MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle thanks to smokepot23!mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2009
XII Anniversary pours black with a bubbly tan head with decent lacing. Bourbon comes first in the nose, then some chalky cocoa, brownie cake and ash. Flavor has heavy bourbon and alcohol, also light chocolate, particularly in the finish. Palate is washed out from the alcohol, ends thin and dry. Bourbon really drowns most of the complexity, some vanilla coming in hints with the chocolate but unfortunately one-dimensional and washed out.
Poured into a snifter. Black with frothy tan head. Aroma strongly of bourbon, sweet dark fruit, oak, and roasted coffee. Taste is medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy, slightly thin, oily, with soft carbonation. Overall, quite delicious! ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Aroma of dark chocolate, malts, oak, bourbon, and alcohol. Pors a really dark black with a light tan head frothy head. Flavors are dark chocolate, smooth bourbon, tons of dark malt, and actually I taste a lot of hops in the background of this beer. But at 11.2ABV and mountains of malt you cant really taste them too much. Super smooth mouthfeel, absolute luxury to drink. Overall this is much like the delicious regular raspy but even more yummy. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Tap at the Blind Tiger for VSK. Drank this along side a Black Xantus and this was little better. Just another middling BA IS that fails to do anything new. Rasputin isnít a particularly big IS as it is, so it comes as little surprise that it canít stand up to the barrels, especially after a far-too-long 9 months. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Black pour with dark brown around the rim. Small tan head. Aroma holds tons of bourbon, vanilla, lots of wood, walnut, and a touch of raisin and fig. Flavor is glorious; loads and loads of bourbon and wood. Bits of vanilla, cream, and dark fruit also come through. The palate is really nice; the booze is clearly evident at the start, but it shifts to a enticing roasted bitterness later in the flavor, with a superb chalky finish. The only possible downfall of this beer is that the barrels may have masked some of the natural flavors of Rasputin, but itís so good that if you take it as its own beer rather than in comparison, it is still incredible. Glad I saved this one, phenomenal brew.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Black pour with a thin tan head that glugs out enticingly. Aroma is hugely bourbon oriented with massive wood and vanilla. Upon further deep robust sniffs I am met with fig, date, raisin, caramel, toffee, and creamy chocolate. Flavor meets me with notes of dark fruit, gratuitous bourbon vanilla, oaken dark sugar, molasses, milk chocolate, and bitter roasted barley. Palate is thick, above average effervescence for the style, and finishes boozy and chalky. Damn fine stout. bp (922) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2009
12th Anniversary Bottle: pours dark black with a thick tan head, aroma is bourbon, toasted malts, chocolate and coffee, taste is lightly sweet with some mild bitterness, fairly full body, pretty creamy with some light fizzyness, mild bitter finish with a warming in the throat. Very good. Bonster (182) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2009
My special occasion 500ml enjoyed with a friend. Pours a flat obsidian with a tan head that fades to a delicate layer. The nose is full of chocolate, molasses, bourbon, and dark malt with a hint of dark fruits. The flavor has a smokehouse character to it similar to an aged scotch...Slight roasted malt, bourbon, and vanilla up front and dark chocolate with fruits in the background. Carbonation is outstanding, creamy and rich with a clean mouthfeel. Little lacing sticks to the glass but melts back into the beer. Lovely, only wish it was a bigger bottle. j12601 (10916) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2009
On tap at the Blind Tigerís VSK3 event. 10th anniversary edition. Tried a sip of this a bit cooler and it was really good, but when I finally got to my sample which had gone closer to cellar or room temperature, it was not quite so impressive. Pours a deep black with a thick creamy mocha head. Bourbon, roast malt, char, chocolate. Very sweet, getting cloying and undrinkable as it warms. Coffee and roast flavors, but the sweetness is too much to get past. cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Wow. Huge dark bold pour. Great roast and burbon nose. So smooth with an amazing warm chocolate finish. Woot.