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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

Old Ruffian Barley WineOld Ruffian Barley Wine

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,882 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1882
Reviews: 1030
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%


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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alexgash

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 55 degrees. Fills the tulip galss with a large, thick, rocky, marshmallowy light khaki head and a clear, dark crimson body. Wow. Great lacing too. Nose is malty: rich, chewy caramel, toffee, fresh dates, leather, a hint of sugary fruit, all backed by zesty pine hops. Sweet toffee and toasted malt flavors up front. There's some herbal hop bitterness around the edges. Malt gets fruitier and rummier. And then the hop bitterness takes over. Herbal, medicinal, piney and numbing. Not over the top though. Sweet caramelized fruit comes out in the long finish. Full bodied, with a creamy feel. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 02:01:48 | More by alexgash
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber is a lot of barley wine - a style for me where a little ususally goes a long way. Fortunately, for all the heft of this beer, it does manage to pull off a reasonable degree of drinkability. Poured an amber walnut. Sweet malt in the aroma. A big whack of sweet malt and hops land up front, the sweetness well balanced by the hops bittering. Caramel flavor predominates, thinning out at the end to what reminded me of Cracker Jacks. Sweetness hangs on throughout, but not cloying or tongue-coating. Long finish of caramel, with a little alchohol peaking through.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 14:59:16 | More by Brent
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GClarkage

California

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mid September 2005. Received via trade with Lostbearbrew.

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no visibile dating. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Murky Chestnut color. 3/4 inch head. Almost milkshake like in head appearance. Decent lacing.

Smell- Sweeter caramel scents. Hints of butterscotch and powdered sugar..

Taste- Not as in your face as Old Gaurdian. The hops are definitely present though. Nice sweet thickness too it. Plenty of dark fruits to go around. Mostly raisins and maybe some dates. Huge caramel background as well as some alcohol soaked cherry flavor. Brown sugar comes through as well.

Mouthfeel- Warming, a bit sryupy and super smooth. Very low carbonation. Thick as viscous.

Drinkability- One of the better BW's I have had. Not my favorite, but one I would have down the line again for sure. Good after dinner warmer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 20:10:58 | More by GClarkage
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very vibrant off reddish/amber pour from a bomber bottle. 2 finger head that seemed to ooze aroma.
Aroma: I smell hops, some roasted malt, berries and alcohol, among other things.
This is a hop loaded barley wine. some herbs up front along with a touch of malt. the piney/citrus hops dominate this brew. some soft fruits like berries and plums are available, but not too widespread.
Crisp taste nips the alcohol in the bud, warming but not burning.
I could drink this one all night, and be completely smashed. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 19:08:08 | More by Mebuzzard
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Brenden

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big, thick, fat tan head 2+ fingers tall sits heavily on a bright burnt orange brew and leaves lacing in sticky, heavy deposits pretty well down my glass.
Dark fruits pop from the aroma along with sweet and bready malts and a very American hops presence that provides mostly citrus and a bit of pine. I also detect a very interesting (but not bad) slightly metallic doppelbock-like molasses sweetness. It seems there's good complexity, and quite a lot comes out, but the powerful sweetness tames some of what's underneath.
The flavor opens up, offering a mix of dark fruits and citrus, sweet bready and caramel malts, and floral hops bitterness. The hops bouquet is powerful but exceptionally balanced with the malts and complemented by sweetness, a bit of softness, a light herbal dryness, a very tame spiciness, and a more orange than lemon citrus flavor. I imagine this is as hoppy as a barleywine could be without heavily sacrificing balance and crushing any other nuanaced flavors. This is phenomenally brewed and showcases the major difference between American and English barleywines. As Americans go, this is it. The alcohol somehow staved off unitl the finish for a big 10%+, where it comes out and manages to avoid an overly ethanolic taint.
This is a big, bold beer, nicely thick with a sharp crispness. Body, depth, smoothness and crispness are all here.
This is possibly the quintessential Barleywine in the American style.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 20:02:56 | More by Brenden
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a mountain of thick, foamy, cascading, brownish head that has amazing retention. The nose has a heavy citrusy hop aroma as well as a faint caramelly, malty aroma with hints of pineapple and birthday cake. The flavor is malty, bready, and caramelly up front with some faint dark fruit notes followed by an intense hop character. The hops offer citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple as well as some piny, earthy notes. The hops leave the bitterness of an IPA behind on the palate well after the swallow. The alcohol is present but it mostly adds warmth and a slight bite to the finish. The mouthfeel is warm, medium to full bodied, and very smooth.

This is a well built barleywine. This will also keep the DIPA vs. Barleywine conversation going. The flavor is fantastic and I bet some time will calm the hops and marry the flavors a little. The alcohol is buried and only really shows up in the finish and in the warmth of the mouthfeel. It's drinkabe. Maybe dangerously so. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:38:19 | More by tdm168
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maximum12

Minnesota

1.95/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Popped open this bottle from the basement to share with the wife after a beautiful evening on the water bass fishing. Do I have a great life or what?

