brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color, bordering on brown with a thin ring of foam.
S: The nose is certainly reminiscent of a barleywine, with good caramel and toffee notes providing sweetness. There is, however, a very surprising amount of piney and resinous hop character to this beer.
T: The bitterness that this beer retained is quite surprising. Lots of resinous bitterness, toffee, a subtle sweetness of caramel, and some oak, tobacco, and bourbon.
M: The body is medium with a fairly low level of carbonation to it, which is fine for a beer like this.
D: I was really shocked by the amount of bitterness this beer still had. A nice beer all around... hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2010
2009 bottle #838/1188 via superdave 6/27/10.
mahogany brown with a soft off white head... well, it is mostly a ring of bubbles.
it smells hot... lots of booze and whiskey, caramel, green wood, spice and vanilla.
the palate is too sweet... but it fits... spicy, chocolate, maple, peppercorns, butterscotch, vanilla, wood and a little dryness on the finish.
fuller body but it is dry and spicy enough to be able to drink a snifter of. 7/4/7/3/15/3.6 fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2010
bottle thanks to Patrick at the Tally tasting, pours caramel with a tall tan head. Aroma is boozy with notes of wood and distillates. Flavor is flat malty body with a boozy finish of bourbon, thin vanilla. garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Thanks to Mike from Crown Liquors. YOU ARE THE MAN. Great oaky taste with tons of malt, caramel and of course bourbon, but not too much like some others that I have tried. This has a subtle vanilla aftertaste with no carbination. Good stuff drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2010
6/26/10. Sampled at the Tally Tasting 2010 courtesy Patrick. Huge malty aroma, nice and sweet. Wonderful sweet malty aroma with awesome coconut and vanilla. Love it.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2010
2009 edition, bottle #821/1188, drank side-by-side with a fresh bottle of regular ruffian. pours much darker than the regular ruffian, with a dark copper, russet red color and a very thin, light beige head leaving a sliver of lace around the edges. aroma is absolutely fantastic with all the great qualities of the regular ruffian - the big, fresh, piney, citrusy hops, sweet caramel, and toasted, biscuity malts beautifully complimented by sweet vanilla, coconut, and smooth, woody bourbon with notes of fresh pineapple, peach skin, tulip petals, and toffee. the aroma is honestly less potent than the regular ruffian, but much more complex and interesting. flavor is wonderful as well with the smooth notes of of oak, whiskey, vanilla, and coconut mellowing out the strong, fresh hop notes of the regular ruffian with a touch of toffee and spice on the swallow. palate is full bodied, slightly sticky, and very lightly carbonated with a long, lingering, vanilla and bourbon finish. overall, a great barrel aged beer but it presents a bit of a dichotomy for me...i like the aroma of the barrel aged better than the regular, but the flavor of the regular better than the barrel aged. good news is, both are awesome beers. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2010
2009. Bottle 54/1188. Pours a brownish-red plum color with just a few bubbles surfacing. Really no head to speak of. Toffee, caramel, whiskey (but not massive), raisins and plums in the aroma. Sweet caramel and toffee flavors along with cherries, whiskey, plums, wet barrel notes. I’ll say Old Ruffian’s edge has mellowed. Has some boozy warmth but I’ve got to say it drinks awfully easy and smooth and even a little thinner in the body than expected. A very good beer but probably not as memorable as I thought it might be. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2010
6th June 2010. RBESG 10 Grand Tasting at the Brasserie 4:20 warehouse. Cloudy dark brown beer. Creamy tan head. Soft smooth palate. Lovely oaky malty sweetness. vanilla, toasted coconut, fairly subtle bourbon. Finishes soft and dry and with some warmth. Lovely barrel aged beer! Borresteijn (7047) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 6/14/10 Bottle at RBESG Rome Grand Tasting. Hazy amber colour, yellow head. Aroma is very sweet, bourbon, raisin, vanilla, alcohol. Flavour is malty sweet, raisin, some bourbon, bitter finish with some vanilla. Fullbodied. Too sweet for me. 645311 Re-rate: RBESG ’12, Bratislava. Grand Tasting at Richtar Jakub. 75cl Bottle. Deep dark brown, off white head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, oak, toasted malts. Flavour is sweet, chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon, wood, light roast, bourbon finish. Fullbodied. I suddenly loved this. Way less sweet than I remembered. 848416 hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
750ml bottle. Bottle # 255/461. Poured a deeper brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of whiskey, vanilla, dark fruits, nuts, and some wood. Tastes of whiskey, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, and roast. The barrel aging was done nicely. Smooth body and way too easy to drink.