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RATINGS: 310   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 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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (1152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2014
2009 bottle sent to me by someone long ago. Thanks, though I canít remember your name.í Bottle 403/1188 A: Placid brown with no head - even after a hard pour. Nice lacing. N: Bourbon and its evidence of caramel and vanilla. Hops, pineapple, lots and lots of wood. A touch of cherry and chocolate. T: Intense wood bitterness. Some residual hopping in here, and the bourbon/malt sweetness gets to the point of cloying. M: Very oily. Heavy and almost completely lacking in carbonation. O: Intense barleywine thatís still too much. The non-bubbles crushed the tongue and I got pretty sick of it pretty fast. On the other hand, the 2009 used to be one of the worst beers Iíve ever had, and this at least better. Not worth half the 35 dollars it costs, though.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lothore (582) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a deep reddish brown hue with a massive frothy pecan colored head that leaves tons of lacing on the way down. S- Berries, brown sugar, light caramel T- Brown sugar, lots of bourbon notes, creamy all the way through with hints of alcohol toward the end. M- Medium carbonation, thick and creamy. D- Excellent beer but I think it loses a bit in the barrel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1978) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
HMOG 2014. One of the bottles I brought that I have been starring at for about a year. Really was excited to get this one under my belt. Dry biscuit nose with deep caramel and ripe sweet fruit, bourbon, vanilla. Taste was velvety smooth buttery (in a good way) bourbon, caramel, oaky vanilla. Sweet lingering finish that coats the mouth. Real nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2795) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
HMOG 2014. Honestly never thought Iíd see this so I had just put it out of my mind. Malty, earthy, dirty aroma. Red fruit cherry and plum flavors. Well done and very smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2925) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2014 Bottle: Dark, burnt brown & tan color with a nicely crafted, fine-bubbled, tan leather head on tap that lasts surprisingly long for a barley wine. Aroma is boozy & sweet; lots of oak, light vanillin, & warm, alcoholic lathered molasses. Little dark fruit essence; prunes & dates, covered in a bourbon-caramel drizzle. Taste has a larger malty caramel & toffee presence with deeper molasses underneath... More sweet & delicate than the aroma. Sweet, toasted brown sugar, grapes, raisins, prunes, & black cherries abound, all soaked in booze & coated in caramelized sugar. Bourbon is still lighter on the palate than the nose, however... Actually the oak itself overpowers the bourbon flavors... Lots of oak in this one, especially in the finish. Good inductions of vanilla, mild cinnamon, raisins, & sweet sugary dates in the aftertaste. Nice BA barley wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (1978) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2012 bottle split the other night with my wife. pours hazy red amber, minimal cream hued head. vanilla, caramel and bourbon nose. mouth demnstrates much of the same with toffee and some oak. big creamy body, major boost.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (6621) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2014
sample at Food Bank bottle share. great beer, caramel colored pour, rich caramel & toffee maltiness, oaky, vanila & whiskey notes. vast flavors blend together very nicely. great beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7260) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2008 bottle, 750 mL, #336/461. Poured clear, rich amber with a dusting of smoked beige head. The aroma picked up sweet and smokey aged bourbon, oak, and peppery alcohol.. touches of fig and licorice too.. more barrel than base beer, but it was solid. The flavor found spicy bourbon and vinous notes on the tip of the tongue.. warm licorice, vanilla, and dark fruits followed.. finished with peppery spice, bourbon, and aged malts. Heavy-bodied with low-ish carbonation.. coating, well-aged, and well-balanced. Loved it!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilliGose (3283) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014 2009 bootle. meaty old toffee. deep sweet whiskey boosted. little to no carbonation. warming booze. some dough. a bit too sweet. a touch too doughy. warming whiskey is swell enough. fine.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1538) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
vintage 2011 Thanks Pixieskid Pours nice dark amber with fleeting yellow foam. Nose is bourbon barrels, vitamins, burnt caramel. As it warms, itís like cinnamon toast crunch - hella cool. Flavor is like a cinnamon bun - rich and sweet with caramel, dark malts and herbal/spice qualities. Really not doing justice with that sentence. Medium bodied with a simple syrup tone and reserved carb. Good beer, wish I would have bought some when I had the chance a couple years ago. Serving type: bottle 06-21-2012


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