glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours not quite black with medium head. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, oak, lightly sweet bourbon, and hazelnuts. Medium body with a smooth, almost creamy texture. Minimal alcohol presence. Very good, but at this price ($22/500ml) I won’t be buying any more.
dwyerpg (4830) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A little bit of coffee in the aroma of this. The bourbon is very noticeable, very tihick, makes the beer sweeter, richer and brings out more coffee. Quite a bit of vanilla at times. Really good, but probably not worth the hefty $20 price tag.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2009 Bottle at the RBSG09 grand tasting, 11th anniversary vintage. black with a small tan head. Lots of wood and bourbon in the aroma with bitter piney hops and dark roasted coffee. The flavor is bitter dark chocolate, light vanilla, bourbon, oak and some caramel. The body seems to have suffered slightly in the barrel and is not really full. I like this, but I might still like the regular version better, and at a billion times the cost, I can’t see ever buying more of this.
11th Anniv. bottle at BITP, sept 12th, 2009. The alcohol is smoother than the last sample I had a couple months ago, and the caramel and vanilla in the aroma were really present in a good way. Still not as rich in body as I would like, but a fine beer with some age, and probably even better with some more
KAME (160) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
XII Anniversary bottle consumed out of a paper cup... Aroma is an awesome with lots of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor is rich with lots of bourbon and vanilla with very little smokiness. I enjoyed this considerably more than the 10th (X) Anniversary. Maybe it was the paper cup.
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pitch black pour with a nice brown head. Lots of bourbon, licorice, roasted malt, chocolate. Flavor is overly woody and ashy above the typical bourbon/coffee/chocolate profile. Not better than regular Old Rasputin.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of XII shared by Gypsy19 at the grand tasting. Black pour. aroma is heavy bourbon and chocolate malt. Flavor is the same; pretty good but could probably use a rest.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
XII Thanks Davecooks. Poured black, smooth, roasted malts, dark chocolate, little coffee, little alcohol, slight licorice.
JohnnyJ (4883) - 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 we’ll 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 bottle’s youth. Yeah, I’m sorry to say that the bourbon is overpowering. The classic Razz is still in there, but he’s drowning in Jack Daniels and a little Southern Comfort. Still very good flavor, don’t get me wrong; The chocolate, roasty malts, and brown sugar are all there underneath, they’re 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 you’re 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!