Old Ruffian Barley Wine | Great Divide Brewing Company

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2,459 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
Ratings:
2,459
Reviews:
1,109
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.98%
 
 
Wants:
296
Gots:
445
For Trade:
17
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,459 |  Reviews: 1,109
Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. Bottled 12/2/11, so it is basically un-aged, but I'm going to give it a try.

Appearance: rich amber hue with the tiniest touch of haze. Head is a thick finger of frothy tan foam with a hint of orange infused. Nice!

Smell: big sweet malt with a light fruitiness and a bit of that strong-ale prickliness. Good!

Taste: big malt and big alcohol. Sweet with some caramel notes with a bite of both bitterness and alcohol. The hops themselves don't come through very strongly other than in bitterness. Frankly, it's a bit over-alcoholic; the flavor doesn't stand up to the octane.

Mouthfeel: big body with a great carbonation and a great silkiness. Pretty awesome.

Overall: there's just too much strength here for the flavor profile. The flavor is good, but even for a barleywine it's got too much alcohol.

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Photo of CORKSCREWFISH
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of shebby
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of depechemode1983
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a beautiful clear mahogany color. There isn't much head retention but it leaves lots of sticky lacing. The color is amazing though almost like a light red wine.

S - Bittersweet grapefruit, sweet caramel, sour grapes and faint alcohol. Extremely aromatic. All the smells jump out.

T - Very sweet. Maybe a little too sweet. Could use a little more balance. Still you get the grapefruit rind bitterness in there and this time around sweet apples come into play. Finish is bitter and alcohol is surprisingly well hidden considering the abv.

M - Soft, oily/slick. Carbonation is low.

O - I love beers like this. This whole bomber is going to last a really long time. Worth the 8 dollars in my honest opinion. Its a little malt forward but if you like that sort of thing and are expecting it than your in for a treat.

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Photo of pawpaw
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of TexAggie011
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of baybassboy
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Zachb4au
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of bentonquest
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of diamondc
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Dec 5 2011

A: A clear shade of crimson, fluffy tan head, lots of lacing.

S: Spicy ... cinnamon, woodsy, dark chocolate, pine. Nothing really leaps out.

T: Heavy on the pine hop flavors, tastes almost dirt-y, bit of a cotton candy aftertaste.

M: A bit medicinal, reminds me of cherry flavored cough syrup. A sipper.

O: A decent barleywine, not the best on the shelf. Still enjoyed it though.

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Photo of Amp
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 2, 2011.

Pours a reddish brown, relatively light. A fairly large white head recedes slowly.

Smell contains caramel malt, diacetyl, and some hoppy scents with mild citrus- grapefruit. Malt also results in a bit of a bready smell. Some grape and plum scents as well, a bit like port, but not strong. Quite good.

Taste follows the nose. The dark fruit scents stick out first, accompanied by caramel and bready malt flavours. The hoppy flavours come in as well, resulting in a beer that is well balanced between bitter and sweet and has a bit of a citrus flavour, along with a grassy element. Good.

Moderate carbonation, full bodied, a bit of a chewy flavour. Alcohol is present but quite well hidden for the strength.

Overall, very good. Very enjoyable and great on a cold day.

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Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of buffs9
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of DavidST
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip, bottled on 12 - 5 - 12. This pours a brownish color with a massive lace leaving tan head. The smells are of toasted malts, caramel and a nice little bit of pine hops and dark fruit. The feel is thick. The taste is pretty good, a load of bitter hops, nuts, caramel and toasted malts, excellent. I'm glad I bought this today, I was looking for the 12 Bigfoot, but this is a fine alternative.

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Photo of Tpsauer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of danieelol
2.91/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Adam @ Platinum

2010 Vintage.

Pours a lovely golden red with billowing head and great lacing.

Smell is pineapple hop and solvent. Also get qualities strongly reminiscent of Fullers Vintage/Golden Pride. Nutty notes a la Samichlaus.

Taste is underwhelming. Big dose of alcohol without any sweetness and with only faint malt.

Mouthfeel is thin and bone dry with minor alcohol burn.

Unfortunately this beer is very one note, too alcoholic and lacks any sweetness whatsoever, despite the fact it's supposed to be a barleywine. Dunno if this is a bad bottle or what.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1.5 inch copper and white head over a deep amber red color, the lacing clings to the glass and the head is well retained.

Nose: Caramel, figs, piney hops and hints of citrus with bits of vanilla, then the malts come through and finish with the slightest hint of cotton candy.

Taste: Grassy and earthy yet candied, very complex with some dark fruit notes. The hops come through strong and are followed by hearty caramel and aggressive malt.

Mouthfell: Creamy and flowing with good supportive carbonation yet bitter by the hops that come through.

Overall: A great barley wine, will age well resulting in more present darker fruits.

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Photo of krause316
4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of kspongeworthy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,459 ratings.
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