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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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(send 'em beer!)
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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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-26-2013 13:32:35 | More by mendvicdog
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Nobcefus

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-22-2013 14:04:02 | More by Nobcefus
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-14-2013 17:49:44 | More by WOLFGANG
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jkane101

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-14-2013 15:07:04 | More by jkane101
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 02:57:27 | More by AndyAvalanche
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KevinTenney

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-23-2013 20:07:49 | More by KevinTenney
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:46:01 | More by biboergosum
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gtank

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

06-14-2013 06:14:08 | More by gtank
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-07-2013 15:17:30 | More by DeutschesBier
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CadetGCBD

Florida

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Illinois

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Hoozierdaddy

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-24-2013 05:29:15 | More by Hoozierdaddy
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

05-22-2013 01:28:44 | More by mikeincharleston
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dcloeren

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

05-21-2013 21:50:48 | More by dcloeren
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

05-20-2013 14:36:23 | More by drummermattie02
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-28-2013 23:35:12 | More by mdaschaf
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arniepnminne

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-26-2013 15:26:01 | More by arniepnminne
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

04-20-2013 03:32:37 | More by StubFaceJoe
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Zuidman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-15-2013 02:57:33 | More by Zuidman
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-12-2013 13:17:43 | More by egrace84
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robwater

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-12-2013 13:11:22 | More by robwater
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AMCPhD

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-12-2013 03:55:40 | More by AMCPhD
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Pecan

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-08-2013 23:01:04 | More by Pecan
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

04-02-2013 21:28:06 | More by bulldogg915
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review #2000! The last of the surviving beers from my accident! Bottle #592 of 1188! Served from bottle into New Belgium globe. Poured a deep red brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, sweet alcohol, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, vanilla, wood, earth, caramel, brown sugar, and sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Still a nice touch of booze going on in this one with a nice touch of vanilla to bring the barrel to life. The touch of vanilla really helped this beer out as without it, it could have been a complete disaster without it. Worth your time trying if you get the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 03:08:35 | More by thagr81us
Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.