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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11148) - Ottawa, Ontario, - OCT 2, 2012
A lightly hazed copper amber ale with a thin creamy mocha head. In aroma, beautiful vinous malt with wooden notes, soy sauce, earthy celery salts, floral hops, licorice and alcohol. In mouth, a vinous malt with dark fruits, vanilla, wood, licorice, alcohol and fragrant hops. Tasted with GRM, Puskinwow, Boutip, Ian, Mike on Sept. 7 2012.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (635) - 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 (8527) - 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 (3818) - 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 (8423) - Tel Aviv, - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2887) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle @ ZEBF 2015. Aroma of ripe fruit, raisin and malt. Taste is very sweet, with raisin and ripe red fruit. This is close to a port wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hman43 (602) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2015
It pours a cloudy brown with a full brown head. It has aroma of molasses, raisins, figs, and brown sugar. It has flavors of sweet figs, whiskey, oak, molasses, and dark fruits. It has a fine bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4261) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Sample at Hopfest 2015. Comes a dark reddish brown with a decent beige head. Aroma of fruit, malt, and whiskey. Taste is dark fruit, caramel malt, whiskey, and wood. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixmasterob (970) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle from Greens. Dark ruby red pour with a thick, fluffy beige head. Big bubbles. Big bourbon, woody aroma jumped from the glass, caramel malt, touch of vanilla and booze. Flavors were also bourbon heavy, slightly sweet vanilla and caramel. Finish was slightly unpleasant with heavy bourbon and a lingering bitterness. Surprisingly thinnish mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. A bit rough around the edges, maybe some time will smooth this out. Was really looking forward to this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2226) - USA - MAY 2, 2015
Draft at GD. Dry, aromatic barley wine - complex, a little citrus, fine aroma. Glad I got a chance to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HoppyToday (3) - Oregon, USA - APR 22, 2015 does not count
Okay, but somewhat of a disappointment based on style and previous ratings.

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