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RATINGS: 1094   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 21, 2009
I would be more impressed had they aged this for 12 years. That being said it is a fine brew indeed. Paid $19.99 for a bottle of this. After smelling this for a while I noticed some butter, bourbon, alcohol, and maybe some chocolate roast. Such a very smooth drink. I couldnít notice the alcohol, but an alcoholic rarely can. Flavor was silky smooth goodness. Why describe flavors when words such as: good, well planned, tasty, almost dominant yet slightly lacking something do the job just fine. I like it better than the original, but I think you could get the same product by aging the original for 13 months without the oak barrel. Not worth the price for me, but damn tasty. Just age the orginal and save yourself some cash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hirigalzkar (2753) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2009
Bottle. I really like this one. The aroma is full of the regular imperial stouty tones of chocolate, vanilla and coffee with a touch of whiskey. Sweet oaky taste (not overly complex).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2009
12. Really great - havenít had a big beer like this in some time. Full and round, roasty, woody, chocolate, bourbon. Slightly hot. Really well carbonated for a BA beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2009
UPDATED: APR 10, 2014 (Most recent comments based upon XV): Black with big, creamy, cappuccino head, fine lacing / Rich nose of cigar box, chocolate, roast coffee, bourbon, oak, coconut, vanilla / Medium to full body, very spritzy, sweet but with good balance and some bitterness / Flavors of cigar box, roast barley, semisweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, caramel, oak / Body is overly carbonated, but fine flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (25286) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2009
Bottle at Stockholm Beer and Whisky 2009. Dark brown coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dried fruits and wood. Sweet and roasted flavour of chocolate, vanilla, wood, bourbon and alcohol. Dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2009
500mL bottle, 12th anniversary. Pours very deep brown, nearly opaque, capped with a moderate sized brown head. Roasted chocolate malt aroma, with licorice, cocoa, vanilla, and some alcohol. Flavor is fairly intense, with coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon. Alcohol is strong and the body is a bit thinner than I expected, but its still enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 17, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2009 XII Bottle from ditmier- Thanks!!! Pours a deep brown with a decent tan head. Good lookin beer. aroma of dark chocolate, figs, bourbon, cocoa, coffee. really comes alive as it warms. Flavor is tight. cream , bourbon, bitter chocolate, a slight hint of booze. alcohol is Very well hidden though. Nice smooth, sticky, creamy mouthfeel. Great all around beer. Quite enjoyable.

Tried side by side with regular old raspy. More coffee and bitterness in the regular version. Still good, but I prefer the barrel aged version fo sho and wish north coast would start selling the bourbon barrel old raspy around the country for the same price as regular raspy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Bottle XII Pours a sturdy black with a good tan head. The head is frothy and lasting. It produces great lacing. Has a good aroma of bourbon barrels, roastness, alcohol, and some chocolate. Has a good carbonation. A nice alcohol burn which is good but not too much. The flavor is heavy bourbon but good. Well blended, hide the high abv well. Has good malts, and subtle stout tastes. The texture is a little on the dry side. Has a full body. The finish is good and the aftertaste sits nicely on the tastebuds. I was not sure weather or not to pick this one up because of the price but I am real happy I did. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Metro Tasting. XII. Poured black. Aroma was bourbon and roast. Taste was hot bourbon, roast, chocolate and more bourbon on the finish. A bit thin overall and too bourbon heavy for my preference.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keir (183) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle on 08.21.09 with sneagrams and others. Pours dark brown with light amber head. Aromas of anise, toffee, slight bourbon, sweetness, and heavy alcohol. Tastes of heavy sweetness, wood, vanilla, slight bourbon and burns of alcohol, but is not harsh.

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