RATINGS: 1137   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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.

X 11.6% ABV
XII 11.2% ABV
XIV 11.5% ABV
XV 11.9% ABV
XVI 11.3% ABV
XVII 12.1% ABV
XIX 11.2% ABV

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drsordr (2635) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Vintage XIV bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque black with thin tan head. Nose toffee, burnt caramel, almost roasted nut, light vanilla, and hint of barrel. Taste red fruit, bitter chocolate, caramel and toffee, and light barrel. Mild alcohol late palate.

Alpha10 (742) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2016
2016/12/30 - XIX vintage. Pours jet black with a frothy tan head that slowly reduces and leaves minimal, spotty lacing. Aroma is heavy toffee, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, light bourbon and rich chocolate. Taste is toffee, mild coffee roast, oaky vanilla, smooth aged bourbon and chocolate cake. Mouthfeel is medium and oily with smooth carbonation and a moderately sweet, warming finish. Exceptionally smooth. Bourbon aroma and taste is perfectly balanced.

edgallow (4154) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of bourbon, coffee chocolate and toffee. Very good beer

jandd1983 (4276) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle - XV. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of coffee, brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon. The taste was similar to the aroma with more coffee, malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and some wood. Good stuff.

SHIG (4956) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle: Poured a dark brown with tan head. Mellow booze malts. Taste is malt with some sweet chocolate, bourbon alcohol boost as well.

willisread (3293) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Vertical tasting which included XII, XIV, XV, XVI, XII and both XVIII versions. I’ll post the results from XII-XVII below. XII: Full bodied, chocolate nose, fudge brownies. Velvety palate. Abv hidden well. Smooth and rich. (4.3) XIV: Chocolate brownie, cacao nib, toasted caramel. Thin bodied. Boozy finish with a touch of oak. (3.8) XV: Leather, cigars, treacle notes, cacao nib, marshmallow. Body is thinnish with a warm boozy finish. Lingering bourbon brownies and Bailey’s. Most complex of the night. (4.5) XVI: Treacle nose with rich leather, s’mores & bourbon. Medium body. A touch of booze on the palate. Cinnamon, chocolate. Light body. Boozy end. (4.2) XVII: Dark chocolate, cacao nib, leather, marshmallow nose. Bourbon pecan pie. Boozy and warming but well integrated. Toasted coconut. (4.4) What a night!!

jhgrantjr (473) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2016
So I've had this beer before but didn't rate it. Last time I recall it being thick and boozy, but this year not so. This WA some of the Thanksgiving stouts in 2016 and was last. Starts off pouring thin with lots of carbonation. Had some dark fruit, coffee and chocolate notes, but it was a light smell. The barrel aging wasn't obvious to us. Tasted thin and too much carbonation. Perhaps we got a bad bottle, but didn't live up to what we have had before. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

AndyW68 (1541) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 18, 2016
This is as near to perfect as I have had. Dark near black pour with thick tan head. Aroma is sweet chocolate and malt. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and coffe. Near perfect.

yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2016
Partagée seul, égoïstement et sans remord aucun. J’observe, admiratif, ce noble liquide passer de la bouteille à mon ballon American Solera. C’est merveilleux. D’abord la bouteille elle-même commande le respect. Le liquide qui en sort n’est pas noir. Il est brunâtre - voire même plutôt clair, translucide, vieux. À mi chemin entre un Old Ale et un rhum antillais. La mousse qui se forme dans mon verre est abondante et ajoute une couche supplémentaire à cet harmonieux ensemble. Des arômes d’un chaud alcool du sud des États-Unis, de la mélasse, du café jamaïcain, du sucre à glacer, une barrique qui a eu chaud sous le soleil. En bouche j’eus préfère un liquide au corps plus généreux et ample. Le liquide est bien serré et très mince, un peu trop pour mon palais qui avait envie de se la jouer plus confortablement. Beaucoup d’alcool au palais. Les lèvres me collent. Les 12% d’alcool sont très mal dissimulés, mais peut-être le brasseur n’avait-il aucune envie de dissimuler quoi que ce soit et c’est très bien ainsi car c’est bon! Très bon même. Une bonne dose de café alcoolisé se terminant sur une longue finale mi sucrée mi amère. North Coast brewing m’apporte encore une fois une grande satisfaction.

beerplace (1600) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2016
500ml bottle from Bottle Jockey. XVI vintage. Pours a very dark brown with a dark beige head. Aroma is bourbon, dark fruits (figs), some chocolate and leather notes, slightly boozy - amazing! Taste is pretty the same plus some dark cherries notea and boozy bitterness. Same aftertaste with some bready notes. Very good stuff, but boozy bitterness after 3(?!) years is not very appropriated in my opinion.

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