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RATINGS: 1037   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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.

XII 11.2% ABV
XIV 11.5% ABV
XV 11.9% ABV
XVI 11.3% ABV
XVII 12.1% ABV


Cannile's rating

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cannile (10) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beastwhite315 (19) - - MAR 1, 2015
Very thick and powerful. A bit too thick and hides the bourbon flavor. Ended up mixing with an English Alecto get the bourbon to come through ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (4614) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle at Ashís. Pours black, nose is bourbon, vanilla, toffee, coconut, chocolate, wood, taste is dry, wood, chocolate, bourbon, light bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (3279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle thanks to Chris Schneider. Appearance - opaque black with a lovely fawn head. Nose - dark chocolate, wood notes, maybe light vanilla, but not massive. Taste - dark and creamy chocolate, tangy toffee note, dry wood backdrop. Palate - massive creamy body, with a big creamy/woody middle section and a dry balanced finish, where the wood clings on. Overall - this is great. I think it would develop brilliantly in the bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (4813) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at Ashton McCobb?s. Pours jet black with a long-lasting beige head. Aromas of bourbon, booze, wood, tobacco. Taste is wood, bourbon, coconut, coffee, chocolate. Slightly thin, but lovely.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scola729 (21) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
On tap at Fischman's Chicago, XV release. Enjoyed the normal old Rasputin better, very very boozy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2452) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Black pour. Tan head. Lacing. Bourbon and malt aroma. Big alcohol and raisin. Hot finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3772) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Vintage XV. Not much head at this point. Aroma is still a strong bourbon presence with light bitter sweet chocolate, some light roasted old coffee bean.

Flavor has a trace of dark fruit up front followed by mild dark chocolate with oak, bourbon and a sugar raisin finish. The sip displays a light warming sensation after the swallow that even at this age reminds me it is a serious stout. The actual alcohol favor is pretty much hidden. Mild secondary oak hints. The body is a tad thinner then I was wanting or expecting. I would never call it watery ( because of the great bourbon presence ) but nowhere near the fullness I have gotten in others of the BBA stouts. Still really exceptional, donít misinterpret any of this. I just held on to this maybe a year to long.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pressboxjoe (263) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Most recent vintage, 500 ml bottle. Nice mocha head quick to lace, 1 cm sticks to the top. Woody chocolate-covered cherry aroma. Less body than I was hoping for. Slight metallic taste and tons of wood. Roasty hints of coffee. Slight barleywine taste of old hops. Hint of bourbon. Blowing my nose, I just got the taste of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat in my mouth. I donít know, maybe this is a nuanced counterpoint to the heavyweight hammer blow of BCBS. Itís good, but I like BCBS more. Iím sure that makes me some kind of simpleton. Thin mouthfeel is my biggest complaint.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (375) - USA - FEB 10, 2015
XVII bomber poured into a snifter darkest brown black with a massive tan head. Aroma is boozy sweet roasty. Flavor sweet upfront with plenty of bourbon. Moderate chocolate. YUM! Not as thick as I prefer in an imperial stout but way beyond the norm. Have had several BBAOR over the past few years. This one is the highest ABV & done nicely. Bought 2. Going to lay the other down for a future vertical.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (660) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2015
0.5L bottle poured into a snifter. Warm, mellow bourbon caramel, wood, and chocolate aromas strike the nose with a touch of lactose sugar and dark fruit blended in nicely. A second wave hits the nose late with cereal, honey (?!), and nuts coming to the forefront. Even later, aromas of bread crust / toast and caramel candy become dominant. The beer pours and opaque black hue with a brown, pillowy soft head that retains a generous, thick layer throughout the drink. It leaves a caking of snowy lace on the glass ... I think I have a new standard for what a 5 looks like when it comes to Imperial Stouts. The taste is a medium high bitter with a medium high sweet. The beer is thick, slick, and creamy with a soft, fuzzy carbonation. The full body is heavy with bourbon caramel and wood flavors, as well as lactose as it warms, and a light tobacco accent. It finishes with a mellow, warm bourbon and dry clean spice. As it warms up, roasted nuts and tobacco appear in the finish. The aftertaste is dry and spicy with a smokey, mild ash and tobacco flavor that ends up lingering. The aftertaste settles on tobacco and dark chocolate at first, but later in the bottle, the aftertaste is dry, clean, and clove like. This is a wonderfully complex beer ... as well as one of the most expensive per ounce purchases Iíve ever made.


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