blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another barrel aged stout. Standard vanilla and bourbon flavors. Good, but I’ve had better.
Westchesterco (1108) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown color with a slight head. The aroma is coffee and boozey. The taste is strong boozey taste that lingers fruity on the palate. And leaves a chocolate after yaste
Gerbeer (2001) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. XVII vintage, 12.1% Pours black with moderate retentive head. Aromas of bourbon, old wood, licorice, and nutty mocha. Flavors follow same but with noticeable alcohol that really thins the body. Highly carbonated. Bourbon flavor is pretty well balanced but would have been much better if more subtle allowing the basic Rasputin flavors to come through. Very nice but somewhat over-rated for the delivery and the price.
teorn88 (3015) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle from Beers of Europe. It pours a deep black brown color with a minimal brown head. Aroma is sweet and roasty, with notes of dark chocolate, red berries, leather, tobacco, vanilla, espresso, liqueur. Taste is medium sweet and lightly tangy in the finish, with notes of dark chocolate, lactose, vanilla, ginger, espresso, bourbon and orange peel. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, big tasty and a sipper
Niko100 (2066) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
XVII vintage; Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, rich vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, & some bourbon; Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, hops, and dark fruit; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Very good!
Bule (867) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark brown color with some beige head. Noticeable bourbon booziness. Some sharp coffee flavors. Full of flavor.
jsnicholas (249) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (500ml $22): black with brown head. Chocolate aroma with some bourbon. Taste is similar. Slightly oily. Very nice. Some warming in the end. I like this a lot, but the price is too much. Maybe special occasions.
wchesser (1244) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
XIV bottle in Nov. ’14 and I think XVII just came out. Deep black and oily with lightly translucent rim. Nose is savory burnt sugar and malts, light bourbon. Lots of dark chocolate and bakers cocoa, light bourbon, lightly bitter ash in flavors. Viscous mouthfeel, slightly hot finish.
tectactoe (2330) - Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: XI. Thanks, Jeff. Oily black, viscous pour with not much head, just a thin, khaki collar. Rich fudge aroma, mild chocolate cake, smooth woody bourbon, hints of vanilla, a light kiss of black cherry, & some burnt brown sugar notes. Still lots of bourbon & wood in the flavor after all these years. Dense fudge & dark chocolate character, mild brownie notes, vanillin, burnt brown sugar, & quite a bit of boozy heat in the finish. Woody notes of black licorice & bitter chocolate linger.
stoutnick (619) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
XVI bottle to glass three ways. Pour is deep dark brown with mild tan head. Aroma is fantastic - bourbon, brownie batter. Taste is strong roast character with a lingering vegetable extract quality. Mild soy sauce. Mild sweet bourbon finish. Lots of charred barrel. Think I prefer the base beer here!
mikedR (1346) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had started to tire of BA because ultimately many of the beers ended up tasting like bourbon. This one is a refreshing exception. Bourbon notes, but not overpowering. Well done.