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Great Divide “Old Ruffian”

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Old Ruffian is a seasonal Barleywine released January through March. Aromas bloom with dank hop notes of evergreen, grapefruit peel, and herbal spice. Malts smell sweet like caramel and molasses, and bready like toasted marble rye. Dehydrated fruit notes come across like cherries, dates, and faint licorice.


The palate begins with toffee as malts open with flavors of sweet bread. Fruity characters emerge from the middle as notes of berries, plums, and raisins. Sweetness accumulates like brown sugar, then gives me an impression of caramel apple. Hops add to the fruity dimension with a touch of pineapple, then bitterness hits it hard on the back-end, depositing candied orange peel and evergreen oil. Sour grapefruit flows up to a climax that washes into zesty herbs and cinnamon spice. Floral hops finish with a hint of sweet tobacco, then booze sets in with mild fusel notes, but resinous bitterness provides a good disguise. Mouthfeel flows creamy over a full body, grows sticky and oily, then leaves a little dry with poignant astringency.


What a beast! It’s an outright hop monster, but the characteristic Barleywine sweetness is a perfect match (much like a Strong Ale). Due to such rich maltiness, it’s probably more of a dessert beer, so probably deserves to be served last, and most certainly will be sipped slowly. This has long been one of my favorite Barleywines, and it’s always a treat to revisit. This really is one of the best Great Divide has to offer. Old Ruffian is undeniably strong, so I only recommend it to those with a leather palate.


10.2%

? IBU

Denver, Colorado

2014.10.22.

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