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RATINGS: 359   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2192) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
25 oz bottle, via crosling. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber body with a small tight bubbled beige head that retained well. Very thick heavy aroma, full of caramel and toffee with a good deal of whiskey and oak but it doesn’t smell overly boozy. A nice vanilla accent as well. Rich toffee and caramel maltiness really melds well with the whiskey flavor. Maybe a little boozy, but not overwhelming. Fairly light woody quality but it’s probably just covered up by the whiskey more than anything. There’s a good bit of resiny bitterness on the finish. Full bodied and thick on the palate up front, the alcohol thins it a little on the finish. Very warming all the way down the chest. Nice light prickly carbonation cuts the body pretty well. All in all pretty darn good. Quite a bit better than the regular Old Ruffian.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours a strange fecal brown with a foamy tan head. This beer does not pour like a barley wine. The aroma is of oak, whiskey, caramel, malt, chocolate, alcohol, and vanilla. The aroma is very rich in flavors and smells fantastic. The taste is of caramel malt, chocolate, grass, vanilla, and spice. Huge oak and whiskey flavors dominate the beer, but don’t make it seem unbalanced. Lingering taste of oak, alcohol, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. The alcohol compliments the beer very well, but turns this beer into a definite sipper. Finish is all harsh alcohol. Although it seems to have lost any barley wine characteristics in the barrel aging process, it is still an amazing beer. One of the most enjoyable beers I have had, even though you can do little more than slowly sip on it. I goddamn loved it.

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