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RATINGS: 362   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 17/20
joergen (25926) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34308) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2010
Bottled. Thanks a lot Jørgen for sharing this on your 40th birthday. A murky amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, caramel, wood, and whiskey. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, wood, caramel, whiskey, and over ripe fruits, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. The alcohol tickles the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2010
75 cL bottle #204, courtesy of Joergen on his 40ies birthday. Pours hazy orange with a small tan head. Nice lacing head. Aroma is dense wineous, wooden, overripe fruity. Smooth wooden, light spiced, caramelish and with a light bitterness. Lasting dark malty and overripe fruity note into the far finish. Light alcohol presence into the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - 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 (2165) - 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 (10601) - 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 (3010) - 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.

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