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RATINGS: 1101   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jrehmert (7) - Ellicott City, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2009 does not count
PACKAGE: 500 mL corked/caged bottle
AROMA: Substantial chocolate and bourbon with a slight note of roasty sweetness.
APPEARANCE: Pours opaque black with a persistent brown head (about 1/4") and dissipates to a thin brown, frothy film that leaves light lacing with each sip.
FLAVOR: Initial flavor is purely imperial stout - chocolate, coffee, and a light sweetness, but the bourbon takes over quickly and entirely, leaving a very distinct bourbon after.
MOUTHFEEL: A full bodied RIS (as expected) with a moderate carbonation level.
OVERALL: Exactly as advertised and a very enjoyable sipper. What more would one expect when starting with such a phenomenal beer and ending in a bourbon barrel for some complexity. The alcohol dominance was a bit out of balance, but that did not take away from my impression in the least.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2009
I knew Iíd like this - take one of my favorite beers and do one of my favorite things to it - but I didnít realize Iíd like it THIS much. Dense black with a rich, frothy head. Aroma of bourbon, over-ripe fruit, and some char. More of the same on first sip, plus coffee, vanilla, even some wine-like notes. The aging seems to have taken a little of the slightly rough edge off the Rasputin. Aftertaste of bourbon char, plus some dryness at the finish. The alcohol presence is rich and warming, just where it should be. I did think the $23 price was bit high -- but a week later I bought a second bottle, so I guess not. This is a masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2009
500ml Bottle: Aroma of bourbon, wood, chocolate, light alcohol, light vanilla, light coconut, light cream, light roasted malts, and a hint of espresso. Poured pitch black in color with a large, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of bourbon, light alcohol, light vanilla, wood, chocolate, slight espresso, light roasted malts, slight tar, and and a little cream. Medium body. Smooth, silky, then slightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Bourbon, light alcohol, chocolate, wood, and slight tar finish is a tad dry. 11.2%ABV is noticeable but not overbearing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2009
bottled, black viscous pour with almost no head, aroma of vanilla/oak and sweet roasted malt, flavor with big sticky dark fruits with wonderful presence of oak and roasted malt, light carbonation with lasting sweetness on palate, very appropriately bottled for special occasions

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
bottle thanks to cavie who obviously has issues with chocolate easter bunnies. poured black with a tan head that would not give up. aroma was bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. flavor was bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and some wood followed by a medium body.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2009

Source:500 mL bottle from Friar Tucks in Illinois.
Glass:North Coast snifter.
Appearance:Black pour with a half finger of brown head.
Aroma:Heavy bourbon and vanilla notes.
Flavor:Heavy bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. The finish is dark bitter chocolate.
Palate:Full body with soft carbonation.
Overall:This was pretty hot for my taste, but still a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cavie (4305) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Old drowland sent this one. Itís seriously pointless to try and look through this. There is no light, period. You know, is it superfluous to place a dot after writing the word "period"? Shouldnít that word fulfill the dot requirement? Giant brown head that doesnít go away. Aroma has the bite of a sharp chocolate beer. Sweet and smooth. Doesnít bite too harshly...more like a nibble. Soft chocolate taste, like the ease of milk chocolate. Reminds me of a milk chocolate Easter bunny. You know the kind you eat the ears off first? Yeah, that one. I remember waking up early on Easter so that I could search for eggs, and there was always 1 or 2 that mom would forget about that we would find in late July. And you always ate that candy anyways, you know you did! Finish is of a dark chocolate bitter. Great taste, could have a better aftertaste though. Has the burn of alcohol. Bad bunny.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
asheft (2968) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2009
[bottle] Very oaky vanilla aroma. Sweet and inviting. Oily thick black velvety appearance with a light brown, dense foam that lasts and laces the glass. Delicious velvety oaky vanilla flavour with tons of chocolate and some coffee. The oak flavour is strong and transcendent, but is offset by a gentle dryness and black malt bitterness. Not much hops character, but thatís no problem. Surprisingly, the body is not as full as others, medium to full, moderate carbonation, vanilla oak finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21585) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2012 Bottle at Chris-Os Pre GBBF 09 tasting ... Deep black ... sweet roast malt nose... sweet toffee .. lots of roast malts ... caramel ... lots of toffee ... little bourbon bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head ... dark chocolate ... soft boubon ... mellow nose ... too heavy in bourbon ... lots of coconut ... dark malts ... light chocolate3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Deep brown/black opaque body, thin to medium persistent ochre head. Nose of oak, bourbon, and rich, chocolaty, roasted malts. Silky body with great balance between bourbon and oak notes and the chocolate, coffee, licorice, and roasted characteristics of the imperial stout. Outstanding mouthfeel. Excellent.

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