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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:
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Added by ArrogantB on 10-08-2008

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165
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435
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
11.19%
 
 
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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2011 #1943
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours out a nice, clean deep amber color. Not getting tons of light through, but some. Still get good carbonation, even at that high ABV. Definitely seeing some alcohol feet.

S: Pulling lots of that bourbon still, even after a year. Lots of vanilla and oak from the booze. Sticky toffee pudding. Caramel. Dark booze soaked fruits. Some leather.

T: Flavor follows the nose, getting delicious toffee flavors. Really nice blend of booze, barrel, and beer. Getting that vanilla and oak for sure. Not overpowering, so the year helped. As it warms, you really get more of that caramel and toffee and dark fruit. Long finish on this one. Like others have said, easy to drink but certainly one to savor over time as it changes with warmth.

M: Full bodied. But not overly thick.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 25.4oz bottle split with some friends.

Into the glass, BA Ruffian comes out a pretty dark shade of brown with some lighter shades towards the sides. A nice half inch of tan foam that dwindles very quick, still looking beer after a bit.

This is a str8 up Barleywine with the hop scent from fresh bottles faded in this BA version. Still, a decent amount of hop scent that I normally don't find in BA'ed beers. Under that, brilliant caramel malt, toffee, plum, dark fruit and a pleasant whiskey scent. Nice hits of oak and vanilla, Smells like a winner.

BA Old Ruffian is much more complex in taste than smell The hops are nice and there but not as resinous as a fresh bottle, I cant imagine what this was fresh. Caramel, Toffee, plum, dark fruit, chocolate, whiskey tones, these all integrate with grace as it warms up.

Feel is above medium, sticky, coating, and pretty well carbed. Alcohol seeps on the tounge a bit, that's the only downfall but that's something a few years can handle.

I drank a healthy amount of the bottle and wanted more. Very drinkable now with age, but a few more years cant hurt, sans a little oxidation. A slow sipper, something to read a book by the fire with.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.02/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one from BOLTZ9555 in a trade a while back. Cheers for the fun box of beer man!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
Bottle 1,574
IBU: 85-90
Aged 9 months in Stranahan whisky barrels

Note: Drank this one right after the base beer. Comparisons drawn.

APPEARANCE: Pours a looser, two finger, off-white or cream colored head with decent retention. A little too loose really, much like the base beer. Body is darker in color, looking more deep mahogony or maroon red, and is clear with higher levels of carbonation. Head slowsly fades to a good foam cap and sticks to the sides, but only a splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves no real lacing down the glass. Darker in color than the base.

SMELL: Lots of whisky, toffee and caramel on the nose intially, with plenty of oak, vanilla and whisky barrel for sure. Light milk chocolate and a slight tatness with dark fruits actually. This is quite big and barrel heavy, though the barrel is quite nice.

TASTE: Very flavorful for sure. Toffee and caramel with dark fruits up front. Lots of whisky and oak, with a hefty dose of alcohol at the swallow. Huge, boozy and lingering finish of barrel and oak, toffee sweetness, milk chocolate notes and a touch of bitterness as well. Barrel flavors are pretty big, but the toffee and light bitter notes from the base beer still show through. The booze is a little much, however.

PALATE: Lighter and thinner body, especially when compared to the base beer. Light on the palate, somewhat fizzy and not creamy enough either. Goes down with a burn and finishes slightly sticky. Lots of heat lingers. This is quite challenging and much harsher than the base beer. Disappointing here.

OVERALL: This is big, complex and interesting, though the heavy booze quality and the thin, harsh feel make it quite challengind. Although Great Divide is an excellent brewery and their regular Old Ruffian is good stuff, I'd seek a different barrel aged barleywine if I were looking for this style. I'd gladly try an older bottle or a new vintage of this when it comes out, but I didn't find the 2011 is not enjoyable enough at this point to go looking for another one. Cheers again for the trade BOLTZ9555. Always a pleasure.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: part of a Nov. '12 bottle share.
Thanks to the BAer who brought this one out!