Looks like an unfiltered IPA, an orange tint to the beer that's not entirely clear, but not opaque. Smells like roughage; raw hops, wet fields, angry farmers.

The caramel is distant, weirdly the hops are still going strong, but the dominant taste is a steely, metallic funk coating the roof of my mouth - rather nasty. This horrid glut of whatever takes over whatever other good points there are & just makes it undrinkable.

I can't finish this. I'd say I rec'd a bad bottle, but the wife says "B-ish" so it's just that it disagrees with me - badly. I was looking forward to trying this. Huge disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 02:27:00 | More by maximum12
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2006 GABF Gold Medal batch on cask at the Falling Rock for barleywine month. The color was dark red with a fluffy head. The smell was floral, hoppy, and so alluring. This beer's smell really builds up the anticipation as far as the taste. The taste did not disappoint. Mmmm, hops, caramel, toffee, goodness. This was one of the best beers I have had in a long time. Now I have to grab some bottles for the cellar.

update 1/26/2013 bottle

Had to revisit this because I couldn't believe how high I rated this, that 2006 cask must have been ill. This bottle looked beautiful when I poured it into the glass so I did not change that score. The smell was vegetal. The flavor was harsh alcohol and a hint of broccoli, meh. Shit is actually pretty wack for $8, fuck that.

Serving type: cask

02-13-2007 17:41:54 | More by ArrogantB
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, deep amber color with a light tan head that stayed for the entire glass (I didn't sip the first glass), leaving a clump of head and a whole bunch of lacing.

S - sweet malty aroma with a faint smell of hops, it is a very pleasant smell.

T - delicious tasting barley wine, extremely well balanced sweetness of malt along with a snappy hop finish. ABV is totally un-detecable in taste.

M - medium bodied, lightly carbonated, enjoyable treat for the palate.

D - kick back wherever you are and enjoy this barley wine, drink this brew slowly, the alcohol is in there, even if you can't taste it.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 01:11:01 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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mynie

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, served in a wine snifter.

Beautiful. The color of a blood orange. Uncontrollable white head simmers down into a solid puff that sits around for ages.

Smells of HOPS! Bitter hops, sour hops. Grapefruit hops, sweet rolls and caramel. Excellent. Everything you could reasonably expect from a barley wine, and more.

Taste is a fansastic balance between intense, bitter and sour hops, mostly citrus and grapefruit, and really wonderful sweet malt.

A great Barley Wine. Way too easy to finish an entire bomber.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 04:11:55 | More by mynie
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily the best barley wine in my recent samplings, and quite possibly the best one I've ever had. This is an awesome beer. Served in aa snifter, the beer was a hazy amber color. It had a thick tan head with excellent retention and some great lacing. It had a caramel aroma with some fruit and a little bit of floral hops. The taste followed the aroma, and expanded on it. Sweet caramel to begin with, then the fruit, and a nice hops kick. A wonderful combination of the sweetness and the hops. I'll drink this beer anytime, anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 15:13:36 | More by lordofthewiens
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rustic amber colour, nice burnt-orange around the edges. Head is a nice colour, beige with large bubbles, sunk disappointingly and just leaving some specks of lace around. Apart from that, a fine-looker.

Nose is quite nice. Malty and hoppy with a caramel toffee and nutty edge to the malt. Nice bitter hop characters emerge on the back. Good citric edge, with resinous notes and a fresh pine furniture subtext. Quite damned pleasant, if a little strong at times.

Tastes very rich and malty with a lot of really pleasant complex sugars all over it. Starts caramelly with rich barley notes, before descending into more robust and slightly toasted grain edge with much nutty character - macadamia and almond primarily. Finish has a slight piney hop note with a touch of spray-cleaner citrus to it. Not all that clean, but malts are so complex and nicely earthy that they don't need so much cleaning up. A lovely rich after-dinner (or lunch, in this case) brew.

Mouthfeel is full as you'd expect but a little bit flat. A bit of heat on the back wouldn't go amiss, kind of feels untextured.

