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RATINGS: 352   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle thanks to joetheyounger...Aroma is bourbon, vanilla maybe a little coconut..Flavor is very sweet with bourbon and a slightly bitter hop finish..tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Hophead22s tasting. Pours a murky reddish brown with a white ring. Aroma is predominantly bourbon and oak with some oxidization and caramel. Flavor is bourbon and oak, solid hop bitterness, caramel and other sugars. Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1652) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle 373/1188 shared at the Houston January RB tasting. Brown with a small head. Nose of malt, hops and sweet syrup. Taste is very woody, hot alcohol, almost syrupy smoothness-a tight taste. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2010
750ml bottle. The pour yields a cloudy, dark, caramel brown body with a small, swirly film of light beige foam at the head. A thick wash of suds mostly sheet back down the glass, though trace spots remain behind to dry. The nose is primarily rich and malty, showing notes of dark caramel, brown butter, burnt toffee, and soft cocoa. Remnants of earthen hops lend trace amounts of balancing bitterness, while the charred oak imparts silky vanilla and woody bourbon notes. It simply smells fantastic, and the flavor doesn’t disappoint. Lush caramel and buttery toffee prove the perfect backdrop for the oaky, vanilla laden bourbon, and there’s just enough cocoa roast and barrel char to keep the sweetness from getting out of hand. The big but slightly thinned palate benefits from the oak aging, picking up a welcomed touch of drying oxidation and softened carbonation. Excellent beer. Delicious, wintertime, front porch type of slow sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Thanks to bleeng for this beer. Batch 373/1188 of the 2009 vintage. Deep toffee, brown sugar pour with very little head and bubbles on the side. Malty, sugar, hoppy nose...alcohol as well. Great body with a good carbonation on the palate as well. Easy drinking, easy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle from 5 points. Possibly the best bw I’ve ever sampled. A nice citrusy note adds some depth to this alcohol hot, vanilla, whiskey, oak, and cream flavored brew. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8109) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2010
750 ml bottle number 320/461 thanks big time to hopdog. Pours a deep mahogany color with a large white head. Huge tantalizing aromas come bursting out of the bottle; bourbon, vanilla, wood, sweeter caramel and fruity barley wine notes. A great flavor; initially the woody bourbon is strong, but as it goes on the barley wine flavor takes over, lots of sweet citrus hops, caramel, vanilla and bourbon is always in the background. Very nice. A nice rich mouthfeel. Too easy to love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2010
2009 vintage bottle 520/1188: Pours a hazy, mostly still, amber mohagany. Has a sweet fruity butterscotch complex nose with some enticing whiskey notes and light oxidation. Starts with good rich caramely sweet fullness and some light fruit complexity with a nice balance of vanilla and whiskey warmth before a drier, toasty doughy finish. Still has a surprising amount of flavor and bittering hop character to it. Could use a little more residual sweetness to balance the barrel character, but still fairly well-balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10411) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
Courtesy of Joergen. Thanks a bunch. Unclear deep amber with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with bourbon, roasted malt, caramel and woody notes. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, caramel, bourbon, wood and hoppy notes towards the end. Vinious and full bodied. Bigter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14977) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2010 Bottle at Ølbaren (# 204 or 304) - Jørgens 40th birthday, Thanks. Cloudy reddish - offwhite head. Wooden, coconut, bourbon, hiney, light booze, fruity, licorice, ok light hoppy, glue aroma, sweetness, berries, raisins. OK - a bit over the top !!!..... Re-Rate: #12 - Amerikaner Blind-Smagning 27-Marts-2010 hos Papsoe. (7/3/7/4/16).

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