StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice beer. I need to rerate this at some point, because I remember liking it more than my notes indicate. Pours an awesome, creamy black with a nice head. Aroma is very complex, lots of chocolate and wood, with bourbon and clove in the background. Flavor is awesome; creamy chocolate with vanilla, wood, cherries, bourbon, and some lighter fruits. Lots of roasted grain as well. Not as hot as regular Rasputin, and much more complex. Great creamy mouthfeel. A real winner, and this is the XI, so Iím pretty excited to try the X.
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2010 XII version. More or less black. Thick head. Big nose - vanilla, chooclate and barrel. Nothing fancy, just a lot of nice stuff. Extra sweet brew, with loads of vanilla. Simple, dessertlike. 8-4-7-4-15 = 3.8
Original version: Light brown. Slightly muddy. The aroma is nice, woody, somewhat alcoholic with those nice Rasputin dark fruits. Very complex, balanced. Smooth body. Rounded alcohol and vanilla, layered wonderfully over top of chocolate and fudge. Itís funny - I have had a lot of these types of beers and theyíre great. But thereís nothing unique, so I find one like that this is just very well executed and itís something special to me. Thanks Dawn! 9-2-8-4-17 = 4.0
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 Thank you BeerVirgin for sharing this!! Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY! Blacker than a forest at night. The aromas are dangerously delicious, oozing vanilla. Excellent palate and perfect carbonation. Vanilla is present in the flavors but just a hint, integrated well into a symphony of flavors. A supreme, fine, delectable brew.
Old Rasp. XII--bottle shared by CapFlu. Thick and black with tan head. Rich aroma is oysters, brine, asphalt, chocolate, rich dark fruity chocolate, enormous complexity with fruity undertones, smells South American. Brilliantly light on the palate makes it incredibly easy to drink. Excellent fudge flavors with rich creamy chocolate. Some vanilla, even a hint of mint. Really there is nothing disagreeable about this beer. Itís quite spectacular and at minimum, if I were in a really bad mood, I would rate at 8-4-9-5-17
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Generously shared by the Atlanta crew, bottle with the XI label. Another star at Pre-Sex. The aroma is sweet and inviting, more like a tawny port than traditional bourbon barrel to me. Maybe thatís because of the blend of barrel with this silky chocolate impy, one of the best out there. Lip-smackingly good, long smooth finish and a deep blend of roasted flavors with woody complexity.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to UncleJedi for this sample at the sexual chocolate release! Dark brown pour with thick tan head. Big oaky aroma with some bourbon. Creamy silky mouth-feel. Flavor dominated by chocolate and bourbon. Nice warming finish which was perfect for the cold morning!
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An aged X anniversary edition, courtesy BeerVirgin. Pours a very dark brown almost black color with a small tan colored head that dissipates quickly. The aroma shows a lot of bourbon, oak, and vanilla with some chocolate and roasty undertones. The flavor follows suit with chocolate, some roast, and then a good amount of woody bourbon, and oaky vanilla adding some sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable and adds some warmth. The bourbon and oak seemed to have mellow things out, which is nice. Nearly full bodied and pretty smooth on the palate with the alcohol warmth on the finish. A really nice beer that benefitted from aging.
gnoff (7934) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from bottle at OT, Stockholm. On January 25, 2009
Pitch black color, brown head. Huge oak and vanialla sweet scent. Big malty and oak taste. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium high bitterness. Long alcohol and oaky vanilla aftertaste. Warmiong alcohol, quite lasting. One more year at least will work wonders.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml Bottle, 10th Anniversary courtesy of WeeheavySD. My 500th rating, wow that too way to long! Pours a dark brown, opaque color with a light brown head. Nose is outstanding, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, baby powder, woody cocoa notes deep in the background. Initial taste begins with wood, vanilla, bourbon pours over the mouth. Mid palate displays more of alcohol spiciness, black coffee, some rhine bitterness, and dark chocolate. Finish displays rich tobacco reminding me of a fine cigar,dark fruits also become apparent as the tobacco tries to hide them away, also the rhine bitterness still lingers lightly in the background. Palate duration is outstanding, head retention and spot lacing excellent. Body is medium and slight oily. Mild dry finish. Flavor is complex and extremely drinkable. Special Thanks to WeeheavySD, a generous trader!
daknole (9224) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BeerVirgin72 was remarkably kind to share this beautiful beer. This bottle was the 10th anniversary. Regular rasputin is nice, but holy shit this stuff is the BOMB! Pours black as hell. Aroma hits with dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, wood and chocolate. Flavor is so smooth. The barrel aging certainly reduced some of the roasty and toasty notes from the beer and the body is much fuller. Flavor has lots of chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla and is simply amazing. Wow!
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle from davecooks, big thanks Dave. This is the 10th ann. version. Not pitch black, kind of glows, but I canít see through it. Dark fruits make up the bulk of the aroma. Some chocolate, lots of vanilla. The bourbon was evident as well, very tasty.