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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5997) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle courtesy of MaltDawg at the 8th Richmond Gathering. Number 193/461 from August of 08. Copper pour. Aroma is wood, caramel, dark fruit, and boozy alcohol. Vanilla is present throughout. Taste is sweet with caramel, spicy hops, vanilla, oak, alcohol, brown sugar and dark fruit. Body is full and chewy. Slightly sticky. Warming feel as well. Moderately carbonated. Ends with more sweet malts, brown sugar, caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and fruit. Very tasty and well worth rating 3000!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Bottle. Dark cola amber body with a thin lacing of bubbles. Wow this beer is loaded with whiskey notes, boozy as hell, what a ridiculous aroma of sour mash, oak, whiskey, and lots of hoppiness. I was never crazy about the base beer, but iím pretty sure i liked that more. Wow just too much barrel, thatís like an oxymoron out of me too. Next to mirror mirror, iíd have to settle there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle courtesy of MaltDawg at the 8th Richmond Gathering on 06/06/2009. Bottle 193/461, bottled in August, 2008. Opened to celebrate TheBeerGodís 3000th rating. Dark caramel amber body with a small frothy off-white head. Sweet caramel, molassas, vanilla, whiskey, and light yeasty aroma. Sweet caramel, light fruit, some molassas, more vanilla, and a touch of yeast in the finish with a gentle whiskey background. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation and a very smooth creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Medium amber, clear, little head. Aroma was lots of raisin, a bit of caramel, and loads of alcohol. Flavor was much richer than I expected, deep caramel, some raisin, faint oak, and vanilla. Great depth of flavor. Glad to be able to share TheBeerGodís 3000th!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle 193/461: Big thanks for this one maniac. Beautiful mahogany body with a light ivory head. A great aroma, nice oak and vanilla accents. Taste is outstanding, a bit thicker than expected which is nice. Great toffee, nuts, oats... some dark fruit, maybe plums. Smooth ending with great accents from the oaking. Outstanding beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11605) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle #193/461 shared by MaltDawg. Thanks! Pours a clear burnished copper color with a thin head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is toffee, spicy wood notes, vanilla, stone fruits and light berries. Taste is toffee, alcohol, vanilla extract, berries, apricot and other fruit notes. Full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Liked this alot, a bit more Iíd say than the barrel Aged Yeti, How ever Iím not a fan of barley wine as is so I wasnít expecting much from this, however I think the bourbon barrel really added something special to this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Rating number 1200! Bottle 263/461. Pours hazy amber with a 3 finger creamy beige head that leaves great lacing. The nose is vanilla, molasses, bourbon and ripe dark fruits. The taste is caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits and vanilla with an oaky bourbon finish. Medium creamy mouthfeel. The ABV is present but not distracting. There is a touch of oxidation in the background as well. Drink Ďem if you got Ďem.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
750 ml bottle thanks to pantanap. We sampled this next to the regular version. Pours beautifully ruby caramel in color with a creamy beige head. Fruit and grassy hops in the nose but without that bright freshness that the regular version has. Grassy fruity caramel malts that are blended and slightly aged but lacking with that extra something. Finishes bitter. I doubt this has any dry hopping additions but I think they would go along way in bringing a vibrant freshness that this beer is lacking. Without them Iíd take the fresh version over the barrel aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 big thanks to zathrus 13 for this guy. Dark copper pour with a nice head. Raisin, plum, and vanilla aroma. Vanilla, oak, toffee, plum flavor. Boozy finish with a hint of oxidation which didnít exactly distract from the beer, but may down the road.

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