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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Lubiere's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12689) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsniclas (6621) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2016
Bottled from Systembolaget Hazy amber with. Medium, off-white head. Sweetish, fruity aroma. Sweet fruits, apricots, figs.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (17304) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2016
Bottle at a tasting in Billdal 160721. Thanks Roland. Fruity caramel aroma, woody, vanilla, raisins, toffee, spicy, bourbon, oak, some licorice and banana. Fruity woody flavor, spicy, hay, bourbon, vanilla, evident oak, caramel, warming alcohol, biscuit notes, raisins, figs. Wonderful beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1595) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2016
Bottle at SIBF16. Murky, muddy brown. Barrel booze, vanilla and caramel nose. Flavor bumps up the booze, keeps the malts really sweet. Good balance. This isn’t a complex beer. Very simple barley wine with a decent bourbon overtone. Not at all bad, not at all anything to write home about.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OminouSC2 (402) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2016
Amber color with a haze. Sweet malt, caramel, ripe fruits and whisky barrel aromas. Taste is sweet, vanilla, caramel and some dark fruits. The barrel adds a complexity but doesn’t add a lot of flavors - nicely balanced. Finish is sweet with the alcohol present. Definitely a better version of the Old Ruffian, but the high price tag is somewhat of a deal breaker.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6538) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Sampled on draft at Hough’s this beer poured a dark brown color with red highlights and a large creamy beige head that left good lacing. The aroma was sweet, tart and tangy with fruity hops and a bit of wood. The flavor was sweet with moderate fruity hops, a boozy presence, wood, almost vanilla, toasted caramel and dark fruits. Long finish with growing booziness. Moderately full bodied. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (9533) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a cloudy copper with medium off white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is candy sugar, booze, oak. Medium body, sweet roast, burnt sugar, oak, boozy finish, really enjoyed this.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maarten1993 (867) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2016
Drank during the american beer tasting at Marks place 23-4-2016. Good beer. Lots of alcohol taste. Rich, whisky, very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swesson (358) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2016
From a bomber. Pours a crimson-brown and makes a medium beige head with a syrupy consistency and some lacing. Aroma is of malt, yeast, and booze. Tastes of brown sugar, caramel, plum, raisin, and whiskey. The flavors are well balanced and complex. This is a new favorite. Not for every occasion, so break it out for something special. Pairs well with things like prime rib, roasted chicken, or grilled salmon. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2514) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Clear reddish-amberish-brown with a beige head and serious lacing. Aroma of figs, whiskey barrel, and caramel. Taste is sweet, boozy, and lightly bitter. Dry, medium-full bodied, boozy, and smooth. Good, but I have to say I prefer the standard version.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Barleywine Tasting at Travis’s house on February 20. 750 mL bottle. The pour is a dark garnet color with some light brown tinting. There is a thin light tan head and a little bit of lace as it disappears. The aroma is pretty interesting. There is a ton of hops on this right up front. Makes me think of BA Bigfoot for sure. There is a nice light caramel and toffee and a lot of oak char. There is a little vanilla on the back end, but the hops really take back over. The flavor is pretty boozy. There is a lot of alcohol and a soft caramel. The barrel carries a lot of influence, and it’s just kind of single dimensional. I wish it were a little better. The mouth feel is pretty good, but it is a little light. The carbonation is a little sharp, and the aftertaste is lingeringly hoppy and boozy. This is pretty interesting, but it does remind me heavily of BA Bigfoot, which definitely isn’t one of my favorite barleywines.


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