PhillyCraft (2119) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Old rating. Bottle # 164 of 204 produced. Pours jet black with huge brownish head with multiple layers of froth. Sticky palate, strong aromas of scotch, brownie, sour wood, caramel, tofee, sticky candy sugar. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, buttercream icing, coffee beans, dark chocolate. This is honestly a perfect beer for a cold winter night next to a fire. Tons of warming qualities, a rich beer and a true rarity from the Tampa brewers.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in trade. Dark rich dense pour. Aroma has lots going on. Sweetness, caramel, roasted malts, some fruit and spice with a touch of wood and funk. Flavor is complex, maybe a bit too much on the fruity odd malt side. Some roasted malts and cocoa on the finish with a touch of plums and wood. Strange, sort of strangely good.
Glouglouburp (5613) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2012 In short: An inexplicably good dark beer going in all kinds of directions at once. A fun mess
How: Bottle 750ml, bottle #74 of 204, consumed when a little over one year of age. Bottle from jtclockwork, thanks a lot James
The look: Near black topped by a an initially huge tan head that quickly dissipates into a small persistent beige head
In long: Strong and intriguing nose blending toasted wood, apple pie, roast. Taste is even more of an unusual blend of stuff. Burnt apple pie, earthy tree roots, toasted wood, dried dark fruits, alcohol burn, graham cookies, coconuts, lots of highly roasted malts, cheese cake, “hot” spiciness, cocoa beans, figs, more... Surprisingly low sweetness sensation. The beer soda-pop carbonation should be considered excessive, but in this case it lightens up the beer and increases drinkability. It is not unusual for a special CCB barrel aged beer to go in all directions and unfortunately too many of them turn out to be just all-over-the-place messes rather than complex beers. This Rurik is a special case. The beer is clearly all-over-the-place but it was a fun mess, and despite the excessive alcohol presence I found it easy to drink a full bottle. It was so all over the place that I suspect that the beer I drank wasn’t the intended result, that is if there was an intended result in the first place. This beer tasted like an unplanned “let’s see what happens if we through all that stuff in” experiment that turned out to be a fun beer. This is even something I would really like to drink again but given the low number of bottles produced this is about as unlikely as me washing my hand when there is nobody else is in the washroom.
meerbier (1224) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle@Home, thanks Noize. Exceptional beer with complex and surprising flavours. A combination of cinnamon, citrus and very dark malts. Lovely.
sebletitje (5536) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Entering old-rates. 75cl bottle. Couleur brune foncée, col épais beige. Arôme est alcoolisé, bourbon léger vanille, notes de malt et pas mal de fruits noirs allant vers prunes et dates. Palais est malté avec une belle note douce de vanille, le tout reste bien épais en bouche. Un peu en dessous de la première bière de la série. Bourbon est un peu en retrait mais reste bien agréable.
Une autre bouteille fût goutée à Washington et cette dernière présentait qcq signes d’infection avec une aigreur minime au palais.
dcschiller (2033) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle #6 shared by Sparky at the Black Friday tasting). This was a beer I had been wanting to try for quite a while. Thanks Eric, for sharing this. Pours a dark brown color-almost cola colored. Aroma is bourbon, wood and band-aid. Taste is sweet with some oxidation. Medium bodied and oily. Dry finish. Probably past its prime, but again, I’m super happy I got to try this one.
BOLTZ7555 (2423) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 6 of 204 shared generously on BF by Sparky! Really enjoyed this! Dark mahogany bordering onyx with a creamy latte head. Complex brew with loads of dark bitter chocolate, rich roasted coffee, oak, gooey caramel, vanilla, and a hint of fruit. Full bodied and chewy...my kind of beer! No indication of any type of infection, which some had concerns about. Delicious...wish more than 204 bottles made it into circulation!
ketchepillar (991) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 6/204 at Black Friday tasting. Tart raspberry in the nose oddly enough. Flavor is messy. Some spend coffee grounds. Vegetal.
Reynolds314 (1543) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like drinking a glass of old motor oil. Pours a viscous thick black with minimal brown head. Taste and aroma are very complex but dont mesh well imo. All over the place with roasty, nutty, funky, sweet, and salty? elements. It was definitely interesting and I did not dislike it but it was kind of a mess.
Ernesto987 (2442) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 16/204. Aroma is sweet Malts, some funk and tart. Flavor is big and sweet, huge beer. This would be tough to drink without sharing. The tartness actually lightens the beer a little, adding a great dimensionality.