RATINGS: 382   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 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stumpyiliz (218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle #266 of 461. Year 08, bottle courtesy of Brewtopia!! Back to Colorado for my rating. Even though I’ve had this beer every year it’s been out I have never rated it. It seems fitting that I get a bottle from the first year to see how it handles the year of time. I’ll say this, it’s time to start a vertical of this one. Murky dark brown sugar pour. Still carbonated well and oxidized just right by the barrel aging. Lots of stuff left on the bottom of the bottle fr years of proper cellaring. Sweet malty smell. Nothing but grain, bourbon, oak and dried tree fruits. Taste is malty goodness into the dries tree fruits with an oakey, vanilla, bourbon tannin biting the tongue for several minutes after the first sip. Don’t hesitate @ the 25-30$ price tag. U won’t be disappointed.

Habanero (4765) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2017
Bottled. Pours clear mahogani with small, lacing beige head. Aroma of fudge, caramel butterscotch, vanilla, wood, a little whiskey and some ripe fruit. Sweet flavor that ends up being slightly more dry and a little bitter. Medium bodied, syrupy texture and flat carbonation. An excellent Barely.

DrunkSanta410 (967) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 2, 2017
Cellared bottle from March 27, 2015. Pours murky brown, thick white head. Aroma is faint toffee, berry, faint cocoa, oak and light whiskey. Taste is vanilla, toffee, rich berry, cocoa, faintly bitter. A bit acidic, not sure if this is due to it being an aged beer. Not bad, but hard to finish my glass. Just a bit over the top for me.

FatPhil (16683) - 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.

Fred82 (2331) - 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.

Beerdedone (3432) - 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

kryon (3773) - 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

obguthr (6534) - 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.

Tide (4063) - 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.

VastActiv (7409) - 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.

weihenweizen (3995) - 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.

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