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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

1,972 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,972
Reviews: 1,038
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 207
Gots: 278 | FT: 12
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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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-31-2014 08:13:08 | More by zestar
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GRap

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

05-30-2014 00:32:53 | More by GRap
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-28-2014 22:21:07 | More by Latarnik
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: ruby red with orangish hints to it. very strong clarity, a finger plus of a tannish head thats leaves behind a strong lacing.

Smell: lots of hop resin. covering up caramel and toffee sweetness. some alcohol. grassy, herbal and resiny hops.

Taste: opens with some caramel and slightly darker sweets. some strong breadiness. back end is flooded with hops, grass, citrus, resin and mostly herbal. alcohol astringency plays a strong role in it.

Mouthfeel: heavy and bitter. sweetness is there but nothing compared to the bitterness.

Overall: pretty good and tasty for a young barley wine. good sweetness, a bit too much astringency and herbalness though.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2014 01:44:28 | More by SportsandJorts
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-26-2014 03:07:29 | More by weeare138
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BlazedNug

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-25-2014 05:09:34 | More by BlazedNug
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In a small pint glass, close to cellar temperature.

Really looks flawless. It's a beautiful shade of garnet with a frothy three-finger beige head that just won't die down. The perpetually remaining cap of foam leaves loads of lacing on the glass.

It smells of leather, oak, cherries, strawberries, caramel, and pine. And a hint of citrus.

Tastes like pine resin, citrus rinds, and more caramel and cherries... There's a warm finish like toasted bread, with lingering piney hop astringency and terrific leathury smokiness.

The feel is full, lazily carbonated, and a little sticky.

This barleywine really strikes a chord with me. Rough with harsh hoppiness around the edges, and mightily malty underneath.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 03:44:08 | More by Kuaff
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robear

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-24-2014 17:11:35 | More by robear
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

05-22-2014 14:03:31 | More by MichiganderHB
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-21-2014 03:17:38 | More by ZEB89
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Jakethesnake503

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-21-2014 01:37:44 | More by Jakethesnake503
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jkball01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-20-2014 23:54:41 | More by jkball01
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-19-2014 21:16:49 | More by funkyaudio
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TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.5%

05-18-2014 02:51:22 | More by TimBeaulieu
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psdonnelly

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-15-2014 21:31:57 | More by psdonnelly
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Mlawrence

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -23%

05-14-2014 23:24:46 | More by Mlawrence
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JSBILK

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-14-2014 00:41:18 | More by JSBILK
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DNICE555

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

05-13-2014 00:54:37 | More by DNICE555
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

05-12-2014 15:40:28 | More by RMoeNay
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ilikebeer03

Texas

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber 12/19/12 poured into a snifter.

A: pours a deep ruby red color, with a nice, thick finger of foam. the the head recedes, a nice lacing is left as well as a good ring around the glass and traces in the middle. Above average head retention.

S: hops, dark fruits, sweet malt, breadiness. plum.

T: this is delicious. I'm not a huge fan of barely wines, but this is delicious. Not overly sweet, but not hopped to the point of being an IPA called a barely wine. I get dark fruits with a good hop presence. tropical fruits in the hops mesh well with the sweetness from the barely wine. slight resinous taste from the hops, primarily in the finish. This is incredible. Alcohol is very well masked. You never taste a drop of the alcohol heat. It sneaks up on you.

M: mouthfeel is thick, and nicely coats the mouth. resinous, fruity, sweetness lingers on the palate.

O: this is probably my favorite barely wine to date. incredible!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 20:57:33 | More by ilikebeer03
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chefbigjon

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-11-2014 02:48:49 | More by chefbigjon
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Marshall_ofmcap

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-09-2014 17:21:54 | More by Marshall_ofmcap
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3.25/5  rDev -23%

05-08-2014 20:32:34 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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jbhollis1180

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-08-2014 18:54:54 | More by jbhollis1180
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WiserBud

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-07-2014 23:41:32 | More by WiserBud
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
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