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RATINGS: 383   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 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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3.8
FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - 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
djd07 (14561) - 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
Maarten1993 (1279) - 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
swesson (454) - 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
rougeau13 (3015) - 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
koleminer20 (3599) - 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.

3.8
italianjohn (3140) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2016
Bottled March 26th 2015... Opened with no carbonation ... Clear deep Crimson pour with a thin beige head and light sticky lacing .... Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, coconut, dry oak, caramel and roasted malts and a bit of nougat .... Taste is of caramel malts, nougat, vanilla, butterscotch, dry oak, roasted malts and light bourbon notes .... Has a candied sweetness to it ... Finish is dry malty with a sweet and very light bitterness .... Aged one of these once and it was too awful to rate... Do not age this beer. Have this fresh

4.2
Dogbrick (13019) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2016
2012 bottle. This brew pours a hazy mahogany-brown color with a medium beige head that diminishes gradually to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of oak, malt, hops and fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, caramel malt, earthy hops and fruit. The finish is oaky with a whiskey and malt aftertaste. Good beer all around.

4.3
Gluepot (640) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
Another well appreciated heavy weight. A classic caramel malt BW, but backed up by a hefty 80-plus IBUs of American hops. The barreling adds warmth and taste. Dark berries underneath the stronger tastes adds to the balance. Thick,heavily roasted malt remain the core of this excellent, rich BW.

3
SirLimpsalot (4244) - SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2016
@ Basunen 16-1-9: ganska intetsägande både i doft och smak. Lite fat och lite malt, annars inget.


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