nearbeer (4297) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
500 ml. Opaque black with a medium sized head that settles to a lasting half-inch of foam. Aromas of vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Flavor is Baby Ruth candy bar soaked in whiskey... mmm what a dessert. Medium body is dangerously drinkable and nicely dried by roast malt and alcohol. Yummy dessert and damn near perfect Imperial Stout.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
XII Anniversary Bottle from Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora.. Pours black with a 2 finger creamy mocha head.. Aroma is coconut, vanilla and bourbon.. Flavor is bourbon, coconut and chocolate.. Thinner then most imperial stouts.. Good beer but IMHO not worth the $23 or so its going for.
MikeBuff (7) - Rancho Santa Margarita, USA - JUL 26, 2009 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Old Rasputin 12th anniversary 16.9 oz bottle at home in a .3L St. Bernardus wine style glass. Corked popped with very little pressure. Poured this bad boy at 56 deg and started drinking at 59 deg F, using and infrared thermometer. Beer pours a pitch black with a brown sugar colored head that rose to 1 finger then subsided. Nose has chocolate with hazelnut written all over it, no bourbon or alcohol on the nose surprisingly. First sip was like a chocolate store exploded in my mouth, alcohol shines through but only after 10 sec of bliss. Not that astringent picked up some coffee and vanilla . Mouth feel is nice due to a balanced carbonation level and the chocolate/roasted grains are not coating my teeth that much. Excited to see how this one settles out in a year or 2, iíve got one more and its going to pain me to wait and open it. If the price was a little better I would buy a case ($21.99). A great beer!
Cannile (11) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
XII. 500ml bottle. Poured a near-black opaque brown, displaying a tan creamy head. Aroma of mahogany, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, caramel, and with a slight tinge of ethyl. Moderate lacing on the sides of the glass. Upon sipping, this beauty boasts huge bourbon and vanilla, leading right into a warming roastiness, chocolate and caramel really standing out, while stretching out that vanilla-oak flavor at the mid-back of the tongue. Moderately sweet, definitely complimenting the "dessertiness" of this beer. Finishes moderately sweet and bitter with hints of dark fruit. Although incredibly delicious, this beer still tastes ..... young. Even after being aged in a Kentucky bourbon barrel for a year already. Most definitely a beer that will get better and mature with age. Cheers!!
DocLock (8707) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Ronís. Pours onxy with 3-finger dark brown head. Nose is intense and complex; a mix of oaky bourbon, dark peaty malt, blackberry, oats, cacao. The palate is thick, rich, complex, with flavors of dark malts, cacao, anise, oaky earthy spirits, and blackberry. This one is a gorgeous beer, and wonderfully complex.
17thfloor (2439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
XII. Time to see what $24 of American beer tastes like... I believe the most expensive American Iíve ever bought. Well... off to a good start, pours a beautiful glassy near obsidian dark brown with a nice fluffy light and airy light brown/tan froth with thick silky lacing 5. Aroma is quite fruity and super bourbon forward, lots of vanilla, some coconut macaroons, faint dark chocolately roast under the bourbon 8.5. Wow... that is a lot of bourbon... and a lot of charred oak... and... well thats about it... where is my Rasputin? Just way way too much bourbon... coconut, bourbon, wood, light fruit, very dark bitter chocolate, quite dry for an Imperial Stout, ashy, light soy, char, plywood. Super fizzy sharp carbonation, med/full oily body, a totally odd combination, of course Iím sure this will change with age, super airy feeling. I feel dumb for opening this now... wish I had waited or just not bought it at all. The bottle/label/cork combo is just so super beautiful and tempting though!!! I guess when you go into the purchase knowing you are being ripped off... you shouldnít expect to be completely satisfied. BCS blows this out of the water and you get 4 offerings of it for a cheaper price. I would like about 10 of my dollars back (yes, I know what it costs to barrel age... and that is reasonable). [ Okay... took almost two hours and 4/5s of the beer to finally figure it out... I think my palate eventually adjusted to the bourbon... which if not harsh then very strong, a great woodiness emerges, really quite lovely, very dry and slightly sweet/sour, lots of tiny tiny nuances all adding up, tongue depressor, chop-stick, wood-pipe, cedar, delicious oak, well took long enough]
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a mere pinstripe of brown bubbles.
Aroma: A strong whiff of bourbon, featuring aromas of vanilla, caramel, graham cracker.
Taste: Vanilla, chocolate pudding, caramel, toffee, bourbon and a touch of oak mixed with spicy hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Warmth from the bourbon characteristics.
Overall: Just amazing, bold and perfectly balanced. Not as woody as I imagined it to be, but showcases the bourbon flavors from the barrel aging.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
XII Vintage shared by DuffmanSW. Pours pitch black with a 2 finger mocha colored head. Aroma is mostly bourbon, vanilla and coconut with some soft chocolate undertones and a little bit of alcohol. Flavor is bourbon roast, chocolate and vanilla, very sweet, maybe a little too sweet. Palate is thick and smooth and itís well carbonated.
trevor211 (1472) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, with a small tan head. Aroma has bourbon, but more plain oak than whisky. Sweet malts, slightly roasty, but the chocolate, coffee and molasses that you expect in the style are overshadowed by the wood. This one *definitely* needs to be served at the proper temperature. It has a bit of an alcohol burn - it doesnít cover its ABV as well as the Bourbon County Stout. Itís seriously tasty - the highlight of a good beer night - but it pales in comparison to the BCS. Hotter, and not quite as smooth. Otherwise very similar. Still really, really good.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2009 Wow, just wow. When I first tried Old Rasputin I thought it was the best beer Iíd tried becasue it was so hot and so thin and assertive. Then it grew on me and I got used to it being full bodied and mocha thick. I have to say that the higher ABV of this barrel aged version is the key to making this the best beer Iíve ever tried. Itís hot, itís brutally roasted and flavorful. And most of all, itís delicious and roasted to the point of which black coffee beans arenít. It tastes like an evaporated flavor bomb reconstituted. Just fantastic, World Class. My new favorite stout.