This beer is about a year old and it's obvious the punchy hops promised by the bottle have diminished greatly. GOOD. Having had a fresh Old Crustacean and being really quite put off by the scorching hop bitterness, I think about a year is the perfect time to drink beers like this. This is just rich, complex and sweet like a really great dessert wine. Good taste = good drinkin' in my book.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 04:50:12 | More by laituegonflable
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’d been wanting to try this barleywine for a long time. It pours a deep brown color, with notably orange highlights. The head is substantial by barleywine standards, and the overall appearance is solidly good. The aroma is a mix of barley, intense malt, strong yeast, and alcohol. There’s a bit of boozy fruit smells mixed in as well. In the taste department, the brew is nicely balanced, but the hops are a central component of the flavor. It’s a little rustic, and certainly warming. Wonderful malt character. This is a solidly good barleywine. Full body, nice drinkability. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 00:02:59 | More by Suds
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a auburn brown body with decent head retention and lace ring on top of a thick, malty aroma: bready, dry, roasted, sweet, caramel - all in there. Hints of herbal hop bitterness as well. A filling heavy body that is balanced as I pick up a bready, dry malt base along with some caramel sweetness and there is also a decent patch of herbal hop bitterness. Minor sweet fruit flavors and a crisp finish thanks to a barely poking out ABV - a dangerous sipper as it is strong and boozy but real easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 11:18:32 | More by clayrock81
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Durge

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This fine barleywine has a deep copper color with a big foamy tan cap and excellent lacing. The aroma is very palatable, thick with pine, spruce and root beer malt, yummy. The flavor hits hard with licorice and root beer alcohol. This is pretty hefty but I can drink a few. It's a full bodied, evenly carbonated brew, very smooth with a bit of a double ipa flavor. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 03:33:05 | More by Durge
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a clear copperish mahogany body with a tightly knit beige head that rises two to three fingers in height. Excellent head retention and delicate chains of island lace are left on the tulip glass.

Aroma is enticing, featuring succulent fruit aromas and notes of caramel, just as the label proclaims. Pink grapefruit and orange provide a sweet fruit bouquet that is outstanding, and there is an assertive caramel maltiness just behind.

Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied. Hops make their grand entrance here, with some resin and oiliness that give a significant hops bite.

Taste is creamy and coating, with assertive bitter hops. Pine and grapefruit rind lead an overwhelming hops bitterness. Some notes of orange and caramel try to emerge, but are viciously beaten aside by the hops. Slight burn of alcohol is noticable, but not distracting. This one's heat comes from the hops, and it intensifies as it reaches room temperature. Some barleywine malt syrupiness is present, but any sweetness is negated by the massive hops bitterness. Finish is dry, hop bitter, and hot.

This one is quite a hop monster, overly warm and burning for my tastes. Appearance and aroma are excellent, but taste is skewed toward an out of control hops assault.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 15:18:59 | More by merlin48
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Old Ruff is an enticingly deep-chestnut hued bier, with touches of garnet as well. It's a clear bier, with extremely fine carbonation heading topside, though it is few and far between. The head which tops things off starts at about 1/4" after a hard pour, then fades to a thin, covering layer of tan, creamy, compact little bubbles. Lacing is exquisite, too, as the pattern left in the glass is A-1! Aroma is easily evident, with malty notes oozing out of the goblet and into the surrounding atmosphere. Also has strong indicators of a large hop presence. Body is well above medium, and it is an exceedingly smooth, velvet-like bier. Nothing rough in this Ruff.

Caramel and toffee aspects are first evident in the heavy load of malt which hits the palate. Sweetness glides across the tongue and down the hatch. But the malt is matched in its strength by all those IBUs. Citrussy notes coat the mouth, and hide in all the nooks and crannies, allowing Ruffians hop-liciousness to linger long and hard. And this is a 10.20% abv bier? Where's it hiding? I don't feel it, and that could get scary! This is a wonderful offering from Great Divide!!

Prosit!!

overall: 4.6
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 5 | drinkability: 5

855

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 18:10:18 | More by Bierman9
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Vancer

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WHAT a fine drinker this one turned out to be! Just top notch in all aspects.

Excellent pour, started clear mahogany with a pillowy tan head. By the end of the bomber, with some swirling, it turned ruddy brown, yum.

Overwhelming chocolate, caramel and malt in the aroma, and nice undertones of pine, I mean it actually smells rich.

Beautiful blend of sweet malt to start, a piney hop kick to finish. A lingering hop taste stays with you for several minutes, with each sip.

Rich and robust, thick and chewy. The abv hides behind the bushes, ready to pull you down if one partakes a little to fast. I did get this last year, so the year of aging could have really helped. Gotta get a few more bombers this year.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 15:51:49 | More by Vancer
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pretty well defines the American Barley Wine style as far as drinkability goes. Unlike Old Crusty or Guardian this beer tastes great and smooth within a year. But unlike some BW's this beer is huge and hoppy and full of flavour. Drinkable young yet complex is a rare quality so I relish this beer and hope to get another bottle in my travels.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 07:39:42 | More by canucklehead
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear dark amber color. Two fingers of super creamy beige head with good retention and tons of lacing.

4.5 S: Tons of caramel malts make a sweet toffee aroma. Candied fruits with plenty of plum, prune, raisin, and dates. Hops are citrusy with emphasis on orange and a touch of pine as well. Big, bold, and wonderful.

