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RATINGS: 310   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertimenow (22) - - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark, cloudy amber color. Aroma is sweet with caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. This smells amazing. Taste follows the nose with vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and dark fruits coming through. Not too much bourbon in this one, its there, but not dominating or too "hot". Very good and would love to try this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angelmonster (135) - Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2015
Not sure if this is 2013 or 2011 vintage Pours a murky walnut color, head is a small 1/4 inch and creme colored. Lacing is above average and head retention is average. Smell is of rich toffee and caramel candy. Next is roasted malt, charred oak and whiskey with a hint of vanilla. Hops aren’t present and alcohol is definitely there. Taste is heavy on caramel, butterscotch, diacetyls, and charred oak. Some whiskey burn is also present on the back end. Weird vinegar/acidic finish Mouthfeel is syrupy, not as viscous as maple syrup, more like cough syrup. Carbonation levels were par for style and age. Wish head was present to add some layers to beer. Overall good beer but at 25 bucks a pop, not worth the price. There were some off flavors that detracted from the beer reaching elite status. Glad to have tried it and always intrigued to get my hands on anything Great Divide releases.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2053) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle at BA tasting. Pours a clear copper golden color. Aromas of dark fruits vanilla caramel. Light barrel character. Very well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3200) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
750ml bottle 213/461, bottled 08/2008, purchased at the brewery in october 2008, dark brown color, with a beige head, nice boozy phenolic, mint chocolate, dark dried fruit, vanilla oak barrel nose, with some toffee, caramelized, toasted, pale malt, caramel, bourbonish, faint floral leafy, grassy hop, toasted bread crumb accents, and a faint biscuity crackery, cocoa, subtle coconut, raisiny note in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate, with a very nice warmth whiskyish oak barrel, vanilla bourbonish, dark dried fruit, toffee, caramelized, toasted, pale, bready malty character, with some raisiny, faint leafy, grassy hop, caramelized bread crumb, faint sponge toffee, raisin pie crust, caramelized nut flavours, leading towards a good warming, toffee, caramel, dark dried fruit, lingering whisky vanilla oak, bourbonish coconut oak barrel booziness finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernesto987 (4369) - Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2015
completely infected, plastic and battery acid are the aromas i got, diapers, 6 month old candy bar, caramel, and trash are the fiavors. Almost vomitted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyrmir (3778) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2015
750 ml bottle at Hasse. Dark amber with off white head. Aroma sweet and malty with lots of whisky and wood, booze, plums and raisins. Taste is thick and sweet, wood, bourbon, sherry, raisins, plums and various dried fruit

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bentbird (2) - - DEC 23, 2014 does not count
Bottle 3444. Snifter, shared with friends. Appearance is deep red brown. Good head which dissipated quickly. Nose is Big citrus. Orange peel mixed with dried fruits. Sweet plums. Surprising amount of carbonation. Can't taste the whiskey at all. No real lingering taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (5034) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle@Sad Fish tasting aka Haarlemmestraat tasting aka Elite tasting aka did Dean do something (stupid) today aka Benzais’ endless triangle travel aka Chris’ Birthday tasting: Bottle: Thanks Rene: Served in a taster: Creamy head on top of a hazy amber colored beer. Aromas of barley malts, bourbon, light wild yeast, wood and cream. Flavours of malts, bourbon, bitter, barley malts, some cream, corn, sweetbitter. Aftertaste is sweetbitter, wood, barley malts, bourbon. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium to fuller body and a creamy texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (4159) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle @ home. Aroma is caramel, red fruit notes, light mocca, tangy red wine notes. Flavour is quite sweet with malt and caramel, again with some tangy red wine and oak barrel notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (9548) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle shared @ tasting. Hazy red color, medium sized beige head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is malts, liquor, sweetness, but also something a little weird I can’t put my finger on. Taste malts, sweetness, liquor, wood, overripe fruits, alcohol. Quite heavy, and not as good as I had expected. Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (6141) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Benzai. Pours cloudy brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of rich malt, oak, vanilla overripe dark fruit, raisins and some sweet dried fruit. Flavour is heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Full bodied with light carbonation.

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