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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

308 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 253
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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mtbdonn

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-10-2014 22:03:39 | More by mtbdonn
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 03:43:15 | More by GilGarp
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zhanson88

California

3.65/5  rDev -12%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 18:25:39 | More by zhanson88
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br3wmeister

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-04-2014 23:43:23 | More by br3wmeister
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PopnLoads

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-02-2014 03:07:04 | More by PopnLoads
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tsauce2

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-30-2013 02:01:14 | More by tsauce2
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -27.7%

12-25-2013 18:47:49 | More by mmulebarn
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

12-23-2013 16:26:18 | More by kscaldef
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draheim

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:07:30 | More by draheim
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Prost76

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-28-2013 11:13:37 | More by Prost76
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-23-2013 20:00:55 | More by jaydoc
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

11-22-2013 06:25:15 | More by bennetj17
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smutty33

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-18-2013 18:10:13 | More by smutty33
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-05-2013 05:25:41 | More by GrindFatherBob
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-02-2013 13:09:52 | More by atone315
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dhbiker0889

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-29-2013 21:21:49 | More by dhbiker0889
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

10-28-2013 18:22:23 | More by tom10101
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

10-28-2013 06:40:44 | More by GRG1313
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

09-26-2013 00:29:46 | More by BillRoth
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bbadger

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

09-21-2013 13:39:46 | More by bbadger
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HodgiiBoyMarkyMark

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-15-2013 02:43:02 | More by HodgiiBoyMarkyMark
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DLucky

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

09-05-2013 01:04:45 | More by DLucky
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

08-08-2013 19:54:49 | More by Smurf2055
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matttttYCE

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy to be having another of the Great Divide Barrel Aged series. If anyone sees this and would like to trade me a BA Hibernation let me know haha. Anyways, the color is the deepest darkest plum I might have ever seen. The head is a light tan, quite creamy, has decent lacing, and meanders for some time. The aroma is just a tad lighter than expected but not bad by any means. On the nose, sweetness, dark fruits, alcohol, and big malts are in the foreground. In the background, there's molasses and caramel, pleasant oak, smoke, hints at vanilla, and all around light barrel characteristics. The barrel presence increases quite a bit with warming, which is very welcomed. Taste mimics the aroma pretty closely. Very sweet, lots of dark fruits and malty goodness. Not as much alcohol heat on the taste, but also more barrel character/vanilla/oak than the nose. Not much in the way of hops whatsoever but this is a slightly older vintage. Barrel character becomes a bit more present as this warms, much like the nose. The mouthfeel is slippery, viscous, and bordering on full. Viscous consistency, creamy medium carbonation, medium-full body, and a light-medium, wet finish.

Overall this is wonderful for a two year old barrel aged barleywine. This definitely isn't the best barrel aged barleywine I've had but it is still a great offering if you're able to get your hands on it. And despite the usual ability to age barley wines and how well regular Old Ruffian ages, I'd suggest drinking this one sooner rather than later.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 23:45:31 | More by matttttYCE
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-26-2013 14:34:19 | More by DRBiser
Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.