mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours jet black with a tan head. Looks like a bit of an oil slick with other colors glistening off of it. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and wood. Nice and earthy. Big alcohol taste up front with a lot of molasses, dark malts, syrup and brown sugar. Too much alcohol heat. Needs more time to blend.
FlacoAlto (4006) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
XII Anniversary bottling; Sampled July 2009
The beer pours from the bottle quite a black color, but it does have some concentrated brown notes to it around the edges. A thin brown head disappears pretty quickly. The aroma is dominated by the Bourbon aromatics, but it remains smooth. There is a huge hit of vanillin up front followed by a touch of spicy Bourbon / oak character. You can really smell the dark / roasted malt character here after a bit. I like that this has a toasted malt backbone that supplies a sort of whole grain, well browned / almost burnt bread crust sort of note.
The beer is warm and spicy from both the alcohol as well as the Bourbon / oak notes. The finish is pretty smooth with vanillin notes playing a big role. There is also quite a bit of chocolate flavors here, which mixes quite well with the vanillin notes. There is quite a bit of roasted character from the base beer and it even contributes a touch of acidity to the finish. Overall though the roast character remains fairly smooth. Some more warming alcohol becomes noticeable as the beer warms up. The body of this beer could use a bit more richness; at times it can seem a little on the light side, especially as it warms up.
Not a bad beer, I like that the Bourbon character remains well integrated with the base beer; both contribute just about equally to the flavor profile. In the end though I find this beer lacking in a certain richness that seems to be needed to keep this as a well integrated whole. Not bad, and I certainly wouldn’t mind getting another bottle, but not as good as I was hoping either.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
XII. Half bottle. Big brown head on black. Dusty cocoa nose. Holy cow! The first sip is like drinking Nestle Quick syrup straight from the bottle. Reminds me of Aphrodisiac at first, although not at all after the first sip. Big bourbon kick in the second mouthful. Settles into a delightful rythym of chocolate and bourbon. Blended beautifully. Chocolate then bourbon kick then chocolate finish.(Had side by side with a regular Rasputin, which was woody, thinner and had darker chocolate notes.)
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque black with a soda like fizzy brown head. The nose is a good blend of the beer and the barrel. There’s that oak/vanilla/bourbon combo that we all love, but some roast and raisin actually make it through. Nice boozy bourbon flavors, and it keeps the integrity of the beer. The body is a bit tihnner than I remember the original being, but its still substatial. Seems kind of fizzy though. Still, this is a BA beer worth bragging about.
rhinobrau (17) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Allegedly the first year sold in bottles outside of the brewery tasting room. Cork sealed in a 16.9oz heavy glass bottle. Has a wonderful aroma upon pouring with a nice balance between malt and bourbon. The flavor is just as balanced, with the bourbon taming the stout roastiness into a smooth, sweetish finish. Lots of vanilla at the end. My only problem with this beer is the price. I paid $25 at a bar which I won’t do again, especially when I can get a bottle of Bourbon County, made 90 miles away, for 1/4 of the price. Still, this was an extremely enjoyable beer.
ilovedarkbeer (2503) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black brown color with a large mocha head that turns into a foam on top. Doesn’t coat the glass all that much. Nose is dark corn syrup, dark chocolate cocoa, alcohol, molasses, charred wood, and some South American coffee. Taste is flourless chocolate cake, mousse, golden grahams cereal, bourbon, and charcoal. Very well done.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared, from iowaherkeye. Sweet bourbon aroma. Rich maltiness. Dark brown color. Sweet and boozy. Chocolate. Dry finish. Some cardboard and dust. Long duration. Good, thanks Joey.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9oz bottle. Pours a black body with a reddish tint. Finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates smoothly and slowly leaving a good amount of pretty lacing. The aroma is very sweet and moderate to heavily malted with wood, ripe dark fruits, bourbon, and chocolate. A light amount of vanilla, booze, and just a touch of roast in the background. Definitely towards the sweet, barrel-aged side of things. Flavor is sweet and malty as well. Starts out with sweet and lucious chocolates, lots of ripe fruits, a licorice hint, and a sweet bourbon. Wood, more of a fudge-chocolate, and a light vanilla come in during the middle. Finishes with a light booze and just a touch of salty, drying roasts. Lingers with a light warmth, plenty of sweetness, chocolate, bourbon-wood, and that hint of roast for a long duration. Full bodied, dense, smooth, and a flat carbonation. Overall, a really tasty impy. I love barrel aged beers, especially when the flavor of the barrel doesn’t overpower the original flavors. I can still taste the rich chocolates and dark fruits of the original Rasputin while the bourbon-wood adds another dimension. This is really impressive, if only I could make myself drop another $20 to see how this ages.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to DuffManSW. Black pour with a dense tan head. Deep roast and dark chocolate with nice notes of dark fruit and big boozy bourbon. Rich chocolate flavor with hints of espresso, brown sugar, and smoky bourbon. The palate is a little thin with lots of carbonation and a hot finish.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
wow, perfect aroma of subtle bourbon vanilla, perfect dark flat pourt, subtle head and quality look. wonderfull flavor of roasted background and bourbon finish, very subtle and complex, nothing too overwhelming, a perfect balance and harmony. palate is extremelypure and smooth, wonderful. overall I loved it and could not wait to get more.