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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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2,466 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:
#1,083
Reviews:
1,112
Ratings:
2,466
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
297
Gots:
446
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,466 |  Reviews: 1,112
Photo of khargro2
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of npala86
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of craigbelly
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of darktronica
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed several bottles over the years, though this one happens to be from December 2012. While Old Ruffian is known to age well, I'm trying to rate more according to how I would score a bottle around a year old, more like what someone is likely to encounter in the shop. For the record, I would recommend drinking around 2-3 years of age; at just over 4 years old, this bottle is starting to show more signs of oxidation that push around the smoothed-out hop character.

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

Photo of TomMorris
3.29/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of mothmanscott
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy dark orange but soon becomes clear amber. Produces a small, half finger, surprisingly lasting (though down to a ring & some floaters for much of its life), variously bubbled, beige head that leaves some patchy lacing. Alcohol prominent even for this high ABV style, but Oh, what nice barley wine it is! Aroma boozy, piney hops & sweet malt tones of toffee & caramel. Taste is big piney hops up front giving way to a middle that is heavy caramel malts & biscuity with maybe a touch of honey & a finish that brings back an overlay of the resinous hops with alcohol detectable throughout the sip. Big alcohol & bitter aftertaste that grows for a brief time & then lingers. Complex. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with low-moderate carbonation, warming, chewy, syrupy & sticky.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
2.4/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Timtac
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marklaker
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Ruffian pours a dark purplish color with a big lacing head. Big dry fruity aroma, with hints of earthy. Very full flavors, dry fruit and lots of earth, with a kick of bitterness near the end. Good body and feel, with a big kick of flavors. Overall, a powerful and tasty barley wine.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MinerBob
2.09/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Nasty! Caviat: I'm not an IPA fan but if you are you will probably like this beer. Color is cloudy caramel the smell is a hop with a strong cactus smell AND taste which is way to strong for my palette. Would not recommend.

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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

Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,466 ratings
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