Rasputin (Cease & Desist) Bourbon BA
Brouwerij De Molen

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #781
ABV:
11.4%
Score:
88
Ranked #24,597
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 14.96%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
83
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Rasputin (Cease & Desist) Bourbon BARasputin (Cease & Desist) Bourbon BA
Notes: "Rasputin" is known as "Cease & Desist" in the USA.
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Photo of eric5bellies
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Version thanks to my BA friend Eugene

A - Pours a deep dark ebony with large bubbled head that reduces quick
S - Vanilla and sweet malts
T - Sweet vanlla flavours with a touch of spice. Heavy wood flavours and bourbon
M- Full body and low carbonation
O - Maybe a little past its best but this is a monster beer

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Photo of Harrison8
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger and a half of khaki foam. Head retention is great. Aroma is roasted, toasted, and nutted malts. There is a bit of bubblegum, which feels off. Caramel, and resiny, pine hops protrude through as well. Flavor profile is roasted, toasted, nutted, and caramel malts. Caramel, and toffee add a little to the sweetness which balances out the resiny, pine hops that start to show up as the beer finishes. There is still an off note of bubblegum, but it's minor. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a velvety feel. Overall, a hearty stout with good qualities. Malts are nice, with noticeable hops that add to the balance and experience.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is black, with a bubbly, effervescent tan head. Nose is funky brett, cocoa, and fudge.

Taste is loaded with funky brett, which inexplicably melds really well with the chocolate flavors. This is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage poured from fridge temp. Pours dark brown with nice 1 inch head. The nose is the strong point in this beer. Blew me away. Big notes of bourbon, licorice, and molasses. The taste wasn't as good as the nose, but still good. I am getting a lot of sweetness, bourbon, caramel, licorice, slight bitterness, blackberries, cherries, and some candied sugar. The aftertaste is a bit sour, which is a bit off putting. The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than expected, but good. Alcohol heat was definitely present.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is pitch black opaque with some coppery hues when seen against the light. The head is beige and very minimal, expected for the amount of alcohol present here.
S: The aroma is very rich of coffee, toffee, candy like profiles and roasted malts. No alcohol is noticed. Very well.
T: The taste is very rich in chocolate, creating a very good connection between the sweetness of coffee and toffee and the bitterness of the hops used here, even though they weren't that many. Interesting.
M: The mouthfeel is medium high to high. Carbonation is low and perfect. Bitterness is great because you get the bitterness of hops and the bitterness of dark chocolate. Great.
O: Nice things being done at De Molen.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown with a smallish khaki head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves just spotty lace. Nose is sweet caramel, bourbon, and some dark malt fruity notes. Taste packs a good bourbon punch. Not overly harsh on the alcohol side, but the beer itself does come across a bit on the harsh side. Plenty of dark malt, and the second half of the glass felt quite a bit smoother than the first. Mouthfeel was medium...maybe a bit light for what I'd like in this style. Overall, a good beer with plenty of bourbon BA flavor, but not a great beer.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Jet black color, quarter finger tanned color head, no lacing, good carbonation.

S: Raisins, booze, vanilla, malt.

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, raisins. Sour and malty on the back end.

F: Full bodied, yet smooth.

O: Decent beer. Will I buy it again? Not really.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Barely pours a white head that leaves traces of lace. Black color, no highlights, some yeast left in bottle. Very light carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted chocolate nose and flavor is roasted/bitter chocolate, faint alcohol. Light bitter finish. Pricey at $10.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Bottled 27/2/2013.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle - bottled 28-12-2015. Dark brown pour, with a modest tan head that is replaced by a thin lacing. Smells of caramel, toffee, bourbon, dark cherries, chocolate and alcohol. Tons of bourbon in the taste, sweet caramel, walnuts, toffee and a hint of sweet coffee. Very smooth mouthfeel, with maybe just a bit too much alcohol in the aftertaste. Excellent beer.

