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RATINGS: 306   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (3151) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by Jean-Michaël, thanks! Deep amber with a small beige head and small lacing. Aroma is interesting with toffee, caramel, oak, fruity notes, some sweetness and bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet with oak, toffee, wood, bourbon and fruits. Warming alcohol. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Good Barley Wine. Not as complex as the best of the style, but definitely enjoyable. A lot of wood in there. Surprisingly not as well balanced as most of Great Divide products (Yeti series, for example, is a example of balance).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4761) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
pours hazy brown-reddish with a light beige cap, some retention and lacing. fruity and caramel-ish malts, touch of chocolate, vanilla bourbon, candied and drird dark red fruitiness, grass, pepper, soft oak tannins, bit of chocolate, few ashy notes. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, some sweetness - not cloying though, grassy-spicy-oaky finish. enjoyed it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3538) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle. Deep copper-red pour, nice lacing. Caramelized malt, toffee aroma, rich sweet fruity notes with lots and lots of candy bourbon aromas, vanilla. Taste is sweet, maybe a tad cloyingly so, nice bourbony warmth, quite woody. Palate is heavy, nice warming alcohol. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jmagnus87 (2742) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Boozy with caramel and vanilla. Loads of bourbon and oak. Wow, I would love a bottle all to myself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2290) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2013
A: Dark Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing S: Mild Butterscotch, Mild Caramel, Mild Toffee T: Caramel, Mild Butterscotch M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy Overall, definitely not worth the price of admission for 35/bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6685) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
75 cl bottle (11.8% abv) @ PBF 2013. Bottle No. 3892.
Pours dark hazy orange color with a medium sized lasting head. Aroma of ripe fruits, sweet caramel, hops, vanilla, mild bourbon notes and faint toffee. Flavor of sweet caramel, ripe fruits, vanilla, bourbon and mild hops. Quite sticky sweet, but good, could age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6603) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
750 ml bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours a dark copper amber colour with a white head. Aroma is rather strong on whiskey notes, biscuit, dark chocolate and wet wool. Flavour of sweet caramel malts, whiskey, bread, dark chocolate, tangy wood, vanilla and cinnamon. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes sweet, complex, chocolatey. Hard to find the base beer here, as this feels like a completely different beer. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (20166) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
Bottled (2012 vintage -11.8%) at PBF. Clear mahogany colour, minimal head. Caramel mingle with vanilla and oak up front. Sweet, full bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Plenty pof bourbon, but it goes very well with the caramelly malt. Driven by sweet malt and oaky bourbon. Warming finish where the bitterness is balanced by all the malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (4078) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
750ml bottle @ PBF 2013. Thanks wchesser!

Bottle #3862 - Pours dark brownish orange with a smooth head. Aroma of sweet syrupy malts, caramel, wood, oak, hints of whisky and vanilla. Taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, caramely, woody and oaky with notes of vanilla, whisky and syrup. Finish is sweetish and caramely with loads of caramel, syrup, wood, oak, whisky and vanilla. Quite complex, sweet and malty. Well balanced and tasty, but perhaps a tad too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (6150) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
75 cl bottle (11.8%, vintage 2012?) @ PBF VIII. Bottle number 3862.
Aroma has lots of vanilla, some oaky notes and . Flavour has quite strong booze sting at first. Finishes with harsh malt, some caramel, strong vanilla and some woody notes that grow stronger towards the end of the glass. Wine-like slow sipper, still liked the basic Old Ruffian More.

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