4.0 T: Surprisingly bitter, which I fully welcome. Many a barleywine are cloying messes, but not this one. Bitter backbone is accompanied by citrusy and piney hop flavor. Crystal malts are very present, but are dominated by the bitterness to an extent. Still, this is a very fine barleywine with dark fruits making an appearance.

4.0 M: Heavy medium body. Good carbonation. Pretty creamy and except for a touch too much of bitterness, pretty smooth.

4.0 D: A good American style barleywine. Definitely worth a occasional glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 22:50:43 | More by DavoleBomb
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-hazy reddish copper color liquid with a thick tan colored head. Solid retention linger for quite some time and leaving a very nice lacing on the side of my glass

S-the nose is pretty big and quite balanced. Brown sugar and toasted biscuit are balanced by a strong hop presence. Citric hops of pineapple and a touch of bitter grapefruit

T-this is quite big in taste. Some sweet burnt caramel and bready malts lead off. Big resignous pine hops take over only to let a slight bit of citric and herbal hops come in towards the finish. Bitterness galore at the very back on what seems like a big malt DIPA.

M-this has a full body, it is thick and syrupy, almost chewy. It is very smooth and creamy, slick on the back of the throat, with a fair amount of carbonation really backing up a thick mouthfeel.

D-this is big and delicious. Very bitter and piney so hard to drink it fast and repetitive. Definitely looks like an interesting beer to cellar as it would definitely change over the years

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 21:09:24 | More by cpetrone84
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz dusty bottle with old label from New Jersey into two Duvel snifters, split with oglmcdgl

Into the glass, Ruffian comes out a pretty dark shade of brown with some lighter shades towards the sides. A nice thick head of tan foam with retention, slight stick.

This is a str8 up American Barleywine with the hop scent OR gives off. Even with over a year of age the piney hops still are bright. Under that, brilliant caramel malt, toffee, plum, dark fruit and more hops. Smells like a older winner.

Old Ruffian is much more complex in taste than smell, it's very misleading. The hops reign supreme, Piney and even citrusy, I cant imagine what this was fresh. Caramel, Toffee, plum, dark fruit, chocolate, alcohol slightly, these all integrate with grace.

Feel is above medium, sticky, coating, and pretty well carbed. Alcohol seeps on the tounge a bit, thats the only downfall but thats something a few years can handle.

I drank half the bottle and wanted more. Very drinkable now with age, but young could pose luppilin threshold. Im going to pick up some more dusty bottles for aging.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 23:43:32 | More by BARFLYB
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a caramel amber with a hint of cherry. Two big fingers of manila foam, sticky walls all over the glass.

Aroma - pineapple and orange, a caramel figginess, very nice. At times, even suggestions of oranges and/or strawberries.

Taste - the first sip shows lots of bready, caramel sweetness and an odd touch of metal. After 20 months, the hops are still big but without the bite. Lots of good resiny pine, little if any push towards anything medicinal. Abv heat is evident but complementary to the big flavors of sweet grain and grapefruit rind. The finish is expectedly drying, warm, with some bitter residue hanging around for a good 15 seconds. No trace of the initial metallic flavor either. This is still hop-heavy, not quite as balanced as my ideal bw, but awfully good.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, pretty darn heavy too. Carbonation holding up quite well.

Drinkability - this is a good one for sharing, but still can be a big sipper. Just me and the cat still awake tonight, looks like Bogartski-ville for this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 02:47:17 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear deep amber with an off-white head which rose tall and fell extremely slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong with fruits, most notably pineapple. The aroma contained a strong malt complexity of caramel and fruitiness along with hop presence which had a citrus component and an earthy presence.

The flavor was malty with dark caramel leading the path and hop bittering lighting the way. The malty was sweet and inviting initially on the palate and almost immediately those flavors changed to citrusy bittering that was the balance of the beer.

The finish was just dry with malty presence and caramel lasting long into the aftertaste and bittering with low levels of citrus as well. The body was full and the carbonation was well achieved. The beer contained a good presence of alcohol but never became overpowering. The alcohol was restrained throughout and left only a slight warming after consumption.

22 ounce bottle purchased at Green's in Atlanta, GA.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 21:57:21 | More by GCBrewingCo
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark reddish-brown color. The big, creamy head is tan with light tan speckles. The aroma is a battle between citric hops and sweet malt. The winner of the battle seems to be my nose. The taste is big and bold. The sip is very bitter, while the aftertaste, alought still bitter, is quite sweet. The inside of my mouth is actually tingling long after the beer has pass though it. Beside the tingling the mouthfeel is full bodied and lively carbonated. Overall, this is a really good beer, but I would like to see the malt a little more. Perhaf, the malt would show more if I had aged this brew longer than six months.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 02:09:10 | More by KarlHungus
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
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