Taverner (1103) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2009 Old Rasputin normally is a very harsh Stout, hitting you and reminding you it’s at 9%. This stuff mellows, and cuts the harshness, while sneaking in another 2% - bringing it to 11!!!!! Very much a chocolate flavor.
This is quite possibly, the greatest beer ever made. Some beers deserve a 5. This is that beer.
XII Version - Like any good beer, this changes batch to batch. Right now (7/09) this is pretty hot. I can taste some nice bourbon notes in this. At the same time it could mellow with a little age. skylercampbell (26) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 4, 2009
On nitro-tap, regular Old Ras is the finest stout in America. But bottled? It just doesn’t take well to bottling. But the bourbon barrel-aged Old Ras X is downright spectacular. This beer is everything an American beer should be. I wish I could take it to Belgium to show the beer-lovers there how fine an American bottle-conditioned ale can be. 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. deadoralive (11) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
"This Imperial Stout pours a medium to dark black color from a 500ml bottle. Small to medium sized beige foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla and some bourbon. A medium bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee, with a touch of vanilla and bourbon. The hops are earthy and floral. Nice balance, with a touch of an alcohol bite. The bourbon flavors tend to overwhelm the chocolate and coffee a little. Nice and mellow, will probably improve with some more aging. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, with some bourbon. " Best ever! stevedroth (2) - USA - FEB 6, 2010 does not count
hands down my favorite beer. very syrupy on the pour. intoxicating aroma excellent finish
joryoung (5) - Erlanger, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2010 does not count
I tried this for the first time at a beer tasting at party town and the only thing I can say about the taste is it was just incredible! The Old Rasputin was good, but being aged in a bourbon barrel just made it incredible. hoosiers1994 (685) - Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2010
500 ml bottle poured into a snifter. This is the XI version, so aged nicely. Pours a nice midnight black with an ample brown head...nice cascading effect on this....wonder what the OG is? Aroma is of burnt wood, vanilla, chocolate. The taste is of bitter chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, tobacco, toffee, and roasted malt, all coming at various points. This is a very complex beer that keeps changing as it warms. The alcohol is very evident, as it should be and really makes this beer. The beer is heavy, with lively carbonation, more than I would have thought, but it diminishes as the beer warms. Overall, this is the best RIS, I have ever had. I wish this was more available and cheaper of course....but it makes it that much more appreciated, I suppose. Wow, a real gem! BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2011
This is the perfect stout. Ive had the XII and to me it’s the epitomy of what a russian imperial (barrel aged) should be.. It pours at black as motor oil and has some nice mocha colored head. The Aroma is licorice, dark fruits, and roast. THis is exactly what the awesome beer taste like as well.
just a damn fine example.
Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2012 Beautiful pour, black as a moonless night, billowing off white/tan head, good lacing. Nose is bourbon, ginger, graham cracker, chocolate and roast coffee. Flavor is similar, with perhaps some cherry thrown into the mix.
Not overly complex, but perfectly balanced. It’s amazing how the bourbon has seved as bridge between the roast beginning and the hoppy finish of the original brew.
As a gentleman before me has commented, this is definitely drier than a few other fine examples of the style, most notably Goose Island Bourbon County, and I think this is significantly better than that very fine brew.
The mouthfeel is silky/creamy, but never too thick (or thin)., and the finish is extremely long and very satisfying.
I’m absolutely thrilled to have scored five of these, and I hope to have the discipline to put away at least one for aging.
This is my idea of a flat out perfect RIS.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Pours blackish with a tall head that reduces slowly leaving behind a sticky mess on my goblet. Smell the whiskey with chocolate and coconut. Full nectar with creamy carbonation. I want to chew on this like labia between my cheek and gum. Strong and powerful, this brew packs a punch. Huge cocoa and whiskey influence with a nice acid component on the backdrop. Nuances of dried dark fruit and coconut come alive like I’m "Lost". A meal unto itself.