Barrel Aged Old Ruffian | Great Divide Brewing Company

Barrel Aged Old RuffianBarrel Aged Old Ruffian
449 Ratings
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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Ratings: 449 |  Reviews: 169
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whomever brought this one to the taste. Haven't had the regular Old Ruffian at the time of tasting this, though I have two 2010 vintages ready to go... Perhaps I should crack one soon. Pours a dark, burnt brown and tan color with a nicely crafted tan head, fine-bubbled and lasting for half the pour.

Boozy and sweet aroma up front, full of big-time oak notes. Luckily, this one doesn't smell infected like the batches of BA Yeti... Some more sweetness is apparent on the nose, vanilla-ish and warm, alcoholic molasses. I haven't had the original Old Ruffian to compare to (I have a 2010 release in my cellar, no idea when I'll finally drink it). Some dark fruits on the nose as well, typical barleywine aromas abound.

Taste follows right along, starting off with a caramel, molasses, and toffee under-body, moderately sweet and delicate. Along comes a powerful and very sweet, toasted brown sugar flavor, hitting the taste buds pretty hard. Dark fruits become more noticeable eventually; grapes, raisins, prunes, black cherries - all soaked in booze and coated in sugar.

The booze is a little heavier in the aroma than it is on the palate, and it doesn't carry as strong of a bourbon feel as it did before, either. The oak is as powerful as ever, however, along with a mild vanilla and cinnamon spice. The finish is full of more boozy raisins and dates atop a sturdy, oak filled platform. A touch syrupy, silky and smooth on the palate with a lower-end amount of carbonation.

Definitely very drinkable for 12.7% ABV - sweet but not too sweet, with nice oak components, apparent from the barrel aging. I'll have pop the Old Ruffian soon to see how it compares. Luckily this one wasn't infected like some of the Barrel Aged Yetis that were released before this.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 bottle poured into a tasting snifter.

Pours a red amber color with hardly any head at all. The smell is sweet and malty with just a touch of hops and alcohol. This definitely tastes like it has some age on it. The barrel characteristics have smoothed, but the bitterness level is still quite high. The sweet malt overtakes the bitter in the beginning of the sip, but the bitterness crushes the finish. The body is too thin with no carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011, I think. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky red. Cloudy with a few bubbles. Not an attractive beer.

Smell - Awesome oak bourbon flavor. Still has a hop presence. A ton of brown sugar and a little oxidation.

Taste - Incredibly strong brown sugar. Bourbon and oak. Rich caramel and raisins. Minimal hop presence in the flavor. Superb.

Mouthfeel - Delicious, but heavy. Just enough hop to keep it on the American side of barleywines.

Overall - Incredible. I'd like more barrel, but this is one immense barleywine.

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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into snifter

A-Cloudy ruby hue with a small amount of head and little to no lacing

S-As with the other BA Great Divide Brews this one is really barrel forward. Boozy vanilla and oak with some dark fruits, toffee, caramel and maybe a hint of deep roasted barley.

T-Whiskey forward, vanilla and toffee with a nice cereal sweetness, caramel, oak and light raisins. Really well integrated and polished for a big BA beer.

M-Viscous and coating in all the right ways

O-This is my favorite of the BA Great Divide beers (having not had the BA Claymore). It comes across like Stranahan's and Old Ruffian have enough common flavors in their profile to really mesh well, accentuating the toffee and caramell with an oaky vanilla hint. Really well done, worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011, bottle 2428

750 ml bottle poured into my Newport Storm tulip

Out of the gate a dark brown with an inch of khaki head. Initially probably a little cold so the first smell is some sharp oak, whiskey and raisins. As it warms the aromas blend into a better combination. Taste is similar, with raisin, sweet malt, some hops, whiskey and oak. I wonder how bourbon barrels would work with the base beer? Good amount of carbonation, not too sticky, not much alcohol burn. Overall, an above average BBal barleywine. Glad to have tried it.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 449 ratings
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