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RATINGS: 1049   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Seems hard to believe that we’ve been making Old Rasputin for 10 years now, but that’s what’s happened. And, to celebrate the occasion, we’ve brewed a special small batch that’s been aged for 9 months in some 12 year-old bourbon barrels. It’s bottled in 500 ml bottles with a cork and wired finish and a special commemorative label ---- and it’s 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 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (3174) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 2, 2009
XI Bottle Pours out a black topped with a nice tan head. Aroma was GREAT vanilla, chocolate, and a little coffee. Tast very tasty more of the vanilla, some bourbon, and lots of Almond Joy notes. Very nice body. O man I can’t wait to have another one in a couple years. BIG thanks to SAM.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7280) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bottled as "X" Anniversary. Poured deep garnety-brown with a short cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up rich, sweeter whiskey and vanilla notes over semi-sweet chocolate and lesser coffee notes.. deeper earthy and touches of molasses behind.. absolutely wonderful! The flavor carried moderately-roasted darker chocolates throughout with black peppery alcohol, vanilla, and smoky whiskey around.. long aftertaste of smoky whiskey, lightly-roasted chocolate, and vanilla. Heavier-bodied with light, scratchy bitterness on the palate.. sweet-ish overall with great smokiness and warmth. This was an absolutely amazing beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2009
XI Anniversary Bottle shared by Hophead84. Pours black with a big chocolate head. Nose was big on bourbon, vanilla, oak and booze. Flavor was also big on bourbon, oak and vanilla. I think this brew would definitely develop over time, it was a little "hot" at 1 year old.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (7221) - 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 über 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 (2792) - 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 didn’t 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 (1209) - 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 (350) - 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 hellbilly’s 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!

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