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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Old RuffianBarrel Aged Old Ruffian

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

313 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 313
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 251
Gots: 104 | FT: 10
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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Beerandboards

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-20-2014 04:48:09 | More by Beerandboards
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

08-18-2014 01:03:21 | More by BMMillsy
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-17-2014 15:56:40 | More by SocalKicks
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

08-16-2014 22:31:40 | More by HattedClassic
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zachattack555

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-11-2014 23:40:23 | More by zachattack555
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-18-2014 21:11:19 | More by Mebuzzard
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MikeDAdams

Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-18-2014 13:24:15 | More by MikeDAdams
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jbogner

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-04-2014 02:17:56 | More by jbogner
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-13-2014 23:00:20 | More by BUNZILLA
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rderedin

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-13-2014 22:55:24 | More by rderedin
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

06-09-2014 19:22:56 | More by thebigredone
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-08-2014 23:17:27 | More by appetiteforparis
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BDeibs

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-01-2014 02:42:23 | More by BDeibs
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-31-2014 08:11:22 | More by zestar
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Mike

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-28-2014 00:23:38 | More by Mike
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NooseJustice

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

05-15-2014 02:31:46 | More by NooseJustice
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WiserBud

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

05-07-2014 23:38:53 | More by WiserBud
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Jordy777

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-05-2014 05:56:28 | More by Jordy777
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

04-27-2014 02:26:02 | More by Hallertau
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Flashyspoons

Florida

5/5  rDev +20.5%

04-13-2014 03:27:46 | More by Flashyspoons
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-03-2014 02:42:48 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Small head with scattered lace on a cloudy brown and copper body. Aroma of whiskey first and foremost with some apple, apricot, and caramel. Flavor sweet and tangy and although it is boozy in the way you can tell it has a high alcohol content it isn't in the way that makes it hard to drink. Red apple, fig and apricot for fruity notes. Thick body and light carbonation. Smooth for sure. I held onto this one for a year and a half. I like the whiskey quality. It's almost not very beer like but still glad I tried it.

04-03-2014 02:27:26 | More by kylehay2004
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-23-2014 15:04:01 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

03-21-2014 03:02:11 | More by afsdan
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Lare453

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-07-2014 23:39:33 | More by Lare453
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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.