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RATINGS: 1100   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Pours black with a small tan head. Big aroma of bourbon, wood, smoke, chocolate. Nice flavor, a little bit of an alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4852) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Bottle as Rasputin XII. Pitch black with a large head. Strong bourbon aroma, plenty of roasted chocolate and a bit of piney hops. The bourbon does actually mellow out a bit in the flavor. Still blatantly obvious, but not bombastic. Pine and spicy hops are somewhat muted. Lots of roasted barley, giving some chocolate and coffee notes. Big alcoholic burn. A little thin bodied. Really rockin, but I canít wait to see this in a year or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Bottle at CCB BA BS release. Poured a dark oily black. Nose was bourbon, vanilla, wood, roasted malt, sweet caramel and hints of coffee and chocolate. Flavor was roasty malt, booze, dark grains, coffee, whiskey, cherries and oak. Nice full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - AUG 1, 2009
Split this bottle with my brother at The Flying Saucer, Raleigh, NC. We both had a huge expectations for this as we both are big fans of the original stout. The bottle was served a bit too cold, for starters, and the nose was not nearly as aromatic as I had expected. Upon first sip, the taste had a wallop of incredible power. Slamming my taste buds with a wave of deep flavours...chocolate, cacao, figs, and lots of alcohol which left a nice hot burn on the tongue. The finish was extremely dry, but long lasting and complex. Would have been damn near perfect if the body was bigger. The mid-bodied feel just didnít suit the big powerful flavours on parade here. Other than that, thoroughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
funkleshite (17) - California, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Purchased (2) XII Anniversary bottle from whole foods. One for tonight, one for next year. Unlike other bourbon barrel aged ales, this RIS has enough rich complexity not to be completely transformed. It pours opaque black/brown with a tan head. Medium full bodied stout with notes of charred malts and vanilla, caramel, leather, chocolate, and oak. The palette is all bourbon and vanilla with a dark fruit that I canít put my finger on, and a roasted malt coffee tinge. The alcohol doesnít make itís presence known until the very end. Brilliant!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Bottle from City Beer. Nose is rife with hot bourbon, wood, chocolate. I was prepared to be disappointed like with BA Dec 07 but this settled into a nice thick warming chocolatey haze. The wood and bourbon melt away and the beer drinks like a liquefied brownie or barely dissolved hot cocoa mix/cocoa powder. Very pleasing to drink, but not to pay for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drowland (7881) - Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 The aroma screams bourbon barrel from the getgo - itís all vanilla, oak, and bourbon (delicious!). The flavor parallels quickly with sweet malt, vanilla, touches of dark fruit, and a dry roasted malt finish. This is very much like the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout but just slightly, ever so slightly, not as good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
nearbeer (4835) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2009
500 ml. Opaque black with a medium sized head that settles to a lasting half-inch of foam. Aromas of vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Flavor is Baby Ruth candy bar soaked in whiskey... mmm what a dessert. Medium body is dangerously drinkable and nicely dried by roast malt and alcohol. Yummy dessert and damn near perfect Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
XII Anniversary Bottle from Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora.. Pours black with a 2 finger creamy mocha head.. Aroma is coconut, vanilla and bourbon.. Flavor is bourbon, coconut and chocolate.. Thinner then most imperial stouts.. Good beer but IMHO not worth the $23 or so its going for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeBuff (7) - Rancho Santa Margarita, USA - JUL 26, 2009 does not count
Old Rasputin 12th anniversary 16.9 oz bottle at home in a .3L St. Bernardus wine style glass. Corked popped with very little pressure. Poured this bad boy at 56 deg and started drinking at 59 deg F, using and infrared thermometer. Beer pours a pitch black with a brown sugar colored head that rose to 1 finger then subsided. Nose has chocolate with hazelnut written all over it, no bourbon or alcohol on the nose surprisingly. First sip was like a chocolate store exploded in my mouth, alcohol shines through but only after 10 sec of bliss. Not that astringent picked up some coffee and vanilla . Mouth feel is nice due to a balanced carbonation level and the chocolate/roasted grains are not coating my teeth that much. Excited to see how this one settles out in a year or 2, iíve got one more and its going to pain me to wait and open it. If the price was a little better I would buy a case ($21.99). A great beer!

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