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RATINGS: 997   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rallison (116) - USA - MAR 10, 2009
XI release (the X release was also incredible, but didnít have enough to rate from). Beautiful beer. A: Perfect pour - viscous black gold with a creamy tan head that never fully dies. Very nice. S: Roasty chocolate propped up by some very pleasant bourbon notes. T: Great balance between the rich, dark chocolate, light roasted malts, sweet bourbon and dark fruits. Beautiful. Nothing is overpowering, nothing is out of place. I love it. M: Velvet. Deliciously creamy. D: Almost 12%? Drinks much, much easier than the ABV would have you expect. Highly recommended. One fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (5898) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2009 Wow! A 500 ml bottle from Ericís awesome cellar. Thanks man. 10th anniversary edition. Pours a pure black color with a huge thick light brown head. The aroma is pure and awesome whiskey, decadent. The flavor is dominated by the whiskey barrel, but also some brown sugar, sweet malts, some roasted aspects also. Very nice. Maybe one of the best BA beers Iíve had. Excellent. Still quite warm. Re-rate: had the 12th anniversary fresh; very similar, loads of whiskey barrel in the nose and a more balanced flavor. Awesome, plus I love the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
500 ml, XI (08), Pours black with brown head. Sweet aroma of vanilla and bourbon. Bourbon does dominate taste but pairs well with the roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit flavors. Hint of oak flavor. Warming and full bodied. Liked it, but think I prefer the original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (347) - , California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2010 Rasputin XI is dense and opque with a bourbon and Cocoa Puffs aroma. Massive bourbon and anise flavors plus carob and cocoa puffs. Cabonation and alcohol warmth add to punch, diminishing final astringent drying note. 2008 bomber pours dark and heavy. Bourbon dominates aroma and is strong in flavor. Body is a bit lean, but carbonation right on. Besides bourbon, thereís barley malt with a vanilla tang, and some alcohol and oak notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Short and sweet: better than the regular raspy but probably not worth more than one try. EDIT- Previous review was for 11, the 12 bumped it up a bit overall. Very nice, refined, and still much preferred, for me anyway, to the regular version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Very nice beer. I need to rerate this at some point, because I remember liking it more than my notes indicate. Pours an awesome, creamy black with a nice head. Aroma is very complex, lots of chocolate and wood, with bourbon and clove in the background. Flavor is awesome; creamy chocolate with vanilla, wood, cherries, bourbon, and some lighter fruits. Lots of roasted grain as well. Not as hot as regular Rasputin, and much more complex. Great creamy mouthfeel. A real winner, and this is the XI, so Iím pretty excited to try the X.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2010 XII version. More or less black. Thick head. Big nose - vanilla, chooclate and barrel. Nothing fancy, just a lot of nice stuff. Extra sweet brew, with loads of vanilla. Simple, dessertlike. 8-4-7-4-15 = 3.8

Original version: Light brown. Slightly muddy. The aroma is nice, woody, somewhat alcoholic with those nice Rasputin dark fruits. Very complex, balanced. Smooth body. Rounded alcohol and vanilla, layered wonderfully over top of chocolate and fudge. Itís funny - I have had a lot of these types of beers and theyíre great. But thereís nothing unique, so I find one like that this is just very well executed and itís something special to me. Thanks Dawn! 9-2-8-4-17 = 4.0

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 Thank you BeerVirgin for sharing this!! Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY! Blacker than a forest at night. The aromas are dangerously delicious, oozing vanilla. Excellent palate and perfect carbonation. Vanilla is present in the flavors but just a hint, integrated well into a symphony of flavors. A supreme, fine, delectable brew.
Old Rasp. XII--bottle shared by CapFlu. Thick and black with tan head. Rich aroma is oysters, brine, asphalt, chocolate, rich dark fruity chocolate, enormous complexity with fruity undertones, smells South American. Brilliantly light on the palate makes it incredibly easy to drink. Excellent fudge flavors with rich creamy chocolate. Some vanilla, even a hint of mint. Really there is nothing disagreeable about this beer. Itís quite spectacular and at minimum, if I were in a really bad mood, I would rate at 8-4-9-5-17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Generously shared by the Atlanta crew, bottle with the XI label. Another star at Pre-Sex. The aroma is sweet and inviting, more like a tawny port than traditional bourbon barrel to me. Maybe thatís because of the blend of barrel with this silky chocolate impy, one of the best out there. Lip-smackingly good, long smooth finish and a deep blend of roasted flavors with woody complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Thanks to UncleJedi for this sample at the sexual chocolate release! Dark brown pour with thick tan head. Big oaky aroma with some bourbon. Creamy silky mouth-feel. Flavor dominated by chocolate and bourbon. Nice warming finish which was perfect for the cold morning!

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