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RATINGS: 1042   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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.

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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized brown head. The aroma was sweet, malty and chocolaty with notes of cherry and port wine. The flavor was sweet and had a strong vanilla note and undertones of wood, cocoa, roasty malts and bourbon. The finish was long, malty and had touches of cherry, cocoa and vanilla. Fairly thick body. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Found this beer at Samís and had to give it a try (despite the price tag). Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and some coffee. Great flavor without being overly sweet or thick. Damn fine brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4239) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Pours a dark black that allows some light. One finger creamy chestnut brown head. The aroma shows a nice bourbon character, vanilla, alcohol, woody, lots of oak. Flavor is very rich, shows lots of vanillins, oaky, nice warming alcohol presence, subtle coffee and dark chocolate. Palate is smooth and warming with lots of vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (4381) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Big thanks goes out to sonicdecent Justin for this special brew! Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 7/9/2009 Pittsburgh RB tasting extravaganza (PGHRBEXT) at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever I see a spread of bottles like I did there. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we served! For example, how about this beer; 12th anniversary! Its black but not coal black. Big interesting aroma possibly laced with wintergreen of vanilla or something. Strong over the top flavor sensations. Alky alky and more alky in this stout pal. No detectable carbonation. More complex than I could ever describe! Although this is an impy stout, it seems to be a little more refined and is missing many of the attributes that I find in other of the style. Long thick impy stout finish. Certainly on style my friends.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1357) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Bottle. Pour is black and viscous with a thin brown head. Aroma is brown sugar, toffee, distant dark fruits, notable bourbon, oak, and notes of chocolate. Aroma is really wonderful. Flavor is hot up front. Lots of bourbon, wood, and dark chocolate. Flavor evolves to coffee, more alcohol, and blackberries. Finish is bitter coffee, oaky, and hints of vanilla. Certainly not as smooth as the aroma had me believe. Itís coarse and rugged but certainly not boring. I do wish it tasted more like the aroma though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Deep black pour with a nice brown head. Aroma is of bourbon and roasted malt. Very pleasant, worth breathing in several times before the first sip. The flavor of the bourbon and the stout go hand in hand. Well balanced. Has a great aftertaste. Very mellow finish. Hints of vanilla come out as it warms up. It has a creamy taste. Alcohol is hidden underneath a great taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4975) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2009
This poured a thick black with a tan head. Aroma was very roasted like its regular version, with hints of bourbon and smoke. Flavor was very very roasted, almost burnt flavor, but silky smooth at the same time. Very viscous but hides the alcohol very well too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle of the XI. Very chocolaty aroma with a hint of vanilla. More dark chocolate in the flavor, notes of coffee, and creme brulee. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle XI Anniversary. Pours a dark brown black. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and brandy. Flavors of intense vanilla, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and quite a dose of bitter hops and malt at the end. Alcohol is also quite pronounced. If it werenít for the bitterness this would be a terrific beer. Still tasty but not world class.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Bottle pours jet black with a tan head. Looks like a bit of an oil slick with other colors glistening off of it. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and wood. Nice and earthy. Big alcohol taste up front with a lot of molasses, dark malts, syrup and brown sugar. Too much alcohol heat. Needs more time to blend.

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