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RATINGS: 1096   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 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 (7799) - 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 (4715) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cannile (12) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
XII. 500ml bottle. Poured a near-black opaque brown, displaying a tan creamy head. Aroma of mahogany, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, caramel, and with a slight tinge of ethyl. Moderate lacing on the sides of the glass. Upon sipping, this beauty boasts huge bourbon and vanilla, leading right into a warming roastiness, chocolate and caramel really standing out, while stretching out that vanilla-oak flavor at the mid-back of the tongue. Moderately sweet, definitely complimenting the "dessertiness" of this beer. Finishes moderately sweet and bitter with hints of dark fruit. Although incredibly delicious, this beer still tastes ..... young. Even after being aged in a Kentucky bourbon barrel for a year already. Most definitely a beer that will get better and mature with age. Cheers!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9494) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Bottle from Ronís. Pours onxy with 3-finger dark brown head. Nose is intense and complex; a mix of oaky bourbon, dark peaty malt, blackberry, oats, cacao. The palate is thick, rich, complex, with flavors of dark malts, cacao, anise, oaky earthy spirits, and blackberry. This one is a gorgeous beer, and wonderfully complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2443) - 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.

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