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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,952 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,952
Reviews: 1,037
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 204
Gots: 274 | 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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper-colored with nice fizz streams. Bubbly head had settled in lumps. Heavy lace.

Aroma: big caramel malts meet piney hops. Rummy, raisiny, honey buns. Fantastic.

Big zesty pine hop in the front and back. Toffee and fig newtons. Honey, sweet bread, milky caramel, chocolate-covered raisins. This one's fresh with big boy hop overload. There's the a resinous character and a coffee and cream backdrop. Sweeter finish. Any closer to the Old Ale side of a barleywine and I would have scored taste a 5.0.

Immensely lush and creamy. Great carbonation evident. Almost perfect.

An incredible barleywine. Among the tops in the books.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 01:15:08 | More by thecheapies
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btesta

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-14-2012 22:48:55 | More by btesta
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despond

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.5%

01-13-2012 19:51:46 | More by despond
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mjmadsen21

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-13-2012 04:28:34 | More by mjmadsen21
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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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cycoduck

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-13-2012 01:43:43 | More by cycoduck
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-13-2012 01:33:13 | More by nh2032
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kevwcamp

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-11-2012 20:21:23 | More by kevwcamp
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-11-2012 03:11:01 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

A- Pours a murky orange/red color with a thick slightly off white head that leaves fantastic lacing. A bit more clarity and this would easily be a 4.5, but as it is a 4 will have to do.

S- Wow, this one is potent. Huge brash wave of sweet malt and dank pine hops. Some candied fruits, citrus, caramel, pine resin, and alcohol...lots of alcohol.

T- Very similar to the nose, this is one monster American Barleywine. All bitterness and pine hops initially with a lingering citrus undertone. The finish is all sweetness with loads of caramel and crystal malt leading the way with a massive amount of booze.

M- Big and bold with good carbonation. A tad hot from the alcohol, but some age would probably take the edge off.

O- Exactly what I was hoping for in an American Barleywine from a good brewery. Very tasty stuff...have to grab a few more bottles now!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 22:03:44 | More by projectflam86
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Jstark5150

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-09-2012 04:01:10 | More by Jstark5150
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Kinsman

California

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big foamy head with a pleasantly sticky lace sits nicely on top of a slightly hazed reddish copper color.

Big malty sweet aroma upfront before the citrusy and slightly herbal hop notes come in. Faint hint of alcohol in the background.

Well-hopped with some citrus fruitiness and good bitterness. Matched up with a strong malty backbone that gives of plenty of biscuity bread character and a healthy dose of caramel. Finishes a bit boozy.

Heavy mouthfeel with a creamy texture that helps it go down so well. Overall, Old Ruffian presents you with an excellent American Barleywine thats adds a little boost on a cold winters evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 00:46:13 | More by Kinsman
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pjs234

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage poured into my Dogfish signature glass. Very happy to have found this, as Great Divide pulled out of our state last year.

The appearance is a very murky orange and its almost brown in the middle of the glass. Very little light is getting through this. The initial pour resulted in almost a full finger of head. There is also decent lacing as the head subsides.

The smell is good. Even being a year old, I smell a fair amount of hops. Also, the malts are noticeable as well.

The taste is very nice. Starts off with a bready/malty flavor. Maybe a touch of caramel. Then the hops come forward. I was kind of surprised by the hop kick on the back end of the sip. It ends a little bitter and a little spicy at the same time.

The mouth feel is smooth. Good amount of carbonation.

Would love to try this side by side with a fresh one, but alas, I will need to leave the state to find one.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:43:23 | More by pjs234
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qchic

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-08-2012 03:11:02 | More by qchic
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towlea25

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-08-2012 02:31:12 | More by towlea25
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UnkleFester

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-07-2012 00:11:45 | More by UnkleFester
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kojevergas

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a snifter at Great Divide's tap room in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of good cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a dark nontransparent ruby.

Sm: Toasted malts, caramel, pleasant cream, and light cherry fruit ester hops. A mild strength aroma.

T: Toasted caramelized malt comprises the backbone, with cream on the open and climax, alcohol (especially in the third act), and hints of cherry esters. Well balanced, with the alcohol generating a pleasant welcome warmth. Nicely built, with due complexity. Quite lovely all around, with depth and unobtrusive hops.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Pleasant cream. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV, which is hidden well considering how high it is. I'd have this beer again. A nice barleywine from Great Divide.

This would likely age well. I'd like to try it with a few years on it out of a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2012 00:31:41 | More by kojevergas
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josssmith

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-05-2012 22:13:09 | More by josssmith
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seanmugs

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.5%

01-05-2012 19:58:14 | More by seanmugs
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Spadoof

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Name: Old Ruffian
Brewery: The Great Divide
Bottled on: 12/02/11
Purchasing Date: 12/31/11
Purchased From: 101 Bottles (Kent, Ohio) [$8.99 a bottle]

Origin: 22oz bottle
Serving Glass: 22oz Snifter
Serving Temp: 60F

Appearance: 2" Fluffy white head. Beautiful ruby red body.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt backbone. Chocolate covered fruit (Figs, Dates, etc.), herbal hops. Sweet, sticky and mouthwatering.

Taste: Fruity, boozy and quite intense (yet balanced). Citral and piney hops make an appearance. Citrus peel, dark fruit, caramel and boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky. Medium amount of carbonation.

Overall: Fantastic, probably my favorite barleywine so far! Be careful though, at 10.20%, it is easy to go overboard with a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 03:08:42 | More by Spadoof
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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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Bookseeb

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a rusty hazy copper color supporting a thick off white head that dissapates slowly leaving a sticky clingy lace. Smell of thick caramel, light chocolate and some darker fruits. taste is as stated hefty and hoppy having the big citrus grapefruit thats grainy with the caramel in the big malt backbone. Mouthfeel is full and chewy with a good amount of carbonation. Not as rich as some, but then again it does express it's hefty and hoppy and still a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 03:32:17 | More by Bookseeb
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CrazyOtto623

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-04-2012 03:16:51 | More by CrazyOtto623
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McLaughlin5350

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-02-2012 14:08:10 | More by McLaughlin5350
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11millsown113

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-02-2012 04:59:03 | More by 11millsown113
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,952 ratings.