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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 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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marcus (10149) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle from the brewery. Pours orange brown with no head and a fruit and bourbon aroma. There is a delicious treacle and vanilla flavor with some cola and a tingly warm bourbon trail. This is a great sipper with a mellow oak presence.


3.7
FatPhil (15967) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 5, 2017
750ml bottle ([email protected]’s) (7:4:7+:4:14+=3.6++)
Nice toffee aroma. Taste is sweet and raisiny, sweet but not sickly palate. Nice bourbon balance,warming, but not boozy. Good bitter finish. Woody aspects also please. A difficult formula to impress me with, but they got everything just about right here. I’d probably prefer a slightly cranked down one.

3.9
Fred82 (2315) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2017
750ml bottle. Pours amber with small head. Nose bourbon, red dried fruits, great caramel piny hops. Taste caramel piny hops some bourbon. Finish light alcohol bourbon caramel piny hops quite resinous. Nice sweetness. Fairly well made nice stuff.

3.8
Beerdedone (3401) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin white head that left some lacing. Aroma of whiskey, oak, caramel and vanilla. Flavor was rich and boozy with caramel, dark fruit, whiskey, oak, toffee and vanilla. very nice

4.1
kryon (3504) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2017
Pours clear copper brown with low tanned head Aromas of oak, dried fruits, caramel, hints of bourbon, vanilla, hints of butterscotch Taste has notes of whisky, dried fruits, caramel, oak, burned caramel, red fruits, hints of vanilla

4.6
obguthr (6303) - 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.

4
Tide (3830) - 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.

3.9
VastActiv (6942) - 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.

3.2
weihenweizen (3751) - 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.

3.7
malrubius (2863) - 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 I’m gonna sip this baby and make it last.

3.4
LinusStick (3447) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2016
This isn’t bad. There’s 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


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