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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

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2,170 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,170
Reviews: 1,066
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 236
Gots: 332 | FT: 19
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: 2,170 | Reviews: 1,066
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice amber/copper with a dense off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing up and down the glass. The lacing seemed better than other versions of the style so I gave it a bump in the appearance rating. However, it is not as good of a looking beer as Big Foot, as far as color goes.

S-Booze, caramel, and hops.

T-Hoppy and bitter with some alcohol sweetness, and a decent amount of alcohol. A very hop assertive beer.

M-Fairly thick and syrupy

D-A true sipper giving its massive hop presence and high alcohol content.

Overall, I was a little disappointed with this beer, but I have another bottle I will age for another couple of years and I think then it will be awesome. I think this needs some time to mellow. It was bottled in December 2011, so two years from now I expect it to be spectacular, but for now its just a little too hoppy and boozy for my preference.

Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev -5%

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

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Dark amber color with a strong off white head.

Smell is of sweet with carmel and malt and a hint of boozyness.

Taste is malty and a bit sweet with some of the dark fruit flavors in the finish. Alcohol not as pronounced as in the smell.

A great barleywine that I had no original expectations for, having just bought it because it was Great Divide.

Will pick it up again.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. I have cellared this bottle for a while and now seemed like a good time to open it up. Bottled on date of Dec. 22, 2009 (so this is almost three years old). Served chilled but allowed to warm to close to room temperature over time.

Appearance: Dark amber to medium brown in color. Pours a really nice, fluffy beige head that laces plenty of lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Really big caramel and molasses from the malt bill here. Definitely an underlying earthy character from the hops. Also some background notes of maple and oak. Really complex and enjoyable.

Taste: My first thought was the hops have held up well for this beer being so old. The malt bills does well to complement the hop character. Lots of caramel and molasses and brown sugar notes. Light pine and earthiness from the hops keeps this from being too sweet. This is really drinking nicely at this point. The aftertaste is a bit bitter as well.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation, considering this beer was cellared for a while prior to open. Really smooth with a nice full body.

Overall, a really enjoyable and tasty American style barleywine. The hop character has held up incredibly well and adds a nice counterpoint to the caramel and molasses notes from the malt. Everything I look for in a hoppy barleywine. A real treat to be able to find this on the shelves easily. Very good.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the brewery. Pours a wood amber with thin tan head. Sweet malt, vanilla, caramel. and hop aromas.

Taste is of sweet vanilla malts, some dried date, caramel, and lots of hops. Its a little too bitter and the alcohol burns a bit but its not bad. Its a really nice barleywine but not my favorite. Maybe some aging would mellow this out.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
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