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RATINGS: 292   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Aroma: barrels, oak, vanilla, whiskey, some minerals
Appearance: reddish-brown, creamy colored head, some lacing
Flavor: minerals, whiskey, vanilla, oak barrels, alcohol-y
Palate: smooth and creamy, strong alcohol and light vanilla aftertaste


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
samsmith33 (318) - - APR 11, 2014
Aroma Is not strong for the style. Turpentine, tar, apple, pear. Look is creamy head, orangeish brown. Cloudy. Legs. Taste is more apples, tar-ish aroma is woody in tasting it. Caramel. Alcohol well masked. Mot completely hidden of course at almost 13%, ....actually the bottle says 10.2%. (2012) But still impressive. Liking it more as I drink (but isn’t that always the case). Smooth, sour aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
writerljberg (505) - Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2014
2009 bottle sent to me by someone long ago. Thanks, though I can’t remember your name.’ Bottle 403/1188 A: Placid brown with no head - even after a hard pour. Nice lacing. N: Bourbon and its evidence of caramel and vanilla. Hops, pineapple, lots and lots of wood. A touch of cherry and chocolate. T: Intense wood bitterness. Some residual hopping in here, and the bourbon/malt sweetness gets to the point of cloying. M: Very oily. Heavy and almost completely lacking in carbonation. O: Intense barleywine that’s still too much. The non-bubbles crushed the tongue and I got pretty sick of it pretty fast. On the other hand, the 2009 used to be one of the worst beers I’ve ever had, and this at least better. Not worth half the 35 dollars it costs, though.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lothore (455) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a deep reddish brown hue with a massive frothy pecan colored head that leaves tons of lacing on the way down. S- Berries, brown sugar, light caramel T- Brown sugar, lots of bourbon notes, creamy all the way through with hints of alcohol toward the end. M- Medium carbonation, thick and creamy. D- Excellent beer but I think it loses a bit in the barrel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1538) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
HMOG 2014. One of the bottles I brought that I have been starring at for about a year. Really was excited to get this one under my belt. Dry biscuit nose with deep caramel and ripe sweet fruit, bourbon, vanilla. Taste was velvety smooth buttery (in a good way) bourbon, caramel, oaky vanilla. Sweet lingering finish that coats the mouth. Real nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2358) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
HMOG 2014. Honestly never thought I’d see this so I had just put it out of my mind. Malty, earthy, dirty aroma. Red fruit cherry and plum flavors. Well done and very smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1190) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2014 Bottle: Dark, burnt brown & tan color with a nicely crafted, fine-bubbled, tan leather head on tap that lasts surprisingly long for a barley wine. Aroma is boozy & sweet; lots of oak, light vanillin, & warm, alcoholic lathered molasses. Little dark fruit essence; prunes & dates, covered in a bourbon-caramel drizzle. Taste has a larger malty caramel & toffee presence with deeper molasses underneath... More sweet & delicate than the aroma. Sweet, toasted brown sugar, grapes, raisins, prunes, & black cherries abound, all soaked in booze & coated in caramelized sugar. Bourbon is still lighter on the palate than the nose, however... Actually the oak itself overpowers the bourbon flavors... Lots of oak in this one, especially in the finish. Good inductions of vanilla, mild cinnamon, raisins, & sweet sugary dates in the aftertaste. Nice BA barley wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1484) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2012 bottle split the other night with my wife. pours hazy red amber, minimal cream hued head. vanilla, caramel and bourbon nose. mouth demnstrates much of the same with toffee and some oak. big creamy body, major boost.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (5357) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2014
sample at Food Bank bottle share. great beer, caramel colored pour, rich caramel & toffee maltiness, oaky, vanila & whiskey notes. vast flavors blend together very nicely. great beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2008 bottle, 750 mL, #336/461. Poured clear, rich amber with a dusting of smoked beige head. The aroma picked up sweet and smokey aged bourbon, oak, and peppery alcohol.. touches of fig and licorice too.. more barrel than base beer, but it was solid. The flavor found spicy bourbon and vinous notes on the tip of the tongue.. warm licorice, vanilla, and dark fruits followed.. finished with peppery spice, bourbon, and aged malts. Heavy-bodied with low-ish carbonation.. coating, well-aged, and well-balanced. Loved it!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilligoose (3134) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014 2009 bootle. meaty old toffee. deep sweet whiskey boosted. little to no carbonation. warming booze. some dough. a bit too sweet. a touch too doughy. warming whiskey is swell enough. fine.


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