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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
RSRIZZO (1873) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2009
750 ml bottle # 77 / 461. Color is a deep amber with mellow carbonation and a small tight head. Aroma is rich and sweet with a nice oak scent. Taste is rich and oakey. Starting with a full body that goes down sharp with a rich feel. Finish is big with bold flavors of sweet caramel and vanilla then a coffee like bitterness followed by some oak and whisky. After taste is slightly dry with a whisky like feel and some alcohol. The first few sips are a little rough but it seems to mellow as you drink it. Overall this is a great Barley Wine, I think aging it in oak barrels mellows the hops and makes it a better and much more complex brew then the regular Ruffian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2009
750ml bottle $24.99. These expensive beers scare me. I was not disappointed that I bought this one. Nice dark brown color, darker than normal ruffian. Smells like whiskey, vanilla, hops? tastes like oak, vanilla, whiskey but subtle with hints of toffee that I get from regular ruffian. This is not just whiskey, you can actually taste the barleywine in this, nice. One small sip does warm the belly so you can feel the alcohol but it doesn’t play much of a factor in the taste. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-14-2008 02:22:39

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Shared by IrishBoy. Foggy brown. Aroma is malty, toffee, alcohol, and oak. Taste is a light hoppiness, alcohol, toffee, caramel malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 23, 2008
(sample from irishboy)brown body with a light brown head.aroma is oak,vanilla,cotton candy,bourbon,hops,and caramel malts.flavor is much of the same with some slight alcohol heat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3911) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
750 ml bottle from ratman197. 220/461 Bottled 08/2008. Nose of vanilla, oak, dark fruit, caramel, and bourbon. Cloudy brown with a small offwhite, glass lacing head. Flavor of vanilla, golden raisins, bourbon, peppery spiciness, and light hop bitterness. finish was lightly hoppy and mild warmth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10449) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours brown with an average, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt -cookie, caramel, toffee-, heavy hops -flowers, perfume-, average yeast -earth- with notes of heavy alcohol, dates, wood, brown sugar, and vanilla. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and an astringent finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrandonB (86) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle. A brown pour with a decent tan head that allows some lacing. Deep, dark fruit flavors and aroma. A hint of whiskey as well along with nice hop notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5727) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Nose has notes of oak, ripe fruits, and nice sweetness. Orange brown with a thin bubbly head. Sweet and fruity, ripe fruits with tons of barrel characteristics. Nice and full, good carbonation, lots of malt and good barrel aged flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2008
750ml bottle. No idea what the bottle number was. Pours a mostly clear brown with a moderate sized, tan head and some lace. Smells of new wood, some sweet malts and a good bit of alcohol. Tastes malty and sweet, hints of chocolate for me actually. The wood flavors I get are new and mellow. Not much bourbon, maybe just a touch of booze sweetness. Full body, good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Thanks to Mike for bringing this one to Hotd dock sale. Glowing amber pour, good clarity, with a smooth light khaki head. Big oak nose, hints of vanilla and fig. The alcohol was there, but not to overwhelming. The oak was pretty strong, should mellow nicely. Pretty solid brew with a smooth palate that leaves lingering whisky notes into the finish.

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