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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
sunevdj (3846) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DJMonarch (9177) - 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.

4.4
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
thanks kan! pours dark amber, off white head. nose is bready, vanilla, and oak. flavors of oak, vanilla, caramel, slightly smokey finish. booze in there of course.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2009
(Sample Date: 6/6/2009 Source:Other) RB Richmond Gathering. Bottle 193/461 obtained at the brewery. Aroma of dark fruits and some wood, caramelized sugar, and hint of alcohol. Clear dark amber brown with small white head. Deep dark fruits, oak dark sugars, and hints of creosote in the flavor. Finish is dry and moderately bitter with whiskey and wood coming through. Fantastic.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Thick, viscous brew both in appearance and mouth feel. Hearty aroma of dark, fermented fruits, bran cereal, and bitter-sweet baked goods. The scent permeates the air around the glass and invites you in for a great experience. Smooth whiskey effect ties the malty flavors with the floral hints. Nutty with plenty of roasted malts and green faded hops. Complex and well aged, it awakens all of the senses.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Liquid Sunshine VII Tasting – Kirkland, WA
Aroma: Big Malt aroma with a great Barrel aroma.
Appearance: Dark amber in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Great Malt flavors dried fruit and aged barrel flavors where awesome.
Palate: Great BA Finish, with a Nice Mouthfeel.
Overall: Had a wonderful flavor the beer was strong and can catch you. This had a great barrel flavor and was a near perfect brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2009
750 ml bottle - oh yea, thanks brandon!! been wanting to drink this for a while and always seemed to get put off; dark orange with slight tan head; lovely rich nose of zesty sugar, spice, fruit, caramel, vanilla; full bodied, creamy texture and a delight to drink; some whiskey is there, but in a complimentary fashion; just a bunch of rich, barley wine goodness

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle courtesy of MaltDawg at the 8th Richmond Gathering on 06/06/2009. Bottle 193/461, bottled in August, 2008. Dark amber with an amazing aroma of wood,vanilla and malt. Flavor was rich and complex. Very good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 23, 2009
purple red with a yellowish head.. love this nose, almost smokey, vanilla, berry..love it. alcohol and berry flavors with a nice woody tartness. the barrel notes accent well and make this a very good beer. throughout this there has been a tangerine note that is odd, but not bad. 5 8 9 5 18


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