fiulijn (20993) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 2010-04-22, bottle a couple of years old, 8-5-9-5-18=45SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 14, 2005
It pours a dark red-amber color, with small creamy head. Very nice aroma of chocolate and cereals, light vanilla. Full bodied, with a round mouthfeel; strong malt flavor, sweet, smooth, with pleasant chocolate, vanilla, caramel, eggnogg. The bitterness is still strong, maybe the hop is less aromatic, but it blends well with the robust maltiness and the alcohol touch. Excellent.
2008-08-08, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, 8-4-8-5-17=42
Hazy dark amber color, thin creamy head. Very nice aroma of fudge. Strong mouthfeel, syrupy malt caramel and toffee, with strong bitterness, a bit nutty too. Powerful final, full of toffee, sweet and bitter, hop oils. Excellent.
2005-05-21, bottle, 9-5-9-5-19=47
Dark amber color. As it happened only few other times, here you have a soooo powerful brew: chewy malts mixed with huge amounts of resiny hops, leaning to pine needles, with some caramel, chocolate. Extreme masochist pleasure.
In the bomber bottle. Downright red in color. Decent tan-colored head. Good hop content. Nice back of the tongue heat. Everything I want in a barleywine. Starts sweet, has body compression, and finishes bitter. Stellar! Schioth (41) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2005
Fantastic aroma, where you can really get a sense of that great mixture between the sweetness and the bitterness. Appearance near perfect - dark brown with rich off-white head. The flavor will just knck you right off your feet! It’s bitter, it’s sweet, it’s strong and it’s just super. Mouthfeel very good: it just slides down the throat leaving you thirsty for more. Overall the best Barley Wine I’ve ever had and also one of my top 5 favorite beers altogether!! ghawener (1608) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - AUG 26, 2007
Thanks Ramenen. Bottle: Baley or Imperial IPA? Grassy and herbal, lots of hops to get those 90 IBUs. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 Bomber. Big orange tan head with dark orange to red body. Aroma is very sweet molasses. A sweet hoppy flavor comes back big bitter. Great brew.
rougeau13 (3136) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Excellent, thick mahogany colored with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, raisins, alcohol, and resin/piney hops. Taste of caramel, alcohol, and hops that gets much hoppier as it warms. Full bodied and very warming with a slightly dry, tongue numbing finish. Very nice. This is one of the richest, but not cloying, beers I’ve ever tried. mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Nice creamy head, and gorgeous deep amber brown hue. Aroma is malty goodness and brown sugar. Taste also wonderful, sweet, fruity, toasty, hoppy, and a touch earthy. Smooth, it coats the tongue in a rich caramel feeling. This had about 6 months on it, which took down a bit of the holiness, in a very good way. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring for 27 months.
Not clear, but not really hazy, dark copper brown with a 3-finger khaki head and and very good lacing.
Aroma of toffee, caramel, oak, plums, raisins, mandarin oranges, figs, dates, and heaven.
Taste of caramel, butterscotch, oak, raisins, toffee, figs, plums, alcohol, mandarin oranges, pine resin and more deliciousness than I can describe.
Medium/full body and high carbonization with a mouthfeel that feels so right on you tongue.
I had tried this beer fresh a couple years ago and felt it needed some aging to soften the aggressive hops and alcohol. The 27 months of cellaring seems to have rounded it out perfectly. I don't recall ever drinking a better beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2014
I recently scored two of these bottled December 2012. I wanted to save one but didn’t. The hops still had their teeth but had softened into the malt a bit. Nice resinous pine hops with a well bslanced toffee malt fruitiness. I do not like when the malt of barleywine gives way to fruitiness instead of caramal toffee, but here they all come together. MetalNHopHead (2050) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Barleywines can get a little rich for me, so I’m definitely partial to the well-hopped variety. With 90 IBU’s I think it’s safe to say Old Ruffian falls into that category.Yet, Great Divide’s brew tastes mostly rich and malty to me. Maybe it’s the big grain bill and 10.2% ABV. Maybe it was the 9 months of age my bottle had. Whatever the reason, notes of molasses, dark fruit, and toffee stood out most clearly to me. Some resinous, citrusy hop notes show up in the aroma, but I didn’t notice them in the flavor profile as much until I paired Old Ruffian with a Butterfinger. (Butterfinger and Barleywine is one of my ol’ reliables when it comes to pairing.) Reminding me of Avery’s Hog Heaven, Old Ruffian shows that big hops and big malts can share the same hallowed space. And the warm booze... I thought Old Ruffian was going to put me to sleep before I was half-finished with the damn thing.