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RATINGS: 1010   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle 16.9fl.oz. @ home.
[ Courtesy of Maria ]. Clear dark red brown color with a small to average, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, bourbon, wood notes, moderate alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration, and a alcohol bourbon finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20090317]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (31804) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From 22 fl oz bottle. Pours pitch black and with a creamy tan head. Aroma is dense barrel and roasted malt with a light liqourice note. Flavour is dense malty and liqourice in a complex and flavourful mix. Solid roasted and liqourice finish with clearly warming alcohol presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29837) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2008
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of wood, malt, and over ripe fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt and wood as well as light notes of bourbon. The alcohol leaves a slight alcohol burn in the throat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle 50 cl. Pours black and opaque with a dense and creamy cappuchino-like head. Intense yet soft aroma of sweet hard roasted malts with distinct woody notes and warming alcohol. Very full-bodied, hard roasted malts, sweet vanilla and bourbon with a solid alcohol burn in the finish. Very, very delicious. 110709

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (21497) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2009
Bottle at Stockholm Beer and Whisky 2009. Dark brown coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dried fruits and wood. Sweet and roasted flavour of chocolate, vanilla, wood, bourbon and alcohol. Dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2007
Bottled@Akkurat, Stockholm. Deep ruby red colour (black), mediumsized beige head. Aroma is really whiskyish, oaky and vanilla mixed into some roasted malts and alcohol. Flavour is bourbon/whiskylike along with wood, vanilla, coffee and alcohol. Some licorace also shows up as it warms up a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19945) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2007 Bottled at Akkurat, Stockkholm. Transparently black, clear. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon. Much lighter than I expected it to be, making it dangerously drinkable. There’s licorice and aniseed, the mouthfeel is dense and compact. Alcohol warms but doesn’t disturb. Licorice mingle with bourbon before a tarry salty finish. Really good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma with hints of bourbon and vanilla. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor wit hints of bourbon. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish with hints of bourbon and vanilla in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2010
5th March 2010. Pre ZBF. Opaque black beer. Soft dry palate. Rich dark malt. Mellow whisky falvours but boozy overall. Vanilla oak. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013
2013-03-20, XV, corked bottle, 9-5-7-4-16=41
11.5% on the Swedish label, 11.9% on the bottle

Black color with brownish creamy head. The aroma is a nice blend of roasted malt and vanilla oak, with some dark chocolate; then spices and tobacco. The carbonation is too high; the flavor initially leans more to the side of the roasted malts than of the dark chocolate; the liquorice is too strong; there is some vanilla; correct bitterness; later more chocolate develops, but also more liquorice.
I will try some aged bottle, but in general the barrel aging didn’t seem to improve this beer.

2007-09-22, bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm Beer Festival 2007, after festival RB night
Black color with mahogany shades, persistent thin creamy head.
Wonderful aroma, sweet, malty, with mellow Bourbon vanilla, alcohol, sweet tobacco, cigars.
Good body strength, mostly alcoholic, with some sweetness left (not too much), warming, the best cappuccino flavor (coffee, milk, almost vanilla), smoked.
Maybe a bit too thin and alcoholic at the end, even if with good flavor.

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