RATINGS: 1129   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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
XIX 11.2% ABV

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2009
500mL bottle, 12th anniversary. Pours very deep brown, nearly opaque, capped with a moderate sized brown head. Roasted chocolate malt aroma, with licorice, cocoa, vanilla, and some alcohol. Flavor is fairly intense, with coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon. Alcohol is strong and the body is a bit thinner than I expected, but its still enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 17, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2009 XII Bottle from ditmier- Thanks!!! Pours a deep brown with a decent tan head. Good lookin beer. aroma of dark chocolate, figs, bourbon, cocoa, coffee. really comes alive as it warms. Flavor is tight. cream , bourbon, bitter chocolate, a slight hint of booze. alcohol is Very well hidden though. Nice smooth, sticky, creamy mouthfeel. Great all around beer. Quite enjoyable.

Tried side by side with regular old raspy. More coffee and bitterness in the regular version. Still good, but I prefer the barrel aged version fo sho and wish north coast would start selling the bourbon barrel old raspy around the country for the same price as regular raspy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Bottle XII Pours a sturdy black with a good tan head. The head is frothy and lasting. It produces great lacing. Has a good aroma of bourbon barrels, roastness, alcohol, and some chocolate. Has a good carbonation. A nice alcohol burn which is good but not too much. The flavor is heavy bourbon but good. Well blended, hide the high abv well. Has good malts, and subtle stout tastes. The texture is a little on the dry side. Has a full body. The finish is good and the aftertaste sits nicely on the tastebuds. I was not sure weather or not to pick this one up because of the price but I am real happy I did. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Metro Tasting. XII. Poured black. Aroma was bourbon and roast. Taste was hot bourbon, roast, chocolate and more bourbon on the finish. A bit thin overall and too bourbon heavy for my preference.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keir (183) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle on 08.21.09 with sneagrams and others. Pours dark brown with light amber head. Aromas of anise, toffee, slight bourbon, sweetness, and heavy alcohol. Tastes of heavy sweetness, wood, vanilla, slight bourbon and burns of alcohol, but is not harsh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7643) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2009
500ml bottle. XII anniversary. I picked this one up just the other day after searching far and wide for quite a while for an anniversary version of one of my favorite stouts. The beers alcohol content appears to be higher than the regular stouts content. Still maintains the interesting and complex flavor while adding a new dynamic of bourbon, vanilla. However, the beer just wasnt worth trying again at over 21 dollars a bottle - Ill just stick with the regular Old Raspy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Pours out black with lots of brown head. Smells roasty and boozey. Taste is lots of roasted malts with some bitterness and bourbon. Flavors of coffee, chocolate,vanilla, molasses, dark fruits, hops, and some wood. Thick and creamy, sticky sweetness with some alcohol burn. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2009
500ml bottle of XII. Pours dark brown/black with a light brown head and sheet lace. Smells sweet and vanilla malty, some roastiness, slight booze, slight toffee. Tastes malty and slightly vanilla sweet, awesome balance between the sweetness and the roastiness. Disappointing medium body with good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle at the ever brilliant Chris Os Pre GBBF Extravaganza.
Black brown body with a good beige head. Huge and barrelly. A ton of vanilla, chocolate a plenty, too much coconut and very boozy. Strange cheesy funk to it. Not work for me, in fact I think I preferred the regular Rasputin. That said the malt aroma and flavour throughout is excellent. All round though, more proof that this barrel aging craze is not always a good idea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2009 X Anny bottle enjoyed on 9/9/09. Big, big thanks to Terry (tmc) for this rarity, poured into a snifter. The cork opens with a pretty impressive pop and pours with very good carbonation, leaving a one-inch creamy tan head. The body is a dark, dark brown that has some mahogany showing through the edges. Its lighter than I expected but the carbonation is really impressive give the barrel aging and age of the bottle. The aroma is dominated by bourbon at the outset with very little from the underlying beer coming through. There are hints of dark chocolate malts along with some vanilla from the wood. Pretty one dimensional (bourbon) nose and honestly, the aroma is a bit of a let down... ...but the taste erases any doubts about the quality of this beer. The bourbon is still there and doesnt hide in the background. But the taste brings out the underlying beer in a way the aroma doesnt. The dark roasted malts are present and accounted for as well as some espresso and dark fruits. The finish is slightly dry from the barrel aging but retains a smooth vanilla and bourbon taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly slick with good carbonation. It goes down very easy and leaves a very boozy feel on the way down. Im pretty surprised at the big bourbon presence in the one. In fact, as others have said, this one might could use a couple more years to tone that down a bit. Its an excellent beer, but Im not 100% sure this is an improvement over the base Rasputin...but thats a pretty high hurdle honestly. 7/3/8/3/16 XI bottle, sampled on 9/10/09. Big thanks to htomsirveaux and BrewerB for this bottle. Pours darker than the X, an opaque black in the glass with a huge creamy tan head that shows good retention and excellent retention. The aroma is wonderful on this one - I can definitely get plenty of the base Rasputin with lots of dark roasted malts, chocolate and dark fruit. The bourbon is present as well as some vanilla, but they are much more well-integrated than the X. The taste is excellent as well, and doesnt stray much from the aroma - lots of dark roasted malts, chocolate, espresso and plenty of bourbon. The mouthfeel is slightly fuller than the X, very dessert-like with good carbonation and the bourbon burn in much less prevalent. At the end of the day, I prefer this to the X as it seems to maintain a much more of the base Rasputin and the bourbon does seem to add to the flavors instead of completely dominating. Excellent stuff. 8/4/9/4/17

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