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RATINGS: 1053   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.

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 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 (4830) - 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 (2243) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle of XII shared by Gypsy19 at the grand tasting. Black pour. aroma is heavy bourbon and chocolate malt. Flavor is the same; pretty good but could probably use a rest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
XII Thanks Davecooks. Poured black, smooth, roasted malts, dark chocolate, little coffee, little alcohol, slight licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4883) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
500 ml bottle, this is expensive stuff, 1100 rating. Loud bang and the cork came flying out when I barely touched the cork. Aroma is very chocolatey, with bourbon smoke, and caramel malt. Pours a deep dark brown, with frothy tan head, some lacing. Big on the chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Some sourness on the tongue for some reason. Finishes with a pretty decent amount of bitting bitter hops, which contrasts the other flavors. Just a hint of smoke and dark fruit. Good stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
XII, 500 mililiter bottle, snifter. Pours pure black with a large brown head. A little thicker viscosity seemingly, but weíll find out shortly. As it sits in the glass, it appears just like classic Razz, but if you swirl it around a little, the lacing is a lot creamier, thicker; Lots of residue to the walls of the glass. Aroma was very familiar at first and it took me a minute to remember Founders Kentucky Breakfast; It smells almost exactly like that, but a pinch fruitier. Lots of bourbon, oak, and other woods in the aroma. Very big aroma. Flavor: Bourbon is coming on pretty strong. I know that this is because of this bottleís youth. Yeah, Iím sorry to say that the bourbon is overpowering. The classic Razz is still in there, but heís drowning in Jack Daniels and a little Southern Comfort. Still very good flavor, donít get me wrong; The chocolate, roasty malts, and brown sugar are all there underneath, theyíre just understated now, whereas before they were the main attraction. Mouthfeel is actually the same as regular Razz, thick and hearty, without being syrupy. A very respectable showing, as always, by North Coast, but again, be ready for whiskey here if youíre going to be having this anytime soon. Overall, excellent minus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Poured from the bottle. Black brown with some tan head. Aromas of cocoa, coffee, roasted malt. Full bodied and smooth. Good solid flavors and some oaky bourbon notes. Very tasty but not overwhelmingly better than the non barrel aged!

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