jsporrer (1801) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2021
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2021 XXIII / Pours a pitch black with a small brown head. Bold malty aroma with notes of molasses and Bourbon. Medium body. Oily texture with lots of lacing. Smooth, creamy and lightly carbonated. Full mouth feel with a roasted malt flavor and a nice warming sensation. Not overly boozy. Finishes with a lingering warm malty aftertaste. Very enjoyable. Andrew196 (2434) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2021
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2021 Black + Tan - Nose is heavy on the wood, cocoa, notes of cherry, cinnamon. Big woody flavors, chocolate, phenols, licorice. Not especially boozy, but a little astringent. Not bad. flatmatt (2055) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2021
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2021 12 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Sweet bourbon brown sugar and cocoa aroma with some roast. Flavor is strong in bourbon, dark fruit, and molasses, syrupy cocoa with vanilla and a touch of roastiness. More roast and coffee in the finish. A good one. notalush (6663) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2021
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2021 12 ounce bottle - XXIII - pour is nearly black - nose is heavy with bourbon and oak, as is the flavor, but manages not to get overly boozy - flavor is medium sweet, but finishes with a dry oakiness and even a hint of oxidation and tartness - warming finish with lingering oak - nicely done, but not stellar. lavaaaron (2133) - - MAY 17, 2021
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2021 Bottle pour, deep brown, strong dark chocolate aroma. Hint of soy and char, Dark chocolate, coffee and a light bourbon finish. This is not sweet like most of these stouts. Really nice!
Alengrin (9514) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2021
UPDATED: APR 19, 2021 Old Rasputin, one of the great classics in the field of American imperial stout from the earlier days of U.S. craft brewing, aged on bourbon barrels: this one I had to taste. Thanks to Craftmember for scoring – and sharing – this bottle! Thick and frothy, shred-lacing, yellowish-beige, stable head on a black beer with glowing ‘bordeaux’ edges. Aroma of lots of vanilla-like oak wood, wooden furniture even, ‘fondant’ chocolate, coconut flakes, old raisins, Brazil nuts, furniture wax, sweet bourbon, toffee, latté macchiato, chestnuts, hazelnut paste, mocha, nougat. Dried figs and old raisins at first, sweet but in a refined and non-cloying way with a faint dried porcini-like umami edge, refined and small-bubbled in carbonation, smooth and vinous, full mouthfeel – though far removed from the excessive viscosity found in many imperial stouts of younger descent; black-chocolatey, pecan- and walnutty malt core, layered and tasty with a soft toasty bitter edge – remaining more sweet than bitter even when this cappuccino-ish roasty touch sets in. The roasted bitterness stays on the soft side, instead the necessary balance against the sweetness comes from the barrel treatment here, bringing a lot of vanilla-scenting, tannic oakinness, accompanied by a deeply situated, yet important peppery hop bitterness. This is truly high class drinking, a beverage from a more civilized era I would almost say – or at least from an era when refinement, balance and elegance were more common in imperial stouts than boastful syrupiness and sticky sweetness. I absolutely love a solid old school stout like Old Rasputin and this barrel aged variant is indeed even an improvement of the legendary original. BillWyce (1420) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2021
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2021 Version XXII. Pours opaque black with a tight, 2-finger mocha-colored head. Nice retention and lacing. Pleasant vanilla-oak aroma, with notes of chocolate, caramel, and char. Full-bodied with an oily feel. Finish is long, with a mild astringency. THe high ABV is very well-restrained. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, barrel char, and caramelly bourbon. A woody note follows at the back. Great stuff. tfontana (3612) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 9, 2021
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2021 Bottle (XXI vintage) from Harvest Market, Bedford (R.I.P.) and alcohol is jacked to 12.2% vs. 11.1% listed. Appearance is opaque black with no discernible sparkle, nice viscosity, finger-plus width beige-light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma is strong bourbon, toffee, roasted malts, and vanilla all well balanced. Taste exactly reflects the aroma. Mouthfeel is light-to-medium bodied with smooth texture, soft carbonation, pleasant alcohol warmth deep in the esophagus and finish as taste. Overall, in an adjunct-filled world, there are more complex stouts out there, but this is very good for a straight BBA RIS. hauxe (2887) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2020 XXI. Unorigined and probably picked up on one of the ‘17 trips. Almost black with a frothy to creamy, beige head that lingers. Big licorice aroma with vanilla and bourbon underneath. Taste is bittersweet with a big bourbon bite at the end. A touch to the raw and rough side, but not unpleasant. Full-bodied, moderate to mild carbonation. A solid if unspectacular example of the style. tovesa (4405) - Pirkkala, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2020 Bottle 500ml at Niko. XIV version. Pours black with beige head. Flavor has dark malts, soy, dried fruits, brown sugar, alcohol, licorice, not in the shape anymore. Medium body, average carbonation, bitter malty finish.