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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle 265/461:   Deep amber, brownish hues, small to moderate spritzy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Strong caramel notes on the nose.   Otherwise a good dose of hops.   Seems fairly sweet, loads of caramel.   On the tongue it remains fairly hot.   This could stand to be put down for a while longer.   I just wish I had a few more to age for a few years.   Big barrel flavor comes through on this one. &nbap Certainly much like Bourbon or Whiskey.   Fairly viscous and malty.   A little bright, certainly a little hot.   Very warming.   The sweetness is well balanced.   Not cloying at all.   Only thing I can say about this beer is that it is certainly nice to drink now, I think it will only improve with a year or two.   Great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Simply stated this was one of the best BA beers I have ever tasted, defiantly as of late with everyone and their mother trying to pull these off. My god I need to find another!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours cloudy reddish brown with a lacy white head. Sweet toffee nut aroma, sweet caramel raisin taste that fades into grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle… October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown!This beer rocks!… Murky amber ale with a small, fragile, off-white head. The aroma offers a wealth of caramel, vanilla, bourbon and pouch tobacco. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Vanilla, bourbon, toffee and caramel are the standout flavors. Mild acidity. Warm, but not hot - the bourbon component is not overbearing. Lengthy, caramely, warming finish. World class bottle of beer courtesy of JW77!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Pours a brownish dark maroon color, with a medium light beige head. Smells of rich bourbon, vanilla cream, caramel, dark fruits, and yeast. Really dug that nose. Awesome. The flavor was of Rich caramel cream and bourbon, with dark fruits, and malts balancing it out, so it wasnt overly hot or a bourbon bomb. Went down smooth as silk, and was extremely flavorful. Great barrel aging on this brew, as it seemed made just right for it. Bravo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dchmela (2889) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle courtesy Ditmeir. Pours a dark browish toffee color with a thick tan head. Wonderful big aroma of bourbon, barrel, vanilla and spicy hops. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate and spicy hops. Complex and tasty, this was awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle opened by JW77...thanks for sharing this gem Jon. Pours a nice dark brown colo with a light tan head. Aroma is damn nice...tons of bourbon, wood, vanilla, brown sugar, syrup and caramel. Flavor is full of sweet bourbon, oak, lots of vanilla, brown sugar...mmmm mmmm good!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3548) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2009
Tasting at TAR’s. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Smells of oak and vanilla. Very sweet with aromas of caramel and almond. Also hints of grains and nuts. Heavy aromas of alcohol. Aromas of cask wood and vanilla and hints of earth. Some residual sweetness towards the end with aromas of brown sugar. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Sweet and bitter finish with a hint of chalk.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DJMonarch (9166) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2009
From the Bottle at the Brewery Room of the Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver 10/10/2008 Whisky aroma. Mid brown coloured smooth on the palate and very strong in alcohol with a bitter and slightly dry warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2009
What a great beer. The pour is a clear dark brown with a bit of a tan head. The nose is wonderful chewy malts and big hops with a nice compliment from the bourbon barrel. All of the great Ruffian flavors are there and the booze and oak are just along for the ride. Full and rich with a dry alcoholic finish. I love this.

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