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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 253
Gots: 102 | FT: 8
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: ArrogantB on 10-08-2008

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to bwyker for bringing this

A:Deep brown color that poured with about a finger of white head.

S: A really nice smell of whiskey. Some nice sweetness from the malt to sort of balance things out. The barrel won the battle though.

T: Vanilla is huge in the taste. Whiskey itself is right up there as well. Amazing complexity. This is right up there and possibly surpasses angels share for me. One of the best beers I have had in a while.

M: Very smooth and creamy which is amazing given the style and ABV.

D: World class. Simply put this is an amazing beer.

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A: A deep amber color with a thin white head that leaves thick sticky lacing in the glass.

S: Nice sweet barleywines with a sweet dose of Colorado Whiskey. Big big nose here guys!

T: Oak, whiskey, and sweet malts all meld nicely for a pleasant taste.

M: Thick and sticky. Low carbonation and minimal hops.

D: No problem drinking this one. The ABV will kick my ass in the end but I'll keep drinking until I can't!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Incredible thanks to bwyker for providing this beer.

A: Dark red with a thin off white head. Good looking, but not amazing.

S: Sweet whiskey and malt. The aroma leads me to believe it could possibly be overpowering with whiskey in the flavor also.

T: Orgasmic!! Seriously, this is amazing. It is super smooth with an almost brandy character. It compares nicely to Brandy Angel's Share. The barrel aging on this beer completely transforms it. Hops are almost an afterthought in this which stands in stark difference to the non BA version.

M: Medium body but with a heaviness from the whiskey burn.

D: Amazing. I definitely need to try the whiskey from next door they use.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 release, bottle 3139. Poured Into a snifter

Pours a deep ruby red. Soapy head forms on the first pour and thins to a fine film around the edge. Thin lines of lace form as I finish the first pour. Second pour has a fine, creamy head. Very nice

Smells of fine vanilla and caramel. Deep cherry and raisin notes play on the nose and complement the earthy, leather, smokey, bourbon notes. Somewhat one note, but overall pretty good.

Taste is simply divine. Sweet, smokey, raisin notes at first. Vanilla creaminess. Gets even sweeter as the finish culminates in a bit of bourbon bite. Not so much boozy as the full Stranahans bourbon flavor comes through. So incredibly smooth and drinkable for 12%.

Creamy, fine bubble coat the entire mouth covering the palate in sweet, sweet deliciousness. Probably my favorite aspect of this beer. The viscosity is perfect and helps balance all the deep favors.

Overall, the best BBBW I've had this year. Incredibly balanced and complex. This is one to share as I was really feeling the three glasses I had! I don't know if it's the Stranahans barrels or not. I hope it's not because I don't know if Great Divide will have them available anymore after the deal with Breckenridge. Seek this beer out as it is fantastic.

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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
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