Dark amber-garnet pour, cloudy, with a thin foamy ringlet. Nice aroma of caramel and toffee, notes of dark fruit, bourbon barrel, and earthy hops. Mostly the same in the taste, malty, sweet, caramel, toffee, molasses, touches of plum, bourbon and some hop bitterness in the finish. Full-medium body, pretty smooth...I think this was a 2011 vintage, and any heavy booziness had definitely mellowed by the time of the tasting, making this quite good overall. Second best barleywine of the night I'd say (behind MoAS, which is still one of my favorite beers).

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a remarkable barrel aged barleywine

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle with a black top foil. Recurrent retro, if somewhat simpler even maybe more elegant than the regular line up label design around over a burgundy background. Short descriptive narrative noting the main ingredients, and intent of the ale. Displays bottling number 0682, recommended food pairings, and 11.8% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a Great Divide snifter.

A - Clear deep amber-crimson pour, rich 1/2" creamy head, medium retention, good surface memory and lacing.

S - Fruity whiskey nose with plenty of wood. Caramel and grapefruit…Complex notes of vanilla and grains linger. Quite the nose.

T - The palate follows with dexterity, if maybe with a tad less subtlety which it makes for in assertive character. Barrel and whiskey with complex malty notes, plenty of caramel, fruity notes, dash of resin... Boozy dash.

M - Medium to medium-full body with soft carbonation, and a nice syrupy smoothness in the finish. Alcohol a bit prominent although with a nice sense of self. Great flow for a couple of servings… Borderline cloying but never quite making it there.

O - Delightful sipper, it surely makes for a memorable drinking experience.

Notes: Where Old Ruffian made for a good US Barley Wine the barrel aged version makes for an outstanding experience. Bottle with 8 or 9 months on it, and it feels assertive with some nice roundness.. It could do with some extra aging. Bottle picked up on my visit to Denver, and wishing I had traveled back with two more. Whiny about the distribution pulling out of DC a year or two ago...

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #2374. 2012 vintage. 750ml bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

.5 finger fine, light brown head with little retention. Beer is a cloudy, dark brown. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good cling. Thin oily legs round this one out nicely.

Nose is boozy. Hints of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and green raisins. Solid.

Opens sweet, boozy and sappy. Caramel, brown sugar, anise, and green raisins. Warm boozy overtones throughout. End is brown sugar and molasses with a very sweet aftertaste. Still a bit hot at this point, hiding some nice nuances in this one. Still decent though.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and warm in the mouth and goes down boozy and hot. Finishes messy with a long, lingering finish. Very good.

A decent beer overall but at this point, this one still needs a bit of time. Nice complexities lurk underneath the booze but the barrel presence covers a lot right now. I'd love to revisit this one in a year or so.

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Photo of SaintBenedict
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage. 750ml bottle, #1538.

After peeling back the foil wrap from the cap, it looked as though the ol' man had grown a little anxious and began seeping out. There was also a fair amount of sticky residue, and what appeared to be a little rust on the cap. Alas, I feared that the bottle had likely gone flat—not a particularly encouraging prospect, especially considering the $26 price tag. However, instead of returning it, I decided to forge ahead.

Luckily, the risk proved well worth it as I was greeted by a reassuring release of CO2 and a thick, tall foamy off-white head. The beer pours a deep chestnut brown with a heart of vermillion and burnt tangerine edges.

The bready sweet malt-laden nose is predictably complex for the style, with plenty of dark juicy stone (think cherry and plum), as well as dried fruits like plump raisins, sticky dates and ripe figs. The barrel aging reveals notes of whiskey, wood, faint chocolate, molasses, black licorice, touches of star anise and notes of herbal black tea leaf.

On the palate, BA Ruffian is tangy, sweet and malty, with boozy flavors of macerated spice-studded orange citrus rind (or is that tangerine?), along with hints of dark chocolate liqueur, more black strap molasses, fleshy ripe dark stone fruit and moist rum-soaked fruitcake. The finish exhibits a final zesty touch of dry bitterness.

This particular variant of Old Ruffian is medium-bodied with a fair amount of fine, prickly carbonation—which is surprising considering the style and size, not to mention the aforementioned suspicious-looking cap.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more rich and flavorful barleywine than Barrel Aged Old Ruffian. Despite its earthy wood aroma and molasses-dominated stone fruit flavor, the beer's whiskey barrel-aging remains evident—if a little distant.

