Great Divide Old Ruffian Barley Wine

This was a brew that I was really looking forward to trying. I’m really starting to enjoy the barleywine style and I’m all about Great Divide brews. It’s also barleywine weather, which tends to help. So, without further ado…

ABV: 10.2%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to wikipedia, ‘Ruffian’ is not only the name of a great beer, but also a famous racehorse, “Ruffian (April 17, 1972 – July 7, 1975) was an American champion thoroughbred racehorse, considered to be among the greatest U.S. racehorses of all time. Her story was told in 2007 film Ruffian. Ruffian’s breakdown and death led to a public outcry for more humane treatment of racehorses. As it is natural for horses to thrash and kick when coming out of anesthesia, a ‘recovery pool’was developed so that they awake suspended in warm water and don’t re-injure themselves.”

Random: As usual, I didn’t take a picture of my weekend brew, so a stock photo will have to do.

This brew poured with a two finger off white head with a reddish-brown body. The head took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy with moderate carbonation, which was way more than I expected. The nose had a definite hop profile to it and it reminded me a bit of a double IPA. I also got a bit of caramel sweetness and fruit. On the taste, the hops are definitely preset with the same caramel sweetness and some brown sugar. This reminds me a lot of Dogfish Head’s Olde School. The brew was a touch syrupy, but pleasant. The 10.2% alcohol was crazy well hidden. This could be reaaaallly dangerous. The finish was bitter from the hops and lingered. Overall, all the flavors worked really well together, like a tasty, beery symphony. I would definitely have this again. Great brew!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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