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RATINGS: 993   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


Cannile's rating

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cannile (15) - 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!!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2477) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2014
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in late 2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, vanilla, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, light raisin/plum, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toffee, toast, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light raisin/plum, and roast/oaky earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, vanilla, toffee, toast, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light raisin/plum, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (1950) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2014
From a bottle. Pours almost black with a fizzy light brown head. Tastes like bitter coffee, booze, raisins, smooth but bitter and slightly astringent. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet raisins, nutty, light bitterness, booze.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (841) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle from Hop City. Pours deep dark opaque black with tan colored head. Taste of coffee, roasted malts, and oak. Aroma heavy on the oak and booze, hints of vanilla.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3382) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle shared by jheath99. Pours opaque black with frothy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, vanilla, plums, dates, bourbon, oak, and light spice. Flavor is dry, roast malts forward, espresso, faint chocolate, bourbon, faint vanilla, and medium earthy bitterness; dry, oak finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
closey22 (821) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Dark black thin lacy beige head; aroma is malty vanilla; Flava is rich malty vanilla and woody bourbony nice licoricy; feels medium decent fizzy foamy; finishes dryish malty licoricy

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1699) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2014
July Ale Alpharetta. Been wanting to try this one for a while. XIV 2012 edition. Thick black pour with not much in the realm of head. Soy, bourbon, dark chocolate, bits of coffee, some booze. Big sweet thick finish. Sticky awesomeness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopwine (271) - Bend, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Black with a large tan head that dissipates. Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, mild cherry, mild hazelnut, spicy alcohol heat, coconut, fresh fruity esters, moderate earthy hop bitterness, lingering burnt/roast finish. Strong carb for the style lightens the mouthfeel quite a bit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (812) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
RBAG. Black, thick sludgy stuff. Big barrel aroma, some roast, coffee. Taste is heavy on the bourbon end, lots of wood character, but a bit sweet and caramel too. Good stuff...Sadly, I didnt bother to check the year!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1661) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle at the Hanshin Seed Event version XV or XVI. Crazy thick brown head. Maple, oak, tannic & complex nose. The mouthfeel is smooth & soft. Wow. The taste is vanilla, oak, chocolate, whiskey/bourbon, complex - a big cut above the regular Rasputin.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTheRick (336) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
Version XVI - Noire et opaque, coiffée d’une onctueuse mousse brune, le visuel est typique au style. Dès qu’on y plonge le nez, on sait qu’on aura droit à une bière costaude et bien goûteuse. Des effluves bourbonesques, chocolatées, caramélisées et caféinées sont décelables, toutes les choses que j’aime d’un bon stout impérial se retrouvent réunies sous le même palais. Le bourbon est puissant mais n’anéantit pas les saveurs chocolatées. Liquoreuse voire crémeuse, cette bière est d’une grande qualité.


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