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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
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Barrel Aged Old Ruffian Barley Wine was aged for 20 months in Stranahan’s barrels. As it does for Yeti, the aging process mellows Old Ruffian’s edge while adding gentle notes of oak, whiskey and vanilla to the 12.7% ABV and 85 IBUs beer. (The original Old Ruffian won a Gold medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival and a Silver medal at the 2007 GABF.)

“Our intent,” says Great Divide founder Brian Dunn, “was to age each beer in the barrels for 9 months. But we got busy with other projects, primarily the addition of a new bottling line, and the beers ended up aging for more than a year and half.” While the labels on the bottles state that the beers were aged 9 months in barrels, both beers were in fact aged 20 months in barrels.

Release limited to 470 bottles.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2008 bottle, 750 mL, #336/461. Poured clear, rich amber with a dusting of smoked beige head. The aroma picked up sweet and smokey aged bourbon, oak, and peppery alcohol.. touches of fig and licorice too.. more barrel than base beer, but it was solid. The flavor found spicy bourbon and vinous notes on the tip of the tongue.. warm licorice, vanilla, and dark fruits followed.. finished with peppery spice, bourbon, and aged malts. Heavy-bodied with low-ish carbonation.. coating, well-aged, and well-balanced. Loved it!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilligoose (3226) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014 2009 bootle. meaty old toffee. deep sweet whiskey boosted. little to no carbonation. warming booze. some dough. a bit too sweet. a touch too doughy. warming whiskey is swell enough. fine.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1480) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
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. Serving type: bottle 06-21-2012

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
750 mL at the parentals with my dad, bottle in 2011. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Big bourbon, caramelly, bready, oxidized, raisiny, toffee, figgy, plummy, slightly earthy, and sherry aroma. Taste is big figs, dates, sweet cherries, caramel, huge bourbon, wood, toffee, and tangy with a slight alcoholic bite on the backend. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. I definitely prefer the original and this one is way overpowered by the barrel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12472) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
Bottled 750ml PBFVIII 11.8%
Hazy nut brown color, small steady off-white head. Alcohol, berries, vanilla, whiskey in the nose. Full-bodied. Lots of hops, wood and alcohol. Vanilla notes, sweetish. A bit young and straightforward alcoholic but a good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (9998) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 21, 2013
Dunkel malziger, deutlich süßer Antrunk. Dennoch sehr süffig, schokoladig werdend. Süffig süß bleibend, karamelliger, holzig, sehr weich. Gut! 11/12/12/11/11/11

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (1693) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle 750ml. Pours burgundy with low beige head.Good lacing. Aroma is of whiskey, caramel, malt, sugar. Taste is of malt, slight bitterness. Palate: Medium body. Overall: Not bad at all. Slightly cloying, but a pretty good sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (2661) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by Jean-Michaël, thanks! Deep amber with a small beige head and small lacing. Aroma is interesting with toffee, caramel, oak, fruity notes, some sweetness and bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet with oak, toffee, wood, bourbon and fruits. Warming alcohol. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Good Barley Wine. Not as complex as the best of the style, but definitely enjoyable. A lot of wood in there. Surprisingly not as well balanced as most of Great Divide products (Yeti series, for example, is a example of balance).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4152) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
pours hazy brown-reddish with a light beige cap, some retention and lacing. fruity and caramel-ish malts, touch of chocolate, vanilla bourbon, candied and drird dark red fruitiness, grass, pepper, soft oak tannins, bit of chocolate, few ashy notes. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, some sweetness - not cloying though, grassy-spicy-oaky finish. enjoyed it!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (2944) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle. Deep copper-red pour, nice lacing. Caramelized malt, toffee aroma, rich sweet fruity notes with lots and lots of candy bourbon aromas, vanilla. Taste is sweet, maybe a tad cloyingly so, nice bourbony warmth, quite woody. Palate is heavy, nice warming alcohol. Tasty.


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