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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

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2,139 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,139
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 237
Gots: 321 | 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: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The final beer we tasted, which was my wife’s favorite, was the Old Ruffian by Great Divide, an American style Barleywine. I want to emphasize here two things. First, we ate palate foods, but ate similar food while drinking (the cheese plate) and secondly, we drank these over time, I was not drunk on the floor giggling. This beer surprised me, though. The flavor popped, but was well balanced. The alcohol led to high sweetness, but this was balanced by the hops. I immediately tasted it and loved it, but was concerned that my wife would find it too hoppy, not at all, she loved it and I did as well. This beer is phenomenal and one of my favorite American Barleywines.


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

22oz bottle from Crabapple Bottle Shoppe (Alpharetta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 12/02/09. Served in a Southern Tier snifter. 

Pours deep hazy reddish brown with 2 fingers of manilla head. 

Smells of candy sugar, raisins, sweet biscuits and faint booze. 

Big sweet malty flavors. Fig, raisin, sugar, biscuits and booze. A bitter finish is the only hint of hops that may have once been present. Alcohol is strong but appropriate for the style. 

Feel is where this really shines. Lush full body with nice zest if carbonation. Coats the tongue with a sticky, resinous feel. Long sweet aftertaste. 

This has held up well for over 2 years. I've never had it fresh but I'll happily drink it again. A thick sweet malty treat. 

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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,139 ratings.