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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

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94
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2,173 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,173
Reviews: 1,067
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 237
Gots: 334 | 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: 2,173 | Reviews: 1,067
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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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4/5  rDev -5%

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

Went to a friend’s house and he pulled this one out of the fridge. Surprised I’ve never had this one before. Poured my allotment into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber with a thin beige head on top. Notes of herbs, hops, citrus, toffee. The mouth is creamy and smooth, slightly syrupy feel on the back end. Semi-sweet syrup, molasses, mild bittering hops, bitter citrus rind. Really a good beer. Definitely an evening sipper.

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3.13/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on [illegible] 2010

Pours a wonderful hazy deep gold/copper. One finger head stays. Good lace.

Aromas of hops, toffee, malts.

Taste is a let down. One dimensional and thin, hop driven with little malt to support. Alcohol burn. Astringent. Bitter. Skunked.

Mouthfeel good, medium to full bodied, low carbonation.

Overall, not a good example. Given 2010 bottling, even more of a let down.

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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a clear dark mahogany red with a large (2-3 finger) light tan pillowy head that was mostly lasting, receding down to a large puddle and collar with excellent sheeting of lace.

The aroma was of a sweet toasted biscuit malt, pine hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of toffee, citrus (grapefruit), caramel and some dark fruit (plums and raisons).

The taste was sweet and rather malty with hints of toffee and dark fruit at first and then became slightly hoppy with a really nice bitter citrus note and a decent alcohol warming sensation at the end. The flavor hung around for a long while with a bitter sweet citrus flavor left to lie on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a dry oily texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall a sensationally tasting Barleywine with just the right blending of sweet malts and bitter hops...

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Tan/brown, ruby hue, 1/2 creamy, foamy head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Lots of fruits, grapefruit, orange, pear, grapefruit, pineapple, grapes, some sugars. Has everything, hops, malts, caramel, even some alcohol comes at the finsh, wow im ready to taste this!

Taste - Huge fruity bite with a mix of sugars and caramal malts. Plenty of sugars mixed with the fruits to make this very flavorful. Pineapple, grapefruit and orange hop kick add even more to this brew. Alcohol comes at the end to finish this off.

Mouthfeel - Thick, chewy and lots of flavor. Tounge gets the malt/hop kick with lots of sugars and a little booze. Palate gets more malt/hop kick with some added sugars, a nice bitterness mixed with sweetness. Afertaste is bold sugars, caramel malts and spices.

Overall - Really big, lots of flavors, and a big more hoppy then most. It takes you on a ride of flavors, malty, hoppy, sugary, bitter hoppy, alcoholish, yet balanced and fun to drink. Excellent example of a well done american barleywine. Great to enjoy fresh, would love to try aged, worthy a drink for sure.

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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Dark cherry and molasses. Deep, woodsy earthiness. Slightly solvent. Mild hints of vanilla. Overall I would have expected a it to be a little more pungent.

Appearance: Gorgeous ruby/mahogany. Vanilla skim of head grabs the glass.

Sweet and bitter. Hints of vanilla. Very woody - almost overpowering. No shortage on grains here.

Overall: Very good, but a little disappointing. It's complex, but doesn't seem to play well with itself. Some of the flavors just compete.

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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
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