bhensonb (11904) - 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 (3359) - Branson, Missouri, 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 (5090) - 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 !
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks bitbucket! Richly chocolately aroma, doesnít even seem like beer and reminds me of Southern Tierís Choklat. Very dark brown, small head. Little tobacco, inky and strong. Gritty, rich oak, strong bourbon.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 XII bottle: My good lord, this is on par with BA Speedway...soft, deliciate, yet rich as hell with fluffy bourbon notes rounding this beauty out. I will go in depth on a re-rate but I was too busy enjoying this beer to analyze it all that much. Iíve still got 3 bottles in the cellar...probably will get more tomorrow now that I know this shit is off the hook, even for $21/bottle
Earlier Rating: 10/27/2008 Total Score: 4.1
Loganís Stout Tasting: Dark Brown with a halo atop. Bourbony/Vinous nose, almost grapey with touches of vanilla and a little tartness. Vanilla flavors in a silky kind of way. Suave chocolate and brown sugar flavors...lots of vanilla..smooth silky bliss.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Pizza Port. Black with a creamy tan head. Chocolate, caramel, and vanilla aroma with slight oaky bourbon notes. A soft velvetty mouth feel followed by a buttery creaminess on the back of the throat. Delicate best describes the palate. Tastes of chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and oak. Very good.
paiste2002 (185) - Saugus, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2009 500ml bottle of XII. Pours pitch black with a huge off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Flavor is huge bourbon, vanilla, coffee, oak, rounded out with black roasted malt. The finish is huge and lasting bourbon. This is a wonderful beer, a touch spendy for a 500ml bottle at $19.95 but if you love bourbon barrel aged beers as much as I do youíll find it worth every penny.