PapaSkeetSkeet (997) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours Black with chocolate brown head. Somewhat translucent at edges. Smells of rye bread, toast, molasses, and a little bourbon. Taste is very much of Bourbon, rye. Very fun and tasty stout. Did not disappoint. I’ve had tastier, more drinkable stouts, but this stuff is good at the right time. I could imagine this growing on me very much if I had it often.
BeerandBlues2 (10515) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, XII. Pours opaque with a large, frothy dark brown head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, burnt grain, chocolate), average hop (flowers, perfume), heavy yeast (leather) with notes of alcohol, oak, plum, raisin, dates, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness and bitterness, moderate acidity. This one is still quite hot; let it ride a year.
darkguardian (726) - Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich black with a super thick ultra foamy head. Nose is big on bourbon and dark chocolate, notes of molasses and wood. Flavor is super smooth bourbon and dark rich chocolate. Everything is balanced the bourbon recedes and allows the malt to come out and play. Smooth roasty finish much less aggressive than the regular raspy. This is a case of the barrel really smoothing out the imperfections in the base beer. Terrific.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a thick rich black color with a thin dark tan head. Aroma was phenomenal, dark chocolate a little coffee, some definite oakiness with vanilla bourbon. . . smelled like heaven. Flavor was just as amazing. All the same notes as the aroma combined with a silky smooth mouthfeel and not even a hint of bitterness. This beer was amazing.
chibbyman (19) - kabul, AFGHANISTAN - AUG 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
i spent more tiime smelling this beer than tasting it, vanilla/burtn choc/bourbon, the bbls must have had a real good char. on the palate it was very creamy, with alcohol barely traceable. finish was very long & clean for such a huge beer. not my style, but still very well made. what i didnt drink... granville tim gladly disposed of.
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
So first off my rating is a bit higher but along with wonderful craft beer I love bourbon!
Pours a pitch dark black that you cannot ever hope to see through with a smaller amount of head, but who cares about the head? Full bodied beast of a wonderful beer. On the nose I am getting bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, the wood from the barrel, toffee, coffee and caramel. On the palate I get vanilla bean upfront along with a very smooth bourbon characteristic, caramel, toffee, coffee and chocolate. Always love old rasputin but this one really takes it up a notch. Well worth the price for a special occasion!
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Thanks to KnN for sharing. Wow! What a delicious brew! Strong aroma of bourbon and dark chocolate. Flavors of sweet dark chocolate, bourban, vanilla, and a little wood and dark fruit. Very complex flavors, smooth palate and the alcohol is well hidden. Amazing. I could sip this all night long.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the legend of chriso’s pre GBBF09 tasting. Alround rating: Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, the burnt black malt is on the sweeter side, perhaps too much alcohol for me. Fairly tasty stout.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a hints of copper on the edges. Tall lasting tan head. Ripe dark fruit stewed in a bourbon. Lightly charred oak, vanilla and caramel in the background. Nice lace. Soft and lightly oily feel. My second bottle. The first was shared with friends at a near refrigerator temperature. This is at cellar temperature. The warmer on has a bit more alcohol edge. Initial sweet bourbon flavors. Dark fruit with dates and prunes. Middle has a roasted malt, caramel and vanilla. Finish is warming. Linger is long with everything from oak, light smoke, bourbon, molasses, and roasted malt. Extremely dangerous if consumed at a cooler temperature.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From the bottle. Poured a night black, with a nice tan head. The smell is that of roasted malts, with a bit of coffee thrown in. The taste is a bit of chocolate, with a lot of dark roast coffee. Very delicious. Its like they Old Rasputing and added more complexity of the bourbon light sweetness and also added a lot more of the coffee as well. Sweet hints of chocolate also perforate the palate, though they are not the strongest part of this beer. Very exceptional and worth the high price.