Old Ruffian Barley Wine | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Old Ruffian Barley WineOld Ruffian Barley Wine
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4.2/5
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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:
#1,093
Reviews:
1,113
Ratings:
2,475
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
294
Gots:
448
Trade:
17
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Ratings: 2,475 |  Reviews: 1,113
Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mitch3114
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jp32
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a red amber color with a foamy, khaki-colored head atop of the beer. The head sticks around for the entire duration it takes to drink this one. This barleywine smells of caramel malts, apples, white grapes, and wood. It's flavor is sugary up front with earthy notes, followed by a resiny citrus/pine hop washout. Much hoppier than I was expecting. Medium-bodied. Perfect carbonation.

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Photo of BeerMe8
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

10 Oz pour on tap

A: huge nice creamy slightly khaki in color head. Body is a rich caramel with very little clarity.

S: resins floral piney malty. Some burnt sugars.

T: lots of resin, burnt sugars, malts, a little floral hints.

M: Slightly thin not super cloying but it does coat the tongue.

O: A fairly solid barleywine but not anything to write home about. Laces the glass beautifully though.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chackman151
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Marraybay
3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark red-amber in color: cloudy; about a finger of foam.

Smell: dried fruit and citrus; booze

Taste: Begins with a bit of sweetness, which quickly transitions into all out citrusy hop
overload that lingers and then some. Booze also apparent.

Feel: Nondescript

Overall: Drinkable, but a tad harsh with some definite balance issues.
Likely would not revisit, given the availability of other BW's that I prefer/enjoy.
(Two recent surprises are "Devil's Milk" from DuClaw and "Anniversary" from Unita.)

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of car2052
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle aged approx. 8 months into snifter.

A: Muddy red, plum. 1 in. Dark tan head.
S: Floral hops, pine resin, orange, Sweet dark malts, honey.
T: Initial hop bite followed by a sweet malt body. A little toasty, but not overwhelming. Alcohol helps bite through the sweetness. Hops linger on as the sweetness diminishes.
M: Medium/heavy.
O: Hops are still alive in this one, and a nice balance for the style.

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Photo of travelguy
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

**
04/11/2014
Bottle (2012) to glass
Aroma Is not strong for the style. Turpentine, tar, apple, pear. Look is creamy head, orange-ish brown. Cloudy. Legs. Taste is more apples, tar-ish aroma is woody in tasting it. Caramel. Alcohol well masked. Most completely hidden of course at almost 13%, ....actually the bottle says 10.2%; But still impressive. Liking it more as I drink (but isn’t that always the case). Smooth, sour aftertaste.
**
10/28/16
Bottle (01/28/15) to snifter.

I still agree with my comments from 2 years ago. Sampling this immediately following a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot of similar age. They are alike in many ways. The Bigfoot is a touch smoother and does not have the sourish aftertaste, which now I detect as more metallic.

Still a nice barleywine.

**

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KLReed
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nyrblue2
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jtk21351
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyclone
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwvman
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in January of 2015.
Pours a murky, maroon with a thin, creamy off-white head.
I can smell the wonderful mix of citrus hop and malt from a couple feet away. Candied mango and orange smell also.
Boy, the hop an malt combine very well for a wonderful mouth experience. The bitter hop is right up front, with many subtle fruits showing up along with citrus notes. This would include dark fruits of plum, cherry and dates. The malt bill in pleasant that expresses molasses as well. An alcohol bite lingers with slight resin. A wonderful Barleywine!

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Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled January 2015. Got away from me in the cellar.

Aroma is boozy, with specialty malt fruitiness, deep notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit in the form of prunes, plums, and dates, with plenty of floral hop notes.

Flavor is specialty malt fruity at the forefront. Hop flavoring has faded, with just a hint of citrus underlying a fairly sweet, caramelly malt character that becomes bitter, grassy, and earthy as it carries into the finish. The aftertaste is earthy and fairly bitter and lingers. Bitter bite overwhelms.

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 24 Feb. 2015 in 2016, followed by a 22 oz Oct. 2013 bottle in Dec. 2017.

Look: Cloudy brown-copper colored body. Some sediment in the bottle even after a full pour. Very good light tan head.

Aroma: Ripe and dried fruits, yeasty baked bread.

Flavor: Toffee, alcohol esters, ripe and dried fruits, baked bread. Slightly boozy (low for style).

Overall: a good example of the style with relatively well hidden alcohol. Aged bottle seems clearly better.

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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,475 ratings
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