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RATINGS: 303   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1721) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Bottle 176/461. Pours copper/brown, with a small, off white head. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, malt, and whiskey. Flavor is caramel, dark fruit, hops, vanilla, whiskey, malt, and alcohol. Much more subtle whisley presence than the BA Yeti. Should age nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Pours a hazy copper in colr, a good sized light cream head very slowly recedes. Aroma is some nice citrus hoppiness, syrupy oranges, caramel, oakiness. Taste follows with a good shot of whiskey and some major wood flavor. Citrusy hops blend well with the dry and crisp woodiness, bth work to complement the sweet malts. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, somewhat cloying sweetness is cut very well by the strong dose of dry oakiness, bitter hops and bite of alcohol. A very good beer that I think will improve over the next couple years. Cold, it was a little mixed up, but as it warmed, the hoppy notes and barrel ageing characteristics worked well together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (10103) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2008
750 ml bottle poured a clear garnet with a small lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of dark fruit, toffee, carmel, vanilla and light whiskey. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, carmel and a hint of whiskey with a smooth warming lingering bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 21, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 10th rating to make the beer official. Bottle from the brewery. Pours thick dark amber color. Lots of cardboard oxidized hops and booziness. I think it hasnít aged well, or has been in the barrel too long. Reminds me a lot of Green Flash 2nd Anniversary barley wine consumed 4 yrs old. Low carbonation. Aroma getís better after sitting a few minutes to a buttery malty oakiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Bottle. Poured a clear, deep ruby-brown color with a thick beige head that slowly faded to a thick layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of spicy bourbon oak with some vanilla and a bit of caramel malt, some light plum, and a bit of earthy hops. Smooth, lightly spicy entry transitions into a sharp caramel maltiness with some light brown sugar and some spicy alcohol throughout leading into a sharp, abrasive earthy hoppiness and a lingering spicy bourbon finish. Low carbonation , slick but somewhat thin on the palate, especially the finish. Flavor is just too abrasive and a bit boozy, I didnít want to finish my glass. Could be good in about a year, but at $25 there is no way I will find out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2008
750 Bottle 182/461. 8th rating, thank you kindly wetherel for bringing it back from Colorado. Pours orange brown with a tan head. Nose is oaky with a whiskey vanillahybred thing. Taste is sweet thick and viscous. Overall pretty nice. A big beer in many ways but not too hot at all. Fairly strange in some ways and awesome in others. I like, thanks John for brining this over.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle #223; big thanks to waolsen for sharing rating #1000 w/ me! Big fluffy head. Sugary, boozy aroma with some cinnamon and oak. Really f’n awesome. Lots of bourbon and oak, but alcohol is smooth and not sharp at all. Did a side by side with the regular, and the complete loss of hop character stuck out. Turned it into a very different beer; a better one if you ask me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Bottle # 223: Aroma of bourbon, oak, and a bit of caramel. Poured copper/amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, beige head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, light caramel, tar, light smoke, and some tobacco. No hops. Light to medium body. Smooth, creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Alcohol, bourbon, vanilla and and oak finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Aroma: barrels, oak, vanilla, whiskey, some minerals
Appearance: reddish-brown, creamy colored head, some lacing
Flavor: minerals, whiskey, vanilla, oak barrels, alcohol-y
Palate: smooth and creamy, strong alcohol and light vanilla aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 Cloudy and muddy dark tawny brown. Creamy tan head sitting 1/2 inch tall in one glass, while the other has only a 1/8 inch film. Nose is creamed vanilla, oak, and overripe fruit - plum, apricot, oranges. Creamy and full up front, rich sticky plum, tobacco, vanilla, amaretto... more of this creamed orange and creamed plum flavor, a little of the fruity sweetness from the regular Ruffian shining through. The whiskey character is thankfully not overdone - primarily vanilla and toffee notes compliment the rich creamed plum and nectarine fruit flavors. A little hot in the back, creamy and frothy throughout, the extended finish really the only spot where it seems to thin out as the alcohol becomes strong. Overall, really delicious and warming. A subdued and quiet aged barley wine complimented by a mild bourbon presence and without an overbearing barrel character.

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