Barrel Aged Old Ruffian | Great Divide Brewing Company

Barrel Aged Old RuffianBarrel Aged Old Ruffian
BA SCORE
89.3%
Liked This Beer
4.14 w/ 448 ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ArrogantB on 10-08-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,849
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
448
Liked:
400
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
11.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
255
Gots:
136
Trade:
15
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Ratings: 448 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of BEER88
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The taste and feel helped this one out!

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Photo of JLK7299
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nyrblue2
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of delta490
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
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 -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89.3% out of 100 with 448 ratings
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