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Photo of stortore
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter, bottled 1/12/15.

Pours a mostly opaque dark brown, one and a half finger head, some foamy cling. The smell is kind of hard to describe- malt, maybe licorice or an absinthe type aroma. little funk, hint of mint, yeast, almost Indian like spices. Taste follows in the sense that it's hard to describe. Malt, some oak, the licorice/absinthe thing, still a hint of mint, some maple, some yeast. Smooth, creamy, well carbonated- did not find it excessive, as others did, good body.

This is different, weird, much better than the non- BA version (smelled like garbage), and I liked it. Not sure it's worth a purchase at the price point, but if it's a slow week for new beers, give it a shot.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle was from 2013 but stored appropriately. Appearance was dark brown to amber, much lighter than expected. Smell had me wondering if the bottle had been infected or over-aged, was sour. Taste revealed that the beer was not sour, just an off-nose. The barrel was still very present and was the best aspect of the beer. The base was devoid of all roast/char generally found in a RIS. Feel was medium carbonation (high for the style) with a very light body. Overall it was good to try but would not seek out or pay $11 for.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Like others who have reviewed this beer, I'm not sure if this is intended to be so carbonated and effervescent, but this beer was extremely unique in character.

Poured dark color an opaque with a short thin head.

The aroma and taste is not like anything I expected, with a distinct candied fruit and Belgian quad type of character, and a funky sour note.

I really did like this beer, but was very thrown off by it, give the "Bourbon barrel aged" claim, which did not come through for me in any way.

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Photo of John_M
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the E9 (Tacoma) the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with decent head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get a lot of dark chocolate and licorice, along with some light coffee and vanilla. Strong licorice aroma, couple with the other flavors, seems to impart almost a wine like aroma as well, that is intriguing. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with once again, the licorice flavor dominating. There's something of a roasty flavor as well, and while the beer is fairly sweet, the roasty character seemed to dry the sweetness out on the finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though certainly you can tell it's up there a bit. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the finish is pretty long.

A nice beer, but I find that invariably these De Molen stouts have a roasty licorice flavor that I find a bit off putting.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

such an oddity here, not sure if my bottle was infected or not, i dont remember the base beer being this funky, tannic, or effervescent, but i dont really care whether it is or isnt, and am judging this one purely on what i thought of it, not comparing it to any preconceived style norms, that would be futile with a beer this unique. off putting pour, hazy and brown and full of sediment with an almost white head thats hard to control. it smells like red wine barrels instead of bourbon, with both the dark fruit and the acidity, odd for a bourbon stout right? i smell some funk too, bretty i think, in there with the usual de molen yeast that makes them one of the kings. i taste red wine in the flavor too, and i taste bourbon for a second, but before this beer even gets started, an explosive and destructive and shocking wave of enormous bubbled carbonation rises up, and strikes this dead in one fell swoop. i mean, its so abrupt and intense, hard to even keep it from spewing out of my mouth, and then its gone, dry and flavorless in the aftertaste, like i never drank it at all. for one, impossibly out of character for the style. for two, that has to be a brett thing yeah? and for three, i almost miss not tasting more of the barrel, more of the dark malts, and even getting a chance to feel it as a stout. upon further sips and consideration though, i realize how much i like that, how different and special it is, and how ive never had a beer called a stout finish this way, there really is nothing like it, and if this is an unintentional infection, i really dont care, it doesnt hurt the beer one lick. i like the fruity tannins, the mix of weird yeasts and all, but that this is done in a bourbon barrel is barely evident. its been too long since ive had the base beer to make a real comparison, but i really did enjoy this. shocked to see this listed as high as it is on the alcohol, it drinks as easy as anything. dangerous for sure. mouthfeel is like no other.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine, half finger light brown head with great retention and good heavy lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, licorice, light bourbon, odd cherry notes. Flavor is sweet dark toasted malt, cherry juice, licorice and light chocolate, hints of bourbon. Medium bodied with light creaminess. This has an unusual Baltic porter-like fruitiness to it, that actually has cherry syrup notes in it. There is enough dark malt and hints of chocolate to balance, leaving a mild cherry cordial flavor in the finish. Lighter and more fruit forward than a typical Russian imperial stout. The bourbon and barrel presence are hard to detect, although they probably contribute to the fruit notes. I like bourbon in stout and miss it here, but the light cherry flavors fit quite nicely and I enjoyed this stout for a change of pace.

