beercollector (23) - Astoria, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Big wood, chocolate, thick, moderate to heavy alcohol, a great sipping beer. Had oone of my case of XI tonight. This will continue to age well. bleeng (1681) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy at the Houston October RB tasting. Sweet, chocolately, alcoholic, thick and chewy. Very good. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2009
The Dan Journal #288. Tasted 8/21/09. 500ml bottle. Opaque dark hue. Finger width of khaki head. Aromas of vanilla and molasses with a touch of toffee. Followed up with cocoa and chocolate. Mocha and coffee. Great nose! So good. Full bodied and totally delicious. Smooth and mild but with a great sweetness. Mildly tart with a decent burn. Noticeable, yet acceptable. Big malts with dominant flavors of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, fudge and a mild and subtle dark berry ester. This was pricey, but absolutely amazing! True classic! ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2009
12th Anniversary bottle. Nose is amazing with strong booze and caramel notes. Body pours jet black with a tight brown head with great retention. Flavors are dark, roasty malts, heavy espresso, reduced sweet bourbon, some slight oak sourness and lots of toffee, caramel and chocolate notes. This beer just straight dances on my pallate and gives me that warm fuzzy feeling inside. Really really impressive coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Magnum shared wtih friends. Whipsy mist from the depths of history curl from the neck of the magnum as the cork is pulled. Nose of light coffe and thick malts are slowly overtaken bu mellow heat and a light bourbony resin. A shimmering silkiness is apparent as it is poured into the awaiting glasses. The full pour yeilds a healthy head that settles ever so slowly. Nearly thick enough to float our wavering econcomy. As beer warms to hands, the infused cask heat mingles thru the thick malts and warms your frozen soul. Body is full and welcome. Dark fruit are present as well. A fine winter welcome.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Old Rasputin XII. Pours brown-black with a silky tan head, speckled lacing. Aroma has caramel, alcohol, a bit of a charcoal roastiness. First sip on the flavor is very bright, lots of red fruit. Upon subsequent savoring this fades, and a very smooth caramel-vanilla barrel element takes over. Roast, toffee, undertone at all times, sometimes a bit dusty. Very smooth palate, soft carbonation, deeply warming. zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Aroma is of roasted malt and slight booziness. Flavor was a bit disappointing, weaker than the aroma with a slight watery after taste. ehh nothing wonderful in my opinion ruffhauser (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Shared bottle @ Beveridge Place Pub. The flavor is chocolate, oak and coffee, with an extra bourbon whisky kick.
It’s not cheap by any means and doesn’t blow the regular Rasputin away like you would think it would.
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Pours black with a thin tan head. Has a typical stout smell with a little bourbon. All I can taste in this beer is bourbon. Very disappointed in this beer. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Thanks to beeruser for trading this one along. Pours opaque imperial stout black with tan head. Nose is roast, chocolate, booze, vanilla, bourbon, and some coffeeness. Flavor is chocolate, roast, booze, vanilla, bourbon and some cocoa. Medium to full body with lingering booze. Very hot when young, borderline too much bourbon.