Old Ruffian - Barrel-Aged
Great Divide Brewing Company

Old Ruffian - Barrel-AgedOld Ruffian - Barrel-Aged
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From:
Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
American Barleywine
Ranked #64
ABV:
12.7%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,413
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 10.84%
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
309
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 02, 2022
Added:
Oct 08, 2008
Wants:
  255
Gots:
  147
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Old Ruffian - Barrel-AgedOld Ruffian - Barrel-Aged
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Rated: 4.04 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 02, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2015 vintage

I'm not finding much complexity at this point. There might be some faint hops at the end and maybe a little apple in there somewhere. But the bourbon, caramel, toffee, brown sugar coming across like a hard Werther's Original dominates and it is tasting great to me tonight. The carbonation is holding up great and the body is still full and lightly sticky.
May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by jeff1973 from California

Oct 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
2016 Vintage
Taken from notes on June 2017

Pours a amber brown in color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that has short retention. Smells of basement must, wet cardboard, caramel, old hops and an acidic fruity aroma. Tastes of malty sweet caramel with some fruity esters up front. mid-palate brings some tartness followed by red apple peel. The finish gives notes of tart apple cider and vinegar. medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish. This one had some infection issues.
Oct 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.51 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by TylerJ from Iowa

Oct 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.3 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Jun 14, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
Been waiting to crack this for quite a while, not sure on the vintage but must be quite a few years old, newer label than the picture, bottle 38/1188, 11.9%abv

No sound on cracking it, and pours with no head even aggressively, so there is no carb in this, a clear iced-tea mahogany color

Nose doesn't pop as much due to no carb but still great aromas as expected, lots of barrel, vanilla toasted oak, some whiskey, little buttery oak, big sweet malt, candy notes with caramel and toffee, mild dark fruits like fig date, and a touch of oxidation papery but soft malt

Taste hits flat again lack of carbonation, but nice barrel, big whiskey flavor, as well as some toasted and little buttery oak, big juicy malts, sweet with caramel, toffee, candy notes, more dark fruits fig raisin date but also candied molasses like dates, almost fig jam, light warming slight spicy alcohol, some nice barrel vanilla as well, bit of spicy hop bitterness late seems like it has died off, sticky sweet finish, but more alcohol warmth

Mouth is full bod, rich almost chewy, no carbonation unfortunately, with some warming alcohol

Overall this was quite nice aside from lack of carbonation, great malts, fruits, nice barrel, good alcohol level, but just the carbonation would have helped it pop nicely
May 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.49 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 04, 2019
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from the 750mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. 2015 vintage, consumed 9/2/17.

A: Rich toffee brown, quite hazy to nearly turbid. It forms a half-finger of cream-colored head that lasts decently well despite a fairly low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Whiskey and barrel, caramel and toffee. Toasted malts, some sticky dark fruit, but the toffee and brown sugar dominate here. Vanilla, and Werther’s hard candy, and sorghum.

T: Caramel and and burn from the whiskey. Vanilla and oak and sweet molasses. Brown sugar, toasted malts, dry woody tannins. Mild raisins and a touch of chocolate in the malts. More toffee at the swallow with whiskey heat, and the dry tannins linger after the swallow.

M: A nice heavy body but not syrupy, though the mouthfeel remains sticky. The alcohol, while obvious, is well-integrated. Low but as-expected carbonation sensation.

O: This isn’t a "best-in-class" barrel-aged barleywine by any stretch, but it’s not bad. For a beer this size, it stays quite drinkable with the base beer balanced with the barrel, and reasonably complex. Certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Mar 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear reddish copper color, minimal head. Aroma is boozy, sweet molasses, caramel. Great sweet malty flavor, molasses, caramel, toffee. Barrel presence is prominent but not dominant. Has quite a bitter finish. Thick and syrupy, quite full bodied. Overall a very nice BA Barleywine, great sipper.

