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RATINGS: 1048   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Seems hard to believe that weve been making Old Rasputin for 10 years now, but thats whats happened. And, to celebrate the occasion, weve brewed a special small batch thats been aged for 9 months in some 12 year-old bourbon barrels. Its bottled in 500 ml bottles with a cork and wired finish and a special commemorative label ---- and its 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
c_lee_burton (167) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2015
500 ml bottle. Pours almost black with a layer of dark brown near the fluffy dark khaki head. Initial scent is bourbon with vanilla and star anise. Old Rasputin is the standard for Imperial Stout, so barrel aging it just adds complexity to the flavor. The base stout with cocoa and roasted flavors is there. On top of it is bourbon, vanilla, almost a root beer, and currant. The palate is full bubbly creamy with a finish of bitter. Excellent, but a little pricey for a pint bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (4535) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bomber: (XVII Vintage) Pours black with a short, thick, light brown head. Bourbon, chocolate, aged wood aroma. Licorice, chocolate, ash, vanilla, burnt sugar flavours.... Woody, roasty, dark fruit, more and more creamy vanilla as it heats up.... Very smooth....excellent....stupidly expensive, but excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle from Bier Stein, Eugene. Pours a dark brown/black, little bit of tan head. Aroma caramel; vanilla. Body dull and a bit fluffy, amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westchesterco (1246) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown color with a slight head. The aroma is coffee and boozey. The taste is strong boozey taste that lingers fruity on the palate. And leaves a chocolate after yaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2221) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
500 ml bottle. XVII vintage, 12.1% Pours black with moderate retentive head. Aromas of bourbon, old wood, licorice, and nutty mocha. Flavors follow same but with noticeable alcohol that really thins the body. Highly carbonated. Bourbon flavor is pretty well balanced but would have been much better if more subtle allowing the basic Rasputin flavors to come through. Very nice but somewhat over-rated for the delivery and the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3551) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
22oz bottle from Beers of Europe. It pours a deep black brown color with a minimal brown head. Aroma is sweet and roasty, with notes of dark chocolate, red berries, leather, tobacco, vanilla, espresso, liqueur. Taste is medium sweet and lightly tangy in the finish, with notes of dark chocolate, lactose, vanilla, ginger, espresso, bourbon and orange peel. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, big tasty and a sipper

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niko100 (2166) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2014
XVII vintage; Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, rich vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, & some bourbon; Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, hops, and dark fruit; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1084) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark brown color with some beige head. Noticeable bourbon booziness. Some sharp coffee flavors. Full of flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsnicholas (326) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle (500ml $22): black with brown head. Chocolate aroma with some bourbon. Taste is similar. Slightly oily. Very nice. Some warming in the end. I like this a lot, but the price is too much. Maybe special occasions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1352) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2014
XIV bottle in Nov. 14 and I think XVII just came out. Deep black and oily with lightly translucent rim. Nose is savory burnt sugar and malts, light bourbon. Lots of dark chocolate and bakers cocoa, light bourbon, lightly bitter ash in flavors. Viscous mouthfeel, slightly hot finish.

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