blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another barrel aged stout. Standard vanilla and bourbon flavors. Good, but Iíve had better.
Crompt (90) - York, South Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled graciously shared by krompt. This was an epic night of tasting amazing rare beers and changing diapers because that is how we roll. The combination of this treat with my now favorite episode of the Eric Andre show was earth shattering (inside joke). Good stout flavors I enjoy from the base with a strong of bourbon but I agreed with krompt that it was a little thin to be outstanding. Would snatch up this gravy if I ever saw it again!
AWISLguy (1007) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from Tosa Wine cellar aged 3 months at cellar temperature - shared for Thousandth Night with ck1 and Jan, in "Rasputin Jan"ís honor. Number 1000, and it has been quite a tour! Pours a very, very dark brown with a tan head leaving streaks of lace. Aroma has vanilla and bourbon ... and then roasty chocolate, raisins, and caramel. Taste is of bakers chocolate, vanilla, roasty malts and cocoa nibs. Medium to full bodied and super smooth, with some alcohol burn. Finishes smoothly bittersweet and long with alcohol. The barrel aging is an excellent addition to a very strong base beer! (possibly over-exuberant for the 1000? not sure but very, very enjoyable ...)
coachd (8) - Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I never see anything about cost on this site, so Iíll be the resident cheapskate. Prices vary by location, but in St. Louis, this beer costs $20 for a 16.9 oz bottle. Impulse purchase, instant buyers remorse. At this price, the stuff better be mind blowing. Pours out thinner than expected, very dark brown rather than black with copious amounts of tan foam and heavy lacing. Aroma is vinegar, alcohol, hops, stainless steel - not overly complex on the aroma. Does not look or smell particularly expensive. The taste was smooth, almost refreshing with hop bitterness at the end - very drinkable for 11.5%. This is a big stout that can be enjoyed in the warmer months. The palate is interesting; velvety without being thick. I would have preferred thicker, but this way is more unique. Very interesting take on the Russian Imperial Stout style; I have never had one like this. At this price I will never buy it again, but it is a great beer and I am more educated about beer for trying it.
Sledutah (4061) - Utah, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle picked up at Country Wine & Spirits in Carlsbad, shared with Phil
Black with a big dark tan head and lots of sticky lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and woody. Flavors of bourbon, woody, vanilla, coconut ,roasted malts and leather
Very nice, tasty.
krompt (611) - - FEB 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A little thin for my taste. Very good. If you are a fan of balance, this is your beer. If it were a little more chewy, it might be one of my all time favorites.
Zymurgeist2 (823) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Harryís Hofbrau. This is the OR XV. Massively complex chocolate and vanilla backing, with a moderate roast. Full malty chewiness. Taste is similar to aroma. Black with deep brown head.
kkleu357 (117) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark heavy looking body. Decent head for an imperial stout. Kind of a rum aroma. Sweet, caramel smell. Really delicious. Very very smooth for 11.5%. Dark chocolate cocoa flavors. Iím impressed with this. Umm umm. Great end to Valentines dinner.
Drake (7828) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #117. Bottled shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours a very dark brown color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roast, soy, bourbon, wood. The taste is sweet roast, vanilla, raisin, bourbon. Medium bodied, smooth.
Dodgrblu (539) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle at Cap Taps 10 K celebration. Big hoppiness, almost no sweetness.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Poured a pitch black liquid and formed a thick eruption of creamy foaming head that actually started to spill over. The aroma is bliss due to the rich coffee like olfaction paired with a roasted malt profile and the slightest scent of wood barrel. Flavor is even more impeccable by the bold usage of robust dark roast malts with deep roots to cacao plant seeds because of the rich coffee or chocolate taste given off. Not only is the original offering of Rasputin good but the barrel aging just improved this beer to even a smoother more refined flavor with the alcohol heat minimized to a low. This like other beers I have rated as almost perfect beers are exactly what a perfect beer should be and everyone should realize some beers are exceptionally flawless and if not perfect very near it. How many 5.0 scores have you given or even close to that? Ask your self? Very few I am sure.