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RATINGS: 387   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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2.8
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Bottle. Poured a clear, deep ruby-brown color with a thick beige head that slowly faded to a thick layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of spicy bourbon oak with some vanilla and a bit of caramel malt, some light plum, and a bit of earthy hops. Smooth, lightly spicy entry transitions into a sharp caramel maltiness with some light brown sugar and some spicy alcohol throughout leading into a sharp, abrasive earthy hoppiness and a lingering spicy bourbon finish. Low carbonation , slick but somewhat thin on the palate, especially the finish. Flavor is just too abrasive and a bit boozy, I didn’t want to finish my glass. Could be good in about a year, but at $25 there is no way I will find out.

4.1
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2008
750 Bottle 182/461. 8th rating, thank you kindly wetherel for bringing it back from Colorado. Pours orange brown with a tan head. Nose is oaky with a whiskey vanillahybred thing. Taste is sweet thick and viscous. Overall pretty nice. A big beer in many ways but not too hot at all. Fairly strange in some ways and awesome in others. I like, thanks John for brining this over.

4.3
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle #223; big thanks to waolsen for sharing rating #1000 w/ me! Big fluffy head. Sugary, boozy aroma with some cinnamon and oak. Really f’n awesome. Lots of bourbon and oak, but alcohol is smooth and not sharp at all. Did a side by side with the regular, and the complete loss of hop character stuck out. Turned it into a very different beer; a better one if you ask me!

4
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Bottle # 223: Aroma of bourbon, oak, and a bit of caramel. Poured copper/amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, beige head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, light caramel, tar, light smoke, and some tobacco. No hops. Light to medium body. Smooth, creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Alcohol, bourbon, vanilla and and oak finish.

4
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Aroma: barrels, oak, vanilla, whiskey, some minerals
Appearance: reddish-brown, creamy colored head, some lacing
Flavor: minerals, whiskey, vanilla, oak barrels, alcohol-y
Palate: smooth and creamy, strong alcohol and light vanilla aftertaste

3.8
3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 Cloudy and muddy dark tawny brown. Creamy tan head sitting 1/2 inch tall in one glass, while the other has only a 1/8 inch film. Nose is creamed vanilla, oak, and overripe fruit - plum, apricot, oranges. Creamy and full up front, rich sticky plum, tobacco, vanilla, amaretto... more of this creamed orange and creamed plum flavor, a little of the fruity sweetness from the regular Ruffian shining through. The whiskey character is thankfully not overdone - primarily vanilla and toffee notes compliment the rich creamed plum and nectarine fruit flavors. A little hot in the back, creamy and frothy throughout, the extended finish really the only spot where it seems to thin out as the alcohol becomes strong. Overall, really delicious and warming. A subdued and quiet aged barley wine complimented by a mild bourbon presence and without an overbearing barrel character.

4.3
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2008
bottle. dark woody pour with thin head. lacing. nice aroma woody and whisky, rich malts. rich. whisky very well placed. smooth. floral hops subdued. great job.

4.3
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Picked up a couple of these last night...big thanks to Kevin for the heads-up. Pours nicely, translucent red-brown color. Big barrel in the nose...very oaky, nice whiskey notes...sweetish caramel too. Flavor is superb....no surprises. Full bodied with great vanilla and whiskey flavors. A great effort.

4.1
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Great looking brew, a deep burgundy color that has lasted the entire session so far, at least 30 minutes. Fairly nice nose has some complexity from the barrel (vanilla, whiskey, newer oak) as well as some notes from the original beer (caramel, fruit.) Flavor is nicely balanced between original beer and oak elements. Bold flavors of whiskey, caramel, toffee and vanilla. Very tasty and impressive in every way. A good beer now, but being that it is properly bottle conditioned, this ale has excellent potential.


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