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RATINGS: 338   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 Stranahanís Colorado Whiskey barrels. The process tempers Old Ruffianís 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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5331) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2009
Sweet molasas aroma. Flavor has sweet malt and more sugar. Some bourbon, but not too much that it ruined the beer. Moderate hops that are secondary to the sweet malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - MAR 18, 2009
750ml (bottle #107) thanks iowaherkeye. Pours dark brown w/ no head. Aroma is boozy whiskey with some prune/dark fruit. Flavor is malty with some whiskey, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Hops bitterness was lacking for me (perhaps itís the batch), malt was a tad cloying.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - MAR 17, 2009
From 750 ml (bottle 107/401 thanks to Joey or Joe?). Pours hazy brown and beige fading head with bourbon nose. Malt with vanilla notes, but oak and especially bourbon are too much for slightly light and oily body. But it sure did smooth out that huge alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle 146 of 641 shared by pepsican. Thanks! Poured a murky brown color with an off white soap bubble head. Rich aromas of dark fruits (raisin, fig, prune), toffee, and booze. Full bodied, sweet, and sticky in the mouth with a nice boozy flavor. The malt bill was hefty and imparted a melange of toffee, spice, caramel and molasses flavors. A decent amount of piney hop flavor and moderate bitterness countered the big malt backbone well and melded nicely with the booze. Delicious stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3679) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Sampled compliments of Pepsican. This was a highlight of the tasting for me, not because itís rare, in fact I didnít even know it existed till it got brought out, but this was wonderfully tasty. Pours a hazy red with the sort of espresso swirl head. The aroma is full of a nice malty sweetness well balanced with some good oak notes. The flavor is just awesome plenty of vanilla and bourbon with a good cherry like fruitiness, just a really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2009
nice oak and bourbon with a bit of sour. overall very smooth with a nice finish. very good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Well thanks to Nick AKA "Crosling". This beer is a monster, heavy bourbon flavors all around. Right when the seal broke smells of whiskey and alcohol burned my nostrils. This one got me pumped since I love bourbon. Poured dark brown and plenty of dark tan head. Taste was mainly carmel and sugar up front then a strong blast bourbon and wood on the finish. Each drink left me wanting more. I did not share this bad boy with anyone; damn Iím greedy. It had me walking funny thats for sure. I enjoyed this more than the BA Nummer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 28, 2009
750ml bottle, #84/461, with a big thanks to BlackForestCO for yet another rare treat! Pours a slightly hazy burgundy brown with a one finger creamy tan head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, dark fruits, and vanilla. Flavor is more of the same, a little prickly on the tongue, but overall pretty smooth with a lasting finish. Stronger on the barrel aging for sure, but works pretty well for me; enjoyed every bit as much as the Barrel Aged Yeti. Thanks again Jake!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle # 161/461 thanks to lumpy. poured a brown/ruby with an off white head and some lacing. aroma of caramel, bourbon, dark fruits, and oak. flavor of caramel, dark fruits, and alcohol. medium-full body and no carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2009
(750ml bottle, #161 of 470, bottled Aug 08, courtesy of Lumpy) Pours a cloudy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, caramel, orange, and earthiness. Flavor of caramel malt, cherry, toffee, dried dark fruits, hops (floral), vanilla and bourbon.

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