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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12815) - 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 (10831) - 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 (1883) - 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 (2910) - 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 (4496) - 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 (3256) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jmagnus87 (2438) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2142) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6273) - 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.
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6340) - 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.


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