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RATINGS: 370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1668) - 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 (8447) - 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 (10423) - 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 (15152) - 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (26145) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle #304 at Ølbaren. Cloudy orange red coloured with a small off white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits, alcohol and whisky. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits, alcohol and whisky with notes of vanilla. Sweet and warming alcohlic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2010
2009 vintage. Bottle 297/1188. Haven’t had the original in a while and didn’t try the first barrel-aged Ruffian. Pours with a murky, crimson-brick color with an average, beige, tight, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves a thin layer of froth but minimal lace. Nose is still young but pleasant with toasted oak and toasted caramel, faint vanilla and cotton candy, spicy bourbon, underlying apricot, maybe floral, lightly buttery, and faint amaretto. Kind of surprised that it is still young and not much hops noted. The flavor is much different with some more hops noted; piney and oaky (almost rustic-like), grapefruit and apricot, toasted notes, light bourbon, spicy (almost cayenne-like), buttery toffee, and faint amaretto. Palate is perfect with a full body, prickly but nearly soft carbonation, round, chewy, velvety, and nice warmth. Finishes drying a bit, more than moderately bitter but seemingly more due to the spicy character, and notes of cayenne, buttery toffee, Stranahan’s, and some oaken vanilla with pine and spice lingering. This is one the barrel-aged beers from GD that I think actually improved the beer. Maybe it is the fact that I actually love the original Yeti and Hibernation and just like the Ruffian (and BW in general), but somehow the bourbon and oak notes help add depth to an intensely rich and hoppy beer. My only wish is that GD could make these barrel-aged beers less than $25. Awesome palate and nice flavor and one of the best whiskey-aged beers in a while.

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