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Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Label info: bottling date - 12 JAN 2015

Tar black body with a thick, sticky, light tan head. Black licorice and anise aroma; bourbon scent; touches of toffee. Roasted grain flavors; boozy; bitter with an almost sour character; bitter chocolate. Somewhat heavy mouthfeel.

A very nice barrel-aged stout with a huge bourbon presence throughout.

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Photo of rudzud
2.22/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Enjoyed this at the Armsby Abbey Stoutfest. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a tulip a semi clear dark brown hue with a thin head that faded to leave a light halo and thin legs.

S - Lightly funky, metallic, faint chocolate, cherry cough syrup. Really think this one is infected...

T - Taste is more of the rotten vegetative, sour cherry, super faint bourbon. No char or richness, just sour fruits. Probably started under attenuated, next to no base beer left on the flavour. Meh

M - Mouthfeel is semi thin, alcohol hidden well though.

O - Overall this was just a mess of a beer. A sour, infected mess. Hugely disappointed.

Serving Type: On tap

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.69/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a foamy half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one has a peculiar aroma that I honestly really don't like. It's got kind of a rotting sour fruit going on, with some chocolate and sweet bourbon.

This is just straight up weird. It's sort of unpleasant, with oversweet and super ripe fruit, a little bit of chocolate syrup, and really sweet bourbon. It's just too sweet. It tastes rotten.

This is pretty creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

Just kind of messy and not well constructed, at all.

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Photo of jlindros
2.24/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Stoutfest.

Super dark, long legs, light head.

Nose sour icky, dark malts funkified, roasty mess, yeast that went too far in the keg.

Taste bad, again under attenuated to start and bad yeast went way too far in the keg, funky yeasty messy, not good, some roasty malt with bitter bad notes.

Mouth little slimy messy, decent carb.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.11/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this one from the De Molen beer shop in Bodegraven. Another barrel aged Rasputin variant...

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 28 November 2013
23 Plato
EBC: 202
EBU: 46

APPEARANCE: Pours out transparent light brown and yields a thin and bubbly, off-white head that quickly vanishes. Lousy retention. A faint, swirly wisp and bubbly ring remain. Transparent bistre brown body with no carbonation evident. A ring remains with touches of lacing down the glass. Just too thin and light for the style.

SMELL: Bourbon, vanilla cream, coconut, with toffee and butterscotch aromas. Some oak and milk chocolate as well. Bold and pretty good.

TASTE: Watery. Harsh bourbon, alcohol, some tartness and industrial cleaning alcohol up front. Big and boozy finish with more alcohol, hair spray, cleaner, sweet butterscotch and touches of oak. This is harsh and very spirit forward, while also being watery though the middle and into the finish. Harsh and alcoholic.

PALATE: Thinner body and lower levels of carbonation. Watery on the palate, goes down watery with a harsh burn at the swallow and finishes sticky. Heat and burn lingers. Watery and thin with low levels or carbonation.

OVERALL: This was really rough going. Usually these Rasputin variants are mediocre, as Rasputin itself is rather mediocre, but this one was just an abomination. It's not Rasputin's fault either; it's just too boozy and harsh, while the bottling process resulted in a flat and relatively watery beer. Perhaps the barrels were not up to par in this case. Either way this one is lousy and drain really helped me out of a jam. Luckily these guys make piles of other awesome beer that I can forget this one. They can't all be winners.

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Rasputin (Cease & Desist) Bourbon BA from Brouwerij De Molen
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 83 ratings