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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34404) - 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]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30765) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2010
75 cL bottle #204, courtesy of Joergen on his 40ies birthday. Pours hazy orange with a small tan head. Nice lacing head. Aroma is dense wineous, wooden, overripe fruity. Smooth wooden, light spiced, caramelish and with a light bitterness. Lasting dark malty and overripe fruity note into the far finish. Light alcohol presence into the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2010
Bottled. Thanks a lot Jørgen for sharing this on your 40th birthday. A murky amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, caramel, wood, and whiskey. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, wood, caramel, whiskey, and over ripe fruits, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. The alcohol tickles the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2010
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of ¾. No. 243/461. Pours a clear deep amber with an off-white head. Somewhat rustic aroma, Bourbon and licorice allsorts. Medium body, some caramel and licorice allsorts with a massive alcohol burn. 270310

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (20580) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle #304 at Ølbaren. Cloudy orange red coloured with a small off white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits, alcohol and whisky. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits, alcohol and whisky with notes of vanilla. Sweet and warming alcohlic finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20253) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19237) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14501) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2010
6th June 2010. RBESG 10 Grand Tasting at the Brasserie 4:20 warehouse. Cloudy dark brown beer. Creamy tan head. Soft smooth palate. Lovely oaky malty sweetness. vanilla, toasted coconut, fairly subtle bourbon. Finishes soft and dry and with some warmth. Lovely barrel aged beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2010
Tasting at Papsø
Cloudy brown color. Sweet aroma of malt, caramel and vanilla. Caramel flavor, sweet and smooth because of the bourbon vanilla, with a good body strength, whisky alcohol, nuts. The final is also a bit dusty. alcoholic. Decandent, good; good but decadent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14075) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 6, 2010
grand tasting RBESG 10 ...copper thin tan lacing ... big sweet toffee malts nose ... sweet vanilla toffee ... little whiskey but not much ... but still little OTT


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