RATINGS: 1121   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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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 (1958) - 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.

BenOver (323) - SLOVENIA - NOV 4, 2016
Poura black, medium but yet very prolonged head. Off white colour. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and some hops. Taste is gull bodied, oily and very sweet upfront, evolving in to a slightly bitter f8n8sh after. An excellent ruasian imperial stout!

ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2016
XI Anniversary bottle, drunk 10/16/16.
Still nicely carbonated, with a tan head, medium in size, well-retained atop a deep ebony with dark mahogany highlights and good clarity.
Lovely mix of fruity, vinous notes and dark chocolate, with light fudgey malts to balance. Just a hint of oxidation, but it’s pleasant and not papery/bready. Alcohol very well-concealed, with very even toned aromas that come with extended barrel-aging and conditioning. French roast coffee, plums, prunes and soft caramel all in the mix, with lots of baker’s chocolate lingering, but not to the point of overdryness/astringency.
Silky, well-attenuated, medium-full body still retains low but tight carbonation. Prunes, plums and raisins combine with the dark chocolate and coffee notes to create plentiful bitterness and dryness but the caramel notes and base malts balance quite well. Bourbon is artfully expressed, being neither too overdone, nor heavily oaky/toasty. Spice, wood, light liquor all deepen complexity without dominating. Alcohol shows light warmth, as is inevitable at this strength, but it’s quite elegant for its size.

TEJA (3200) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2016
Bottle shared by Jessica H thanks. Lasting brown head. Nice roasted malty and chocolate aroma. Chocolate dominated taste. Sweet and firm bitterness in a good combination.

duganc (33) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2016
XVII. Pours the color of black coffee. Tan head dissipates quickly leaving small ring around the edge. Candy and slightly astringent nose. Sweet roasted malt with light coffee notes. The bourbon is the best balance of any bourbon barrel age ale I’ve ever tasted. You can tell it’s there but in no way overpowering. I think I’ve been holding this for at least a year and chose the perfect blustery fall evening to enjoy it. Time to spark a Rocky P to pair with it.

vjohans (764) - SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2016
chocolate, coffee, leather, black, brown foam, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, bourbon, unbalanced. To sweet and to little taste from the orginal beer, only taste barrel sged

Pyrmir (6199) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2016
Bottle shared at Johan, thanks! Black with tan head. Aroma is roasty, bourbon, vanilla, alishgt alcohol, slight tar, leather. Taste is similar, earthy notes, dried fruit with a warming finish. Good!

deanso (10220) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - OCT 6, 2016
Half litre shared. Thin creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Nice Bourbon notes.

Christos (5884) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2016
(North Coast Old Rasputin (Bourbon Barrel) Bottle 500 ml, corked and caged, edition XV. Served into a snifter, ABV 11.9% Black colour on the body, tall and thick dark beige head, with good retention. Aroma has lots of bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, roasted malts, hints of chocolate. Taste is sweet, hints of soy sauce, lots and lots of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, alcohol, milky chocolate, mocha. Medium body, good carbonation, dry and slightly sticky at the same time on the palate. Great!

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