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RATINGS: 323   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 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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
onceblind (5490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2014
(Had this on tap at Great Divide Brewery; the bartender said it was aged 11 months in Fireside Whiskey barrels, and it seemed redundant to make a new listing) Murky woody copper under a thin rocky cap. Absolutely incredible aroma of toasted caramel and oak char, lots of vanilla chip cookies, and a bright plum and black cherry boozy note. Tastes absolutely magnificent with boozy notes of plum and raisin and toasted caramel, oak, vanilla, char, black cherry, fruity whiskey, more raisin and cherry, more caramel and toasted oak, and a little more sweet candied booze. Amazeballs.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2014
750mL bottle from CLE beer week 2013? this is really sweet lots of vanilla and almost a hint of coconut solid beer with big beefy flavor, Iím diggin the stranahan flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
samsmith33 (578) - - APR 11, 2014
Aroma Is not strong for the style. Turpentine, tar, apple, pear. Look is creamy head, orangeish brown. Cloudy. Legs. Taste is more apples, tar-ish aroma is woody in tasting it. Caramel. Alcohol well masked. Mot completely hidden of course at almost 13%, ....actually the bottle says 10.2%. (2012) But still impressive. Liking it more as I drink (but isnít that always the case). Smooth, sour aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (1366) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2014
2009 bottle sent to me by someone long ago. Thanks, though I canít remember your name.í Bottle 403/1188 A: Placid brown with no head - even after a hard pour. Nice lacing. N: Bourbon and its evidence of caramel and vanilla. Hops, pineapple, lots and lots of wood. A touch of cherry and chocolate. T: Intense wood bitterness. Some residual hopping in here, and the bourbon/malt sweetness gets to the point of cloying. M: Very oily. Heavy and almost completely lacking in carbonation. O: Intense barleywine thatís still too much. The non-bubbles crushed the tongue and I got pretty sick of it pretty fast. On the other hand, the 2009 used to be one of the worst beers Iíve ever had, and this at least better. Not worth half the 35 dollars it costs, though.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lothore (595) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a deep reddish brown hue with a massive frothy pecan colored head that leaves tons of lacing on the way down. S- Berries, brown sugar, light caramel T- Brown sugar, lots of bourbon notes, creamy all the way through with hints of alcohol toward the end. M- Medium carbonation, thick and creamy. D- Excellent beer but I think it loses a bit in the barrel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2093) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
HMOG 2014. One of the bottles I brought that I have been starring at for about a year. Really was excited to get this one under my belt. Dry biscuit nose with deep caramel and ripe sweet fruit, bourbon, vanilla. Taste was velvety smooth buttery (in a good way) bourbon, caramel, oaky vanilla. Sweet lingering finish that coats the mouth. Real nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
HMOG 2014. Honestly never thought Iíd see this so I had just put it out of my mind. Malty, earthy, dirty aroma. Red fruit cherry and plum flavors. Well done and very smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2014 Bottle: Dark, burnt brown & tan color with a nicely crafted, fine-bubbled, tan leather head on tap that lasts surprisingly long for a barley wine. Aroma is boozy & sweet; lots of oak, light vanillin, & warm, alcoholic lathered molasses. Little dark fruit essence; prunes & dates, covered in a bourbon-caramel drizzle. Taste has a larger malty caramel & toffee presence with deeper molasses underneath... More sweet & delicate than the aroma. Sweet, toasted brown sugar, grapes, raisins, prunes, & black cherries abound, all soaked in booze & coated in caramelized sugar. Bourbon is still lighter on the palate than the nose, however... Actually the oak itself overpowers the bourbon flavors... Lots of oak in this one, especially in the finish. Good inductions of vanilla, mild cinnamon, raisins, & sweet sugary dates in the aftertaste. Nice BA barley wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2171) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2012 bottle split the other night with my wife. pours hazy red amber, minimal cream hued head. vanilla, caramel and bourbon nose. mouth demnstrates much of the same with toffee and some oak. big creamy body, major boost.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (6909) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2014
sample at Food Bank bottle share. great beer, caramel colored pour, rich caramel & toffee maltiness, oaky, vanila & whiskey notes. vast flavors blend together very nicely. great beer


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