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Great Divide Old Ruffian - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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This special release of our acclaimed, hefty barley wine has been aged for over 9 months in Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels. The process tempers Old Ruffian’s edges for a mellowed version with heady whiskey flavors and subtle oak notes. Each limited edition, individually-numbered bottle is special in its own right. This rounded wonder clocks in at 85-90 IBUs.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bentbird (2) - - DEC 23, 2014 does not count
Bottle 3444. Snifter, shared with friends. Appearance is deep red brown. Good head which dissipated quickly. Nose is Big citrus. Orange peel mixed with dried fruits. Sweet plums. Surprising amount of carbonation. Can't taste the whiskey at all. No real lingering taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4749) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle@Sad Fish tasting aka Haarlemmestraat tasting aka Elite tasting aka did Dean do something (stupid) today aka Benzais’ endless triangle travel aka Chris’ Birthday tasting: Bottle: Thanks Rene: Served in a taster: Creamy head on top of a hazy amber colored beer. Aromas of barley malts, bourbon, light wild yeast, wood and cream. Flavours of malts, bourbon, bitter, barley malts, some cream, corn, sweetbitter. Aftertaste is sweetbitter, wood, barley malts, bourbon. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium to fuller body and a creamy texture.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4052) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle @ home. Aroma is caramel, red fruit notes, light mocca, tangy red wine notes. Flavour is quite sweet with malt and caramel, again with some tangy red wine and oak barrel notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8987) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle shared @ tasting. Hazy red color, medium sized beige head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is malts, liquor, sweetness, but also something a little weird I can’t put my finger on. Taste malts, sweetness, liquor, wood, overripe fruits, alcohol. Quite heavy, and not as good as I had expected. Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (5751) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Benzai. Pours cloudy brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of rich malt, oak, vanilla overripe dark fruit, raisins and some sweet dried fruit. Flavour is heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Full bodied with light carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2663) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2014
750ml bottle, 2013 vintage. Aroma of strong oak and malt sweetness, with notes of whiskey, toffee, cherry, vanilla, caramel, earthiness, dark bread, faint spices and peppery alcohol in the background, the oak really coming to the fore, though. Murky, deep reddish-brown in color with a very fine, uneven and lasting head, leaving some fairly spectacular lacing behind as well. Flavor profile shows a good amount of oak even after well over a year in the cellar, along with plenty of rich, dark, sugary malt sweetness, lightly tart cherry, touches of toasted coconut and vanilla, brown sugar, and surprisingly prominent spicy hop bitterness, some peppery alcohol, wood and tea-like herbal tinges making their presence felt here late as well. Fine but persistent carbonation on the palate, gently tannic, tart and warming, body is fittingly gigantic. Far more challenging than Old Ruffian but not without its own merits and intrigue.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6105) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"upon opening, I was still greeted with more hops than I’d expect after a long barrel aging process. upon pouring, however, the hops are almost totally replaced in the aroma by woody vanilla, caramel, and toffee. very nice aroma. The look is fairly typical for a barleywine, which is nice, but not standout. smallish head. the flavor achieves a balance somehow between the sweet malt, whiskey, wood, vanilla, and hops...it manages to be strong in both sweet and hoppy without one being totally overpowering, although there is nothing delicate about this complex brew. In fact, our palates were so assaulted, this beer marked the start and finish of my tasting for the night. at 50+ degrees, the sweet and whiskey are a little more in the forefront, with the bittering and drying hops in the finish. As the beer gets closer to room temp, the hops take over a bit from the whiskey. A very nice beer for sure, and a rare treat, but for the price, the only way I’d get this again is to do a vertical tasting of regular/oak/and barrel aged Old Ruffians. 7/12 - 2011 batch, still not as complex as the base, due to the whiskey being in the fore, but pretty damn good. up a tenth of a point."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2100) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2014
From notes. Tasted on 6/30/12 at the 1st Annual Chimipalooza, from an older 750mL bottle. Pours hazy dark amber with an average tan head that leaves a thick collar of lace. The nose is tons of maple, caramel and toffee, vanilla and cinnamon oak, and some brown sugar. The flavor is a touch sweet up front, with the same maple, caramel, toffee, and brown sugar malt, along with vanilla and cinnamon oak, and some alcoholic heat. The body is full and sticky with just lighter than average carbonation and a long maple, toffee, caramel, and cinnamon oak finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Nice pour with big pillow head,slight tannish. Fantastic aroma of vanilla and oak as description states. Flavor is fantastic with rich caramel, hops and bourbon. Such a great all around beer!!!

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (13441) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
It was a distinct pleasure to share argo0’s 9,000th rating with this beer, the DC crew and displaced portions of the Richmond and NC crews - thanks, gentlemen. Murky plum color, no head or lacing. Aroma of caramel and butterscotch and booze. Taste is boozy caramel, some vanilla toward the end. OK.


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