Overall, Barrel Aged Old Ruffian is clearly an outstanding rendition of the style, perhaps even exceptional. However, for my tastes, it would need a touch more complexity, a fuller synthesis of flavors and clearly notable bourbon to truly put it over the top. Nevertheless, despite the steep price tag, I might be tempted to grab this one again.

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Photo of Holland
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Treebs for this beauty!

A: cloudy brown to tan with varying thickness and a small layer of foam after the pour that stays well.

S: dominated by sweet malt and barrel character along with some fruity smells.

T: very interesting combination of barrel character along with a hefty amount of dark fruits. It's almost tart there is so much fruit flavor.

M: thick but well carbonated to create a feel that is heavy but never too heavy.

O: very good beer, but it's just a bit too dominated by the dark fruits in the taste. It also looks a bit gross, but overall it's really delicious. Happy I shared the bottle, but it's drinkable enough to want more immediately when you're done.

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Photo of Duff27
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, bottle #2686

Thin beige head on a murky copper body. Collar and cap. Sticky lacing, a swirl of the snifter leaves a cool effect.

Subdued but present whiskey notes. Juicy fruits...movin' me mayne.

Well balanced overall, everything about it...citrus-tinged hops, caramelly malts, boozy barrel aged finish. Fruitiness is off the chainz.

Medium-thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Giving a bump for the great balance. Thanks for the share 4DAloveofSTOUT.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle from 2011 - Thanks to pushkinwow

Appearance - Hazy copper/brown colour with a below average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. Hard to make out the level of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for only a short while.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch/caramel, whiskey, wood

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with some caramel/butterscotch. There is also a bit of a dark fruit taste and a woodiness mixed with whiskey. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste with a lingering booziness.

Overall - A beer with some big bold flavours that is perfect for sharing. I think the bottle might have benefited from a bit more age to take the edge off the booze, but it was still quite smooth. A great beer that is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a bright copper color ale with a medium size head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of whiskey is nice end very enticing with nice balanced sweet malt notes. Taste is a great balance between some whiskey notes with dry grain notes and a solid malt backbone with sweet caramel and light toffee notes. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed this one which I find had great balance between whisky and malt.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours deep muddy brown with a decent sized mocha head. smells very sweet and malty with a little bit of the barrel. the malt bill is very apparent on the first sip with huge amounts of brown sugar and a maple syrup like taste that fades to a very nice chard whiskey barrel. mouthfeel is a little light and carbonation is on the higher side but in this case it works. overall i am very impressed with that way this beer turned out, just enough barrel presence to complement a already impressive beer.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, bottle# 2498

A: Dark brown body with 1 finger head with lots of lacing

S: Bourbon, vanilla,, caramel, brown sugar, malt

T: Bourbon does not overpower, but it certainly adds complexity. Oak, vanilla, caramel malt, brown sugar, some dark fruits, very nicely balanced. Not much hops noted. Not too sweet but alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation, medium-to-thick body, not too syrupy. Slight alcohol burn.

O: This beer is amazing and yet quite underrated, imo. Highly recommended.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to daniloknezic for trading me this bottle! Thanks Don!!!

reviewed from noted taken 8/15/12.

2011 vintage poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: copper hued brownish colored beer with a 2 fingers of off white colored head. Beer leaves a curtain of lace on the side of the glass. Very nice!

Smell: This is a really balanced nose. Big malt profile and hops that balance the beer quite nicely. Barrel notes are quite noticable, but they are mellow. Whiskey, oak, and vanilla. Malt profile is dark fruits, caramel, and toffee. Hops are grass, pine and grapefruit.

Taste: This beer has the perfect amount of sweetness. Not too sweet, but just right. Caramel, sweet bread, toffee, vanilla, oak, whiskey, grapefruits, earth and some dark fruits. Surprisingly, I get a touch of spiciness like cinnamin or all spice. Finishes with a whiskey note that is just stellar.

Mouthfeel: at the high end of a medium bodied beer. Moderate carbonation. This beer fantastic carbonation levels, really well done. This beer is creamy, smooth, and rediculiously drinkable for a beer aged in whiskey barrels for 9 months. Not a hint of booze just a little warming sensation.

