Serve in Snifter


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1100   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
Seems hard to believe that we’ve been making Old Rasputin for 10 years now, but that’s what’s happened. And, to celebrate the occasion, we’ve brewed a special small batch that’s been aged for 9 months in some 12 year-old bourbon barrels. It’s bottled in 500 ml bottles with a cork and wired finish and a special commemorative label ---- and it’s amazing. The depth, intensity and complexity of the flavor profile make it a worthy tribute to this fine beer.

This entry is for all anniversary Bourbon BA Old Rasputin releases.

X 11.6% ABV
XII 11.2% ABV
XIV 11.5% ABV
XV 11.9% ABV
XVI 11.3% ABV
XVII 12.1% ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1747) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2016
This is a bottle several years old, from whatever vintage was 11.9 percent. The pour is quiet and still, with the finest of bubbles gathering a sheet of mocha foam over the black. The aroma is heated and forceful at first, with pomegranate molasses and milk chocolate treading faithfully against the rising pool of bourbon inflected sweetness; coconut, vanilla, burnt honey. With warmth and aeration, layers of concentrated coffee bean, leather, and roasted berries are revealed.

The taste initially leans with some frailty on the barrel sweetnesses. It is thereafter quickly apparent that the malt foundation has substantially eroded, as flavors of dry wood and old milk chocolate candy bars attest. It has a thinness, a papery, oxidative, hollow quality. Reliably, the wild, tannic, complex fruit notes of the aroma emerge to provide some intrigue later on. But ultimately, the barrel influence is overwhelming given how the overall structure has weakened.

The velvety palate envelops many of these issues to some degree. The finish is of wet wood, a port like sweetness of reduced figs. Because of its textural sensuality, the lacking, unbalanced or hotheaded tendencies elsewhere can’t define the final impression. Really, it’s hard to say when this beer’s ideal moment might have been. It was surely a bomb of overdone barrel aging when young, given that that influence is so intense even at this advanced age. So it’s hard to know if it ever might have had a peak moment when the malt foundation was whole and when the barrel influence had at least begun to settle. This is not that moment, but it is still appreciable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (3859) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 18, 2016
Catch up rating from Saturday’s RS bottle share. Sample rated was XV. Smooth, silky, oily, just enough burn on top of this already exemplary stout. Nice sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crim (113) - POLAND - APR 13, 2016
Barrel aged old rasputin XVI Troche mało ciała alenw podstawowej tez to jest, bardzo beczkowo, wanilia, bourbon i słodka czekolada, kawowy dobre bez masturbacji

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MichaelAwesome (6437) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - APR 11, 2016
Ganz schöne Ansage und auch ganz schön sämig. Daneben ordentlich im Kaffee, leicht im Karamell, etwas Nuss und auch die Malzigkeit ist ganz nett. Sehr wärmend, knallt aber ganz schön. Zudem vollmundig und gut ausgewogen. Hat was.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChrisOfstad (1) - Hamar, NORWAY - APR 1, 2016 does not count
From back log, Black with a brown head, malt aroma with vanilla. fruit and licorice body. Real good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille, dégustée le 10/6/2013.
Visuel : Couleur : noire. Apparence : opaque.
Arôme : Malt rôti, chocolat, boisé (bourbon), légèrement fruité, notes de café et de vanille.
Goût : En entrée de bouche : Léger goût fruité (petits fruits foncés) avec un léger goût de vanille. Une dominante de malt rôti et de chocolat sucré est présente avec un goût boisé (bourbon), un léger goût d’alcool réchauffant ainsi que des notes de café.
En bouche : Corps : moyen-ronde. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : riche et légèrement crémeuse. Finale : longue, composée d’une légère amertume de rôti, de chocolat et d’alcool avec des notes boisées et fruitées.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorkenstein (417) - - MAR 14, 2016
Toasted coconut, bourbon, and dark chocolate. Taste is bourbon, toasted coconut, dark chocolate, roasted malts/coffee, dry hop finish. XVI

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nybol (1380) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2016
En meget mørk øl, kaffe eftersmag, lettere røget. Det er en meget harmonisk øl, og dermed lettere at drikke end fx limfjordporter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (3717) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2016
bottle at home, poured a dark brown to black colour with a two finger mocha head on top. nose of sweet chocolate, lot of roasted malts, vanilla, vanilla cream, oak, and a big amount of sweet sticky bourbon. however, the taste and mouthfeel are way to thin. very weak bodied mouthfeel. only with notes of sweet chocolate and bourbon. i was expecting a lot more of this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Breezy4life (50) - - FEB 13, 2016
Aroma is oaky. You can definitely smell the bourbon and alcohol. Color is very dark. Coffee and chocolate are overshadowed by oak, smoke, and bourbon. Mouthfeel is glorious. Strong, full, rich, and bourbon filled with a relatively quick and quite smooth finish, especially at 9% abv. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1  2  3 4 5 » 110

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50