Old Ruffian Barley Wine | Great Divide Brewing Company

2,459 Ratings
Old Ruffian Barley WineOld Ruffian Barley Wine

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Duval tulip, date on the bomber was Dec. 10th, 2009. (Had on November 30th and Dec 1st, 2011)
A: Pours a watery brown, like dark tea or other similar watery brown substances. Had various layers of dark and lighter due to there being a lot of brewer’s yeast that came out when poured. Virtually no head.
S: like coffee or toffee (or toffee flavored coffee). Nothing really special, some caramel notes and what I think is coffee.
T: Strong, sugary, nothing extra special.
M: Balanced, and some caramel notes which complement the taste quite nicely.
O: Meh, okay certainly a decent beer to try. I’m not that into barley wines in general so it’s not really surprising that I’m not hopping all over this, but it’s decent. Really balance and doesn’t taste bad, just average. B- to B range.

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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice scarlet appearance with good clarity and 1" head to it. Aroma was kinda muted, didn't take much away from it but caramel and a nice lack of alcohol given its strength.

Taste, pretty enjoyable, rich and smooth. Alcohol, as usual w/ great divide, is hidden extremely well. Decent hopping to it, but clearly a barleywine. Stays away from sweetness, delivers some vanilla and finishes dry. Really keeps the bitterness and alcohol so suppressed on the tongue. Cocoa powder?

One of the best and decently priced barleywines out there. With this and Bigfoot around, you have to wonder how someone can do better at such a price and wide availability. Dethrone Rarity!

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4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If truth in labeling were a BA criterion, Old Ruffian would rate a 1. Let's see how many of the adjectives describing the hop content we can eliminate... "hefty," "hop-forward," "aggressive," "bold," "huge" and "massive." Why, that's nearly every one printed on the label. Leave the sophomoric chest-pounding to breweries like Stone! In fact, what I enjoyed most about this beer is that is wasn't hefty, hop-forward, aggressive, bold, huge or massive. Instead, it was balanced, tasty, rich, malty, smooth and polite. It wasn't even very boozy, although it does pack a punch. True, it was a tad drier at the finish that I prefer, but I won't argue there. Definitely one of the better barleywines I've had.

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