Rasputin Bruichladdich BA | Brouwerij De Molen

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Rasputin Bruichladdich BARasputin Bruichladdich BA

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jeffo on 10-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 10
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a light brown ring of head.

S: Anise, smokey Scotch, and maybe some coffee in the nose.

T: Smokey scotch, caramel, oak, roasted malt, chocolate and malt notes.

M: Medium-full bodied and definitely smooth.

O: This is very tasty. It'd probably be more interesting if it were one of their smoked imperial stouts. Interesting, more complex and compelling than my notes might suggest. Definitely worth a try if you can find it.

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4.44/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle at the brewery during the beer festival Borefts 2011.

A - A very dark brown beer with some red tones when you hold it against the light. Not much foam only a thin beige layer.

S - An inviting aroma of oak, cherry, chocolate and liquor.

T - What a wonderful taste of sweet candy, oak, chocolate, cherry, spices and liquor. The liquor is a bit too much present. This is special stuff, but the common Rasputin beer I like better. The cinnamon I have tasted in the regular version, I can not find back in this version.

M - The carbon dioxide presence is soft, the liquor is much more noticeable and the bitterness comes in the finish. The beer is not sticky.

O - The normal version was better, I think mainly because the usual beer had more carbon dioxide. It remains a good and special beer. Definitely something to go for.

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4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice wax covered bottle makes me think I'm going to have a snifter of Maker's Mark :)

Pours dark amber; not black as a stout. Very low carbonation. Nose is big vanilla with mild coffee. Flavor is, again, deep vanilla, with some spiciness. The finish is strong and alcoholic.

I quite like this beer, but it's a bit pricey.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

60th Review
Bottle to De Molen snifter

Enjoyed this tasty treat at Café 't Arendsnest while visiting Amsterdam - great beer bar serving excellent beer!

A: Medium brown. Solid single (bubbly khaki) on brilliant sky-high pour from the bartender. Very thin on pour.

S: Pronounced barrel/booze smell coming off the nose. Hints of caramel, bitter-sweet chocolate, and vanilla.

T: Sweet and bold. A very big presence of toffee/caramel, chocolate, and hint of coffee. Booze comes through start to finish, but not over-the-top here. Well-rounded.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Unusually thin for the style, but definitely enjoyable.

O: A wonderful beer that I think will age quite well. I'm happy to have landed another bottle that I can cellar for a bit to see how this beer ages/develops over time.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Brown, clear, mahogany. Good head, but short-lived.

S: Smells like Angel's Share brandy barrel. Deep, alcoholic, and fruity. The yeast smells a bit stale. Apples, plumbs, cognac. Raw licorice?

T: Yummy! Round, bourbony molasses and honestly not a lot else, not that it needs it. A touch of fruit and candy sugar. The aftertaste is has a lingering ashiness, but that's the only sign of Bruichladdich. Delicious, but can only give it a 4 due to lack of complexity.

M: A bit flat; no carbonation. Sticky and thick.

O: Great beer, very interesting, not really an Imperial Stout as much as a scotch-aged BSDA or something.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of slammgrass
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from the bottle, and poured into a mini pint glass, My husband brought back a few bottles from a brewery visit in November 2011. The bottle date was Sept. 15, 2011. Sampled cold and let it warm up to 10 ºC (suggested serving temp). Overall highly quaffable and likable Russian Imperial stout-style; although on sweeter side, bitterness on the finish balances out the sweetness. Although I sampled it without any food - it pairs excellently with chocolate, or with things that contain chocolate (e.g peanut-butter cups, chocolate brownie cookies, etc).

(A)ppearance: Liquid chocolate brown, amber-mahogany when held up to light. I was surprised to find it had a red tint, and was not as opaque as others in this style. When poured it appears flat with no carbonation, and no head, minimal lacing.

(S)mell: Caramel on the nose.

(T)aste: Tastes of sweet molasses or dark brown sugar (particularly Belgian Candico dark brown sugar). Strong alcohol on the exhale.

(M)outhfeel: First impressions are sweet and a tad sticky. As the beer warms up it gives off more brown sugar and vanilla, and gets a more watery, bitter finish.

(O)verall: What could pass as a shrunken beer-bottle version of a Maker’s Mark bottle is a tasty sweet stout that could easily be a specialty dessert beer. At 11.4 ABV% Rasputin Bruichladdich BA is a sweet, strong stout, perfect as a dessert, or perfect as a winter-warm up on a cold and dark evening. The presentation of the beer makes it feel special. About 5 cm of the neck and cap are immersed in red wax. The label, “Enjoy within 25 years” suggests that this beer can be cellared. It would be neat to see how this beer ages.

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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Jeffo. Thanks! Served in a snifter.

A - White body settles to a thin collar and a few specks of lace. Very dark brown body with a touch of transparency to it.

S - Smokey, peaty scotch, sea air, a hint of iodine, roasted malts, charred wood, dark fruits, and a touch of red licorice. Somewhat understated.

T - The taste is sweeter, with more in the way of chocolate, nuts, and dark fruits, along with a good amount of roast. Peaty Scotch shows up late, and it's substantially more restrained than in the aroma. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Medium body that seems a bit thin for the ABV. Smooth texture, lower carbonation, and a bit of alcohol warmth that's consistent with the listed 11.4%.

D - Surprisingly restrained for a Bruickladdich barrel-aged beer, particularly taste-wise, and I enjoyed that. That being said, I was a bit underwhelmed; there's usually more flavor intensity to these De Molen offerings.

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Photo of sunnrider
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

OK, first of all, this looks nothing like a stout. It pours a murky dark reddish brown with little or no carbonation. However, it smells delicious, there´s waves of sticky chocolate and hints of spice and vanilla.

It tastes quite different to regular Rasputin, in my opinion, but still not quite a stouty taste, it´s more like a really good barleywine. The alcohol is well hidden as is the whisky taste. I actually would have preferred a little more peat and smoke.

It´s very easy to drink and it should leave you looking for more. On the bottle it states you can store for 25 years, good luck with that, mine lasted a few days.

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