RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 Stranahans Colorado Whiskey barrels. The process tempers Old Ruffians 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2010
2009 bottle #838/1188 via superdave 6/27/10. mahogany brown with a soft off white head... well, it is mostly a ring of bubbles. it smells hot... lots of booze and whiskey, caramel, green wood, spice and vanilla. the palate is too sweet... but it fits... spicy, chocolate, maple, peppercorns, butterscotch, vanilla, wood and a little dryness on the finish. fuller body but it is dry and spicy enough to be able to drink a snifter of. 7/4/7/3/15/3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2010
bottle thanks to Patrick at the Tally tasting, pours caramel with a tall tan head. Aroma is boozy with notes of wood and distillates. Flavor is flat malty body with a boozy finish of bourbon, thin vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Thanks to Mike from Crown Liquors. YOU ARE THE MAN. Great oaky taste with tons of malt, caramel and of course bourbon, but not too much like some others that I have tried. This has a subtle vanilla aftertaste with no carbination. Good stuff

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drowland (8469) - Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2010
6/26/10. Sampled at the Tally Tasting 2010 courtesy Patrick. Huge malty aroma, nice and sweet. Wonderful sweet malty aroma with awesome coconut and vanilla. Love it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2010
2009 edition, bottle #821/1188, drank side-by-side with a fresh bottle of regular ruffian. pours much darker than the regular ruffian, with a dark copper, russet red color and a very thin, light beige head leaving a sliver of lace around the edges. aroma is absolutely fantastic with all the great qualities of the regular ruffian - the big, fresh, piney, citrusy hops, sweet caramel, and toasted, biscuity malts beautifully complimented by sweet vanilla, coconut, and smooth, woody bourbon with notes of fresh pineapple, peach skin, tulip petals, and toffee. the aroma is honestly less potent than the regular ruffian, but much more complex and interesting. flavor is wonderful as well with the smooth notes of of oak, whiskey, vanilla, and coconut mellowing out the strong, fresh hop notes of the regular ruffian with a touch of toffee and spice on the swallow. palate is full bodied, slightly sticky, and very lightly carbonated with a long, lingering, vanilla and bourbon finish. overall, a great barrel aged beer but it presents a bit of a dichotomy for me...i like the aroma of the barrel aged better than the regular, but the flavor of the regular better than the barrel aged. good news is, both are awesome beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2010
2009. Bottle 54/1188. Pours a brownish-red plum color with just a few bubbles surfacing. Really no head to speak of. Toffee, caramel, whiskey (but not massive), raisins and plums in the aroma. Sweet caramel and toffee flavors along with cherries, whiskey, plums, wet barrel notes. Ill say Old Ruffians edge has mellowed. Has some boozy warmth but Ive got to say it drinks awfully easy and smooth and even a little thinner in the body than expected. A very good beer but probably not as memorable as I thought it might be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (24182) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2010
6th June 2010. RBESG 10 Grand Tasting at the Brasserie 4:20 warehouse. Cloudy dark brown beer. Creamy tan head. Soft smooth palate. Lovely oaky malty sweetness. vanilla, toasted coconut, fairly subtle bourbon. Finishes soft and dry and with some warmth. Lovely barrel aged beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (6790) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 6/14/10 Bottle at RBESG Rome Grand Tasting. Hazy amber colour, yellow head. Aroma is very sweet, bourbon, raisin, vanilla, alcohol. Flavour is malty sweet, raisin, some bourbon, bitter finish with some vanilla. Fullbodied. Too sweet for me. 645311 Re-rate: RBESG 12, Bratislava. Grand Tasting at Richtar Jakub. 75cl Bottle. Deep dark brown, off white head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, oak, toasted malts. Flavour is sweet, chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon, wood, light roast, bourbon finish. Fullbodied. I suddenly loved this. Way less sweet than I remembered. 848416

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
750ml bottle. Bottle # 255/461. Poured a deeper brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of whiskey, vanilla, dark fruits, nuts, and some wood. Tastes of whiskey, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, and roast. The barrel aging was done nicely. Smooth body and way too easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (6362) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Hazy red brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of whiskey, sherry, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, and some alcohol. Taste of vanilla, pine, tobacco, caramel, nuts, whiskey, and light alcohol in the finish.

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