1/6/19
12 oz bottle, 2017 vintage
4.25 rating
Jan 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.2 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Nov 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4.41 by Theogre83 from Kansas

Aug 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by JoeLev from Ohio

Jul 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by crob3888 from California

Jun 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by deereless from Colorado

Apr 08, 2018
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle at barley wine share. Mahogany pour, tiny ring of beige head. Boozy, warm aroma, sweet malts, vanilla, barrel notes. Taste is up front caramely malts, plenty of alcohol warmth too. Syrupy, slick
Apr 02, 2018
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pours a murky reddish brown with a one finger creamy off white head. Heavy soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is caramel, toffee, oak and piney hops.

T - The taste is caramel, brow sugar, vanilla, whiskey, oak and piney hops.

M - Medium/full bodied with medium carbonation. Soft body with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a nice whiskey aged Barleywine. The flavors are on the boozey side making this a slow sipper.
Mar 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.05 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Mar 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by brianstrong2 from Missouri

Mar 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by glf60 from Virginia

Feb 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.19 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.15 by Tracker83 from Michigan

Dec 21, 2017
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Brownish-orange body topped with a dense, stick head. Rich caramel and nougat smell; old-age sweetness; some nuttiness. The flavor mirrors the aroma along with some heavy-duty yet very approachable alcohol presence. Heavy body; chewy and oily with some counter-acting boozy dryness; warm and comforting.

Massive, bold, delicious. This monster brings on some deep and satisfying residual sugar sweetness offset with some massive yet balanced boozy presence. The deft of tongue may make note of some barrel woodiness, yet it is the malts and ABV that really make this beer standout. A fine, fine winter ale...
Dec 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.42 by drunkenmess from Michigan

Dec 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.44 by gobuccos from Ohio

Nov 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.52 by Nunya from Ohio

Oct 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.6 by Heeenrik from Finland

Oct 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Scott17Taylor from Iowa

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours deep ruby reddish brown with a very large fluffy head.
The aroma is strong pine backed up with tons of carmelized malts, deep brown sugar toffee and a very nice vanilla oakiness from the bourbon.
The flavor is outstanding, it's sweet with tons of rich malty toffee sweetness. The barrel is pronounced, but blends well into the base beer before finishing with a very pleasant piney hop. There's a slight fruitiness that is definitely there, but isn't a dominant characteristic that just adds another layer to the beer.
Overall it's outstanding and another win by great divide!
Sep 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by krome from Illinois

Sep 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Sep 15, 2017
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Reviewed by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750ml bottle, bottled-on date of 3/26/2015, into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a very nice blend of brown sugar, caramelized malts, oak, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, whiskey, oak-aging essence
and some fruit. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is subdued but good for the style and helps to provide a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.
Sep 10, 2017
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Rated by BEER88 from Washington

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
The taste and feel helped this one out!
Sep 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.08 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Aug 05, 2017
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a 16 oz Dream Divide Barrel Aged Series tulip glass at near room temperature bottled in April of 2017. Pours a very attractive dark almost mahogany, with a 2 finger off white head, that leaves little spots of lace.

Smell is oaked vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, toffee, and hints of hazelnut.

Taste follows biscuit, oaky with vanilla highlights, toffee, fig, and bourbon gets your attention in the warm finish.

Mouthfeel is a big medium, plenty of life, maybe a tad dry, and excellent drinkability for it girth.

Overall this is like its base beer, absolutely one of the best if not the best I have had. So balanced and complex.
Jul 26, 2017
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Reviewed by HopHunter19 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.
Jul 19, 2017
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Rated by Mdaniel723 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured on 7/9/17. Fairly mild flavors, mainly malt, had a better nose than taste but a good beer.
Jul 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.23 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Jul 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a snifter. A cola-brown color with a moderate haze. A one-finger tan head that slowly settled and left nice lacing. Aroma: caramel, toffee, vanilla, cherries, and a hint of whiskey and oak.
Taste was complex; rich sweet malty flavor with stone fruit notes, vanilla, and only faint whiskey. Full-bodied with a pleasing bitter finish with toffee and malt. Low-to-medium carbonation that fit for the style. I really enjoyed this - the whiskey barrel was there and complimented the beer without dominating the flavor.
Jun 18, 2017
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