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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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2,031 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,031
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 215
Gots: 296 | 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:
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

pawpaw, Mar 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

TexAggie011, Mar 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

baybassboy, Mar 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Zachb4au, Mar 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

bentonquest, Mar 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

johnnyboy76, Mar 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

theminutemen, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of diamondc
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Dec 5 2011

A: A clear shade of crimson, fluffy tan head, lots of lacing.

S: Spicy ... cinnamon, woodsy, dark chocolate, pine. Nothing really leaps out.

T: Heavy on the pine hop flavors, tastes almost dirt-y, bit of a cotton candy aftertaste.

M: A bit medicinal, reminds me of cherry flavored cough syrup. A sipper.

O: A decent barleywine, not the best on the shelf. Still enjoyed it though.

diamondc, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev -5.2%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Amp
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Amp, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 2, 2011.

Pours a reddish brown, relatively light. A fairly large white head recedes slowly.

Smell contains caramel malt, diacetyl, and some hoppy scents with mild citrus- grapefruit. Malt also results in a bit of a bready smell. Some grape and plum scents as well, a bit like port, but not strong. Quite good.

Taste follows the nose. The dark fruit scents stick out first, accompanied by caramel and bready malt flavours. The hoppy flavours come in as well, resulting in a beer that is well balanced between bitter and sweet and has a bit of a citrus flavour, along with a grassy element. Good.

Moderate carbonation, full bodied, a bit of a chewy flavour. Alcohol is present but quite well hidden for the strength.

Overall, very good. Very enjoyable and great on a cold day.

jrenihan, Mar 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

thegerm87, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

buffs9, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jacewg, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of DavidST
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip, bottled on 12 - 5 - 12. This pours a brownish color with a massive lace leaving tan head. The smells are of toasted malts, caramel and a nice little bit of pine hops and dark fruit. The feel is thick. The taste is pretty good, a load of bitter hops, nuts, caramel and toasted malts, excellent. I'm glad I bought this today, I was looking for the 12 Bigfoot, but this is a fine alternative.

DavidST, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Tpsauer, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of danieelol
2.85/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Adam @ Platinum

2010 Vintage.

Pours a lovely golden red with billowing head and great lacing.

Smell is pineapple hop and solvent. Also get qualities strongly reminiscent of Fullers Vintage/Golden Pride. Nutty notes a la Samichlaus.

Taste is underwhelming. Big dose of alcohol without any sweetness and with only faint malt.

Mouthfeel is thin and bone dry with minor alcohol burn.

Unfortunately this beer is very one note, too alcoholic and lacks any sweetness whatsoever, despite the fact it's supposed to be a barleywine. Dunno if this is a bad bottle or what.

danieelol, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1.5 inch copper and white head over a deep amber red color, the lacing clings to the glass and the head is well retained.

Nose: Caramel, figs, piney hops and hints of citrus with bits of vanilla, then the malts come through and finish with the slightest hint of cotton candy.

Taste: Grassy and earthy yet candied, very complex with some dark fruit notes. The hops come through strong and are followed by hearty caramel and aggressive malt.

Mouthfell: Creamy and flowing with good supportive carbonation yet bitter by the hops that come through.

Overall: A great barley wine, will age well resulting in more present darker fruits.

2378GCGTG, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

krause316, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

nyctrance2, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kspongeworthy, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

JVan, Feb 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Archimedes, Feb 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

dcs1548, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of JizackFH
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a brilliant dark ruby color that has nice clarity. There is about two fingers of tan head resting on top. The head has great retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of toasted malts and caramel. There are some good dark fruit aromas like figs, plum, and apricot. There is some candied sugar and a nice hop presence. Some booziness is also here.

T - The taste follows the nose well. It starts off with the toasted caramel malt and dark fruit flavors. There is a nice piney hop presence that adds some bitterness and citrus as well. Also, there area some flavors of candied sugar and a bit of booziness. The finish leaves some lingering caramel malt, fruit, piney hops, and a touch of booziness behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a slight chewy quality to it. It has a nice amount of sweetness, as well as a piney hop bitterness that stands out more. Also, there is some alcohol warmth in the finish.

O - This has really good drinkability. It is smooth and full of flavor. Overall, It is a great beer, and it is a very nice example of an American Barleywine. The flavor is really nice and it has a good hop presence. Also, the alcohol is pretty well hidden for being 10.2%. I recommend trying it out. It is an excellent beer, and I would buy it again. The price point isn't bad either.

JizackFH, Feb 20, 2012
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,031 ratings.