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RATINGS: 1058   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Seems hard to believe that weíve been making Old Rasputin for 10 years now, but thatís whatís happened. And, to celebrate the occasion, weíve brewed a special small batch thatís been aged for 9 months in some 12 year-old bourbon barrels. Itís bottled in 500 ml bottles with a cork and wired finish and a special commemorative label ---- and itís 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 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (2782) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, 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. Iíd 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. Iíd have this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beastwhite315 (21) - - 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 (6777) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle at Ashís. 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 (4072) - 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 (6621) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2015 Bottle at Ashton McCobbís. 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 (37) - 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 (2671) - 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 (4692) - 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, donít misinterpret any of this. I just held on to this maybe a year to long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pressboxjoe (282) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Most recent vintage, 500 ml bottle. Nice mocha head quick to lace, 1 cm sticks to the top. Woody chocolate-covered cherry aroma. Less body than I was hoping for. Slight metallic taste and tons of wood. Roasty hints of coffee. Slight barleywine taste of old hops. Hint of bourbon. Blowing my nose, I just got the taste of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat in my mouth. I donít know, maybe this is a nuanced counterpoint to the heavyweight hammer blow of BCBS. Itís good, but I like BCBS more. Iím sure that makes me some kind of simpleton. Thin mouthfeel is my biggest complaint.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (420) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2015
XVII bomber poured into a snifter darkest brown black with a massive tan head. Aroma is boozy sweet roasty. Flavor sweet upfront with plenty of bourbon. Moderate chocolate. YUM! Not as thick as I prefer in an imperial stout but way beyond the norm. Have had several BBAOR over the past few years. This one is the highest ABV & done nicely. Bought 2. Going to lay the other down for a future vertical.

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