bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: XII Anniversary...dark black pour with a medium tan head. Nose is heavy on the bourbon with some dry, oak notes apparent along with a boat-load of vanilla bean, dark chocolate and some ashy, roasted malts. Medium carbonation...silky finish. Flavor starts with the sweet vanilla and bourbon notes and melds into a very dry, oaky finish. Some additional chocolate and brown sugar touches are present as well.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to frankenkitty for sharing this (and to BrideOfFrankenkitty for not liking big stouts, so there was more to be had). This poured a thick, blackish brown body with a tall and sustained brown head. The first whiff of the beer was strong with anise followed by dark roasted malt, Bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and oak. It had a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, slightly hot with alcohol. The flavor was reflective of the aroma and saw the addition of alcohol and burnt barley, all merging together very nicely. Very nice sipper.
Ibrew2or3 (8010) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Half liter 12th Anniv. courtesy of tpd975. Pours deep dark with creamy mocha head. The aroma is fresh oak and fudge brownie notes moving into some alcohol heat. The taste seems a bit bright with oak and then blending into creamy moist chocolate brownie, some caramel and then dark to burnt malts.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2012 Bottle thanks to cavie. Pours a dark brown/black with tan head. Aroma of alcohol, wood, dark roast and some chocolate. Flavor of strong dark roast, coffee, malt and wood. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, a very tasty, nice sipping brew.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nearly opaque brown-black with a large light brown head. Heavy bourbon note in the aroma, with dark chocolate, vanilla, and toast. Caramel, vanilla, dark alefruit flavors. Very smooth.
jrehmert (7) - Ellicott City, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2009 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
PACKAGE: 500 mL corked/caged bottle
AROMA: Substantial chocolate and bourbon with a slight note of roasty sweetness.
APPEARANCE: Pours opaque black with a persistent brown head (about 1/4") and dissipates to a thin brown, frothy film that leaves light lacing with each sip.
FLAVOR: Initial flavor is purely imperial stout - chocolate, coffee, and a light sweetness, but the bourbon takes over quickly and entirely, leaving a very distinct bourbon after.
MOUTHFEEL: A full bodied RIS (as expected) with a moderate carbonation level.
OVERALL: Exactly as advertised and a very enjoyable sipper. What more would one expect when starting with such a phenomenal beer and ending in a bourbon barrel for some complexity. The alcohol dominance was a bit out of balance, but that did not take away from my impression in the least.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I knew Iíd like this - take one of my favorite beers and do one of my favorite things to it - but I didnít realize Iíd like it THIS much. Dense black with a rich, frothy head. Aroma of bourbon, over-ripe fruit, and some char. More of the same on first sip, plus coffee, vanilla, even some wine-like notes. The aging seems to have taken a little of the slightly rough edge off the Rasputin. Aftertaste of bourbon char, plus some dryness at the finish. The alcohol presence is rich and warming, just where it should be. I did think the $23 price was bit high -- but a week later I bought a second bottle, so I guess not. This is a masterpiece.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of bourbon, wood, chocolate, light alcohol, light vanilla, light coconut, light cream, light roasted malts, and a hint of espresso. Poured pitch black in color with a large, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of bourbon, light alcohol, light vanilla, wood, chocolate, slight espresso, light roasted malts, slight tar, and and a little cream. Medium body. Smooth, silky, then slightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Bourbon, light alcohol, chocolate, wood, and slight tar finish is a tad dry. 11.2%ABV is noticeable but not overbearing.
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled, black viscous pour with almost no head, aroma of vanilla/oak and sweet roasted malt, flavor with big sticky dark fruits with wonderful presence of oak and roasted malt, light carbonation with lasting sweetness on palate, very appropriately bottled for special occasions
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to cavie who obviously has issues with chocolate easter bunnies. poured black with a tan head that would not give up. aroma was bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. flavor was bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and some wood followed by a medium body.