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RATINGS: 1015   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.

XII 11.2% ABV
XIV 11.5% ABV
XV 11.9% ABV
XVI 11.3% ABV

thebitterendaz's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebitterendaz (30) - Alabama, USA - JUN 3, 2013
This rating is for XII. poured of bottle found in tiny liquor store in San Diego. Pours blackest of black. Smells of licorice and sweet raisins. Heavy chocolate on initial sip ans finishes like a vania caramel latte. Incredibly smooth for 11.2%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westchesterco (1108) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown color with a slight head. The aroma is coffee and boozey. The taste is strong boozey taste that lingers fruity on the palate. And leaves a chocolate after yaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2001) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
500 ml bottle. XVII vintage, 12.1% Pours black with moderate retentive head. Aromas of bourbon, old wood, licorice, and nutty mocha. Flavors follow same but with noticeable alcohol that really thins the body. Highly carbonated. Bourbon flavor is pretty well balanced but would have been much better if more subtle allowing the basic Rasputin flavors to come through. Very nice but somewhat over-rated for the delivery and the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3015) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
22oz bottle from Beers of Europe. It pours a deep black brown color with a minimal brown head. Aroma is sweet and roasty, with notes of dark chocolate, red berries, leather, tobacco, vanilla, espresso, liqueur. Taste is medium sweet and lightly tangy in the finish, with notes of dark chocolate, lactose, vanilla, ginger, espresso, bourbon and orange peel. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, big tasty and a sipper

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niko100 (2066) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2014
XVII vintage; Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, rich vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, & some bourbon; Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, hops, and dark fruit; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (867) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark brown color with some beige head. Noticeable bourbon booziness. Some sharp coffee flavors. Full of flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsnicholas (249) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle (500ml $22): black with brown head. Chocolate aroma with some bourbon. Taste is similar. Slightly oily. Very nice. Some warming in the end. I like this a lot, but the price is too much. Maybe special occasions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1244) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2014
XIV bottle in Nov. ’14 and I think XVII just came out. Deep black and oily with lightly translucent rim. Nose is savory burnt sugar and malts, light bourbon. Lots of dark chocolate and bakers cocoa, light bourbon, lightly bitter ash in flavors. Viscous mouthfeel, slightly hot finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2330) - Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle: XI. Thanks, Jeff. Oily black, viscous pour with not much head, just a thin, khaki collar. Rich fudge aroma, mild chocolate cake, smooth woody bourbon, hints of vanilla, a light kiss of black cherry, & some burnt brown sugar notes. Still lots of bourbon & wood in the flavor after all these years. Dense fudge & dark chocolate character, mild brownie notes, vanillin, burnt brown sugar, & quite a bit of boozy heat in the finish. Woody notes of black licorice & bitter chocolate linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (619) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2014
XVI bottle to glass three ways. Pour is deep dark brown with mild tan head. Aroma is fantastic - bourbon, brownie batter. Taste is strong roast character with a lingering vegetable extract quality. Mild soy sauce. Mild sweet bourbon finish. Lots of charred barrel. Think I prefer the base beer here!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1346) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2014
I had started to tire of BA because ultimately many of the beers ended up tasting like bourbon. This one is a refreshing exception. Bourbon notes, but not overpowering. Well done.

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