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RATINGS: 1026   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
XVII 12.1% ABV


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1456) - Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2013
On draught at Roscoe’s Stout Summit 2/23/13 as Rasputin XV. Boozy bourbon taste almost overpowers the chocolate notes. Ends with a kick.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (1100) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2015
XV, pours thick black. Aroma is roasted chocolate and light booze. Taste is thick rich roast and a smooth bourbon barrel finish

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Defreni (2687) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2015
Flaske: Kulsort olieret øl med masser af gardiner på glasset. Duften er velintegreret bourbon med en smule molasse. Smagen er meget lækker men en anelse tynd til sidst. Derfor den ikke kommer helt op og ringe. Men yderst lækker øl.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2015
6oz draft at pinebox for $6 ($5 on happy hour!). Listed as XV, but I’m guessing it’s 17? Finally found this at a price I’m willing to pay. Black pour with huge creamy khaki head. Good lacing and retention. Aroma brings chocolate, dark fruit, berries. Roast is present but isn’t overpowering. Creamy milk chocolate. Taste: harsher than expected. Some chocolate, harsh roast bitterness, coffee. As it warms some berry/fruit comes through which cuts the astringency that was there when cold. Palate: medium-full body, somewhat thinner than expected. Chalky texture. Average+ carbonation. Finish is roasty and astringent. Overall:glad to finally try it, but glad I didn’t shell out the cash for a bottle (or the ridiculous $19 8oz pour at another place in town).

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VinegarStroke (287) - Napa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2015
XV: dense black, poor head and lace. Cocoa and dark chocolate. Creamy, mocha, roast. Not burnt. Great lift. Hint of hops. Dry to if dry. Balanced bitterness and not sour. Creamy milky palate. Great weight and balance. This is a bloody good beer. With more stout under the belt I’ll push this up. Appearance also pushed it down.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (618) - SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2015
XVI. Good tar roast nose on opening. Initial easy loose head to start before disappearing to something mire whispy. Some fizz on the tongue and relatively thin bodied for a beer of this style and gravity. Bourbon is noticeable but very well integrated adding a very pleasant almost morish quality to the beer. Good raisin like prune fruit in there too.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (705) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Maybe the most expensive beer I’ve had. $20+ for just a 500mL (16.9oz) bottle! Let’s see what we’ve got here. Pours a very dark black with massive brown head and great lacing. Aroma is woody, nutty, chocolatey bourbon. Maybe a little dark fruit in there. This aroma is a little more aggressive and rough-edged than some of the other BA Imperial Stout kings. It’s nice, but it needs a little more cocoa or coffee perhaps to counter the lactose and vanilla sweetness. Taste is similar with lots of sweet vanilla bourbon up front, into a very slight drying bitterness in the middle, some licorice in there, finishing with some noticeable booze, but subdued for 12.1%. Palate is smooth, creamy, slippery. Overall the barrel aging is too heavy handed. I miss the depth of the original, and for the price per ounce, Surly Darkness (among others) is a much better deal. I try not to let price influence my ratings, but I can readily find at least ten barrel-aged beers in this same class for literally half the price.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8104) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle. Bourbon, coffee, and chocolate malt aroma. Oily black with minimal head. Sweet chocolate malt, bourbon, and moderately bitter herbal ash flavor. Boozy bourbon finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llcooldave (1142) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Year XIV. Pours black with a thin head. Dark bread aroma and some dark fruit dark cocoa notes. Very silky and creamy smooth flavor has a bit of holiday spice and dark german bread hints. Overall, an awesome brew! Thanks to dandman629 for his extreme patience and willpower in sharing this with me!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
c_lee_burton (139) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2015
500 ml bottle. Pours almost black with a layer of dark brown near the fluffy dark khaki head. Initial scent is bourbon with vanilla and star anise. Old Rasputin is the standard for Imperial Stout, so barrel aging it just adds complexity to the flavor. The base stout with cocoa and roasted flavors is there. On top of it is bourbon, vanilla, almost a root beer, and currant. The palate is full bubbly creamy with a finish of bitter. Excellent, but a little pricey for a pint bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (4255) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bomber: (XVII Vintage) Pours black with a short, thick, light brown head. Bourbon, chocolate, aged wood aroma. Licorice, chocolate, ash, vanilla, burnt sugar flavours.... Woody, roasty, dark fruit, more and more creamy vanilla as it heats up.... Very smooth....excellent....stupidly expensive, but excellent.


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