pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle...pours obviously darker than the standard ruffian.... aroma is a bit sweeter and not as hop vibrant.... flavors donít really meld that well altogether. no hops but a sweet barrel presence. slight bitterness in the finish. smooth yet still prefer the regular just a bit more.
JK (4808) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet molasas aroma. Flavor has sweet malt and more sugar. Some bourbon, but not too much that it ruined the beer. Moderate hops that are secondary to the sweet malt.
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml (bottle #107) thanks iowaherkeye. Pours dark brown w/ no head. Aroma is boozy whiskey with some prune/dark fruit. Flavor is malty with some whiskey, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Hops bitterness was lacking for me (perhaps itís the batch), malt was a tad cloying.
mpersinger (354) - , California, USA - MAR 17, 2009
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 750 ml (bottle 107/401 thanks to Joey or Joe?). Pours hazy brown and beige fading head with bourbon nose. Malt with vanilla notes, but oak and especially bourbon are too much for slightly light and oily body.
But it sure did smooth out that huge alcohol.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 146 of 641 shared by pepsican. Thanks! Poured a murky brown color with an off white soap bubble head. Rich aromas of dark fruits (raisin, fig, prune), toffee, and booze. Full bodied, sweet, and sticky in the mouth with a nice boozy flavor. The malt bill was hefty and imparted a melange of toffee, spice, caramel and molasses flavors. A decent amount of piney hop flavor and moderate bitterness countered the big malt backbone well and melded nicely with the booze. Delicious stuff.
CanIHave4Beers (3488) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled compliments of Pepsican. This was a highlight of the tasting for me, not because itís rare, in fact I didnít even know it existed till it got brought out, but this was wonderfully tasty. Pours a hazy red with the sort of espresso swirl head. The aroma is full of a nice malty sweetness well balanced with some good oak notes. The flavor is just awesome plenty of vanilla and bourbon with a good cherry like fruitiness, just a really nice beer.
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice oak and bourbon with a bit of sour. overall very smooth with a nice finish. very good overall.
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well thanks to Nick AKA "Crosling". This beer is a monster, heavy bourbon flavors all around. Right when the seal broke smells of whiskey and alcohol burned my nostrils. This one got me pumped since I love bourbon. Poured dark brown and plenty of dark tan head. Taste was mainly carmel and sugar up front then a strong blast bourbon and wood on the finish. Each drink left me wanting more. I did not share this bad boy with anyone; damn Iím greedy. It had me walking funny thats for sure. I enjoyed this more than the BA Nummer.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, #84/461, with a big thanks to BlackForestCO for yet another rare treat! Pours a slightly hazy burgundy brown with a one finger creamy tan head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, dark fruits, and vanilla. Flavor is more of the same, a little prickly on the tongue, but overall pretty smooth with a lasting finish. Stronger on the barrel aging for sure, but works pretty well for me; enjoyed every bit as much as the Barrel Aged Yeti. Thanks again Jake!
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle # 161/461 thanks to lumpy. poured a brown/ruby with an off white head and some lacing. aroma of caramel, bourbon, dark fruits, and oak. flavor of caramel, dark fruits, and alcohol. medium-full body and no carbonation.