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RATINGS: 1058   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
XII. Time to see what $24 of American beer tastes like... I believe the most expensive American Iíve ever bought. Well... off to a good start, pours a beautiful glassy near obsidian dark brown with a nice fluffy light and airy light brown/tan froth with thick silky lacing 5. Aroma is quite fruity and super bourbon forward, lots of vanilla, some coconut macaroons, faint dark chocolately roast under the bourbon 8.5. Wow... that is a lot of bourbon... and a lot of charred oak... and... well thats about it... where is my Rasputin? Just way way too much bourbon... coconut, bourbon, wood, light fruit, very dark bitter chocolate, quite dry for an Imperial Stout, ashy, light soy, char, plywood. Super fizzy sharp carbonation, med/full oily body, a totally odd combination, of course Iím sure this will change with age, super airy feeling. I feel dumb for opening this now... wish I had waited or just not bought it at all. The bottle/label/cork combo is just so super beautiful and tempting though!!! I guess when you go into the purchase knowing you are being ripped off... you shouldnít expect to be completely satisfied. BCS blows this out of the water and you get 4 offerings of it for a cheaper price. I would like about 10 of my dollars back (yes, I know what it costs to barrel age... and that is reasonable). [ Okay... took almost two hours and 4/5s of the beer to finally figure it out... I think my palate eventually adjusted to the bourbon... which if not harsh then very strong, a great woodiness emerges, really quite lovely, very dry and slightly sweet/sour, lots of tiny tiny nuances all adding up, tongue depressor, chop-stick, wood-pipe, cedar, delicious oak, well took long enough]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a mere pinstripe of brown bubbles. Aroma: A strong whiff of bourbon, featuring aromas of vanilla, caramel, graham cracker. Taste: Vanilla, chocolate pudding, caramel, toffee, bourbon and a touch of oak mixed with spicy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Warmth from the bourbon characteristics. Overall: Just amazing, bold and perfectly balanced. Not as woody as I imagined it to be, but showcases the bourbon flavors from the barrel aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
XII Vintage shared by DuffmanSW. Pours pitch black with a 2 finger mocha colored head. Aroma is mostly bourbon, vanilla and coconut with some soft chocolate undertones and a little bit of alcohol. Flavor is bourbon roast, chocolate and vanilla, very sweet, maybe a little too sweet. Palate is thick and smooth and itís well carbonated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Pours black, with a small tan head. Aroma has bourbon, but more plain oak than whisky. Sweet malts, slightly roasty, but the chocolate, coffee and molasses that you expect in the style are overshadowed by the wood. This one *definitely* needs to be served at the proper temperature. It has a bit of an alcohol burn - it doesnít cover its ABV as well as the Bourbon County Stout. Itís seriously tasty - the highlight of a good beer night - but it pales in comparison to the BCS. Hotter, and not quite as smooth. Otherwise very similar. Still really, really good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2009 Wow, just wow. When I first tried Old Rasputin I thought it was the best beer Iíd tried becasue it was so hot and so thin and assertive. Then it grew on me and I got used to it being full bodied and mocha thick. I have to say that the higher ABV of this barrel aged version is the key to making this the best beer Iíve ever tried. Itís hot, itís brutally roasted and flavorful. And most of all, itís delicious and roasted to the point of which black coffee beans arenít. It tastes like an evaporated flavor bomb reconstituted. Just fantastic, World Class. My new favorite stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Pours not quite black with medium head. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, oak, lightly sweet bourbon, and hazelnuts. Medium body with a smooth, almost creamy texture. Minimal alcohol presence. Very good, but at this price ($22/500ml) I wonít be buying any more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4901) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 16, 2009
A little bit of coffee in the aroma of this. The bourbon is very noticeable, very tihick, makes the beer sweeter, richer and brings out more coffee. Quite a bit of vanilla at times. Really good, but probably not worth the hefty $20 price tag.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 15, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2009 Bottle at the RBSG09 grand tasting, 11th anniversary vintage. black with a small tan head. Lots of wood and bourbon in the aroma with bitter piney hops and dark roasted coffee. The flavor is bitter dark chocolate, light vanilla, bourbon, oak and some caramel. The body seems to have suffered slightly in the barrel and is not really full. I like this, but I might still like the regular version better, and at a billion times the cost, I canít see ever buying more of this. 11th Anniv. bottle at BITP, sept 12th, 2009. The alcohol is smoother than the last sample I had a couple months ago, and the caramel and vanilla in the aroma were really present in a good way. Still not as rich in body as I would like, but a fine beer with some age, and probably even better with some more

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
XII Anniversary bottle consumed out of a paper cup... Aroma is an awesome with lots of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor is rich with lots of bourbon and vanilla with very little smokiness. I enjoyed this considerably more than the 10th (X) Anniversary. Maybe it was the paper cup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2244) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pitch black pour with a nice brown head. Lots of bourbon, licorice, roasted malt, chocolate. Flavor is overly woody and ashy above the typical bourbon/coffee/chocolate profile. Not better than regular Old Rasputin.

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