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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (6232) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2015
Shared 750 ml bottle at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Will write a proper rating shortly, when I have a full bottle. This is one hell of a beer!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lillunken (61) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2015
Flaska från systembolaget. Mycket söt Bourbon och torkad frukt i doften, detsamma i smaken med en värmande alkohol i bakgrunden. God!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dodskenta (125) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2015
Deep mahogony hue with a creamy one finger head. Nose has a lot going on with sweet malty notes and caramel, also a nutty note, vanilla, bourbon. Flavour is very malty, toasted bread, toffee, vanilla, bit of booze at the end and a hoppy, bitter bite. Nice and smooth texture, medium big mouthfeel and just enough carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chadmasontx (28) - - SEP 7, 2015
Red with small light tan head. Caramel, tobacco, and slightly floral aroma. Not overly boozy. Slight bitterness, with almonds and some chocolate flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6412) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2015
On tap at 101 Beer Kitchen Gahanna on 9/1/15. Clear reddish brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of grainy malt, caramel, bourbon and slight chocolate. Malty and caramelly flavor with piney hop and bourbon before a dry hop and caramel finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2745) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2015
Bottled:
Colour is brown. Head is kind of smallish. Aroma is malty; chocolate, toffee and almonds. Some hops and alcohol. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Taste is chocolate, toffee, almonds, cherries, hops and alcohol. Bitter finish.
Pretty good, but the ordinary Old Ruffian is much better.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (3423) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Pours deep murky brown with medium tall off-white head. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, bourbon, vanilla and light resin. Taste is caramel sweet with burnt notes and nuts, boozy slightly bitter finish. Rich and creamy body with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2986) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
August 22, 2015. Bottled match 16, 2015.
Dark red with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is toffee, berries, alcohol, plum, pine and whiskey. Taste is sweet with toffee, resin, black berries, light bitter slight roasted and alcohol notes. Finish is sweet, light bitter with some slight harsh notes and warming alcohol. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Expected more, bit of a let down.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (5082) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle from Great Divide- from the last run they did in stranahan barrels. Pours a nice toffee orange with a white head. Nose is some caramel and toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, slight oxidation, and some brandy notes. Flavor hits on all cylinders- toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, some brandy, slight oxidation, and hints of sweetness. Medium in body and one of the best aged beers I have pulled out of the cellar. Delicious overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (4205) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2015
(En fût au Common Theory Public House): Caramel coulant, vanille liquoreuse, raisins verts et une touche de fumée provenant d’un barleywine bien ficellé qui n’exagère pas dans l’effet de la barrique.


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