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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 251
Gots: 103 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 10-08-2008)
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4.39/5  rDev +6%

Bottle in trade from Adam. Big thanks for a big want to a great trader. Looks like an ’11 on the bottle so I am assuming this is a 2011 bottle, 750 ml, poured 8/17/14. Bottle #1113. Pours muddy brown with a creamy two finger off white head. Awesome aroma of whiskey, oak, vanilla, interestingly some chocolate here, toffee, and lots of figs and some brown sugar. Flavor is big time bourbon but super smooth, oak, massive vanilla tones, figs, brown sugar, some caramel, lingering vanilla oakiness. Medium to heavy bodied, medium plus carbonation, smooth finish with nearly no booze burn. Wow this is really nice.

BMMillsy, Aug 18, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Bottle # 0731

A huge thanks goes out to the ever generous Oxymoron for this treat! Hugs and kisses, buddy..
The pour alone is dark and menacing. The body is that of a cloudy, muddy, tarnished penny, which in the case of a timely barrel aged barleywine works. The foam takes some force to produce but when it does it's beige and sits at a cap. Slow rising bubbles keep the head steady. This beer just looks like I'll be hungover in the morning.

I've had a couple of these in the past and loved them, the nose on this one meets the lofty expectations set by the previous incarnations. It's bold in the barrel department but smooth and not at all boozy. Humongous caramel, vanilla, and most importantly, toasted coconut leap from the glass. There's a good deal of candied citrus peel from the hopping way back when that makes this beer smell like dessert. Toffee and freshly made gooey caramels make up the remainder in luxurious fashion.

I believe these used to be aged in Stranahan's barrels and that's a smooth whiskey, but this batch tastes like it was aged in old barrels. I'm talking 18-20yr. The barrel characteristics I mentioned above are so seamless and well integrated yet bold. The noticeable alcohol is zero. Rich caramel, vanilla, coconut, and mild oak rule the roost but the underlying caramel maltiness and toffee add insane depth. This beer is layer on layer of richness without being overly sweet. Candied citrus wraps it up. Delicious and refined.

The body obviously leans toward the heavy side of the spectrum, as it should. It's rich, decadent, but never comes close to being sticky. The carbonation is bubbly enough to bring frothiness on the swallow that cleans up the sugars and actually dries up eventually. This beer is dangerous.

This is a snifter beer...like that Henn' ya'll like to drink. It's rich, luxurious, and a sipper. Too easy of a sipper I'm afraid. This beer is going to have me hurting later. The booze is so well hidden that it scares me a bit. Can't get enough of that wonderful Duff....er, Ruffian. Thanks a million Aaron!

joe1510, Nov 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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SocalKicks, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

The beer pours a creamy and foamy tan head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is an opaque dark ruby with purple notes. Essentially, the beer resembles a red wine grape but slightly redder. The beer smell has an exceptionally dark fruity and caramel smell. The beer has a slight musty smell alongside the oak and vanilla. The dark fruit notes are buried rather well but become more noticeable as the beer warms. The alcohol also has a slight yet elusive presence. The notes mix very well and give off a sweet with a bit of rustic smell to it even though the vanilla is fairly strong.

The beer taste is a bit different. The same notes in the smell are also in the taste but at different strengths. The beer taste is mainly sweet and tangy with the oak and vanilla. The dark fruits appear to be apricot and orange with a serious bit of tartness/sourness and a boozy taste that is strong enough to be tasted but not that i overwhelms the taste. The caramel and vanilla show up in the end.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick and viscous with very little carbonation, which is surprising given the head strength. The feel is very smooth with the heavy body.

Overall, a pretty unique taste but I had held on to this one for about nearly a year this fall so others' mileage may vary.

HattedClassic, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.