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RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Golden clear pout with medium sized white head. Labor really took on a lot if the whisky barrel attributes. Smooth vanilla with a nice wooden backdrop. A bit sweet with some nice alcohol warmth. Thanks to crosling for the bagd hook up. His beer was really nice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (23823) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 6, 2010
grand tasting RBESG 10 ...copper thin tan lacing ... big sweet toffee malts nose ... sweet vanilla toffee ... little whiskey but not much ... but still little OTT

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Rating #1300. Bottle 835 of 1188 generously picked up by Rusty @ Papago...THANKS RUSTY!!! Murky burnt tangerine body with crimson hints and very little carbonation. Only a few large bubbles made their way to top of the beer after an aggressive pour. Nose is quite complex with vanilla, oak, molasses, brown sugar, and whisky. Flavor is dark candied fruit, roasted malt, toffee, cedar, oak, maple, raisin, vanilla, and whisky. Lots of wood and ash. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Wish it was better carbonated but really glad I had a chance to try it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2010
12 Blind tasting at Papsoe 27-03-2010: Bottle: Large bubbly off-white head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Light dark amber color. Aroma of rye bread, grain, mild toasted malt. Over the palate came heavy malty feel, light dusty grain and some hoppy notes as well. Mild vanilla and alcohol with a hint of Bourbon like notes. Full bodied with an average carbonation and thick alcoholic texture. Heavy sweet flavor with good counter bitterness. Lingering malty and light vanilla like wood like finish. 7 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 16 = 3.9

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2010
25.4 oz bottle. Cloudy brown with a sudsy coating. Nose is bourbon, honey, vanilla and dusty oak. Medium body with trace carb. Taste is caramel, bourbon, bitter greens and cardboard. Not much subtlety with a grassy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Bottle. Cellared from 2006. poured a dark amber/brown color. aroma of caramel and oak. taste- smooth taste, caramel, woody oak, roasted malts, a sweetness of vanilla, and a hint of bourbon at end when you can taste the booze. epic brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8319) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 26, 2010
Yes! .. The original is good, this is miles ahead.. . Dark brown, with good firm head, lacing is also well done .. . some dark fruit, coffee, irish coffee, and roast .. . just damn good! .. . Im just supposed to smile and stay out of the conversation and say things like: "Damn," "Shit," and "That is whack."

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle shared at a Portland BA/RB tasting... Poured an amberish/brown color. A great tasting, smooth beer. Lots of fruits notes and sweet, candied-like grains. Low hops on this bad boy, but lots of whiskey and oaky tones creating a truly wonderful sipping experience.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
MikeTheWizard (14) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2010
Maybe I had a bad bottle conditioned bottle.... I opened it after keeping it in my fridge since christmas and it barely gave a "hiss" when I took the cap off. Poured with no head and a dark ruby color. I can taste its potential... Very strong vanilla and warm whiskey oaked essence. Traces your trachea with a subtle warmth, vouching for its high ABV. But seriously no carbonation at all. I might buy another bottle to see if the one I got was a fluke. Kinda bummed, but the flat beer tastes great. And I will probably be drunk after this. God bless.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (20256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2010
Tasting at Paps
Cloudy brown color. Sweet aroma of malt, caramel and vanilla. Caramel flavor, sweet and smooth because of the bourbon vanilla, with a good body strength, whisky alcohol, nuts. The final is also a bit dusty. alcoholic. Decandent, good; good but decadent.


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