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
oldrtybastrd (4375) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark brown color. Small tan head head that lasted throughout. Aromas of bourbon and wood. Flavor was a lot of bourbon, hints of smoke, chocolate. Full bodied and creamy. Tasted more bourbon than beer. WOW, this is a flavorful beer!!
klm1 (772) - - APR 29, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2016 XVIII: pours black color, clear, with light brown/beige to brown creamy head. Visually low carbonation; Aroma; intense roasted dark malt aroma, with notes of coffee, cocoa powder, supported with bourbon note, vanilla, molasses, wood, tobacco, and rich hop aroma, which takes on dark fruits and pine.
Similar is flavor, with rich, intense notes of roasted malts, which takes on coffe, cocoa powder, bitter sweet chocolate, vanilla, molasses, supported with bourbon note and hop flavors, which takes on pine and dark fruits.
Everything is very well balanced: alcohol warmth is noticeable, but not overdone. Hop bitteness is also high, but still balanced with maltiness.
Finish is slightly roasted, with note of bourbon and hint of hop fruitiness. Body is full texture is silky smooth, carbonation is low. Too overpriced.
Savage_Night (343) - California, USA - APR 22, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a massive light brown head that just won’t go down and great carbonation. AROMA: loads of bourbon oak notes, herbal hop bitterness, dark bitter chocolate, woody, herbs, spices, phenolic, soy sauce, dark tart dry stone fruit, earthy, yeast esters, dank, leaves, peppercorns, vanilla, roasty, faint citrus, molasses, boozy, dry tobacco, smoky and very faint berries. TASTE: loads of bourbon oak notes, herbal hop bitterness, dark bitter chocolate, woody, herbs, spices, tannins, soy sauce, dark tart dry stone fruit, earthy, leaves, black peppercorns, vanilla, roasty, faint citrus, molasses, boozy, smoky and charred oak. AFTER TASTE: dark rich malt, hop bitterness, spices, molasses, bourbon oak and vanilla with an oily medium thick spiced boozy finish.
Stine (1744) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a bottle several years old, from whatever vintage was 11.9 percent. The pour is quiet and still, with the finest of bubbles gathering a sheet of mocha foam over the black. The aroma is heated and forceful at first, with pomegranate molasses and milk chocolate treading faithfully against the rising pool of bourbon inflected sweetness; coconut, vanilla, burnt honey. With warmth and aeration, layers of concentrated coffee bean, leather, and roasted berries are revealed.
The taste initially leans with some frailty on the barrel sweetnesses. It is thereafter quickly apparent that the malt foundation has substantially eroded, as flavors of dry wood and old milk chocolate candy bars attest. It has a thinness, a papery, oxidative, hollow quality. Reliably, the wild, tannic, complex fruit notes of the aroma emerge to provide some intrigue later on. But ultimately, the barrel influence is overwhelming given how the overall structure has weakened.
The velvety palate envelops many of these issues to some degree. The finish is of wet wood, a port like sweetness of reduced figs. Because of its textural sensuality, the lacking, unbalanced or hotheaded tendencies elsewhere can’t define the final impression. Really, it’s hard to say when this beer’s ideal moment might have been. It was surely a bomb of overdone barrel aging when young, given that that influence is so intense even at this advanced age. So it’s hard to know if it ever might have had a peak moment when the malt foundation was whole and when the barrel influence had at least begun to settle. This is not that moment, but it is still appreciable.
stevoj (3539) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Catch up rating from Saturday’s RS bottle share. Sample rated was XV. Smooth, silky, oily, just enough burn on top of this already exemplary stout. Nice sipper.
crim (85) - POLAND - APR 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barrel aged old rasputin XVI
Troche mało ciała alenw podstawowej tez to jest, bardzo beczkowo, wanilia, bourbon i słodka czekolada, kawowy dobre bez masturbacji
MichaelAwesome (6289) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - APR 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ganz schöne Ansage und auch ganz schön sämig. Daneben ordentlich im Kaffee, leicht im Karamell, etwas Nuss und auch die Malzigkeit ist ganz nett. Sehr wärmend, knallt aber ganz schön. Zudem vollmundig und gut ausgewogen. Hat was.
ChrisOfstad (1) - Hamar, NORWAY - APR 1, 2016 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From back log, Black with a brown head, malt aroma with vanilla. fruit and licorice body. Real good!
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Où, Quand, Comment :
Bouteille, dégustée le 10/6/2013.
Couleur : noire.
Apparence : opaque.
Malt rôti, chocolat, boisé (bourbon), légèrement fruité, notes de café et de vanille.
En entrée de bouche : Léger goût fruité (petits fruits foncés) avec un léger goût de vanille.
Une dominante de malt rôti et de chocolat sucré est présente avec un goût boisé (bourbon), un léger goût d’alcool réchauffant ainsi que des notes de café.
En bouche :
Corps : moyen-ronde.
Effervescence : moyenne.
Texture : riche et légèrement crémeuse.
Finale : longue, composée d’une légère amertume de rôti, de chocolat et d’alcool avec des notes boisées et fruitées.
Dorkenstein (322) - - MAR 14, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Toasted coconut, bourbon, and dark chocolate. Taste is bourbon, toasted coconut, dark chocolate, roasted malts/coffee, dry hop finish.