48FanInCali (706) - California, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 XII Version from bottle - Black pour with off white head. Nice nose of roasted malt, vanilla, barrel, and chocolate. Taste follows the nose on the flavor side but it seems a little faded. A little bitterness from coffee and chocolate. Heading downhill. Not holding up to aging very well.
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Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 6, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Brown pour with a thick milk chocolate head. Nose is sweet Bourbon, caramel, booze. Taste is similar, dark chocolate, coffee, boozey Bourbon, cereal. The aging seems to thin it out a bit.
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Didnít realize I had never reviewed this one.
Pours a black ale with a solid tan stop. Smells of sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, nougat and some coffee - really exquisitely done for the style. Flavor is nice and barreled with oak, vanilla, bourbon, cola, some cocoa powder, and a good dry graham cracker. Medium body, maybe even a touch light with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. Overall a really nice beer, not quite worth the $/oz, but really good.
abcfan (689) - New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well done brew. Pours black with no head. Bourbon notes throughout of vanilla / oak. Thin mouthfeel, finishes boozy.
kbudd19 (559) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 XIV bottle, sampled side by side with regular rasputin. Black pour, not as thick as I was expecting, lots of thick creamy tan head. Aroma, bourbon bourbon ra ra ra, they didnít mess around when trying to impart the bourbon into this guy, lots of oak, vanilla, a ton of barrel character. Taste, vanilla, oak, some roast, thin mouthfeel, with a roast like finish. Well its nothing like the original, there is so much barrel character going on that its hard to pick out any traits from the base beer, but itís still a really nice BA stout.
reberiii (302) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Possibly the best smelling beer Iíve ever had. Boozy nose. Vanilla. Cherry syrup. Dark fruit/raisin. Chocolate nose as it warms.
Some Sweet. Prickly carb. Washes easily over the tongue.
As it warms, the hops cover the alcohol tingle. Chocolate at the very end of the taste as the hops dissipate.
CardsFan25 (56) - - MAR 29, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bourbon, oak, molasses/brown sugar, chocolate aroma. Dark pour with about a half inch of tan head. Dark malt and mild bourbon up front shifts to a smooth bourbon finish with a mild chocolate taste. As it warms the hops mellow out the bourbon from mid taste to finish.
John25 (353) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black with a mocha thin head. The aroma is bourbon barrel and roasted charred malt. The taste follows with a sweet chocolate element. Perfect balance all around.
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conway (1310) - - MAR 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, caramel. Taste adds a buttery finish and roasted malt. Unbelievable. Medium sticky mouthfeel with a surprisingly strong carb. Unbelievable.
koleminer20 (542) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Ashleyís Bourbon Barrel Takeover on March 25. The pour is jet black with a dark khaki, quick-fading head and a couple spots of lace. The aroma is pretty awesome. There is big bourbon and vanilla up front with a great caramel maltiness through the body. The finish carries a little heat over the dark fruits. The flavor is just as good. The bourbon heat carries through the entirety of the beer, and the vanilla fades in lieu of a roasty licorice with a splash of chocolate. The mouth feel isnít as creamy as I was hoping for, but the carbonation is solid, and the aftertaste is lingeringly, and delightfully bourbony and dry