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Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout

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BA SCORE
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261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 32
Gots: 141 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jtrigonis on 02-07-2014)
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4.76/5  rDev +9.4%

rDeanSpirits, Friday at 02:38 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

ambruns1979, Sep 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

vma, Sep 13, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +5.7%

From notes on 2/14/14

Dark heavy looking body. Decent head for an imperial stout. Kind of a rum aroma. Sweet, caramel smell. Really delicious. Very very smooth for 11.5%. Dark chocolate cocoa flavors. I’m impressed with this. Yum yum. Great end to Valentines dinner.

kkleu357, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Super tasty.

RCLinderman, Sep 04, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

egrace84, Sep 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

NHbeerguy, Sep 01, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -10.3%

From a 500 ml bottle to a snifter.

A-The beer is good looking with a big (nearly three-finger) head of dense, mocha foam. For a beer above 11% ABV, head retention is good and the beer even leaves some stray lacing on the glass. Color is black and opaque.

S-The aroma is heavy on the bourbon with lots of vanilla, caramel, and burnt sugar coming from the barrel. Interestingly, for a beer with some much bourbon character, I did not pick up much oak. The beer flavors are roasted, but not heavily, with some cream and chocolate coming through. Alcohol heat is very apparent even though this bottle has been sitting in my cellar for at least six months.

T-The taste, like the smell, is heavy on the bourbon. I would even call this a bit hot with alcohol coming through very strongly among the bourbon flavors of vanilla (it is really heavy on the vanilla) and caramel. The beer is mostly in the background with some cream, marshmallow, milk chocolate, and a bit of roasted flavor on the finish.

M-The feel is not as dense or chewy as I would expect, but that makes it easier to drink (which is good and bad for a beer at 11.whatever % ABV). The carbonation is below average in volume but the beer feels a bit frothy on the palate.

O-If you like some beer with your bourbon, this beer is a good choice for you. The vanilla is especially flavorful here. Although I like it (because I like bourbon), I did not think it compared well against some of the better examples of the style, e.g., the Barrel Aged Ten Fidy I drank last night. It was just a touch too hot and I also thought the mouthfeel was a bit odd. That being said, I was glad to give this a try.

spoony, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

jdhasse, Aug 31, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

KevinGordon, Aug 30, 2014
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RolandBlunts, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

APPEARANCE: Holding this beer up to the light is an impressive thing. Absolutely zero light gets through, it is dark as midnight. Perfectly black. The head is a good two fingers thick to start and settles into a one-finger thick layer of off-white, organic egg-shell colored bubbles. Cathedral lacing covers the whole back side of the glass.

SMELL: Chocolate covered cherries are the first thing that comes to mind when I stick my nose into the glass. There is a hint of citrus underneath and just the slightest touch of roasty malt underneath it all.

TASTE: The chocolate covered cherries still come through big time, however, the bourbon characteristics really come through on the first sip; oak first, then hints of vanilla. This is not nearly as hot as the XV version. A vein of raisin runs through the heart of the sip with roasty malt notes on the edges.

MOUTHFEEL: There is a fair amount of carbonation in this beer for an Imperial Stout and I like it a lot. It’s amazing considering this was barrel aged as well. The body, of course, is very big yet surprisingly dry.

OVERALL: The fruit flavors in this beer are far more intense than I expected. Mostly dark fruits and the vanilla and oak are muted, compared to the previous release. This seems to be a better put together beer as a whole than in the past. The barrel emphasizes flavors, but is certainly not used as a crutch. Well done.

StoneTSR, Aug 27, 2014
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Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.