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RATINGS: 1050   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jared_Clifton (39) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Pours almost black with brown head. Medium body. Very heavy bourbon smell. Taste of of bourbon, chocolate, slight coffee and a creamy sweetness. No alcohol taste at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (405) - Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2015
500 ml bottle of XII poured to a snifter. Big bold black pour with no head or lacing. Dark roast coffee, wood, leather, hint of bourbon, vanilla... Complex flavor profile evolves at it warms up... Hides the ABV well... Solid BBA RIS!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (2541) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2015
XVII bottle. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown color coming close to black and an off white to tan one finger head that dissipated within about a minute and a half leaving a light stringy sliding lacing. The smell started off with a thick rich sweet luscious chocolate. After about a minute of warming, a nice roasty coffee enters and sprinkles in some vanilla. I’d say it took a good half an hour to warm before the bourbon made any presence and when it did a light woodiness came about. The taste was layered just like the smell in pretty much the same order. A big super sweet sticky chocolate aftertaste bled into a semi dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. The carbonation seemed to have been pretty smoothed out as it just rolls across my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good bourbon barrel aged RIS. I’d have this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beastwhite315 (20) - - MAR 1, 2015
Very thick and powerful. A bit too thick and hides the bourbon flavor. Ended up mixing with an English Alecto get the bourbon to come through ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (5667) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle at Ash’s. Pours black, nose is bourbon, vanilla, toffee, coconut, chocolate, wood, taste is dry, wood, chocolate, bourbon, light bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (3599) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to Chris Schneider. Appearance - opaque black with a lovely fawn head. Nose - dark chocolate, wood notes, maybe light vanilla, but not massive. Taste - dark and creamy chocolate, tangy toffee note, dry wood backdrop. Palate - massive creamy body, with a big creamy/woody middle section and a dry balanced finish, where the wood clings on. Overall - this is great. I think it would develop brilliantly in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (5529) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at Ashton McCobb?s. Pours jet black with a long-lasting beige head. Aromas of bourbon, booze, wood, tobacco. Taste is wood, bourbon, coconut, coffee, chocolate. Slightly thin, but lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scola729 (34) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
On tap at Fischman's Chicago, XV release. Enjoyed the normal old Rasputin better, very very boozy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2510) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Black pour. Tan head. Lacing. Bourbon and malt aroma. Big alcohol and raisin. Hot finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4081) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Vintage XV. Not much head at this point. Aroma is still a strong bourbon presence with light bitter sweet chocolate, some light roasted old coffee bean.

Flavor has a trace of dark fruit up front followed by mild dark chocolate with oak, bourbon and a sugar raisin finish. The sip displays a light warming sensation after the swallow that even at this age reminds me it is a serious stout. The actual alcohol favor is pretty much hidden. Mild secondary oak hints. The body is a tad thinner then I was wanting or expecting. I would never call it watery ( because of the great bourbon presence ) but nowhere near the fullness I have gotten in others of the BBA stouts. Still really exceptional, don’t misinterpret any of this. I just held on to this maybe a year to long.

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