Barrel Aged Old Ruffian | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Old RuffianBarrel Aged Old Ruffian
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ArrogantB on 10-08-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
442
Reviews:
166
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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256
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For Trade:
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Photo of HopHunter19
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice brownish red mahogany relatively clear beer with an off white head that sticks
S - big piney, caramel malt, vanilla, bourbon, sweet booze, molasses
T - big vanilla, caramel, sweet booze, oak, molasses, pine, brown sugar, toffee
M - medium heavy mouthfeel, alc present and burns in your chest a bit, aftertaste is pine, caramel malt, sweet booze
O - its... okay. I've had many a better barrel aged barleywine. But like the rest of the BA barleywines it's still an excellent beer.

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Photo of Blazer22
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nyrblue2
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear beautiful mahogany on the first pour but becoming cloudy I on subsequent pours producing no more than 1/2-1 finger of frothy, somewhat (surprisingly) lasting, beige head that leaves some splotchy lacing. Aroma is wood, whiskey, burnt brown sugar, earthy piney hops & a spiciness I can't quite put my finger on. Taste is alcohol, brown sugar, apple cider, acetic & vinous, wood, whiskey, piney hops up front giving way to a middle that is heavy dark fruit malts & biscuity with maybe a touch of honey & a finish that brings back an overlay of the earthy, resinous hops & whiskey with alcohol detectable throughout the sip. Big alcohol, spice, acetic, earth, malt, whiskey & bitter aftertaste deepens for a brief time & then lingers. Alcohol??prominent even for this alcoholic style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low moderate carbonation, tongue coating, wet & drawing in the aftertaste. This is not an improvement on the original in my limited opinion.

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Photo of DangerDawg
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of delta490
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a murky brown with just a faint whisp if head. The aroma is incredible with dark fruit and whiskey playing off each other, especially as it warms. The taste is much the same, with just a little earth added. It's full on the palate with a subtle carbonation throughout. Bottled 3/25/15

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Photo of CPAles
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i have wanted to drink this beer since i first learned of its existence, which has been quite some time. i always seemed to miss it, or shy away from its price, but great divide was ahead of the curve on this one, both in terms of beer and price, and now to see bottles north of 20 dollars is not uncommon, but it sure used to be. this is without a doubt one of their best beers. a deep burnt amber color to this, plenty of viscosity evident, and more head than we usually see in american barleywine, especially barrel aged. crimson edges and pockets of thick foam. heavy caramel and toffee grain complexion greet the nostrils, sweet for sure, but with a wonderful woodiness, this is hearty beer obviously, but made almost cozy in the aroma with the warm whiskey notes from the barrel and the grain sweetness. the flavor is pretty true to style and balanced, that is, its not overly hoppy, its not too much whiskey or alcohol heat, not too sweet to drink, and without anything that really makes it weird or different, its just perfectly built. i get some dried fruit in here, maybe raisin, along with molasses and brown sugar, toasted bread, candied nuts, a little spice with the alcohol, and plenty of the oak vanilla complex from the barrel. this is a benchmark a lot of beers strive to reach, its a wonderful illustration of balance in the barrel ageing, it does not take over the base beer at all, but adds a wonderful depth to it. some of the very best great divide beer out there, worth the wait!

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Photo of TeachChefs
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color and very hazy. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering most of the top. The aroma is sweet bourbon and a heavy dose of malt. The taste is very sweet bourbon and malt. The mouth is thick,chewy,and warm with alcohol.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a reddish brown color with 2 fingers of head that sticks around for a good while and leaves some good lacing

S: Lots of malt, bourbon, and oak up front along with caramel and some fruitiness. Vanilla also hidden in there amongst the barrel

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a big hit of the bourbon and picks up the sweet caramel maltiness, vanilla, and oak as it slowly wanders towards the alcohol, which is surprisingly well hidden for a tick under 13%. Some fruitiness wanes in and out as well. Finishes with lingering oak and bourbon

M: Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth

O: A very nice BA barleywine that makes for a great sipper and cold weather treat. Sneakily drinkable for just under 13% too. Definitely worth checking out

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Photo of CharlesK
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a frothy ecru head that leaves splashy lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Charred oak and caramel, with piney tones

Taste: Charred oak and caramel tones, with piney bitterness building, through the middle; after the swallow, there is some earthy fruitiness but the finish leans piney, with a boozy character

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: This is the 2016 bottling and just a few months old, so perhaps this beer needs some time to settle down; still, I find that the beer is lacking the malty complexity that I seek in a really good barleywine

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Photo of Aisha
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of larryarms847
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a luscious and oily deep mahogany with a good amount of haze and a thin quarter finger of light rusty red foam.

Alcohol is noticeable at the first whiff, but this being a fresh bottle, I continue on with curiosity. Rich dark fruit notes of plum and raisin are apparent, but strong sweet notes of caramel, candied sugar, vanilla, and surprisingly chocolate add more complexity. Not much bourbon character aside from a bit a vanilla and spicy notes.

While strong in aroma, the alcohol is very well subdued in the sip. Flavors of vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramelized sugar, plum, and raisin wash over the palate in well balance and the high abv washes the palate dry.

Full-bodied, low-medium carbonation, chewy, warming, a bit hot.

Overall, while I haven't been blown away by Great Divide's barrel aged program, this is a home run. Fits the style perfectly and doesn't destroy the base beer. Very well done!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Brown on color with a red-orange hues. Somewhat hazy. Off-white head settles after a time. Thin and wispy lacing.

S: Toasted crust, caramel, toffee, coffee cake. Earthy and piney hops. Booze-soaked raisins. undercurrents of oak, whiskey, and barrel char.

T: Burnt scones, toasted crust, and caramel chews up front. Toffee. Nutty. Subtle cocoa. Hints of red fruit. Earthy and spicy/piney hops have been rounded out a bit, but are still very noticeable. Deeply warming alcohol. Barrel char, oak, and whiskey make for a slightly drying finish.

M: Thick, rich, and full body. Chewy and a little viscous. Fine carbonation lifts just a bit. Warming alcohol is soothing.

O: Great beer. Everything you'd ever want from an American Barleywine. The barrel plays more of a supporting role, mellowing things a bit while adding complexity and a little bit of whiskey warmth. It's really hitting the spot on this first chilly Fall night.

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Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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