solidfunk (3854) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I definitely prefer the non-barrel aged version of this. Barrel is a little too heavy and takes over the rest of the taste. Pours black, syrupy looking and thick with some mocha head and lacing. Finishes bitter and woody. Chocolate, some roast. Thick, creamy and slightly syrupy palate. Bottle.
tdubesq (14) - - APR 18, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells like roasted chocolate. Pours dark with a rich caramel head. Tastes of roasted malt chocolate dark fruit and alcohol. Feels very rich in the mouth and is very smooth. Great finish.
hackobock (1289) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Systembolaget (#900). Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma holds bourbon, oak, vanilla, licorice and light chocolate. Taste is sweet malty with bourbon, vanilla, licorice, warming alcohol in the finish and a medium bitter roasted finish. Body was lighter than expected making it quite easy drinkable.
HellesBunny666 (158) - Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells sweet, oaky, chocolaty, vanilla, French roast. Very smooth. Boozy. Oak, bourbon taste, wood. Licorice?? I wish I had the regular good olde Old Rasputin to taste side by side...
Emeister84 (918) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, molasses, tobacco, some chocolate. Black with a fully lasting tan head. Dry, strong, boozy, sharp, some mild vanilla flavors. Full bodied, well carbonated, finishes with lingering roasty flavors and hop bitterness, very warming.
zickbeer_ye (248) - Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smokey chocolate and warm bourbon aromas. Light tan head and black body. just like old rasputin with soft bourbon notes. Smooth and a little hot in the end.
JDBaker11058 (1242) - Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: smooth near black pour, with a short, caramel colored head of creamy bubbles that fade, but will revive if swirled. Aroma: dark chocolate, powerful whiffs of vanilla, some toasted oak and smoke, hint of licorice, and a good dose of bourbon. Taste: chocolate, vanilla, cream, espresso, light licorice, molasses, and a solid woody, sweet and boozy undertone. Finish: firm, velvety palate with lingering chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Notes: Bottle labeled "XIV", 11.5% ABV. Laid it down for two years to let it smooth, and was glad of it. The barrel aging is handled masterfully, and it takes a better than average stout (regular Old Rasputin) and turns it into something extremely good. A great sipper.
RickTStiles (734) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin beige head. Milky, bourbon chocolate aroma. Taste is strong and rich with notes of bright fruit, licorice and mint. Finish is boozy.
Experiment_Ale (987) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At my place with Taylor, Matt, and Jake. Pour is black With thin layer of lacing. Aroma is big toasted malt, burnt malt, bourbon. Taste is big dark burnt malt, dark chocolate, big booze. A nice beer, but the regular old raspy might be better, the bourbon is too booze is maybe a little too much.
bekemeierk (8) - - APR 10, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great creamy head. Good color. Heavy taste on front end good finish. No hop lots of malt