toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Fordest. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Damn there is alot going on. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel.
Ratman197 (8487) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
500 ml bottle (thanks to Davecooks) poured a translucent black with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, carmel, toffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, carmel, toffee, dark chocolate and light coffee with a smooth lingering semisweet finish.
A very tasty beer I highly recommend it!
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drinking it next to the regular Rasputin, this offering was quite good. Nice bourbon notes didnít overpower the beer, but provided a nice enhancement. I would definately recommend getting your hands on a bottle.
Capa (1935) - Manama, BAHRAIN - DEC 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whoa, whiskey! Black with a deep tan head. The aroma is heavy on the whiskey and vanilla notes, with roasted malts, some tobacco, and sweet malts. Full body. Smokey roasted malts, whiskey, vanilla, buttered popcorn, some cocoa, and coffee. In a side by side with the original this version is much less earthy with a more intense flavor overall. Finish is sweet molasses and malty, with a bitter, burning tongue. Frickení amazing.
fiulijn (13000) - MalmŲ, ITALY - DEC 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013
2013-03-20, XV, corked bottle, 9-5-7-4-16=41
11.5% on the Swedish label, 11.9% on the bottle
Black color with brownish creamy head. The aroma is a nice blend of roasted malt and vanilla oak, with some dark chocolate; then spices and tobacco. The carbonation is too high; the flavor initially leans more to the side of the roasted malts than of the dark chocolate; the liquorice is too strong; there is some vanilla; correct bitterness; later more chocolate develops, but also more liquorice.
I will try some aged bottle, but in general the barrel aging didnít seem to improve this beer.
2007-09-22, bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm Beer Festival 2007, after festival RB night
Black color with mahogany shades, persistent thin creamy head.
Wonderful aroma, sweet, malty, with mellow Bourbon vanilla, alcohol, sweet tobacco, cigars.
Good body strength, mostly alcoholic, with some sweetness left (not too much), warming, the best cappuccino flavor (coffee, milk, almost vanilla), smoked.
Maybe a bit too thin and alcoholic at the end, even if with good flavor.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a very thin, fizzy khaki-colored head.
Smell: A quite captivating, strong bourbon-soaked aroma with all the expected notes of vanilla, oak, and dark brown sugar. Also lesser notes of dried dark fruits and caramel.
Taste: Heavy bourbon taste with an incredible sweetness. Hints of dark caramel syrup and prunes. All in all, only a meager amount of roasted malt flavors make their way around the effusive bourbon qualities. Lightly alcoholic, semi-dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Nicely warming finish.
Drinkability: The strong, prominent bourbon character does greatly blur the original beer for me, but as it is exceptionally delicious, I shanít fault it for that. I shanít!!
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to thebeercellar for this one. He let us pick one of his cellar beers to bring up the tasting at his house and this was the one that I nagged him to break out. Large bourbon aroma, but not over the top in the flavor. A bit thin in the body. Well balanced with more vanilla than whisky.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked bottle, thanx to super secret AGENTSTEVE! Real nice pour,black body with red high lights. Tight, creamy tan head, left sweet lacing. Nose is all the wonderful characteristic of quality stouts; dark chocolates, vanilla, some caramel, bourbon, oak, and whiffs of smoke. Now to taste. There is bourbon up front, some alcohol carries the oak and wood around the tongue. There is bitter coffee and chocolate. this is wonderful, it would only get much better if anyone has the patience to cellar it. GREAT, Thanx STEVE! ahh, a point off, for the very light mouth feel.
tever (15) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml Bottle picked up at the brewery. Pours dark black with a thick foamy tan head, beautiful delicate lacing. Wonderful aroma with mild scents of bourbon, chocolates, dark fruits. Flavor wise, just incredible. So many different flavors in this ... more dark chocolates, bourbon, vanilla, oak, some caramel, etc. The bourbon flavor is just right imo. Silky smooth on the palate. One of my favorite beers to date. Excellent.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2009 Bottle from kmweaver a couple of months ago. Thanks Ken! Pours with a 3mm medium buble head. Over the course of 10 minutes it converts to a thin microbubble film. Fine bubbles cling nicely to the side of the glass. Medium cardboard oxidized aroma notes, but not the sherry kind. Medium to strong oak notes. A bit of vanilla. Bourbon makes itself present when you taste it, but at a prudent level. It seems the flavors have melded and mellowed. Not quite as sweet as I remember regular Rasputin. Alcohol nose is hidden under the oxidation and oak, but itís still there in force reducing drinkability. The bourbon and high ABV gives the illusion of fusel alohols in an unpleasant lingering way. I really have a tough time getting through this 6oz Iív poured in my glass. I recorked the bottle nicely and will give the rest to someone else. 7,4,7,3,14
Tried XII at the bottle shop. Bummer no new rating: This is best of them: 9,4,9,4,17