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RATINGS: 1133   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2009
In short: A big bourbonny imperial stout done right.
How: Bottle 500ml corked and caged. Various sources. Consumed a few months after its release.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: Nose is moderately bourbonny. Actually the I found the nose very bourbonny but relative to the exaggerated Bourbon Barrel Aged Impy Stouts out there I found the nose of this one not too over-the-top bourbonny. Body is big and soft, and when I say big and soft I mean huge and velvety. Carbonation is more lively than usual considering that BA imp stouts tend to be a bit dull. Overall this is one of the most pleasant impy stout body out there. Taste is peat, bourbon barrel, fudge cake, plenty of tobacco, a little boozy, char, vanilla, some toffee, light dark fruits presence. Thats one BA stout that didnt turn into a thinner boozy vanilla lovefest. Quite different from the regular Rasputin. The roastiness and fruitiness of the regular Rasputin are almost non-existent here but this brew almost makes up for it with its huge velvety body. Overall I find this BA version almost as good as the regular Rasputin. I suspect it will develop fruity notes over time and will be even more enjoyable. Despite the $20 price tag I got a bunch of this BA version because I think it has aging potential but it makes me feel really guilty to drink beer at $20/bottle when I think of all those Ethiopians who for the most part dont even have temperature controlled cellar to properly age barrel aged imperial stouts. Such misery.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremytoni (3044) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2009
From a bottle poured black with a large brown head. Nice strong malty flavor chocolate/coffee with a lingering bourbon finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBeer45 (1508) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 Corked and caged 500ml bottle, pours black with a few chocolate colored bubbles, there was a little dark ruby transparency at the edges of the glass, I got more bubbles and a thin cover when I swirled the glass, leaves medium or bit less lacing on the sides of the glass, there are aromas of wood, bourbon alcohol, caramel, chocolate, brownies, vanilla, molasses sweetness, roasted malt, and flavors of bourbon with faint caramel, chocolate and roasted malt, bourbon whiskey appears to overshadow everything else, each sip gives a small tingle in the nostrils, and places a warmth in my stomach, alcohol is hidden well but the Bourbon flavor is very present on the taste buds, I thought the Bourbon was a bit much, more malt flavors would help to give a even flavored ale, if you like the Bourbon flavor you will really love this drink, I prefer more balance, mouth feel is more than medium but not quite at the full end of the spectrum, there is some creaminess on the tongue, may be a bit too much carbonation, this beer has a wonderful nose, a very nice drink.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Old Raspy XII aged about four months at home. Pours a deep brown/black with reddish edges and a quickly-dissipating tan head. Smells strongly of oak, whiskey, and not much else. When cold, flavor is extremely oaky with vanilla notes and only faint hints of the usual dark chocolate and coffee. Laces fairly well, alcohol bites at the finish, moderately thick consistency.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (23989) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Bottle labeled Old Rasputin XII. Reddish black, dark tan edge head only. Aroma of Jack Daniels. Flavor of bourbon completely overwhelms and hides the beer. If I wanted a bourbon, I would have ordered a bourbon. Way over the top. Never again.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Original batch bottle from the brewery on the way home from Burning Man. Excellent beer. Everything Raspy could be. The bourbon really completes the mid to high range burnt body that Raspy already is. Fresh notes of bourbon, vanilla, light notes of oak, coffee, dark roasted malts, and smooth all over, this one gets a gold in my book.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3461) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2009
bottle, from Sams Quikstop. Good aroma, sweet. bourbon, vanilla and oak when cold, dark chocolate became more prominent as it warmed. Blackish brown color, small cocoa beige head, ok lace, Sweet bitter flavor. Thick body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Real good brew, I thought it was a well balanced effort, not over powering in the barrel effect, liked the chocolate in the aroma and flavor as it warmed up, very easy to drink for 11%. Glad I grabbed one.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (18226) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle at Chriso pre-GBBF tasting 09. A classic example of what is a world class beer ruined by this fad for barrel ageing everything to within an inch of its life. Too much soy sauce, decent choc, but not a patch on the original beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svesse (8464) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2009
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 19 Sep 2009) XI Anniversary. Black colour with frothy, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with espresso, cocoa, liquorice, vanilla and a touch of oak wood. Malty, roasted taste with notes of espresso, cocoa, dark chocolate, liquorice, hints of wood and vanilla. Full body, almost oily texture. Fairly sweet. The subtle bourbon and wood character is nicely integrated into this lovely imperial stout. Complex beer in perfect balance. Absolutely lovely!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Woah, glad I picked this one up. 500 ml bottle. Shared with CaryTheDude. Black pour with tan head that lingers. Aroma of chocolate powder, bourbon and some dark fruits. Flavor is chocolate milk mix on top of bourbon, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is beautiful, like marshmallow fluff. Really standout beer, underrated.


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