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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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2,117 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,117
Reviews: 1,054
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 227
Gots: 310 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a wonderful amber color with a tiny tan head that does not sit atop the beer very well.

The aroma is a kick in the face of hops and alcohol. I smell mostly pine and grassy hops, not very fruity.

The beers tastes of caramel, toffee, alcohol, and toasted bread. The finish is very bitter and resin like pine hops.

The beer is full bodied.

Overall the beer is warming, complex, and has an assertive hoppiness. My only criticism is that the hops do not play well with the malt background. They come off as harsh.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two finger head on top of a glowing copper/red color. Sticky lacing down the walls of the glass.

Smell is potent earthy hops and a large amount of caramel malt. After a couple glorified DIPA's branded as barleywines that I have tried recently, it is really nice to smell that malt backbone. Appetizing.

The taste reverts back to big hops, with the huge malt backbone somehow getting drowned out in this massive bitter hop extravaganza. Still, very nice, but I would almost guarantee that I would like it better with a couple years on it. A bit too overwhelmingly bitter at this point.

Mouthfeel is just fine for a barleywine. Alcohol is very noticeable. This is an absolute beast of a beer, and I can sure see why it is rated so high. I am going to have to grab some of these for the cellar!

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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,117 ratings.