talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage. Bottle 297/1188. Haven’t had the original in a while and didn’t try the first barrel-aged Ruffian. Pours with a murky, crimson-brick color with an average, beige, tight, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves a thin layer of froth but minimal lace. Nose is still young but pleasant with toasted oak and toasted caramel, faint vanilla and cotton candy, spicy bourbon, underlying apricot, maybe floral, lightly buttery, and faint amaretto. Kind of surprised that it is still young and not much hops noted. The flavor is much different with some more hops noted; piney and oaky (almost rustic-like), grapefruit and apricot, toasted notes, light bourbon, spicy (almost cayenne-like), buttery toffee, and faint amaretto. Palate is perfect with a full body, prickly but nearly soft carbonation, round, chewy, velvety, and nice warmth. Finishes drying a bit, more than moderately bitter but seemingly more due to the spicy character, and notes of cayenne, buttery toffee, Stranahan’s, and some oaken vanilla with pine and spice lingering. This is one the barrel-aged beers from GD that I think actually improved the beer. Maybe it is the fact that I actually love the original Yeti and Hibernation and just like the Ruffian (and BW in general), but somehow the bourbon and oak notes help add depth to an intensely rich and hoppy beer. My only wish is that GD could make these barrel-aged beers less than $25. Awesome palate and nice flavor and one of the best whiskey-aged beers in a while.
Ungstrup (32889) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Thanks a lot Jørgen for sharing this on your 40th birthday. A murky amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, caramel, wood, and whiskey. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, wood, caramel, whiskey, and over ripe fruits, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. The alcohol tickles the tongue.
yespr (38505) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cL bottle #204, courtesy of Joergen on his 40ies birthday. Pours hazy orange with a small tan head. Nice lacing head. Aroma is dense wineous, wooden, overripe fruity. Smooth wooden, light spiced, caramelish and with a light bitterness. Lasting dark malty and overripe fruity note into the far finish. Light alcohol presence into the finish.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 265/461:   Deep amber, brownish hues, small to moderate spritzy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Strong caramel notes on the nose.   Otherwise a good dose of hops.   Seems fairly sweet, loads of caramel.   On the
tongue it remains fairly hot.   This could stand to be put down for a while longer.   I just wish I had a few more to age for a few years.   Big barrel flavor comes through on this one. &nbap Certainly much like Bourbon or
Whiskey.   Fairly viscous and malty.   A little bright, certainly a little hot.   Very warming.   The sweetness is well balanced.   Not cloying at all.   Only thing I can say about this beer is that it is
certainly nice to drink now, I think it will only improve with a year or two.   Great stuff!
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Simply stated this was one of the best BA beers I have ever tasted, defiantly as of late with everyone and their mother trying to pull these off. My god I need to find another!!!!
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy reddish brown with a lacy white head. Sweet toffee nut aroma, sweet caramel raisin taste that fades into grapefruit.
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle… October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown!… This beer rocks!… Murky amber ale with a small, fragile, off-white head. The aroma offers a wealth of caramel, vanilla, bourbon and pouch tobacco. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Vanilla, bourbon, toffee and caramel are the standout flavors. Mild acidity. Warm, but not hot - the bourbon component is not overbearing. Lengthy, caramely, warming finish. World class bottle of beer courtesy of JW77!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a brownish dark maroon color, with a medium light beige head. Smells of rich bourbon, vanilla cream, caramel, dark fruits, and yeast. Really dug that nose. Awesome. The flavor was of Rich caramel cream and bourbon, with dark fruits, and malts balancing it out, so it wasnt overly hot or a bourbon bomb. Went down smooth as silk, and was extremely flavorful. Great barrel aging on this brew, as it seemed made just right for it. Bravo.
dchmela (2971) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy Ditmeir. Pours a dark browish toffee color with a thick tan head. Wonderful big aroma of bourbon, barrel, vanilla and spicy hops. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate and spicy hops. Complex and tasty, this was awesome.
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle opened by JW77...thanks for sharing this gem Jon. Pours a nice dark brown colo with a light tan head. Aroma is damn nice...tons of bourbon, wood, vanilla, brown sugar, syrup and caramel. Flavor is full of sweet bourbon, oak, lots of vanilla, brown sugar...mmmm mmmm good!!