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RATINGS: 362   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (2973) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
Pours dark amber with a foamy tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, molasses, dates, figs, slight liqourice, oak notes, roasted malts. Taste is a very nice mixture between smoked honey and malty backbone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (4663) - Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2015 750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/27/2015. Pours hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, brown bread, toasted oak, light citrus/pine, floral, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light citrus/piney hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, brown bread, toasted oak, light coconut, light citrus/pine, floral, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, brown sugar, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light citrus/piney hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Some slight dryness from bitterness as well. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged American barleywine. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light citrus/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (3920) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle. Light hazy deep copper liquid with small to medium white off-white head. Aroma of raw sugar, wort, anice, bread and toffee. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of toffee, raw sugar, booze, anice and bourbon. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ramboraffe (1837) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2015
750 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Hazy red amber with off white head. Caramel, vinous smell with some whisky and alcohol. Taste is caramel,,oak, over ripe fruit, whiskey, rhum, toffee, syrup and dried fruit. Semi sweet with medium bitterness and low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6723) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle from 2011. Pours deep reddish chestnut, small beige head, some residual and lacing. Aroma is hugely oaky, vinous, slightly Bretty, whiskey. Flavor is light sweet, some tartness, loads of oak tannins, some funk, whiskey, dry sherry. Medium body. Interesting what 5 years has done to this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody caramel bourbon aroma. Fruity malty woody caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty woody caramel bourbon vanilla finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jflopsu (1197) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Pours a dark redish-brown. Has a strong caramel and dark alcohol flavor. Strong flavor of caramel, dark alcohol, and malts. Not much different than the non-barrel version.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (4807) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2015
Fra flaske på Cardinal M2 sep-15: Sigmund overgår seg selv og ruller ut den ene h¨jdaren etter den andre (La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged, Stone Double Bastard, for å nevne noen). Denne har lett grumset brunlig farge med kort skum. Saftig, lekker og balansert med sviskeplommer, rosiner, sherrytoner, vanilje og amerkanske whiskeyfat. Life is indeed good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (2872) - NORWAY - SEP 28, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2015 Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 28.09.15 and 26.10.15. Slightly hazy brown. Small head with big bubbles, Complex aroma, with dry malt, dry herbs and brown booze. Similar taste, also with dried fruits. Plums and cherries. Warming aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (7861) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2015
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy dark brown with a weak beige head. Aroma is malty, weak and inviting. Taste is moderate sweet grtainy malts, with a decent dry clean hoppy finish. Nice.


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