Barrel Aged Old Ruffian | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Old RuffianBarrel Aged Old Ruffian

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ArrogantB on 10-08-2008

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4.98/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to bwyker for bringing this

A:Deep brown color that poured with about a finger of white head.

S: A really nice smell of whiskey. Some nice sweetness from the malt to sort of balance things out. The barrel won the battle though.

T: Vanilla is huge in the taste. Whiskey itself is right up there as well. Amazing complexity. This is right up there and possibly surpasses angels share for me. One of the best beers I have had in a while.

M: Very smooth and creamy which is amazing given the style and ABV.

D: World class. Simply put this is an amazing beer.

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4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A deep amber color with a thin white head that leaves thick sticky lacing in the glass.

S: Nice sweet barleywines with a sweet dose of Colorado Whiskey. Big big nose here guys!

T: Oak, whiskey, and sweet malts all meld nicely for a pleasant taste.

M: Thick and sticky. Low carbonation and minimal hops.

D: No problem drinking this one. The ABV will kick my ass in the end but I'll keep drinking until I can't!

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4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Incredible thanks to bwyker for providing this beer.

A: Dark red with a thin off white head. Good looking, but not amazing.

S: Sweet whiskey and malt. The aroma leads me to believe it could possibly be overpowering with whiskey in the flavor also.

T: Orgasmic!! Seriously, this is amazing. It is super smooth with an almost brandy character. It compares nicely to Brandy Angel's Share. The barrel aging on this beer completely transforms it. Hops are almost an afterthought in this which stands in stark difference to the non BA version.

M: Medium body but with a heaviness from the whiskey burn.

D: Amazing. I definitely need to try the whiskey from next door they use.

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4.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

April 3, 2015

750 ml bottle, snifter

A – Very rich, deep copper, mahogany, brown. Pours fairly thick. Foam of about a half inch is sudsy and light tan. Bubbles linger for a while.

S – Raisins, figs, cinnamon apples, tons of vanilla, perhaps some candied apricot. Rich, thick toffee and caramel, very juicy. Boozy and warm, with some very noticeable sherry notes. Incredible. If they made this in a candle, I’d buy a lifetime supply.

T – Caramel and toffee and lots of vanilla. Some tannins, and oaky, boozy flavors. Figs and raisins. A lot of very pleasant sherry, vinous flavor.

M – Medium-low carbonation and very full-bodied, thick. A lot of sugar present but not overly sweet. A somewhat bitter finish. Mildly tannic and acidic, but not at all astringent. A lot of boozy warmth, but very, very smooth.

O – Simply one of the best barrel aged beers I’ve ever had, and since I love those, one of the best beers overall I’ve ever had. It was the first bottle opened for my bachelor party in ’12, and is my celebratory beer passing the Certified Cicerone exam. It has proved its worthiness of the moment both times. Complex, incredible aroma and flavors, balanced and smooth. As close to a perfect beer as I’ve seen.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a glowing, hazy cedar and has a silky tan head. The nose has a complex blend of oak and whiskey up front with sweet candy malts, ripe fruit, and subtle hops through the finish. The barrel aging compliments this ale very well. It creates a super complex flavor profile with perfect balance. Delicate yet full body suits the style. The best beer Great Divide has ever brewed.

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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 462 ratings