquired taste, even compared to others in the style.

ppoitras, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure what they hype about this one is about. I find it to be akin to a sub-par bigfoot. Oh well here we go. Pop the top in Philly, and another time in Denver. They were both the same so freshness is not the problem here. Dark ruddy amber/red, bordering on caramel with a small slightly off-white head of foam that does not last too long and provides the glass with only a minute amount of lace. Aromas are fresh citrusy, grapefruity hops, and a bit of booze, and some hearty malts. A bit complex and balanced, but not really for a barleywine. Seems a bit one-dimensional and semi-bland for a barleywine. Taste is similar. The poerful citrusy hops blend pretty well with the big bolshy amounts of caramel-flavor-infused malts that I sense in this one, a little bit of a dirty/earthy flavor comes into play as well to make it a bit more interesting. Sticky finish, begs me to take another sip of brew. Mouthfeel is thick, bit on for the style, and drinkability is pretty good as well. Nothing wrong with this one, just seems like a kinda bland bigfoot clone that is not as good...

francisweizen, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of Domingo
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely terrific. Tied atop my favorite barleywine list with the Full Sail.
Pours an beautiful cherry wood color with a head that's perfect and doesn't dissipate.
Smells of bourbon, sweet fruits, alcohol, and finished with a hoppy edge.
Flavors are similar, but I'm surprised how sweet everything turned out (even for a barleywine) but without making you ever think that it's too much. Of note, I've noticed that this beer has a little bit of an iced tea flavor finish. I think it's the mix of the hops and alcohol but after thinking about it I find it to unmistakable now.
For a brew over 10%, you can certainly tell it's alcoholic, but it's not overpowering like some can be.
Definitely a great choice for all lovers of barleywine, which is one of my favorite styles.

NOTE: Recent tastings have been more heavily hopped and I think some of the malty and tea nuances have gone down a bit. It's still good, but it's not as I remember it.

Domingo, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a vitreous amber brown hue with a topped off tan sticky meringue bubbly uneven head leaving a thick lace. Second pour created a statuesque two inch head cap, that leaves a painted inner glass. This is pure perfection.

Aggressive fruity scents of berries and a powerful nose of pine syrup hops. Well balanced oaky malt balance.

First swigs: Sticky sweet malty bubble gum barleywine. Almost like a triple IPA. Blistering grapefruit slices of citrous hoppy sizzle. Sugar Daddy caramel candy in there somewhere. Dry woody lingering aftertaste. Slightly detectable booziness in the warming sips.

As full as full bodied gets, folks. Thick, sticky, sugary syrup, and sizzlin’ which leads to a total sipper! Can't get enough of this magical Duff. Smooth as silk.

Last swigs: Citrous lemony grapefruit thick strong ale.
Reminiscent of SNBF but sweeter with a nod towards Double Bastard.

***Re-review of a two year old bottle***

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Jul 17, 2005
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,042 ratings.