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RATINGS: 1055   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertjm (794) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Very tall dark tan head which stands for a long time. One of those heads you might be able to float a dime on. Slight bourbon scent in the aroma. Not huge. Initial sweetness is quickly overpowered by bourbon-soaked oak and vanillas most pronounced flavors. Actual warming in throat after taking several drinks. Little bit of sludge in the bottom of the bottle. As Old Rasputin is one of my favorites I was really looking forward to this one, but Iím honestly not sure right now. Will have to lay one of the bottles I bought down to let the oak settle out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2822) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 Version XI on cask at Redlight. Black velvet pour. Smooth chocolate aroma with big notes of vanilla and barrel wood. Taste is rich and smooth, lots of chocolate and vanilla, caramel and coffee. The barrel adds an extra layer of smoothness to this. Just awesome. Version XII, courtesy Redlight, thanks Brent! Huge bourbon nose, lots of vanilla and wood. Chocolate bourbon vanilla in the taste. Very velvety smooth and just as tasty as last years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2009
X Bottle. Man was this good. So smooth and creamy. Nice and rich. Molasses, caramel, vanilla, coffee, chocolate. A nice bitter roasty balance. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Thanks Jason. "X" Anniversary. The beer pours to a dark brown/black body with a thin light khaki head. The aroma is vanilla, bourbon, vinous, chocolate, and cocoa powder. The flavor is rich vanilla and chocolate with a nice balanced bourbon and alcohol. The palate is medium bodied with a dry charcoal finish. This was a damned fine beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2009 Poured on nitro-tap into a small chalice. Poured black with a sticky clumpy tan marshmallow head. Smells very strongly of dark chocolate, bourbon, cherries, and roasted malt. Taste is just disappointing. I am not a big nitro tap hater and never got the hate, but it all makes sense now. The nitro just raped what i think could be a great beer. The smell was amazing, nut then the creamy nitro mouthfeel just muted everything other than the bourbon and some chocolate and vanilla notes. I didnt get much else. The nitro seemed to dull it. I enjoy the mouthfeel on some lighter nitro beers, but this one was too rich IMO to be served as such. Not dry enough to work. I was a little disappointed I spent $11 on a small chalice of something I didnt want to drink because it tasted like a bourbon mixed with ovaltine. excited to try a bottle and re-review this one. -------&# from a bottle pour, nose is similar, lots of chocolate and bourbon, taste is much better, bourbon up front, nice dark chocolate back end. Silky mouthfeel, in no way needs to be poured form a cask.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
On tap @ Map Room. Impenetrable pitch black w/ some ruby shades in its depth, like Sauronís eye; thick tan head leaves a sparkling, galaxy lacing; Aroma: Bourbon, along w/ the regular Old Rasputin aroma; flavor: stronger chocolate w/ a shit-ton of vanilla bean...a lot of vanilla bean. Wow! Alcoholic burn is more subtle than most Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stouts. Builds up as it warms up. Everything you could hope for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (3599) - 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 canít 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 (7361) - 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 (7801) - 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.

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