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RATINGS: 969   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2009
This fool was picked up at the brewery and the label states 11.2%ABV, 500 mL. Black with a 1 1/2 finger tan head, great retention. No problems finding the bourbon here, but not overpowering like BCS, either. Also, all the great aromas of the bourbon are present without being boozy and alcoholic. Lots of vanilla, buttered caramel and lighter oak atop the strong milk chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor does turn a bit hot, but this is 11.2%. There is a bit more roast, but still plenty of all the aforementioned notes keep things balanced. A bitter coffee finish dominates the finish and breaks through the bourbon, as well as some warming alcohol down the throat. Bitterness peaked at a 2-3. Light to moderate carbonation, full smooth body. Damn fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1495) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Bottle marked as XI, so I hope this is the correct beer... Anyhoot...Shared by swolf3 at SL. Thanks wolf! Cork and caged. Black in color, nice toffee colored head that lingered. On the nose a hint of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts. Wow...taste is super smooth. Nice blend of boubon ageing but not over doing it. Taste is intially some vanilla with the bourbon, then the roasted malts, coffee, and sweet chocolate. Perfect texture, creamy smooth, low carbonation. No trace of the 11.6% alcohol. I am glad I tried this next to the regular version of the Old Raspy. Now I wish I had my own bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (5022) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 5, 2009
(10/29/08) Bottle at Valley Brew brewery in Stockton (thanks a lot Mike!). Black-colored with a light brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee beans, some wood and bourbon notes and a bit of alcohol. Sweet malty flavor with a big roasted character, cocoa, some coffee notes, some dark fruits and some alcoholic and woody notes. Finishes quite dry. Great thick full body. A great Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2009 X Bottle. Pours a black as night body with a tan head. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and some fruity esters. The hops are gone from this awesome stout. I really loved this when i first had it. Fantastic. 4.5 XI Bottle. Pours a black body with 3 finger fluffy dark coffee head. Sweet malty, dark chocolate light chocolate with bourbon accents. Oak a bit thin still and some grain. 4.1 XII thanks Vic for the share. Pours a black abyss with a coffee creamy white head. Bourbon, woody vanilla notes, chewy malty light brunt character. Moderate etoh warming. Nice brew. 4.3

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Dark brown pour with a thin head. The aroma has notes of sweet dark malt, chocolate, and bourbon. Dry and roasty, chocolate cake, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Dry roast in the finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Pitch black pour with a smooth brown head. Silky body with long lingering mix of chocolate, bourbon, and mild licorice. Mild alcohol shows throughout, but very enjoyable chocolate roasted flavors dont let the alcohol distract from the goodness of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Poured black with a tan head. Good carbonation. Strong boozy aroma with hints of malts, bready yeast, chocolate, and delicious bourbon. Taste was surprisingly mellow given the strong presence of boozy bourbon in the aroma. Notes of chocolate, malts, spice, and vanilla. Long-lingering alcohol bite after each sip. Lingering bourbon taste. Tasty, but wasn’t as intense as I had anticipated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2008
Very cool beer. Not one to drink fast though! Dark, dark brown with little head. Chocolate, vanilla, malt and bourbon aroma and flavors. Overall, a nice complex beer.

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