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RATINGS: 1050   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.

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 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Dark brown with a hints of copper on the edges. Tall lasting tan head. Ripe dark fruit stewed in a bourbon. Lightly charred oak, vanilla and caramel in the background. Nice lace. Soft and lightly oily feel. My second bottle. The first was shared with friends at a near refrigerator temperature. This is at cellar temperature. The warmer on has a bit more alcohol edge. Initial sweet bourbon flavors. Dark fruit with dates and prunes. Middle has a roasted malt, caramel and vanilla. Finish is warming. Linger is long with everything from oak, light smoke, bourbon, molasses, and roasted malt. Extremely dangerous if consumed at a cooler temperature.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2009
From the bottle. Poured a night black, with a nice tan head. The smell is that of roasted malts, with a bit of coffee thrown in. The taste is a bit of chocolate, with a lot of dark roast coffee. Very delicious. Its like they Old Rasputing and added more complexity of the bourbon light sweetness and also added a lot more of the coffee as well. Sweet hints of chocolate also perforate the palate, though they are not the strongest part of this beer. Very exceptional and worth the high price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle... Poured black with a light brown head. Chocolaty and roasted malt aroma. Creamy flavors of toasted almond, sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Bourbon whiskey, alcohol warmth in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1991) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2009
pours very dark brown with a medium tight tan head. Aroma is rich chocolate and coffee, velvety roast malt and some oakey tones and alc. Flavour is strong coffee, bourbon/brandy chocolates, i didnít find it that boozy. Though there was a hint of alc and some light burnt malt bitterness in the finish. An interesting tweak on Rasputin, though a bit pricey for my liking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (7701) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle. Poured black with a thick brown head. Aroma was full of alcohol with coffee and a slight vanilla note. Flavor is was full of bourbon with a coffee note as well. Personally I prefer the straight Old Rasputin. For the price they charge, it thought it was quite the rip-off.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle 50 cl. Pours black and opaque with a dense and creamy cappuchino-like head. Intense yet soft aroma of sweet hard roasted malts with distinct woody notes and warming alcohol. Very full-bodied, hard roasted malts, sweet vanilla and bourbon with a solid alcohol burn in the finish. Very, very delicious. 110709

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3949) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Pours dark brown - almost black with a creamy dark brown head. The aroma is very sweet and complex. Milk chocolate, brown sugar, alcohol, vanilla and oak abound. The flavor is thick and bourbony with caramel, oak, vanilla, chocolate, raisins. The alcohol burns the tongue on the way down. Very sweet with the chocolate, fruit and black licorice up front followed by the roasted coffee bitterness and barrel flavors in the end. An excellent example of a barrel aged stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
RSRIZZO (1881) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2009
750ml bottle labeled as Old Rasputin XII. Color is near black with average carbonation and a tan head. Aroma is sweet with rich caramel and chocolate scents. It has a big full body that goes down with a rich feel. Finish is rich and sweet with flavors of caramel, dried fruits, vanilla and just a hint of oak. In the after taste the flavors linger on with a nice warm feel. This is a great brew in every way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5316) - 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.

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