DonMagi (5593) - 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 (5597) - 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.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... Poured black with a light brown head. Chocolaty and roasted malt aroma. Creamy flavors of toasted almond, sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Bourbon whiskey, alcohol warmth in the finish.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours very dark brown with a medium tight tan head.
Aroma is rich chocolate and coffee, velvety roast malt and some oakey tones and alc.
Flavour is strong coffee, bourbon/brandy chocolates, i didn’t find it that boozy. Though there was a hint of alc and some light burnt malt bitterness in the finish.
An interesting tweak on Rasputin, though a bit pricey for my liking.
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured black with a thick brown head. Aroma was full of alcohol with coffee and a slight vanilla note. Flavor is was full of bourbon with a coffee note as well. Personally I prefer the straight Old Rasputin. For the price they charge, it thought it was quite the rip-off.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 50 cl. Pours black and opaque with a dense and creamy cappuchino-like head. Intense yet soft aroma of sweet hard roasted malts with distinct woody notes and warming alcohol. Very full-bodied, hard roasted malts, sweet vanilla and bourbon with a solid alcohol burn in the finish. Very, very delicious. 110709
joeneugs (5751) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown - almost black with a creamy dark brown head. The aroma is very sweet and complex. Milk chocolate, brown sugar, alcohol, vanilla and oak abound. The flavor is thick and bourbony with caramel, oak, vanilla, chocolate, raisins. The alcohol burns the tongue on the way down. Very sweet with the chocolate, fruit and black licorice up front followed by the roasted coffee bitterness and barrel flavors in the end. An excellent example of a barrel aged stout.
RSRIZZO (1949) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle labeled as Old Rasputin XII. Color is near black with average carbonation and a tan head. Aroma is sweet with rich caramel and chocolate scents. It has a big full body that goes down with a rich feel. Finish is rich and sweet with flavors of caramel, dried fruits, vanilla and just a hint of oak. In the after taste the flavors linger on with a nice warm feel. This is a great brew in every way.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6717) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized brown head. The aroma was sweet, malty and chocolaty with notes of cherry and port wine. The flavor was sweet and had a strong vanilla note and undertones of wood, cocoa, roasty malts and bourbon. The finish was long, malty and had touches of cherry, cocoa and vanilla. Fairly thick body. Excellent.