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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian - Great Divide Brewing Company

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316 Ratings
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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 252
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

tuka, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Beerandboards, Aug 20, 2014
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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.

BMMillsy, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

SocalKicks, Aug 17, 2014
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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.

HattedClassic, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

zachattack555, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Mebuzzard, Jul 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

MikeDAdams, Jul 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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thebigredone, Jun 09, 2014
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zestar, May 31, 2014
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Mike, May 28, 2014
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NooseJustice, May 15, 2014
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WiserBud, May 08, 2014
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Jordy777, May 05, 2014
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Hallertau, Apr 27, 2014
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Flashyspoons, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

nickfl, Apr 03, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

kylehay2004, Apr 03, 2014
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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.