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RATINGS: 1072   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2015
500 ml Bottle of XVII Vintage. Dark cola colored in appearance with a dense layer of cappuccino foam. Notes of dark chocolate syrup, caramelized sugars and bourbon barrel in the aroma as well as some vanilla bean and coffee around the edges. Taste is roasted malt, bourbon and bittersweet chocolate upfront with a bit of espresso, molasses and vanilla in there as well. Also some citrusy hops bitterness toward the end. Mouthfeel is suitably thick and creamy with soft carbonation and more toasted oak and dark sugars in the finish. Different but equal to regular Old Raspy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
furthur (545) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle, black opaque body, huge brown sugar colored head dissipated quickly to a skiff leaving nice lacing. Aroma molasses, cookies, vanilla, boubon, toasted barley, raisin. Flavor is a tad metally, molasses, coffee, anise, raisin, cherries, citrus rind bitterness, whiskey. Palate is a bit light carbonation is quite soft, seems like there’s a lot, but it’s not sharp and obtrusive, more like a nitro somehow. Finish is dry, coffee and whiskey. I like this better than BA Narwhal, just because it’s dryer, less sweet. Alcohol is a bit sharp, as are the hops. I think a year on this in the cellar could be amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jared_Clifton (86) - 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 (515) - 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 (3018) - 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. 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 (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 (7820) - 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 (4200) - 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 (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 13, 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 (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

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