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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3926) - 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 (10608) - 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 (5738) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2008
750ml. Bottle #111/461. Pours a hazy mahogany with a small khaki colored head which diminishes to a thin collar. Aromas of dark fruits, raisins, plums, whiskey and oak. Heavy caramel malt, vanilla, and molasses. Flavors again of dark fruits (raisins and plums), with lots of whiskey on the back end (not to mention heat). Some really good hops in flavor, great malts, but definitely a hoppy barley wine. Bottom line, great brew especially with the barrel aging, but not a $25 beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Gillard. Thanks Ryan, you of course ROCK!!! Pours amber to garnet with mild haze and off white head. The aroma is full of oakiness and vanilla followed by almost no base beer notes whatsoever. The taste is much the same with big sweet vanilla notes with ribbons of oak and alcohol. Deep into the finish hints of the base beer show up if I really concentrate. I really prefer more balance in a beer. Hopefully some age will bring this together and even it out. Really glad I had a chance to try it. Thanks again Ryan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Rating #900. Bottle courtesy of Gillard. Thanks Ryan for such a rare treat. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a one finger light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is tons of freaking oak with vanilla and citrus, pine and sweet malt hiding in the finish. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, tons of oak, coconut, and a hint of citrus and pine hops. Medium mouthfeel with a strong amount of bitterness and slightly warm alcohol. The oak completely covers up the base beer but with time I could see this being amazing. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (7473) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2008
courtesy of gillard. What an excellent beer, you are the man Ryan, even in your speedo. Pours amber/brown. Aroma is oaked, and some lingering sweetness (vanilla) mixed with nice malts and light hops. Taste. Just have to love the mix of barrel aged beer with oak. Leaves a nice fruity (apple) mouthfeel and malts, coupled with the nice wod addition and sweetness of vanilla. I could drink this barley wine any day.

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