JohnnyJ (4221) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle, this is expensive stuff, 1100 rating. Loud bang and the cork came flying out when I barely touched the cork. Aroma is very chocolatey, with bourbon smoke, and caramel malt. Pours a deep dark brown, with frothy tan head, some lacing. Big on the chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Some sourness on the tongue for some reason. Finishes with a pretty decent amount of bitting bitter hops, which contrasts the other flavors. Just a hint of smoke and dark fruit. Good stout!
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
XII, 500 mililiter bottle, snifter. Pours pure black with a large brown head. A little thicker viscosity seemingly, but weíll find out shortly. As it sits in the glass, it appears just like classic Razz, but if you swirl it around a little, the lacing is a lot creamier, thicker; Lots of residue to the walls of the glass. Aroma was very familiar at first and it took me a minute to remember Founders Kentucky Breakfast; It smells almost exactly like that, but a pinch fruitier. Lots of bourbon, oak, and other woods in the aroma. Very big aroma. Flavor: Bourbon is coming on pretty strong. I know that this is because of this bottleís youth. Yeah, Iím sorry to say that the bourbon is overpowering. The classic Razz is still in there, but heís drowning in Jack Daniels and a little Southern Comfort. Still very good flavor, donít get me wrong; The chocolate, roasty malts, and brown sugar are all there underneath, theyíre just understated now, whereas before they were the main attraction. Mouthfeel is actually the same as regular Razz, thick and hearty, without being syrupy. A very respectable showing, as always, by North Coast, but again, be ready for whiskey here if youíre going to be having this anytime soon. Overall, excellent minus.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the bottle. Black brown with some tan head. Aromas of cocoa, coffee, roasted malt. Full bodied and smooth. Good solid flavors and some oaky bourbon notes. Very tasty but not overwhelmingly better than the non barrel aged!
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque brownish black color with a medium light brown head. STRONG bourbon aroma, with some coffee and dark fruit. Mmmm...strong bourbon, coffee, wood and dark fruit flavors. Carbonation and alcohol numbs my tongue. Delicious!
bhensonb (10696) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle as O R XII from the Coop in Davis, CA. Thanks to Dycsoccer17 for the beermail alert! Pours pretty damn dark with a three finger tan head. I donít know what Iím smelling, but itís awesome. Bourbon, coffee and chocolate? Near full bodied with frothy carbonation. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, wood, and I think bourbon. Reminds of Paradox beers, but not so smokey. Think it has vanilla - usually donít like that, but it works with all this flavor. Great stuff, but it makes me wonder what this would be like from single malt barrels. Seems to finish with a lot of vanilla, and very smooth roasted/toasted/burnt malt. Mouthfeel is going silky. Really amazing stuff. Took awhile, but the heat sort of intrudes; not very much though. Burps great. Should be a category for that.
rpm56 (11) - Alabama, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2009 I had the good fortune of having a great lunch at North Coast Breweryís Pub and bought two bottles of the ORRIS Bourbon Barrel. I shared this with my cousin and daughter one evening and the aroma this Stout gave off upon opening was lovely. A distinct coffee, toffee and semi-sweet chocolate nose. The mid-palate is a fine balance of sweet, bitter and unctuousness. A lasting rich black coffee with hints of that smoky bourbon. A wow!
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
XII bottle. Poured dark brown color with a smallish, but persistent brown head. Aroma was rich and nice; caramel, sugar, chocolate, caramel, bourbon and roasted malt. Flavor was initially very roasted and coffee, almost meaty. With a few sips, the alcohol and bourbon kick in quite strongly. The palate was pretty light, too much for my liking in a beer like this. Initially I was pretty disappointed with this one, but it got better with time. A little more caramel and vanilla comes through. Still, it wasnít an amazing beer for me by any stretch of the imagination.
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I donít know if Iíve rated a beer higher in my years of tasting. This is one of the most delicious stouts Iíve ever encountered. Old Rasputin XII served cold from bottle. Pours black with a brown head that is quite thick. The aroma is rich with coffee, chocolate, caramel and vanilla. huge oaked flavor with roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, mocha...itís an amazing combination. Very soft and easy to drink. I think I might be in love with this brew.
BrewDad (4772) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Liquid Sunshine VII Tasting Ė Kirkland, WA
Aroma: Big Dark malt chocolate and roasty aroma.
Appearance: Dark black in color, Clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Dark malt flavors with chocolate, coffee and barrel aging flavors. Strong alcohol was present but will sneak up on you.
Palate: Dry Sweet barrel age Finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: Big dark beer this was for sipping or sharing. A perfect beer for the day.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
XI Bottle. Black pour with a nearly reddish brown head thatís substantial and quite eventful in appearance. Aroma is intense - very nutty, wood, vanilla, coffee, and dominated by the caramel, char, and heat of bourbon. Flavor explodes with bourbon qualities: vanilla, sweetened espresso, wood, dark chocolate. Finish finally reminds me of the base beer in its strong roast, bitterness, espresso, and licorice with the addition of nutty wood. I can taste the barrel in my nose between sips. Fulled bodied and creamy feel, but itís not syrupy and itís very hot. Aside from the heat, this was quite intense and wonderful !