Smurf2055 (1064) - 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.
Juseq (158) - FINLAND - AUG 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle of XI @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Aroma is dominated by madeira-like aroma. Mouthfeel is silky smooth but a bit leathery. Flavor has loads of espresso and dark chocolate. Aftertaste has dark roasted coffee beans, cocoa and dark chocolate with some feel of alcohol. Great stuff!
Reimer96 (843) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Nitro bat Alibi room in Vancouver. Pours an opaque black with a thick creamy brown head and tons of lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate and sweet dried fruits. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, prunes and a slight alcohol warming on the finish. Excellent barrel aged ris very smooth for its high abv.
MrFecesious (656) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
XV on nitro tap at alibi. Pretty much pitch black with ruby highlights. Thick brown cap, and good lacing. Aroma of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon, prune, and a lot of licorice. Taste is a pounding of bourbon, chocolate, prune, and licorice. Super dry and creamy.
mjs (3999) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.5 l - the XV edition, from Systembolaget, 20130816) The beer poured black. Its head was large and lightly brown. Aroma had wood, vanilla, liquorice and roasted malts. Palate was full bodied, warming and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, vanilla, burnt malts, wood and bitterness. Aftertaste was woody and bitter. The barrel flavours were too strong but otherwise nice brew. Also, drinkability could have been better.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
7/20/2013: North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout - This beer is INTENSE and delicious with so many flavors woven into it. It’s deep, dark black color somehow just says to me "drink me, I’m delicious" and then there’s no going back after taking in the alcohol-laced bourbon, chocolate, cherry vanilla, char aroma. Even just a couple ounces seems like enough to be intoxicating since the alcohol is big in the flavor, but is surprisingly balanced and temptered by the other tasty flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and barrel char. This beer is fairly thick and viscous (no surprise) and goes down quite smoothly. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed this beer more when it was a bit more cold than when it warmed up. I think more flavors actually came through then, probably because the chill was holding back the bourbon since that’s mostly what this beer tastes like when it warms, not that that’s bad. Overall, this is a damn fine version of the trusty Old Rasputin, but good as it is, I’m not quite sure it’s worth it, even at $50/growler fill...
Draught (sample) at Party Town in Florence, KY. Rating #875 for this beer.
tcane7 (1345) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a viscous black with thick mocha head that did not last and very little lace. Nose of coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, peat. Full bodied, slightly warming.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with no head.
Dill nose with notes of bourbon-barrels and sweet chocolate.
Full chocolate flavour with notes of alcohol. Sweet.
dyetube (1146) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Square Burger. Pours a black with a medium tan head. The aromas are bourbon, chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, cinnamon. The mouthfeel is dry roasty and bitter with a heavy body and low carbonation. Great beer! Cheers!
NordicV (923) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska, XV. Nästan svart med beige skum. Doft av mörk choklad, kaffe, vanilj och trä. Chokladen, kaffet och vaniljen återkommer i smaken tillsammans, där dock det söta i vanilj/bourbon tar över något för mycket för min smak.