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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

330 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 253
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:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 10-08-2008

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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.

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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.

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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.