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RATINGS: 967   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2009
An aged X anniversary edition, courtesy BeerVirgin. Pours a very dark brown almost black color with a small tan colored head that dissipates quickly. The aroma shows a lot of bourbon, oak, and vanilla with some chocolate and roasty undertones. The flavor follows suit with chocolate, some roast, and then a good amount of woody bourbon, and oaky vanilla adding some sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable and adds some warmth. The bourbon and oak seemed to have mellow things out, which is nice. Nearly full bodied and pretty smooth on the palate with the alcohol warmth on the finish. A really nice beer that benefitted from aging.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gnoff (7445) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2009
Sampled from bottle at OT, Stockholm. On January 25, 2009
Pitch black color, brown head. Huge oak and vanialla sweet scent. Big malty and oak taste. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium high bitterness. Long alcohol and oaky vanilla aftertaste. Warmiong alcohol, quite lasting. One more year at least will work wonders.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2009
500ml Bottle, 10th Anniversary courtesy of WeeheavySD. My 500th rating, wow that too way to long! Pours a dark brown, opaque color with a light brown head. Nose is outstanding, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, baby powder, woody cocoa notes deep in the background. Initial taste begins with wood, vanilla, bourbon pours over the mouth. Mid palate displays more of alcohol spiciness, black coffee, some rhine bitterness, and dark chocolate. Finish displays rich tobacco reminding me of a fine cigar,dark fruits also become apparent as the tobacco tries to hide them away, also the rhine bitterness still lingers lightly in the background. Palate duration is outstanding, head retention and spot lacing excellent. Body is medium and slight oily. Mild dry finish. Flavor is complex and extremely drinkable. Special Thanks to WeeheavySD, a generous trader!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2009
BeerVirgin72 was remarkably kind to share this beautiful beer. This bottle was the 10th anniversary. Regular rasputin is nice, but holy shit this stuff is the BOMB! Pours black as hell. Aroma hits with dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, wood and chocolate. Flavor is so smooth. The barrel aging certainly reduced some of the roasty and toasty notes from the beer and the body is much fuller. Flavor has lots of chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla and is simply amazing. Wow!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
500ml bottle from davecooks, big thanks Dave. This is the 10th ann. version. Not pitch black, kind of glows, but I can’t see through it. Dark fruits make up the bulk of the aroma. Some chocolate, lots of vanilla. The bourbon was evident as well, very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2009
X bottle!!! Bottle shared with the Otown crew at Redlight which made this already great beer better.My 650th rating!!! Poured a beautiful thick dark brown. Sweet aroma of bark, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor was SURPRISINGLY mellow! I was sooo expecting this beer to just over power me. But it did not. I did a side by side of this with the regular Old Rasputin JUST to point out the differences to my palate. THis beer was delightful. So smooth I could have probably drank the whole bottle. THe bourbon was very lightly done allowing the the great flavor of the stout to come t hrough. Nothing better than the flavors of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon! Special thanks to Aspidites for making me buy this beer while in Cali!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2704) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Bottle shared with Sparky27...Eric, you ROCK!!! Fairly mild nose, much more aggressive flavor. Smoke, firewood, and ash are followed by a touch of bourbon and Godiva chocolate. Aroma definitely has a cigar-shop quality. Fluffy khaki head sits above about as dark brown a body can get without reaching black. Creamy mouthfeel and minimal sweetness. A very well put together Imperial Stout...THANK AGAIN!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Fresh XI anniversary edition. Courtesy Morgan from Great Orlando Beer Festival. Pours extremely dark chocolate brown, almost black. A minimal, tan colored head dissipates quickly, leaving just a thin, swirly film at the surface. Scant spotting marks the glass. The aroma is big on bourbon and very woody, the dark chocolate and caramel undertones seemingly overpowered by saturated oak. Vanilla plays a big role, working nicely with the massive bourbon contingent. Chocolate asserts itself a bit more in the flavor, caramel also coming forward, but the bourbon still takes center stage. Old, boozy, vanilla laden oak permeates the entire brew. Sweetness conquers roastiness, two roles that I would like to see reversed. Nearly full on the palate, the substantial body is surprisingly over carbonated, and the alcoholic heat is a bit intense. Still a really good beer, some mellowing time in the cellar is justified.

Fresh XI score: 8/4/7/3/16 = 3.8

Aged X anniversary edition, courtesy BeerVirgin. Now THIS is what I’m talking about. The aforementioned review stays true for the most part, but the woody bourbon is so much better integrated after a year plus in the bottle. Some chocolaty roast breaks free from the alcoholic stronghold to balance out some of the sweetness. The vanilla is softer, becoming a valued part of the beer rather than a distant outlier. Even the mouthfeel seems calmer, more mature. In short, this beer begs for time in the bottle. Great stuff.

Aged X score: 8/4/8/4/17 = 4.1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1244) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2009 Thanks to Morgan from Great Orlando Beer Fest for the taste. Aroma is an incredible mix of bourbon whiskey, vanilla and caramel. Flavor is very strong on the bourbon, with a lot of vanilla and woody flavors mixed in. Very good. Thanks to BeerVirgin, I was able to try the X Anniversary edition with some more time on it. The strong flavors certainly mellow with a year. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Iowaherkeye – thanks Joey! Pours a midnight black with a 2 finger dense tan head that lasts and leaves great lacing. Nose is roast, dark chocolate and light coffee. Taste is ash, cocoa, vanilla, roasted malt, light smoke and coffee with a bitter hop finish. Bourbon is present and gets much more pronounced as it warms. Full and creamy mouth feel. Very good beer.

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