Old Ruffian Barley Wine | Great Divide Brewing Company

Old Ruffian Barley WineOld Ruffian Barley Wine
BA SCORE
4.2/5
2,464 Ratings
Old Ruffian Barley WineOld Ruffian Barley Wine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

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.

Added by gbontrag on 11-28-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,066
Reviews:
1,111
Ratings:
2,464
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
297
Gots:
447
Trade:
17
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,464 |  Reviews: 1,111
Photo of tem3175
3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kplummer82
3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of irishevans
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

looks much like sockeye red, and the nose to match. i'm 100% expecting an IPA. flowery mildly hoppy taste with a good bite on the finish, and a crisp mouthfeel. this is also very "downable", if you will, extremely easy to drink. everything I want out of an IPA, not what I expect from a barley wine. but being what it is, it is good. so if you want an IPA with a lot of a.b.v. this is it.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a blood orange with a finger worth of head. The head leaves a nice cap on the beer and leaves good, soapy lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Pretty hoppy for the style, with some malts in there as well. I pick up some black cherries, currants and caramel. Just a hint of alcohol peaks through.

T- Like the nose, very hoppy on the forefront. There is also a little soapiness going on as well which is a little off putting. The malt is pretty well hidden but there are decent notes of brown sugar and caramel.

M- Medium bodied with some good bitter notes. A little dry on the finish and a little lighter than what I expected.

D- I think this is a little too hoppy for my liking. Not bad flavor wise but there is just something missing from this one.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Triklino
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of cfrobrew
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of spark3148857
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Skyjmpr
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BWarrington
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Matagal
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of cofeeguru
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a tawny, rustic mahogany with a creamy off-white head.

S: Lots of alcohol heat followed up by sweet malts, caramel, some hops, and some more alcohol.

T: Again, lots of alcohol atop some sweet malt and same fading--though still present--hops. Some woodiness creeps in as well.

M: Fairly thick without too much carbonation and a whole lot of alcohol kick.

D: Not too drinkable given the high octane character of the beer. Maybe if I'd waited a little bit longer the alcohol would have mellowed out, or had it a bit earlier and allowed the hops to mask some of the alcohol.

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Photo of thebigbambino
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Dogleg
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of IBUdaddy
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of bleeps
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, I really hope I got a bad bottle or that with aging the other bottle I bought will change in character

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber (no discernable bottle dating) into a snifter.

A. Pours a crystal clear ice tea color with a healthy 2 finger head that slowly settles. Classic lacing.

S. Heavy malt booziness with a following of floral hops. Some toffee and just a hint of dark fruits.

T. The hops are up front and overwhelming. I sense there is a complicated backbone to this that the hops are steamrolling over.

M. Alcohol warmness with a thick finish.

D. If this hop profile were in an IPA or DIPA I would be impressed. However, the hops are a bit one dimensional and the backbone is screaming to get out. Hard to finish.

This will be a cellaring beer for me. Will re-review in 24 months.

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Photo of GRap
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,464 ratings
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