michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle # 223: Aroma of bourbon, oak, and a bit of caramel. Poured copper/amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, beige head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, light caramel, tar, light smoke, and some tobacco. No hops. Light to medium body. Smooth, creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Alcohol, bourbon, vanilla and and oak finish.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: barrels, oak, vanilla, whiskey, some minerals
Appearance: reddish-brown, creamy colored head, some lacing
Flavor: minerals, whiskey, vanilla, oak barrels, alcohol-y
Palate: smooth and creamy, strong alcohol and light vanilla aftertaste
3fourths (8038) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 Cloudy and muddy dark tawny brown. Creamy tan head sitting 1/2 inch tall in one glass, while the other has only a 1/8 inch film. Nose is creamed vanilla, oak, and overripe fruit - plum, apricot, oranges. Creamy and full up front, rich sticky plum, tobacco, vanilla, amaretto... more of this creamed orange and creamed plum flavor, a little of the fruity sweetness from the regular Ruffian shining through. The whiskey character is thankfully not overdone - primarily vanilla and toffee notes compliment the rich creamed plum and nectarine fruit flavors. A little hot in the back, creamy and frothy throughout, the extended finish really the only spot where it seems to thin out as the alcohol becomes strong. Overall, really delicious and warming. A subdued and quiet aged barley wine complimented by a mild bourbon presence and without an overbearing barrel character.
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. dark woody pour with thin head. lacing. nice aroma woody and whisky, rich malts. rich. whisky very well placed. smooth. floral hops subdued. great job.
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a couple of these last night...big thanks to Kevin for the heads-up. Pours nicely, translucent red-brown color. Big barrel in the nose...very oaky, nice whiskey notes...sweetish caramel too. Flavor is superb....no surprises. Full bodied with great vanilla and whiskey flavors. A great effort.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great looking brew, a deep burgundy color that has lasted the entire session so far, at least 30 minutes. Fairly nice nose has some complexity from the barrel (vanilla, whiskey, newer oak) as well as some notes from the original beer (caramel, fruit.) Flavor is nicely balanced between original beer and oak elements. Bold flavors of whiskey, caramel, toffee and vanilla. Very tasty and impressive in every way. A good beer now, but being that it is properly bottle conditioned, this ale has excellent potential.