Overall: Old ruffian was my first American barleywine that I liked. When that beer goes into barrels amazing things happen. It a fantastic base beer for barrel aging. This beer is the best American Barleywine that I have drank and reviewed in almost 500 beer reviews. There is nothing to dislike about this beer it is just so good. Its a nice complex beer with very well integrated barrel aging. Whats not too like? I honestly could drink a whole 750 myself... its just that fricking good. The boooze will sneek up on you so be careful, dangerously drinkable at almost 13%. Dont age this beer is drinking perfectly right now!

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Photo of chugalug06
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely, huge, four-finger, straw colored, head pours into my Duvel Tulip. Brew is Very clear deep blood red, lots of purples. Missing any lacing.

Tons of roasted vanilla and deep sugary caramel malts.

Smooth, buttery, and roasty. Nice light carbonation brings out the sugary flavors. Not overly sweet and zero bitterness. Slight acidic flavor came out at the very end. The flavors are spot on for a B-wine, the barrel just made them more enjoyable.

Highly recommended for many years to come! Age will do amazing things to this awesome brew.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to great divide for stepping up to the plate and sending this one to me after i had the unfortunate experience of opening a badly infected BA Yeti...great divide is a class act. shared this one at a BA Barley tasting on 7/28 (alongside wooden hell, great, king henry, BA HiFi, etc etc...)

a - really attractive maroonish brown with a creamy head. nice lacing. streaky and big and present...in a tasting where most beers looked pretty awful, this one is a stunner.

s - subdued barleywine. good caramel and vanilla, but soft.

t - phenomenal. great english barleywine with great barrel integration. the whiskey really compliments everything wonderfully. toffee soaked whiskey.

m - thick, rich, and full.

o - overall a winner. seek this one out. whiskey is a great match for this barleywine and a nice change from all the bourbon barrel aged barleywines these days.

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Photo of billab914
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured kind of a murky looking dull brown color. A thin lacing was concentrated around the edges of the glass, where it left some modest lacing.

The aroma shows a pretty big dark fruit presence to it with some notes of plum and fig really coming out. The barrel and bourbon really shows through as well with a strong oak, vanilla, bourbon and slight brown sugar flavor to it. The flavors individually seem pretty good, but it just doesn't seem to come together as well as I would have liked.

The bourbon has a little more influence in the taste. Lots of woody oak up front along with some of the sweeter, brown sugar flavors coming out of the bourbon. It's got a little bourbon heat in the back end. The dark fruits come out a little more towards the finish as well. Things come together much better in the taste for me.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side with carbonation being a little below average. Overall, it was a pretty good barrel aged beer but not one that really can hang with the top of the style. Things just didn't seem to come together all that well for it at times. While it was a pretty nice beer to sip on this evening, there is better out there for the price.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this once at the brewery and loved it. Tried to remember the notes for a review, but that was useless. Let's do this again with the beer and computer in one place.

A - There is a little over a finger of very light tan head. Body is clear but a super dark amber with a lot of red.

S - Tons of booze, not what I remember. Very sweet vanilla and malt. Whiskey and oak is strong.

T - Very sweet up front with maybe a hint of dark fruits. Otherwise, tons of whiskey and oak. Cinnamon and booze. It finishes with a little hops.

M - It's very nice. Strong carbonation and full bodied. Well put together.

O - An all around well balanced beer. Nice on all fronts, but not way up there.

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Photo of marvin213
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky mud with a creme, bubbly beard, it looks like slop in whic a pig would play! It smells like sweet, creamy butter. And toffee. Some caramel sweets sway through and, as it warms, sweet, sweet whiskey. Perhaps the best nose on any barleywine I've encountered (Cabernet barrel-aging with others offering a considerably distant second).

It tastes strong and smooth. Tough with purpose, I respect it like the old carpenter who wears too much Brut or the immigrant barber with heavy aftershave, huge hands, and an eastern European accent (no homo). I mean it's a manly beer!

