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RATINGS: 1131   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Seems hard to believe that weve been making Old Rasputin for 10 years now, but thats whats happened. And, to celebrate the occasion, weve brewed a special small batch thats been aged for 9 months in some 12 year-old bourbon barrels. Its bottled in 500 ml bottles with a cork and wired finish and a special commemorative label ---- and its 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
XVIII 12.1% ABV
XIX 11.2% ABV

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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bp (912) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2009
12th Anniversary Bottle: pours dark black with a thick tan head, aroma is bourbon, toasted malts, chocolate and coffee, taste is lightly sweet with some mild bitterness, fairly full body, pretty creamy with some light fizzyness, mild bitter finish with a warming in the throat. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bonster (182) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2009
My special occasion 500ml enjoyed with a friend. Pours a flat obsidian with a tan head that fades to a delicate layer. The nose is full of chocolate, molasses, bourbon, and dark malt with a hint of dark fruits. The flavor has a smokehouse character to it similar to an aged scotch...Slight roasted malt, bourbon, and vanilla up front and dark chocolate with fruits in the background. Carbonation is outstanding, creamy and rich with a clean mouthfeel. Little lacing sticks to the glass but melts back into the beer. Lovely, only wish it was a bigger bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9929) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2009
On tap at the Blind Tigers VSK3 event. 10th anniversary edition. Tried a sip of this a bit cooler and it was really good, but when I finally got to my sample which had gone closer to cellar or room temperature, it was not quite so impressive. Pours a deep black with a thick creamy mocha head. Bourbon, roast malt, char, chocolate. Very sweet, getting cloying and undrinkable as it warms. Coffee and roast flavors, but the sweetness is too much to get past.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Wow. Huge dark bold pour. Great roast and burbon nose. So smooth with an amazing warm chocolate finish. Woot.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beercollector (23) - Astoria, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Big wood, chocolate, thick, moderate to heavy alcohol, a great sipping beer. Had oone of my case of XI tonight. This will continue to age well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1669) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy at the Houston October RB tasting. Sweet, chocolately, alcoholic, thick and chewy. Very good.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2009
The Dan Journal #288. Tasted 8/21/09. 500ml bottle. Opaque dark hue. Finger width of khaki head. Aromas of vanilla and molasses with a touch of toffee. Followed up with cocoa and chocolate. Mocha and coffee. Great nose! So good. Full bodied and totally delicious. Smooth and mild but with a great sweetness. Mildly tart with a decent burn. Noticeable, yet acceptable. Big malts with dominant flavors of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, fudge and a mild and subtle dark berry ester. This was pricey, but absolutely amazing! True classic!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2009
12th Anniversary bottle. Nose is amazing with strong booze and caramel notes. Body pours jet black with a tight brown head with great retention. Flavors are dark, roasty malts, heavy espresso, reduced sweet bourbon, some slight oak sourness and lots of toffee, caramel and chocolate notes. This beer just straight dances on my pallate and gives me that warm fuzzy feeling inside. Really really impressive

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Magnum shared wtih friends. Whipsy mist from the depths of history curl from the neck of the magnum as the cork is pulled. Nose of light coffe and thick malts are slowly overtaken bu mellow heat and a light bourbony resin. A shimmering silkiness is apparent as it is poured into the awaiting glasses. The full pour yeilds a healthy head that settles ever so slowly. Nearly thick enough to float our wavering econcomy. As beer warms to hands, the infused cask heat mingles thru the thick malts and warms your frozen soul. Body is full and welcome. Dark fruit are present as well. A fine winter welcome.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Old Rasputin XII. Pours brown-black with a silky tan head, speckled lacing. Aroma has caramel, alcohol, a bit of a charcoal roastiness. First sip on the flavor is very bright, lots of red fruit. Upon subsequent savoring this fades, and a very smooth caramel-vanilla barrel element takes over. Roast, toffee, undertone at all times, sometimes a bit dusty. Very smooth palate, soft carbonation, deeply warming.


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