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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20308) - 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 (1585) - 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 (736) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (2657) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2013
From a really old rating note I found while packing the house for a move. Seems like I enjoyed it: Big sweet, boozy, brown sugar, bread, toffee. Good warmth. Wood, dry fruit. Very nice. 8.2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 21, 2013
750ml bottle. Clearish deep amber beige head with fine lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, alcohol and oaky vanilla. Flavor is toffee, vanilla, prunes with a firm oak and boozy element. Medium body with a smooth feel. Fantastic beer, the oak barrels and age turn an already great beer into n amazing beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vivalabeer (20) - Collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Well worth the 100. Perfect body, super flavors. Bourbon to the max with an easy flavor finish. Vanilla and spicy cinammon finish. Best beer ive had from them.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stumpyiliz (213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle #266 of 461. Year 08, bottle courtesy of Brewtopia!! Back to Colorado for my rating. Even though I’ve had this beer every year it’s been out I have never rated it. It seems fitting that I get a bottle from the first year to see how it handles the year of time. I’ll say this, it’s time to start a vertical of this one. Murky dark brown sugar pour. Still carbonated well and oxidized just right by the barrel aging. Lots of stuff left on the bottom of the bottle fr years of proper cellaring. Sweet malty smell. Nothing but grain, bourbon, oak and dried tree fruits. Taste is malty goodness into the dries tree fruits with an oakey, vanilla, bourbon tannin biting the tongue for several minutes after the first sip. Don’t hesitate @ the 25-30$ price tag. U won’t be disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1299) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle. Pour is deep hazy reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma is full of old rich malt, cobweb, and light caramel. Flavor is quite sweet with notes of fruit and brown sugar. Very sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2767) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2013
750 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you! Pours clear dark amber with a rather thin offwhite head that quickly dissipates while leaving some trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, fruity and malty with sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, oak, overripe tropical fruits, bourbon, roasted nuts, dried dark fruits, caramelized apples, hay, coconut milk, whisky, hints of charred wood, hints of moist moss and subtle hints of smoked meats. Taste is sweet, tiny bitter, fruity and malty with caramel, toffee, biscuits, vanilla fudge, alcohol, grass, charred wood, overripe tropical fruits, raisins, prunes, figs, bourbon, roasted nuts, pine needles, coconut, lemon zest, resin and hints of grapefruit rinds, smoke and moist leaves. Mouthfeel is round, soft, creamy, smooth, boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter malty and fruity with caramel, biscuits, vanilla fudge, bourbon, charred wood, roasted nuts, grass, pine needles, sweet dark bread and hints of grapefruit rind. Very nice big beer. A less rough ruffian but oh so smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DesertDevil (525) - Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2013
2012 bottle (#1523). Pours a murky, dark reddish-brown with a khaki one-finger head. Sweet whiskey aroma with a ton of caramel, toffee, and roasted nuts. Smooth sweetness from the first sip with toffee as the predominant flavor along light booze, creamy caramel, a hint of oak and tobacco, and a sugary, buttery note reminiscent of fresh-baked pecan pie. It’s not nearly as hot as I expected. Medium body with an incredibly smooth texture and long, resiny finish. A gorgeous sipper.

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