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RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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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3.9
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2010
2009. Bottle 54/1188. Pours a brownish-red plum color with just a few bubbles surfacing. Really no head to speak of. Toffee, caramel, whiskey (but not massive), raisins and plums in the aroma. Sweet caramel and toffee flavors along with cherries, whiskey, plums, wet barrel notes. I’ll say Old Ruffian’s edge has mellowed. Has some boozy warmth but I’ve got to say it drinks awfully easy and smooth and even a little thinner in the body than expected. A very good beer but probably not as memorable as I thought it might be.

4.1
madmitch76 (26868) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2010
6th June 2010. RBESG 10 Grand Tasting at the Brasserie 4:20 warehouse. Cloudy dark brown beer. Creamy tan head. Soft smooth palate. Lovely oaky malty sweetness. vanilla, toasted coconut, fairly subtle bourbon. Finishes soft and dry and with some warmth. Lovely barrel aged beer!

4
Borresteijn (7663) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 6/14/10 Bottle at RBESG Rome Grand Tasting. Hazy amber colour, yellow head. Aroma is very sweet, bourbon, raisin, vanilla, alcohol. Flavour is malty sweet, raisin, some bourbon, bitter finish with some vanilla. Fullbodied. Too sweet for me. 645311 Re-rate: RBESG ’12, Bratislava. Grand Tasting at Richtar Jakub. 75cl Bottle. Deep dark brown, off white head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, oak, toasted malts. Flavour is sweet, chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon, wood, light roast, bourbon finish. Fullbodied. I suddenly loved this. Way less sweet than I remembered. 848416

4.4
hopdog (13315) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
750ml bottle. Bottle # 255/461. Poured a deeper brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of whiskey, vanilla, dark fruits, nuts, and some wood. Tastes of whiskey, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, and roast. The barrel aging was done nicely. Smooth body and way too easy to drink.

4.5
egajdzis (6856) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Hazy red brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of whiskey, sherry, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, and some alcohol. Taste of vanilla, pine, tobacco, caramel, nuts, whiskey, and light alcohol in the finish.

4.1
Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Golden clear pout with medium sized white head. Labor really took on a lot if the whisky barrel attributes. Smooth vanilla with a nice wooden backdrop. A bit sweet with some nice alcohol warmth. Thanks to crosling for the bagd hook up. His beer was really nice

3.4
cgarvieuk (26621) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 6, 2010
grand tasting RBESG 10 ...copper thin tan lacing ... big sweet toffee malts nose ... sweet vanilla toffee ... little whiskey but not much ... but still little OTT

3.9
BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Rating #1300. Bottle 835 of 1188 generously picked up by Rusty @ Papago...THANKS RUSTY!!! Murky burnt tangerine body with crimson hints and very little carbonation. Only a few large bubbles made their way to top of the beer after an aggressive pour. Nose is quite complex with vanilla, oak, molasses, brown sugar, and whisky. Flavor is dark candied fruit, roasted malt, toffee, cedar, oak, maple, raisin, vanilla, and whisky. Lots of wood and ash. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Wish it was better carbonated but really glad I had a chance to try it.

3.9
Grovlam (4257) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2010
12 Blind tasting at Papsoe 27-03-2010: Bottle: Large bubbly off-white head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Light dark amber color. Aroma of rye bread, grain, mild toasted malt. Over the palate came heavy malty feel, light dusty grain and some hoppy notes as well. Mild vanilla and alcohol with a hint of Bourbon like notes. Full bodied with an average carbonation and thick alcoholic texture. Heavy sweet flavor with good counter bitterness. Lingering malty and light vanilla like wood like finish. 7 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 16 = 3.9

3.7
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2010
25.4 oz bottle. Cloudy brown with a sudsy coating. Nose is bourbon, honey, vanilla and dusty oak. Medium body with trace carb. Taste is caramel, bourbon, bitter greens and cardboard. Not much subtlety with a grassy finish.


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