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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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This special release of our acclaimed, hefty barley wine has been aged for over 9 months in Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels. The process tempers Old Ruffian’s edges for a mellowed version with heady whiskey flavors and subtle oak notes. Each limited edition, individually-numbered bottle is special in its own right. This rounded wonder clocks in at 85-90 IBUs.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19160) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 9, 2010
Poured a very dark and slightly cloudy mahogany color with a short, off-white head. The aroma was dominated by the bourbon. As it opened, dark fruits and vanilla came out. The flavor was again mostly bourbon with malts, vanilla and even some chocolate coming into play. Thick mouthfeel with plenty of alcohol heat. Not bad, just too much bourbon and not enough else to make it truly special.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle from bleeng
Pours thick and slick amber with a nose of raisin hairspray and raisin bread. Flavor is smooth bourbon raisin oak whiskey. Thick on the tongue. Nice cold night sipper.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plovmand (7853) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2010
Rating #2100. Bottle. Thanks Papsoe for sharing. Reddish amber with a creamy off white longlasting head. The aroma is highly fruity, oak, sweet caramel, barley and berries. The flavour is bourbon, oak, vanilla, barley, ripe fruit, caramel and warming alcohol. Ripe fruity and warming alcoholic finish. Very good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11932) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
#12 at papsoe blind tasting clear amber, small smooth lacing light brown head sweet malty, old beer, almost marzipan sweet, wood, balanced by a little hops. lighly oxidized, quite awesome barle wine. flavor is sweet malty, caramel, dryness, very well balanced barley wine style beer, does not taste bad from aging, wood,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15539) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle @ Papsø. Tasted blind. Pours unclear amber with a red hew and a small creamy head and lacings. Nose is sweet and vinous. Toffee, barrel and dried fruit. Very vinous with a whiff of hot alcohol, liquorice and hops. Sticky and oily. Nice sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - 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

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Incredible. Smooth, rich and luscious, with notes of toffee, dark fruit and chocolate-covered caramel. Hints of vanilla and nuts follow in the background. It finishes with a healthy dose of hops that balance out the sweetness. Intricate notes of whiskey (Stranahan’s is awesome, BTW) and wood, providing amazing depth and complexity. As it warms, it becomes even more complex. This beer captivated me from start to finish. And to be quite honest, it was one of the finest barrel-aged beers I’ve ever had.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2010
bottle thanks to bleeng, who shared it at the January RB tasting. Pours a muddy brown with off-white bubbles instead of head. Nose is musty, with oak and bourbon noticeable. Taste is of caramel and bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Pours hazy amber brown with a subtle, thin, lacy beige head. Aroma of vanilla, whiskey, bourbon, caramel, oak, barley, and subtle boozey hints. Full, silky body with a chewy, slightly spicy palate. Great warming in the finish. Excellent barley wine.


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