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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 252
Gots: 103 | FT: 9
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%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Smurf2055, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of matttttYCE
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

matttttYCE, Aug 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

DRBiser, Jul 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mendvicdog, Jul 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

jkane101, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle (bottle # 4004 of I believe 2011 vintage) poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid comes out a nice looking color, somewhere between dark brick red and dark brown. Lighter brown highlights on the sides and the slightest bit of haze. Sort of a slightly darker than creamcycle colored head that comes out pretty big after a hard pour, lots of different sized bubbles but most of them are small. Pretty good lacing to it.

Smell is really, really, really good. The base of the beer has a lot going on. There is a huge amount of malt and huge amount of hops. Don't ask me the breakdown of them all, but whatever they are, they work together quite well. Sweet caramel and toffee combined with some strong hops as well a nice aroma of vanilla and whiskey. To quote my friend Rusty "I wish they'd make a scented candle that smells like this." Sort of tickles your nose a little.

Taste is exactly on par with the smell. Lots of huge malt backbone and a great amount of hops to complement it. Caremel, toffee, brown sugar, some candied dehydrated raisons and some sweeter dried fruit like cherries and hints of citrus peel. Nice vanilla flavors too, sort of an earthy vanilla, like a sweet smoked wood. I've aged the quite a bit, but still a nice piney hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is really good, nice for the style. Full bodied overall, a great carbonation level and super smooth. There's a nice sweet finish with a nice warm finish, slightly sharp at the end. Not too hot though and I actually would have predicted a lower ABV than 12.7%. Really a great beer, strong the whole way through but moderately gentle, super drinkable. Thanks Geoff for the recommendation and the trade.

AndyAvalanche, Jul 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

KevinTenney, Jun 23, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, heavy black foil-capped bottle, number 0132, and 11.8% ABV. Thanks evermore to doktorzee for bearing the obviously sturdy luggage back from Colorado.

This beer pours a hazy, murky dark orange brickish hue, with three fingers of finely foamy, even a bit creamy beige head, which leaves some nicely thorough cascading cloud layer lace around the glass as things sink away - purdy, indeed.

It smells of sweet, musty caramel/toffee malt, a mildly astringent grainy woodiness, soft boozy bourbon vanilla, and quite evident resinous leafy, herbal, and piney hops. The taste is rather sugary caramel, toffee, and alcohol, a bit of further simple syrup sweetness, soft vanilla and spicy rye whiskey soaked wood, a tame earthy, tobacco ash mustiness, and more somewhat citrusy, but mostly pine needle and herbal tea-esque bitter hops.

The carbonation is weakly fizzy, but broad enough to count, the body medium-heavy in weight (the boozy wood quotient always seems to take a toll there), mostly smooth, with a hint or two of oppressed creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, no surprise, but now more than a bit tempered, as the hops, wood, and general old basement mustiness come into their collective own. The big booze still seems to have taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque, or something.

I've not yet had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of the base Old Ruffian, so I can only surmise as to the mollifying effect that the Colorado whiskey barrel has had here, though I will say that the understated effects have a seemingly positive spin. More relevant, supposedly, are the big and brash hops, which do well here to preserve the American status of this tasty barleywine, even as the the wood is equally Yankee in nature.

biboergosum, Jun 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.