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RATINGS: 1016   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2009
Tap at OTH, thanks Tony for getting this amazing gem on tap. Pours deep black, with 2 finger thick mocha like head. Aroma has plenty of bourbon, wood, and damn load of booze. Taste, chocolate, lots of bourbon, barrel, wood/oak, thick palate, and just an extreme boozy mouthfeel from beginning to end. Thick chocolate, some light note of coffee. Alcohol remains very forward from aroma to actual sipping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2009
X shared by psprings... pours a surprisingly pale blackish reddish/brown color with a small creamy tannish head. the nose shows chocolate, toasted wood, caramel, spice, very hot bourbon and the bugs from the barrel. sweet malty flavor, lots of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, molasses, char and wood cannot hide from the power of the bourbon and stingingly dry alcoholic finish. rich creamy mouth feel is cut by the booze to create a lightness in the medium body. 7/3/7/4/16/3.7

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2009
Shared this with a couple of friends. Poured black with tan head. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Mellow bourbon flavor with some vanilla hints. Medium body. Great smell and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmoreau (2570) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2014 Snifter served at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. for their anniversary tapping. Poured a black/brown, with a small, foamy, light tan head that left some thin, intermittent lacing inside the glass. Initially served a little cold, but as it warmed, exposed the bourbon, roasted, dark chocolate, coffee and a touch of charred wood notes to the nose. I like the fact that the bourbon didnít overwhelm these as they proceeded into the flavor, along with a little sweetness and a touch of caramel as it warmed more. The alcohol was potently warming, the body was medium to full, and a strong hop bitterness, although present all along, finished the deal. The supply sold out within the first hour,...enough said! Recently shared a XVII, 500 ml. bottle, and was equally impressed. Poured to snifters showing a fuller, brownish tan head, with wavy spray as lacing. Nuttiness and barrel induced vanilla added to the flavor, alcohol was bourbony & warming, and the bitterness also showed barrel influence as well as earthiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16 (1207) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2009
Draught at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL 04/02/2009. Opaque dark brown with a thin light brown wispy head. Little lacing. A little chocolatey, slightly lactose boozy with a roasty coffee like finish. Barrel character is present slightly woody, not much boozy presence just a slight hot sensation on the tongue. Fairly thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
naivepegasus (343) - USA - MAR 28, 2009
XI. Poured in a 6-8 ounce glass at Hopleaf in Chicago. Pours a pure, dark black with just a thin trace of brownish head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, vanilla, and a trace of sweet alcohol. Thick palate, practically no carbonation, complex taste. Has all of the complex flavors of Old Rasputin, smoke, toast, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, etc, but you can taste the bourbon throughout, which adds a soft sweetness. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Sampled at hellbillyís hellraiser 3 gathering. Bottle courtesy of psprings. Deep black color pour with a nice creamy head that lasts. Nice roasty aroma with bourbon, wood, vanilla, licorice and dark fruit. Flavor follows along the same lines. Thick and creamy on the palate. Fantastic brew. Thanks Paul!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2009
XI - Thanks Sam! - Pours a flat almost black with a large tan head...aroma is a straight-forward assult of of bourbon, cocoa and vanilla, sweet malt...flavour is the same, very little carbonation makes this one smooth and creamy, tastes of chocolate and oak linger...this was the winner of the night at the March tasting!....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2009
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom! I have had this in my cellar around 2 years now. It is black with a red hue and a creamy head. The aroma has notes of wood, bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla and licorice. The flavour has a light sweetness and notes of roasted malt, wood, bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, licorice, caramel, and in the slightly bitter finish I find chocolate and spicy alcohol, that in no way becomes boozy. Itís a very harmonic and nice beer Ė yummiii...

   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.

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