Barrel Aged Old Ruffian | Great Divide Brewing Company

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4.14/5
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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
Ranking:
#2,045
Reviews:
172
Ratings:
461
pDev:
10.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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256
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Ratings: 461 |  Reviews: 172
Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brianstrong2
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of glf60
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tracker83
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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...

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gobuccos
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nunya
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Heeenrik
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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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

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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 461 ratings