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Bold Barleywine: A Dive into Great Divide’s “Old Ruffian”

In the realm of barley wines, Great Divide Brewing presents its heavyweight contender: “Old Ruffian.” This brew doesn’t hold back, boasting a robust, hop-forward profile that makes a statement right from the get-go.

Unveiling the Pour

Upon pouring this 22 oz. bottle into a goblet, one is met with a dark amber hue crowned by a light khaki head, which gradually diminishes to a modest quarter-inch layer.

A Symphony of Aromas

The olfactory journey begins with a punch of fresh resinous hops, paving the way for a medley of scents ranging from chocolate-covered dried apricots to the rich sweetness of brown sugar.

Tasting Notes: Complexity Unleashed

With each sip, the palate is treated to a rollercoaster of flavors. The initial burst of resinous citrusy hops is swiftly followed by layers of burnt caramel, brown sugar, and toasted notes, all harmonizing with a subtle undertone of dark fruits. The crescendo? A bold hop bitterness that leaves a lasting impression.

Texture and Mouthfeel: A Balancing Act

In terms of mouthfeel, “Old Ruffian” presents itself as a full-bodied brew with a hint of astringency, balanced by moderate carbonation that enhances the overall drinking experience.

Final Verdict: Fresh and Fierce

For enthusiasts of hoppy barley wines akin to Sierra Nevada’s “Bigfoot,” Great Divide’s “Old Ruffian” promises a journey worth embarking on. Contrary to cellaring conventions, this brew shines brightest when consumed fresh, delivering an onslaught of flavors and textures that demand immediate appreciation.