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RATINGS: 372   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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4.5
   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (5045) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopmaestro (1398) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6450) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (2404) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalumeaux (1135) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2016
Poured from 750ml bottle dated March 2015 thanks Airforcehops nice ruby brown pour with a nice off white head. Aromas of dark fruit caramel whiskey and vanilla. Taste is caramel vanilla oak dark fruit and some alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2016
2015 750ml->snifter. Muddy brown ugliness. A: sweet malt, cardboard, oak, vanilla, booze. Taste is the same, though more cardboard. Somewhat watery. Disappointing.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GenDV138 (6289) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2016
750 ml bottle with DCLawyer and radagast83. Courtesy of DCLawyer, thanks Jason! Bottled 3/27/2015. Murky brown with beige head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, booze, whiskey, oak. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel, oak, booze, malt. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Kinda rough.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (7515) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2016
750ml bottle shared by DCLawyer. Thanks! Bottle was from early 2015. Pours a dark brown-ruby color with a small thin white head. Aroma was sweet boozy caramel, malts, dried fruits. Light woody notes. The flavor is caramel, dark fruits, touch of wet cardboard. Okay, maybe just a little too aged or not aged enough...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (9111) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2016
Draught at the brewery. Low fluffy white quickly disappearing head. Clear red body. Whisky dominated fruity spicy aroma and flavor with clear notes of alcohol. Low carbonation. Long finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (2661) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshares vol. ?. >Fairly clear copper pour with a small head. Notes of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, dark dried fruits, prunes, some abv burn and light vanilla.


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