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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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2,467 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:
#1,085
Reviews:
1,112
Ratings:
2,467
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
296
Gots:
446
Trade:
17
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,467 |  Reviews: 1,112
Photo of k47k
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopstout
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shawnxa3
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dleigh
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice amber color. A fair amount of head that recedes quickly with minimal lacing. Smell of flowery, citrusy hops, with some honey sweetness coming through. Taste follows the nose: bitter, hoppy, but also sweet with some nutty or bready aftertaste. The hops definitely dominate this one, but I'm drinking a relatively fresh bottle, so I wonder how that will change with some aging. Nice amount of carbonation, but the mouthfeel is a little thinner than many barleywines. Hides the alcohol pretty well with just a tinge of warming in the throat. Overall: a pretty dang good hoppy barleywine, but emphasis on the "hoppy" in that sentence. I think it could do with a little more balance and sweetness.

Bottle dated February 1, 2016.

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

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

Bottle shared by Mike at the Barleywine tasting.
Deep copper color off white head. Rich caramel and toffee with light pitted fruits and hints of floral earthy hop. Pretty tasty and I'm surprised I haven't rated this before.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet caramel and subtle stone fruit flavors up front. Finishes super harsh bitter. Needs to be cellared, then will be good

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

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

outstanding barleywine. smell was really fresh when I opened the bottle. Color was perfect. Taste was good. Not the best barleywine I've had but a really good one

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

Photo of Walnut
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbl_delta
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 1/29/15 into pint glass. Pours a hazy, translucent amber, with a light tan head. Initial impression is fairly innocuous: light caramel sweetness...but that quickly morphs into hoppy bitterness and a very dry finish. Medium-to-thick mouthfeel (just about perfect) and medium carbonation (perhaps a tad on the high side). Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but even at 14 months of age it's still noticeable and just a little ragged around the edges. Not what I'd call "smooth", but actually that adds to the character. This is quite a good barleywine - if you have to choose between this and SN Bigfoot, choose this.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsquared59
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of daem3384
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jamstone714
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gfunk1
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of coastiebob
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewskifan55
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: A clear burnt amber with a one-finger eggshell white head that lingered. Nice thick lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee and bready malts combine with citrus-y hops to produce that perfect American barleywine nose. Nice.

T: The taste is classic, too. A rush of malts, brown sugar and caramel followed by citrus hops that give it a bitter burn on the end.

M: Medium with medium to heavy carbonation. A real sipper with good friends.

O: This one could go toe to toe with SN's Bigfoot. I'll seek it out in the future. If you like American barleywines, take the Great Divide.

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Photo of retry4z
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Excessively bitter. Some ginger-like and citrus flavor

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Photo of SStein
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Champs in State College, Poured into a goblet.

L: Pours a deep clear amber-reddish color. 2 fingers of thick creamy off-white head. Lovely lacing.

S: Caramel and sweets, newly baked bread, citrusy hops, and brown sugar.

T/F: Malty and rich up front.. caramel and brown sugar vie for prominence.. faint spiciness, and then the floral and citrus hops kick you in the other direction on the backswing. Sticky and thick... warming and complex. Just so much to think about with this on the tongue.

O: A delicious American style Barleywine.. hoppy, malty, boozy... it's like your crazy ex. Complicated and needy and will take you places you didn't quite know you could go.

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Photo of SpaethJam
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 1/28/16 into a DFH snifter L: deep red with 2 fingers of cream colored fluffy head and tons of lacing A: sweet brown sugar mixed with piney notes T: very hop forward with a slight caramel sweetness too much alcohol followed by a bitter pine aftertaste M: smooth and creamy O: this is too hot fresh, age might help the alcohol subside a bit. However, it's very fine representation of an American barleywine, but for my money SN Bigfoot is better

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Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,467 ratings
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