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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,138 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,138
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 238
Gots: 318 | 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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Ratings: 2,138 | Reviews: 1,060 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of clausr
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzedup
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jaswilson2
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hombrepalo
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of unclekeith
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2007 bottle...aged beautifully, not a huge hop presence but very well balanced and mellow

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/05/11
Off white head settles gradually leaving lots of lacing. A bit murky bronze color.
Mostly a malt smell with a bit of hops.
Much of the 90 IBU remain especially on the back of the mouth. Much sugar, candy barleywine taste AND also the malt,
Active in the mouth, a bit of sizzle?
If you like American style BW, yes you must try this.

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stillyman11
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of splendid
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

very bold hopped from barely brewed

Photo of byronic
3.52/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of polloenfuego
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonny41
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

one of the best I've tried, Was surprised by the hop profile and slight bitter finish, a great barley wine for sure.

Photo of SamN
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, served in a snifter.

Old Ruffian is a cloudy, ruby color with more head than expected from a two year old 10 abv barleywine.

Smell is an intense mix of sweeter bready malts and candied fruits. Honey, sticky ganja buds, dark rum, dates, Hawaiian bread...the aroma is sweet and malty with just a hint of the hops former glory.

Hops are more prevelant in the taste, with a nice nice caramel notes upfront and plenty of sugary sweetness, lots of malt complexity. Hops gradually open up in the finish leaving a huge bitter stickness on the palette. Mouth feel is luscious and thick with plenty of carbonation left in the bottle.

Overall, not as blown away by this as others, but its still a solid Barleywine and worthy of Great Divide's reputation. Just not a game changer for me.

Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Will_cigars-n-brews
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy dark ale on the pour, nice aroma, but very malty.
First taste is an expected high ABV beer, big malt, sweet, nice caramel taste, but coats the mouth...a lot. What I will call a very typical barley wine but in a good way. Just solid.

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beoirific
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beestin
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
2.75/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Hoppy barley wine. A little too hoppy for my taste.

Photo of Philthe
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of my favorite American barley wines. carbonation is spot on, good hop profile and a great finish.

Photo of erushing
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,138 ratings.