Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating number 1200! Bottle 263/461. Pours hazy amber with a 3 finger creamy beige head that leaves great lacing. The nose is vanilla, molasses, bourbon and ripe dark fruits. The taste is caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits and vanilla with an oaky bourbon finish. Medium creamy mouthfeel. The ABV is present but not distracting. There is a touch of oxidation in the background as well. Drink Ďem if you got Ďem.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle thanks to pantanap. We sampled this next to the regular version. Pours beautifully ruby caramel in color with a creamy beige head. Fruit and grassy hops in the nose but without that bright freshness that the regular version has. Grassy fruity caramel malts that are blended and slightly aged but lacking with that extra something. Finishes bitter. I doubt this has any dry hopping additions but I think they would go along way in bringing a vibrant freshness that this beer is lacking. Without them Iíd take the fresh version over the barrel aged.
pepsican (1487) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 big thanks to zathrus 13 for this guy. Dark copper pour with a nice head. Raisin, plum, and vanilla aroma. Vanilla, oak, toffee, plum flavor. Boozy finish with a hint of oxidation which didnít exactly distract from the beer, but may down the road.
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 (4840) - 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 (360) - , 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 (3524) - 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.