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RATINGS: 1000   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 25, 2009
500ml bottle. dark brown/black pour with a large tan head, the aroma of bourbon (vanilla, oak etc) hits you immediately (and I donít have a good sense of smell). The palate is lighter than expected but I get flavors of chocolate, dark fruit (cherries plum) and the bourbon. It would be interesting to age a bottle of this.
Earlier Rating: 4/20/2007 Total Score: 3.8
Thanks to tever for getting this beer for me. It pours a very dark brown with red highlights. The head is light brown and frothy. The aroma and flavor hit you with vanilla and bourbon. Whatís surprising is how light the body is. The bad news is that the 11% ABV sneaks up later and hits you. A nice brew, but surprisingly light bodied

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 11, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2009 Rasputin XI bottle shared at a BeerAdvocate gathering. Black in color with a nice creamy brown head. Great aroma of coffee, chocolate, roast, bourbon, and vanilla. Flavor is similar and very complex with bourbon and oak standing out and mild dark fruit notes. Smooth, creamy palate that is not quite as full as Iíd like, but still good. Excellent stuff. UPDATE: Tried Rasputin XII as well. Not quite as good as the XI but still very good. 8/5/8/4/17 = 4.2

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle 16.9fl.oz. @ home.
[ Courtesy of Maria ]. Clear dark red brown color with a small to average, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, bourbon, wood notes, moderate alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration, and a alcohol bourbon finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20090317]

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
skylercampbell (25) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 4, 2009
On nitro-tap, regular Old Ras is the finest stout in America. But bottled? It just doesnít take well to bottling. But the bourbon barrel-aged Old Ras X is downright spectacular. This beer is everything an American beer should be. I wish I could take it to Belgium to show the beer-lovers there how fine an American bottle-conditioned ale can be.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
smith4498 (3025) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2009
XI Anniversary draft @ Redlight. Pours black with creamy brown head. Aromas of burnt malts, oak and vanilla. Roasted malts and vanilla are the dominant flavors. There is also some oak with a touch of chocolate. Full body with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Excellent

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertjm (773) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Very tall dark tan head which stands for a long time. One of those heads you might be able to float a dime on. Slight bourbon scent in the aroma. Not huge. Initial sweetness is quickly overpowered by bourbon-soaked oak and vanillas most pronounced flavors. Actual warming in throat after taking several drinks. Little bit of sludge in the bottom of the bottle. As Old Rasputin is one of my favorites I was really looking forward to this one, but Iím honestly not sure right now. Will have to lay one of the bottles I bought down to let the oak settle out.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 Version XI on cask at Redlight. Black velvet pour. Smooth chocolate aroma with big notes of vanilla and barrel wood. Taste is rich and smooth, lots of chocolate and vanilla, caramel and coffee. The barrel adds an extra layer of smoothness to this. Just awesome. Version XII, courtesy Redlight, thanks Brent! Huge bourbon nose, lots of vanilla and wood. Chocolate bourbon vanilla in the taste. Very velvety smooth and just as tasty as last years.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2009
X Bottle. Man was this good. So smooth and creamy. Nice and rich. Molasses, caramel, vanilla, coffee, chocolate. A nice bitter roasty balance. Very good.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Thanks Jason. "X" Anniversary. The beer pours to a dark brown/black body with a thin light khaki head. The aroma is vanilla, bourbon, vinous, chocolate, and cocoa powder. The flavor is rich vanilla and chocolate with a nice balanced bourbon and alcohol. The palate is medium bodied with a dry charcoal finish. This was a damned fine beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2009 Poured on nitro-tap into a small chalice. Poured black with a sticky clumpy tan marshmallow head. Smells very strongly of dark chocolate, bourbon, cherries, and roasted malt. Taste is just disappointing. I am not a big nitro tap hater and never got the hate, but it all makes sense now. The nitro just raped what i think could be a great beer. The smell was amazing, nut then the creamy nitro mouthfeel just muted everything other than the bourbon and some chocolate and vanilla notes. I didnt get much else. The nitro seemed to dull it. I enjoy the mouthfeel on some lighter nitro beers, but this one was too rich IMO to be served as such. Not dry enough to work. I was a little disappointed I spent $11 on a small chalice of something I didnt want to drink because it tasted like a bourbon mixed with ovaltine. excited to try a bottle and re-review this one. -------&# from a bottle pour, nose is similar, lots of chocolate and bourbon, taste is much better, bourbon up front, nice dark chocolate back end. Silky mouthfeel, in no way needs to be poured form a cask.


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