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 (2227) - 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 (4807) - 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 (12134) - 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!