beerbastard (609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, mirky orange pour not much head. Moderate nose. Flavors of Ruination have disappeared. Some vanilla and orange like flavors, not any Bourbon. Kinda of disappointed. Bitter finish. This one didnít work out for me.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Orange side of amber, a fiery orange, hazy, HUGE fluffy off-white head, nice lacing.   Somewhat of a pixie stix aromatic aroma, faint citrus peel, a touch candied, some bourbon.   Somewhat of a strong piney and pithy start, not too bitter, certainly on the candied citrus side but also not all that sweet.   Soft bourbon, but almost not enough to notice.   The sweetness that is there reminds me of most Danish Pale/IPA/IIPA type beers.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Feels a bit warming and alcoholic, even at 7.8%.   Flat finish, moderate pine and pith, very little bourbon, lingering heat.   Despite the large pillowy head, the carbonation seems flatter than I would have liked.   Not really worth the $17 price tag.
DuffMan (5795) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle received from DocJitsu in the OTM BIF (thanks so much Dennis!), and shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Hazy deep golden body crowned by a bubbly off white head that settles to a 1cm pad that displays excellent retention. While waiting for the carbo to settle, the aroma is surprisingly cider-ish, with lots of musty apple and wood. Once the body of the beer is allowed to breath, the sweet oaky bourbon becomes more apparent. On the palate, raw oak and sweet bourbon dominate as character traits, with nice underlying malt structure and barely-there hop aromatics, displaying hints of pine. The hops assert there presence in the finish however, delivering a palate-stripping bitterness. A completely new creature from the base IPA, but still an excellent beer.
Homer321 (547) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Poured into snifter. Moderate bourbon nose. Faint hops. Pours hazy orange color. Large head, rocky. Assertive hop presence with a moderate bourbon flavor mid palate. Finishes strong on the hops. Was expecting more bourbon. Itís a little rough around the edges. I may have wished I let this bottle sit a little longer.
---Rated via intercellular device
Update as I drink more. This is getting to be a hot peppery mess as I drink more.
bytemesis (2168) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy butterscotch amber with a large white creamy head and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, pine, faint bourbon, pretty simplistic. Flavor is the same, light sweet, medium bitter with an overall light bourbon presence and not a lot of individual character. Full body, creamy mouthfeel.
Johnsense (604) - - AUG 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bit of an odd one here. Gold/orange pour, smaller head. Whiskey, some citrus still prevalent here with overripe orange prevalent. Medium body, again lower carbonation for this series of beers. Pretty wild/extreme interpretation of ruination.
solidfunk (2594) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I guess in any barrel-aged IPA you have to figure whether what you lose in fresh hops is worth what you gain in barrel. Malt and barrel win out here but the overall product is still good. Finish is bitter with mix of hops and barrel. Bottle thanks to John.
Sammy (7720) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delightful edition of a favourite, ruination. A nice blend of hops and whiskey, with orange citrus flavour. More concentration of hops and flavour towards the sediment. Good drinkability, this taste like an aged strong not an in-you-face big hoppy beer.
Thanks John for scoring this for the team from Craftshack.
kryon (1034) - SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy amber with low to no frizzy white head
Aromas of bourbon, oak, citrus, caramel
Taste has a nice gentle bourbon smoothness with butterscotch, caramel and hoppy citrusy fruits
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ktwse (1235) - SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours murky amber with low white head. Aroma of peach, citrus, wood and peats dominating. Taste is definitely peats, light malt sweetness, the hops have pretty much disappeared... Body is light and slick with flat carbonation. Compared to the original, this was something of a let down.