wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Kris Wines, London; shared with Slothez, post Fall gig.
Poured a deep dark brown colour with a smallish tan head. Aroma was a concoction of roasted malt, hops, dark chocolate and spices. Full mouthfeel. Similar roasty complexion in the taste department with notes of dark fruit, coffee and booze. Sweetness and hop bitterness jostled for position. Plenty to like here but didnít quite bring the house down as I hoped it might.
Ra Ra Rasputin
Lover of the Russian queen
There was a cat that really was gone
Ra Ra Rasputin
Russiaís greatest love machine
It was a shame how he carried on........
spkevin (398) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2010 Rating 200! 75cl bottle. Brewed 15-12-2009. Bottled 27-01-2010 (bottle 321 of 335). Black pour with a nice, brownish head. Hints of raisins, chocolate, some alcohol and dark fruits in the aroma. Taste starts great with raisins, some cofffee and some wood. Smooth finish where some hops come through. Aftertaste lingers on. Good balance and nice brew, but I prefer H&V.
theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle, 750ml. POP! Big blast of the cork as I was gently manoeuvring the cage - but no gushing, thankfully. Itís just an eager beer. The pour is dark brown and rests near black in the glass, with a loose but tall, off white to tan head. The nose is very malty, ranging from soaked barley to heavy roast. Thereís a creamy note here, something like a liqueur, but not much chocolate or coffee yet. It reminds me quite a bit of Ellezelloise Hercule Stout. In the mouth itís much the same - very sweet and very malty - but here there is ash and earth. Lots of dark fruits wash over the palate, bringing to mind prunes, plums and figs. Perhaps there is a touch of sun warmed banana. This must be the yeasts doing and it reminds me of the Rochefort 8. You can pick up a leafy hops, but theyíre faint. The mouth feel is thick and very smooth, with a soft carbonation. At the end of the bottle the alcohol becomes quite apparent - but for the most itís well worn. It finishes on the ash and adds smoke and leather. However, even here the malt predominates the profile. Itís very drinkable - if slightly too sweet for my liking - but it doesnít stand much ground when compared to Hel & Verdoemenis. Then again, few beers do.
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft @ Local Option - Chicago, IL) Deep black with a thick tan head. Big roasty and fruity aroma with some hints of cocoa as well. Dark fruits and roasted malts begin the flavor. Near the middle, the dark fruits and cocoa come through a little more strongly with some sweet and fruity notes near the finish. Lightly roasted on the aftertaste with a nice chocolate balance.
rlgk (14376) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Monks Porterhouse. Black beer with a nice brown head. Malty vinous aroma, chocolate, milk, figs, some vanilla notes. Chocolate flavor, cocoa, hops, metal notes, perfume, tar, cocoa, some milky notes. Rather bitter pleasant finish.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by 12many.
Dark black with a huge frothy tan head. Full of bitter dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, and heavily roasted malts. A complex beer with lots of flavor. Itís a Belgian Quad and Imp. Stout hybrid. Very nice.
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle, brewed 21st May 2010 bottled 22 June 2010 and this is bottle number 2. Great aroma, loads of choco from milk to dark, coffee, soy sauce, a slight salty twang or atleast something quite tart in the background. Light earthiness, black olives, marmite, yeast, roasty-toasty malts, toucho of charcoal? Loads going on basically. Flavour is an interesting mix of bitter and sweet, with a touch of sweet and sour. The salty soy sauce hits first backed up by quite alot of yeast sweetness, more Marmite, then moves through to Mocha, sugary coffee, molasses, a slightly sour tanginess, dark fruits, some liquorice then you get some hops coming through with a floral character and touch of perfume which basically carrys you through to the finish which is quite hoppy and bitter with some residual chocolate and coffee sweetness lingering. Finish is long and pretty big. Itís a real flavour sensation, much more intense in terms of itís schizophrenic nature than I remeber it being, although I first tasted it at least 2.5 years ago, so Iím sure batches have changed due to the indiosincratic nature of Micro-Brewing. Palate is probabaly just right for the amount of flavour going on, certainly not light but not super oily like H&V Misto, H&V, Black Damnation etc. Itís a Mid-FUll effort, but that light almost carbonated touch lends the beer a nimbleness which is important in getting itís flavour across without becoming too cloying or overly rich. Though I havenít scored it 5 because at the back of my mind I always want the Palate to be as rich and thick as possible... Probably my least favourite of the Rasputin/Tsarina Esra/H&V trio but thaíts not saying much as I still hold them to be soem of the very best RISís in the world. Pnce again a crowningt achievment from a great Brewery!
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle shared by BeerGestapo, thanks Mike. As soon as I loosened the bailing the cork and cage shot off like a rocket, narrowly avoiding blinding me, and putting a dent in my ceiling. Pours dark brown with a humongous tan head. The smell is that of brattanomyces, funky and wild, with some roasty notes underneath and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is funky, earthy, alcohol, bitter, wood, and a touch of caramel sweetness. Very dry with a lot of carbonation. Overall very strange and it loses a point for almost killing me.
EHSRanders (1860) - Tjele, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with large creamy off-white mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt with spicy notes. Spicy flavor and finish. Creamy palate.
tobydarling (31) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Dark, dark, dark. It smells dark. And alcoholic. Light off-white head disipates to a thin covering. Lovely all enveloping soft stoutyness - wood, caramel, a drying finish that last really well. A Winter beer for a wintery evening. That was too young, but a "sighter"" - now to buy a load of 75cl bottles