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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,016 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,016
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 211
Gots: 291 | FT: 14
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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Thomas_Picton, Feb 08, 2013
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel colored in appearance with a humongous tan head. Leaves sticky, chunky lacing all the way. Alcohol is well-hidden in this sweet beer. Toffee, caramel and red apple. Buttery toffee in the smell and taste. Big time taste of Sugar Babies candy. Great example.

natelocc787, Oct 15, 2009
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elec, May 28, 2012
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litheum94, Mar 30, 2013
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber. Poured a crystal clear, copper color with ruby highlights. A large tan head formed, somewhat surprising given ABV. Aroma was caramel and fruits, with a little bit of hops (grapefruit), some yeast/bread, and alcohol. First sip, and BANG, the hops come out of hiding -- citrus, primarily grapefruit. This is nicely balanced by sweet malt, which came aross to me as maple syrup, melon, and other hard to specify fruit flavors. The alcohol comes through fairly strongly, but this works well to moderate both the sweetness and the bitterness. This is a fairly heavy beer, with light carbonation, a drying sensation, and plenty of alcohol warming. This was excellent, easily the best barley wine I have had, and, although not a huge fan of the style, one of the best beers I have had to date. My guess is that some age would treat this well, and that it would pair nicely with some sharp cheddar.

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james582, Nov 15, 2013
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,016 ratings.