RATINGS: 378   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Aroma of sweet whiskey, raisin, and toffee. Pours deep red with very small film. Taste is amazing. Solid barleywine notes of sweet dates, cherry peel, caramel, candy Apple, and a nice pine hop. This is a wonderful brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obguthr (6097) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Whiskey, almond, oak, cherries, caramel aroma. Crystal clear rust, thick tan head, nice lace. Rich whiskey and almond, dark honey underneath. Maraschino cherries appear and disappear. Strong oak finish. Medium body, soft carbonation. Elegant, complex, well balanced, Superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (3433) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle from a friend. Dark copper color, white head. Bitter taste with resin, nuts, hops, oak, pine, raisins and a bit of toffee. Bitter finish with raisins, resin, hops, toffee, oak, pine and caramel. Excellent barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (6356) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2017
Tap at Porter Beer Bar, Atlanta. Colour is deep reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Dry fruits, raisins, some vineous elements, some chocolate, some whiskey, hops and malts. Very strong flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weihenweizen (3487) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle poured into a snifter. Clear Amber with small head. Aroma is wood, medium body, low carbonation, and some lacing. Taste is wood, some caramel, and a little whiskey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2753) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle from Brewtopia. Garnet reddish brown with loose head and a little lace. Boozy alcohol aroma at first, then escapes to leave toasted caramel ripe cherry woody whiskey aroma. Toasted caramel maple syrup brown sugar sweetness with woody leafy piney bitterness and long boozy finish. Full body and low carbo. A little overwhelming but Im gonna sip this baby and make it last.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3360) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2016
This isnt bad. Theres an off flavor in there somewhere. Aroma was good. Vanilla, bourbon, white chocolate and caramel. Pour was a beautiful deep dark red with a thin off white film for a head. Taste was alright. There was a strong peppery bite that almost tasted like you ate a piece of tree bark. The rest of the aromas were present and full. That one weird flavor brought this beer down. Very light carbonation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (5533) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2016
SIBF 2016, Seattle. Soft light clearish brown. Fresh oak aroma. Clean smooth BW. Juicy banana. Clean, checked alcohol. Soft barrel rounds it out. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopmaestro (1538) - rebro, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2016
Aroma is mild wood and bourbon mixed with some vanilla and big toffee notes. Taste is a well rounded and easy sweet raisins, dark fruits and a laidback, thick and sweet plum notes. This is a freakin awesome Barley Wine, well rounded tastes and flavors, but I still do like my Ruffian close up in my face with an attitude and ready for some fisticuffs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6849) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 20, 2016
750 ml. 2015 vintage. Nice color. Aroma is toffee, candied plums, deep raisins, whiskey. Taste is dates, sugar covered raisins, English malts, alcohol notes. The flavor that lingers the most is oak. Whiskey is here, but huge oak to boot! Finish is sweet, light bitter with some mild warming alcohol. Medium bodied, with a restrained alcohol note. Pretty nice drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (2539) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2016
750ml bottle shared by AirForceHops for my Bday. Thanks, Chris! Bottled March 27, 2015. Pours maple syrup brown with an off white head. Aroma is toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak. Flavor is toffee, brown bread, vanilla, whiskey, oak. Moderate grassy bitterness in the finish. Alcohol well hidden.

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