The beard is thick, and it leaves its marks everywhere it swirls. There's a butterscotch sweetness that's seductive and alluring, while all the while a leathery malt burn reminds you that this pour has power. I feel like my granddaddy would be proud of me for drinking this!

I imagine the whiskey will wait to impart its influence until after it warms up a bit--too subtle an influence there might provide for my biggest criticism. So mellow and smooth a taste for such a powerful beer, I eagerly await it taking me over (no homo--too much shades of grey in the collective consciousness right now). This is undoubtedly a propulsion into classy tastiness for the Ol Old Ruffian....

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Photo of mmapes
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage from a bomber. Figgy fruit smell followed quickly by the alcohol and whiskey. Dark dried fruit, carmel. Cloudy brown liquid under a decent creamy foam. Very mellow, round, smooth in the mouth followed by a brightness. Mellow malty character, sweet, Carmel. Tastes of whiskey and barrel don't overwhelm, are balanced. Pricey at $25 but very very good.

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Photo of Phelps
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, bottle 1360. This is Old Ruffian, put to sleep for nine months in barrels that once held Stranahan’s whiskey.

Very dark, murky maroon. Just a half-finger of silky light tan bubbles. The head quickly fizzles to a medium-sized ring.

Sweet and sugary aroma. Maple, vinous oak, orange peel, toasted coconut, chocolate. Some dark cherries as well. The bourbon here is in perfect proportion with the barleywine, which is still displaying an impressive amount of citrus.

The cherry and toffee flavor is big, but what I like is that instead of being overly sweet and cloying, a fair amount of bitter chocolate and toast roll in to balance. Bourbon is hinted at, contributing less to the beer than do the barrels, which impart a nice woody, roasty, chocolatey character. Impressively smooth.

Velvety medium body has just a little bit of gentle fizz. Alcohol is unavoidable, blazing through the nose and numbing the tongue, but the big flavor is distracting enough that I couldn’t care less. Slight bitterness on the sides of the tongue.

This is barrel-aging done right. I can’t tell where the beer stops and the whiskey begins. Great flavor.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 release, 750ml, bottle # 2706. Purchased at Argonaut Liquors in Denver, CO. Into a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a deep ruddy brown, slightly hazy, not much of a head, just a few light brown bubbles that slowly fades to an island of bubbles in the middle of the glass. No lacing but definitely has some legs.

S: Lots of mellow whiskey, toffee, caramel, vanilla, and a touch of oak. Smells incredibly sweet and rich. As it continues to warm, there is a lot more vanilla and oak and whiskey. Can definitely pick out the Stranahans whiskey notes that blend really nicely with the base beer.

T: Follows the nose nicely, tons of caramel malt, a light toffee flavor, followed by an ever so slight note of lightly roasted coffee. Mix those flavors with a nice, but not overbearing whiskey profile and some definite oak. Absolutely spot on.

M: Medium thickness, lighter carbonation, zero alcohol heat and a sticky sweet finish.

O: Definitely up there in my favorite barrel aged barleywines, very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jerz for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

2012 vintage. Bottle # 2695.

Pours a slightly murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, wood, and bourbon/whiskey. Taste is much the same and quite sweet with an alcohol kick and woody finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is is a very good beer with a great barrel aged presence in the aroma and taste.

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Photo of harrymel
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2011
Thanks Pixieskid

Pours nice dark amber with fleeting yellow foam. Nose is bourbon barrels, vitamins, burnt caramel. As it warms, it's like cinnamon toast crunch - hella cool. Flavor is like a cinnamon bun - rich and sweet with caramel, dark malts and herbal/spice qualities. Really not doing justice with that sentence. Medium bodied with a simple syrup tone and reserved carb. Good beer, wish I would have bought some when I had the chance a couple years ago.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.47/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2008

A: Poured a thin, tannish color with no head, undercarbonated with no lacing

S: Stinging booze, Earthy and old wood notes with some brown sugar

T: Faded hops, booze, brown sugar, toffee and remnants of old wood, Earth and dark fruits

M: Way to thin, flat, boozey and sweet

O: Not to much to say here.Wow. What a letdown.
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2009

Not as thin or hot oddly enough but still thin, a bit more carbonation

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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian from Great Divide Brewing Company
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