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RATINGS: 299   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11972) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2009
(750ml bottle, #161 of 470, bottled Aug 08, courtesy of Lumpy) Pours a cloudy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, caramel, orange, and earthiness. Flavor of caramel malt, cherry, toffee, dried dark fruits, hops (floral), vanilla and bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2300) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle # 161/461 thanks to lumpy. Nice pretty deep amber reddish color with a ring of canvas colored bubbles for a head. Nose is vanilla, boubon, caramel, and some citrus. Taste is the same with a thick long finish. Solid beer but extended barrel time is better for the yeti.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle # 161/461 thanks to Lumpy. Pours with a small, off-white head that fades over the amber body. Great lacing. Aroma has a ton of bourbon, caramel and chocolate, cocoa butter, oak and vanilla. Taste is caramel, oak, toffee and a bit of char on the finish. Tons of booze. Alcohol on the palate and a syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle #161. Body-very dark red with a Body-Hazy dark yellow/light orange/urine color with a razor thin ring of bubbles. Nose-almost RIS smelling, raisin, meat tenderizer, oak. Taste-medium to high bitter, light sweet bourbon, caramelization from the wood, lightly boozy, cereal, oatmeal, lightly sticky thick mouthfeel, twigs, age has taken the edge off of the hops, maple, wood is good, light Fig Newton.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle thanks to Lumpy. Pours a deep murky brown with red hues. Aroma of malt, wood, bourbon, dark fruit. Flavor is sweet, dark fruit, bourbon, wood. Mouthfeel is heavy body, low carbonation. Overall, lots of wood presence, good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4884) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 bottle 161/461 thanks to lumpy. deep brown pour with no head. nose of bourbon, vanilla and toffee. nice on the palate with a smooth somewhat boozy bourbon vanilla finish. some hops were detectable but not much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle shared by miketd. Thanks Mike! Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is straight whisky with some sweetness in there somewhere. Flavor is straight booze. Too much in fact. Undrinkable for the most part.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle 50cl.
[ Courtesy of Ambassador ]. Clear medium amber brown color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is heavy malty, caramel, fruit - berry, cranberry, cask wood, vanilla, moderate alcohol - whisky. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is soft. [20081030]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (946) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle brought back from the brewery in Denver after the 2008 Great American Beer Festival. Shared with jarspag and Maheu in Mammoth, January 09. This sh*t is dank! You better be a friend of the creature to enjoy this bad boy. Pours a deep bronze with some white swirls and no head. Immediate stank of bourbon whiskey and oak barrel, along with vanilla, coconut, cocoa and a boatload of caramel. Damn! The flavor is smothered in whiskey barrel and more vanilla, flying head on into a big hot and boozy finish...but I like it! Lasting alcohol warmth and a full body makes this a true winter warmer to be sipped slowly at near room-temperature. Yes sir!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 10, 2009. Bottle 90/461. Courtesy of BDR. Dark mukry orange color with a thin head. Light whisky and oaky vanilla aroma. Some bitter English hops up front. Syrupy sweet malt. Lots of whisky and oak. Yum!

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