Old Ruffian is a hefty, hop-forward Barley Wine. Seemingly mellow at first sniff, with its subtle fruit aromas and complex caramel sweetness, this deep mahogany-hued ale quickly shows its true character marked by bold hop flavors and massive hop bitterness. Old Ruffian’s rich, slightly creamy, caramel malt mouthfeel balances its grapefruit, pine, and floral hop flavors, working wonders on your palate.
Great Divide Old Ruffian
Best Served in:
1 to 5 years
Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
International Bitterness Units (IBU):
Great Divide warmer
Second Look (Overall Impression)
Sweet toasted malt nose hints at caramel or toffee
Lush, off white head, dark amber body
Tastes of burnt toffee, then a hint of citrus and pine from the hops.
Full bodied, malty with a hint of alcohol warmth.
Second Look (Overall Impression):
A beer like this big will always have a noticeable amount of alcohol, but this one the alcohol is well hidden. It is full bodied with a bittersweet finish. The alcohol warming that is present is pleasant and smooth. Overall, this is a good balance between the malt and the hops with the malt being a little more forward, yet the hops are ever present and not to be forgotten. This would be a great "weekend in snowy mountains in a comfy cabin" sipping beer.