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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Boozy with caramel and vanilla. Loads of bourbon and oak. Wow, I would love a bottle all to myself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (1973) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2013
A: Dark Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing S: Mild Butterscotch, Mild Caramel, Mild Toffee T: Caramel, Mild Butterscotch M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy Overall, definitely not worth the price of admission for 35/bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (5896) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
75 cl bottle (11.8% abv) @ PBF 2013. Bottle No. 3892.
Pours dark hazy orange color with a medium sized lasting head. Aroma of ripe fruits, sweet caramel, hops, vanilla, mild bourbon notes and faint toffee. Flavor of sweet caramel, ripe fruits, vanilla, bourbon and mild hops. Quite sticky sweet, but good, could age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (5996) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
750 ml bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours a dark copper amber colour with a white head. Aroma is rather strong on whiskey notes, biscuit, dark chocolate and wet wool. Flavour of sweet caramel malts, whiskey, bread, dark chocolate, tangy wood, vanilla and cinnamon. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes sweet, complex, chocolatey. Hard to find the base beer here, as this feels like a completely different beer. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19214) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
Bottled (2012 vintage -11.8%) at PBF. Clear mahogany colour, minimal head. Caramel mingle with vanilla and oak up front. Sweet, full bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Plenty pof bourbon, but it goes very well with the caramelly malt. Driven by sweet malt and oaky bourbon. Warming finish where the bitterness is balanced by all the malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3647) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
750ml bottle @ PBF 2013. Thanks wchesser!

Bottle #3862 - Pours dark brownish orange with a smooth head. Aroma of sweet syrupy malts, caramel, wood, oak, hints of whisky and vanilla. Taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, caramely, woody and oaky with notes of vanilla, whisky and syrup. Finish is sweetish and caramely with loads of caramel, syrup, wood, oak, whisky and vanilla. Quite complex, sweet and malty. Well balanced and tasty, but perhaps a tad too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5515) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
75 cl bottle (11.8%, vintage 2012?) @ PBF VIII. Bottle number 3862.
Aroma has lots of vanilla, some oaky notes and . Flavour has quite strong booze sting at first. Finishes with harsh malt, some caramel, strong vanilla and some woody notes that grow stronger towards the end of the glass. Wine-like slow sipper, still liked the basic Old Ruffian More.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Bottled@PBF VIII (11.8 %). Very deep amber colour, small off white head. Aroma is sweet toffee, some raisins, mild plum pudding, some slight whisky like sweet notes along with vanilla. Flavour is very much the same in a nice balance, but also the alcohol gives it a slight sting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Errl (1495) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle..Pour is brown with a creamy head..Nose is sweet, maple, barrel, caramel, toffee. Fig, bourbon...Taste is nice oak, dry, sweetness, caramel, toffee, vanilla, alcohol..such a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rando7 (728) - Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle pours dark brown with one finger tan head. Boozy aroma. Initial taste quite sweet with caramel and toffee, followed by oak and whiskey. Unfortunately was also quite acidic, I think some lacto crept in. Not really infected, just a little sourness. Sour oaky finish. Nice thick palate. Overall a disappointment, but better as it warmed.

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