BlowOffTube (246) - Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good. Pours a thick oily black, tan head. Bourbon and oak on the nose with chocolate. Thick body, good mouth feel. Chocolate, coffee, bourbon throughout. Good but not great. I prefer regular old raspy actually.
JBoan (167) - Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
XV bottle. Pours like motor oil and is deep inky black with a mocha head. Aroma is oak, vanilla and booze form the barrel aging, along with bitter baking chocolate, roasted coffee, dark figs and some smoked char woody nuts. Taste is chocolate, coffee, bourbon vanilla, oak, char and dark fruit. This beer is a little rough, but still manages to be a full bodied balanced stout. This stout has improved with the barrel aging. Great beer!
writerljberg (394) - Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
A: Leggy. Huge foamy mocha head. Pitch black.
N: Sharp bourbon, prune, vanilla, alcohol, dark cherries, smoke, melted dark chocolate and cinnamon. Despite all these flavors, itís still mediocre. I donít know how.
T: Bitter and smoky. Tons of char. Completely lacking in flavor.
M: Very thin for the style. No lasting effects except that of weak coffee.
O: Subpar, to the say least. I will never buy this beer again. Uninteresting waste of money. And this will continue get more fusel as it warms. I actually had a 2.7 on this at first and dropped it another 6 points after.
BOSSbrewer (1018) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a very good beer. Lots of oak and the bourbon also shows through. Not worth $18 though.
beernovice39 (3037) - Montana, USA - SEP 3, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#2900. Bottle pours a jet black brew with a cola top. Scent is wood, bourbon, soy sauce and a hint of cocoa. Taste is bitter chocolate, wood and some saltiness. Very good
DesertDevil (326) - Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500-ml bottle of XIV. Jet black in color with a minimal dark-tan head. Punchy nose of sharp, boozy bourbon, a bunch of anise, charred oak, and more smoke than expected. After such a sharp aroma, the taste of the bourbon is quite smooth, but still more hot than sweet. Bakerís chocolate and prune tones are also present along with bitter bark and a bit too much ash before a very boozy finale. Fairly slick texture, low carbonation, with a finish that lasts forever. Nice, but still a touch too boozy; it could benefit from some more aging.
SPDickerman (819) - Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Smells strongly of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon sweetness. Taste is bourbon barrel, coffee, chocolate, roast. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, North Coast Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XV finishes with a smooth roast and chocolate medley.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 14th anniversary addition. Pours deep black with solid tan head. Big roasted aroma some vanilla. Taste is slight ash deep caramel and toasted wood. Very bubbly mouth.
Cybercat (2766) - Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Comes out of the tap a deep, warm sable with a very fine-bubbled tan head, almost identical to a perfectly poured Guinness. Head leaves very generous lacing, almost completely covering the inside of the glass. Rich, smoky aroma has notes of licorice, coffee and semi-sweet chocolate plus a hint of molasses. Flavor floods the palate with roast malt, mocha, molasses and licorice and even a little bit of hops. Velvety smooth texture leaves a persistent fizz and a smoky mocha finish. Have it Nitro!
Smurf2055 (1052) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours slightly murky black with a couple fingers tan head, big and bubbly. Nice lacing.
Smell is oak, bourbon, and ash. Coffee roast and a bit of chocolate. The oak dominates.
Taste is roasty, with deep red fruits, char, and vanilla. Sweet but with a roasty coffee bitterness on the tail. Lots of barrel in this one. The aftertaste is bitter and lingering.
Smooth and silky, creamy and full bodied.
Overall well done, but there are less expensive options.