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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

1,976 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,976
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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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice dark copper color, very cloudy. Great sticky lacing.

Smell is very caramelly, thick hops and strong fruits.

Bitter taste comes through the most, along with syrupy like toffee and caramel.

Mouthfeel on this is great. Swirl this over your tongue for a bit and it literally nubs your tongue. Very thick all around from body to resiny hop bitterness.

Drinkability on this is tough. I'd imagine finishing a bomber by yourself would be pretty difficult. It's certainly a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 02:00:20 | More by jeffthecheff
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MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, I really hope I got a bad bottle or that with aging the other bottle I bought will change in character

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber (no discernable bottle dating) into a snifter.

A. Pours a crystal clear ice tea color with a healthy 2 finger head that slowly settles. Classic lacing.

S. Heavy malt booziness with a following of floral hops. Some toffee and just a hint of dark fruits.

T. The hops are up front and overwhelming. I sense there is a complicated backbone to this that the hops are steamrolling over.

M. Alcohol warmness with a thick finish.

D. If this hop profile were in an IPA or DIPA I would be impressed. However, the hops are a bit one dimensional and the backbone is screaming to get out. Hard to finish.

This will be a cellaring beer for me. Will re-review in 24 months.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 22:58:38 | More by MarkSCCOT
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irishevans

Alaska

3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

looks much like sockeye red, and the nose to match. i'm 100% expecting an IPA. flowery mildly hoppy taste with a good bite on the finish, and a crisp mouthfeel. this is also very "downable", if you will, extremely easy to drink. everything I want out of an IPA, not what I expect from a barley wine. but being what it is, it is good. so if you want an IPA with a lot of a.b.v. this is it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 10:10:51 | More by irishevans
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a tawny, rustic mahogany with a creamy off-white head.

S: Lots of alcohol heat followed up by sweet malts, caramel, some hops, and some more alcohol.

T: Again, lots of alcohol atop some sweet malt and same fading--though still present--hops. Some woodiness creeps in as well.

M: Fairly thick without too much carbonation and a whole lot of alcohol kick.

D: Not too drinkable given the high octane character of the beer. Maybe if I'd waited a little bit longer the alcohol would have mellowed out, or had it a bit earlier and allowed the hops to mask some of the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 14:56:43 | More by Thorpe429
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a blood orange with a finger worth of head. The head leaves a nice cap on the beer and leaves good, soapy lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Pretty hoppy for the style, with some malts in there as well. I pick up some black cherries, currants and caramel. Just a hint of alcohol peaks through.

T- Like the nose, very hoppy on the forefront. There is also a little soapiness going on as well which is a little off putting. The malt is pretty well hidden but there are decent notes of brown sugar and caramel.

M- Medium bodied with some good bitter notes. A little dry on the finish and a little lighter than what I expected.

D- I think this is a little too hoppy for my liking. Not bad flavor wise but there is just something missing from this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 16:06:37 | More by Wisconsinality
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Triklino

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

05-03-2014 01:00:12 | More by Triklino
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DCgolfpro

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

05-13-2013 15:40:48 | More by DCgolfpro
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spark3148857

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

02-19-2012 14:32:57 | More by spark3148857
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-04-2012 22:50:49 | More by IdrinkGas
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

02-28-2013 22:20:55 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber of the 2008 vintage. Pours a crystal clear, ruby-copper color with a creamy, dark beige cap of head. Decent retention for the age and ABV, leaves an impressive sheet of lace on the glass. Doesn't get much better looking than this.

Nose is caramely and sugary oxidized malts, not quite to the malted milk ball stage though. Most of the hops are gone with just a bit of grassiness lingering on.

Taste still has a massive bitterness with a thinned-out malt backing. Tons of alcohol heat and some raisiny fruitiness. Carbonation is low and fits an aged barleywine well. Malts are smooth going down, but the biting bitterness and heavy alcohol make this a slow sipper. I think this is actually better when fresh, or is in an awkward middle phase of aging...hard to tell which. Needs some hop flavor in the middle palate and some varying malts throughout. I will be getting a fresh version of this and give it a re-review at some point.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 16:21:31 | More by twiggamortis420
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BWarrington

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

02-12-2012 03:15:02 | More by BWarrington
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

12-29-2012 03:55:59 | More by ssimpson89
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Matagal

Brazil

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

03-21-2013 01:18:02 | More by Matagal
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-29-2013 22:32:11 | More by cofeeguru
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-13-2012 03:47:39 | More by ygtbsm94
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thebigbambino

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-06-2013 21:27:52 | More by thebigbambino
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IBUdaddy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-19-2012 15:09:30 | More by IBUdaddy
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bleeps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

12-14-2013 16:16:32 | More by bleeps
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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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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

03-18-2013 14:04:40 | More by CuriousMonk
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

01-13-2014 04:21:19 | More by HuskyinPDX
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lic217

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

02-03-2013 17:18:30 | More by lic217
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dcp27

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

09-22-2013 20:10:02 | More by dcp27
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josephwa

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

12-07-2012 19:14:37 | More by josephwa
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
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