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RATINGS: 357   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6773) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2015
On tap at 101 Beer Kitchen Gahanna on 9/1/15. Clear reddish brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of grainy malt, caramel, bourbon and slight chocolate. Malty and caramelly flavor with piney hop and bourbon before a dry hop and caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2786) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2015
Colour is brown. Head is kind of smallish. Aroma is malty; chocolate, toffee and almonds. Some hops and alcohol. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Taste is chocolate, toffee, almonds, cherries, hops and alcohol. Bitter finish.
Pretty good, but the ordinary Old Ruffian is much better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (3825) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Pours deep murky brown with medium tall off-white head. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, bourbon, vanilla and light resin. Taste is caramel sweet with burnt notes and nuts, boozy slightly bitter finish. Rich and creamy body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3283) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
August 22, 2015. Bottled match 16, 2015.
Dark red with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is toffee, berries, alcohol, plum, pine and whiskey. Taste is sweet with toffee, resin, black berries, light bitter slight roasted and alcohol notes. Finish is sweet, light bitter with some slight harsh notes and warming alcohol. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Expected more, bit of a let down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (5135) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle from Great Divide- from the last run they did in stranahan barrels. Pours a nice toffee orange with a white head. Nose is some caramel and toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, slight oxidation, and some brandy notes. Flavor hits on all cylinders- toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, some brandy, slight oxidation, and hints of sweetness. Medium in body and one of the best aged beers I have pulled out of the cellar. Delicious overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (4563) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2015
(En fût au Common Theory Public House): Caramel coulant, vanille liquoreuse, raisins verts et une touche de fumée provenant d’un barleywine bien ficellé qui n’exagère pas dans l’effet de la barrique.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle. Been wanting to try this for a long time. Pours a slightly cloudy medium brown, with modest head and some lacing. Aroma is more subdued than I would have thought, with malt, caramel, and metal notes. Taste is not a heavy or intense as I was hoping for. Moderately bitter, little on the dry side, with some coffee flavor. Not simple, but I was hoping for more complexity. I really don’t get a lot of barrel from this. Finishes with bitterness as the main feature. It’s not bad, but as one of the most expensive beers you’ll find, and barrel aging, I was pretty disappointed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9672) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2015
750 from Capone’s. Pours turbid burnt sienna with 2-finger fluffy, well-retained khaki head. Nose is caramel malt, oak, whiskey, molasses, hp[s. Tastes rich, oaky, with heavy whiskey, caramel, alcohol heat, and hops, and heavy hops, but I question the 85-90 IBUs. Very complex, tons of wood and whiskey throughout. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (4190) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle at home. Clear amber pour, thin off-white head. Aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla, sugary malts, caramel and slightly spicy. Flavor is quite sweet, oak, vanilla, bourbon and very smooth. Great balance, nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (11353) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks David Cohen. Hazy amber. Aroma of malt, caramel, vanilla, wood, stale hops and alcohol. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, vanilla, wood, whiskey, some bitter stale hops, and alcohol. Medium-bodied.

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