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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 252
Gots: 102 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Jordy777, May 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Hallertau, Apr 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

nickfl, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

StoutItOutLoud, Mar 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Lare453, Mar 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Oxymoron, Feb 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

CraftEyeDoc, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Cubatobaco, Feb 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

IPA1978, Jan 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

jnardone235, Jan 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mtbdonn, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Bottle 2889.

750 ml bottle with foil wrapped cap.

Seved at cellar temperature into a goblet.

Barrel aged Ruffian is similar in color to the base beer. It has a deep redish brown color with good clarity and thin white head.

Aroma is rich and boozy with a combination of sweet malty hoppiness and a bourbon barrel oakiness.

Flavor is pleasant but the hops have faded considerably. It's mostly sweet up front with plenty of caramel malts, bourbon, and vanilla. Then the bitterness from the hoppy barleywine comes through in the middle. It finishes somewhat dry as the alcohol is fairly high but it has mellowed nicely so there's no heat.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with great balance and nicely aged after two years in the cellar. Carbonation is low but I prefer it that way in a strong, dark, barrel aged ale.

Overall an excellent barrel aged beer and the Old Ruffian stands up well the the barrel treatment.

GilGarp, Jan 06, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

Appearance: I popped the cap on this beer, and if there was any CO2 release it was just the slightest hint. Not a good sign. It poured out a turbid mahogany color, and it became quickly apparent that it was completely flat as expected. Not the slightest hint of head on this. A bit disappointing.

Smell: The nose however was quite nice. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, and a bit of oak presence. Well balanced and not overly oxidized, as I was fearing with a 4 year old BA barleywine.

Taste: Mirrors the smell closely. Rich toffee, muted whiskey, vanilla, and oak. There was however more than a hint of oxidation on the palate, which I did not catch on the nose. Good, but not quite as good as the smell mostly due to cardboard presence from oxidation.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Obviously this beer was completely flat, and medium bodied. Not good. Overall, this would have been a very fine example of a BA barleywine if it was not completely devoid of carbonation. Hard telling if it was always like this or if it just lost pressure while aging. Still the flavors are there, and I quite enjoyed the beer even without carbonation. I will re-review with a 2011 bottle I have around...

zhanson88, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

br3wmeister, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

PopnLoads, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

tsauce2, Dec 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

mmulebarn, Dec 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

kscaldef, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of draheim
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (bottled 2461, May 2012 I believe) into a snifter. Pours a crystal-clear ruby-brown mahogany w/ a nice khaki head that settles to a thin film, leaving some pretty nice lacing behind. Looks great.

Aroma is heavily laden w/ toffee, caramel, vanilla and, interestingly, nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices. Whiskey character is blended really nicely.

Taste is smooth and buttery. Tons of gooey caramel and toffee, warm brown sugar, vanilla, oak and booze. Both sticky-sweet and almost bitter @ the same time, this beer almost attains a savory, umami quality I can't quite identify. Reminds me a little bit of really good maple syrup. Very nice.

As expected, mouthfeel is thick and coating, chewy and sticky. Lingering aftertaste like a fine liqueur. It's a real sipper of a beer to be sure.

Overall, I have to give this straight 4.5s. There's little fault to find in any aspect of this beer. Outstanding.

draheim, Dec 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Prost76, Nov 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

bennetj17, Nov 22, 2013
Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.