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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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Reviews: 42
Hads: 399
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 4.31%
Wants: 48
Gots: 180 | FT: 37
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Jtrigonis on 02-07-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Damian
2.26/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Drank from a 500 ml/1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz. (16.9 fl. oz.) corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

Really solid appearance. The beer poured a somewhat thin, dark brown and was topped by an inch tall, super tight and frothy, tan colored crown. The head slowly dropped to a bubbly plume atop the liquid. Rings of drippy lacing coated the glass and eventually transformed into spotty droplets.

The aroma was really weak. There was a subtle roastiness and a bit of rubbing alcohol initially. Somewhat ashy. A chalky and dry yeast quality was also apparent. As the beer sat, a touch of bourbon and brown sugar came forth. Slightly sweet. The bourbon notes continued to intensify throughout the session, but they were still quite subdued.

The flavor profile was even more disappointing than the nose. Deeply roasted malts came through on the front end. Fairly ashy. Cold espresso was noticeable. The finish was acrid and dry and contained a sharp alcohol note, which crescendoed after the swallow. Punishingly bitter, earthy and piney hop notes also appeared in the finish.

The mouthfeel was a huge letdown as well. Thinner bodied for the style. The liquid contained a frothy, large bubbled effervescence. With time, the carbonation settled down and the liquid turned smooth and creamy on the palate.

I hate drain pouring any beer, but doing so to a $23 500 ml bottle is all the more painful. Many of the past barrel-aged Old Rasputin vintages were disappointments, but XVI definitely takes the cake. This beer is a thin, hot and acrid mess that contains barely any bourbon character. I will definitely pass on future vintages. (1,665 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
2.44/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle picked up from the North Coast taproom and enjoyed from a wine glass.

BA Raspy pours very dark and a little oily with a substantial khaki, frothy head. Appears to be heavily carbonated. Looks good, but the aromas are really off-putting. There is a ton of wood and wood shavings, and these are completely disconnected from the mellow, sweet oaky scents you'd expect from a bourbon barrel. That unappetizing aroma is compounded by lots of bitter baker's chocolate and an astringent alcohol smell. Add some roast and char and things go further downhill.

The taste is much better, but that's not saying much. Dark chocolate dominates here, with only the faintest hint of bourbon flavors. This is a bitter, roasty, charry stout. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, being mostly smooth and creamy. But it's also a bit thin and not unlike a soup that's been overly pureed.

Overall, this one is a failure. Unpleasant roasty bitterness dominates the nose and flavor. It's a shame, too, because the original Old Raspy is quite good. Generally we can expect barrel treatment to improve the base beer, but here it ruins it. And the fact that it's $20 per bottle doesn't help.

Full disclosure: leaving a glass of this out in the sun for 2 hours or more made the beer much smoother and easier to drink. But what kind of way is that to drink beer? (1,342 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.14/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of light brown frothy/creamy head. Retention is a touch below average and a moderate amount of irregular lacing is left.

3.75 S: Lots of roast, like the original, which is complicated by the barrel's char and astringency. Chocolate, leather, apples, melon, caramel. The booze is better hidden than previous installments.

2.75 T: The taste isn't $20/bottle good. It's not even particularly good with price not involved. Too much char, roast, and astringency. This is balanced by a richness that is heavy without being sweet. Chocolate, caramel, leather, apple, but it lacks a focus overall. The caramel component is peculiar and is why I don't care for the regular and it's plentiful in here to.

3.75 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonable creamy and smooth enough.

2.75 D: Kinda sucks. Not sure why I buy this every year wondering if the ratings will be right for once. (954 characters)

Photo of Icculus38
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Disappointed with this one. Ten years ago, Ol raspy was the first real stout I ever had, so I was really expecting more.

Too carbonated for my tastes.

And most of all... Where is the flavor from the barrel? I got
Nearly nothing.

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, and definitely doesn't warrant its high price. Probably won't buy another bottle, but I would like to try on tap. (386 characters)

Photo of SanFranJake
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this last night, poured into a Stone IRS snifter.
Appearance was very solid. Dark coffee pour with a nice finger-plus of creamy head which gave way to lacing that was present the entire glass. I really enjoyed it ascetically.
The smell on the other and was not all that I had hoped it would be. While the bourbon barrel was present, it was faint. I may have been ruined by the other ba stouts of late (Parabola, Bo & Luke) but while decent, was not up to my expectations. Especially for the price.
The taste, much like the nose, was a letdown. Hello barrel, it's me Jake. Are you there? Again, my other ba stouts could had tainted my impression.
Mouthfeel was thin. That's all I got for ya here.
Overall, I'm glad I tried it. I cracked it because to Whole Foods 20% sale is coming up and I was wondering if I wanted to grab another when that hits... I don't. With access to other BA stouts like Parabola, I'll gladly get more beer by volume, at $6 less and a beer that is leaps and bounds better than BA Raspy. I've got XIV & XV in the cellar, so hope they aren't the blue balls let down this was. (1,106 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured at the Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Had the XV last year, this is the XVI version. Pours nearly pitch black with a small khaki head on top. Aroma of strong bourbon notes, some light vanilla, roast, and a little chocolate. Flavor follows with heavy bourbon notes--a bit hot just like the last version I had--a little bit of chocolate, graham cracker, and some definite roast flavors in here. Vanilla is subdued and overtaken by the bourbon. The body is strangely lacking here--and I love the regular Old Raspy--with carbonation on the medium level and really coming off thin overall. I got this from last year's version, too. I've never had this aged, but maybe that's the way to go. It just comes off as a thin, hot mess of bourbon for me. (784 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black body with a mocha tan head that has a frothy texture. Decent retention as a medium thick ring drops a large web and then spotty lacing.

S- Fairly lacking compared to all of the other Raspy Annis I have had. The roast malts and barrel are there but harder to pick up than the others.

T- Mostly medium toast wet oak and whiskey for me with vanilla bean sweets. For me this stout base in this one is lacking; it might have to do with the semi-hot untamed Bourbon and ABV. Missing the cocoa richness the others have.

MF- Thick and slightly oily body with a medium carbonation level. Texture is frothy and slightly creamy and it ends almost hot.

Probably the least decadent of what I have tried from this series. Lacks complexity for me and the fudgey, roast decadent base. (787 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

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. (1,661 characters)

Photo of rooskey379
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Binny's, poured into a stemless wine glass.

Looks great, a ton of carbonation, head was around a while. 1 finger of dark khaki lace.

Smell was quite a lot of bourbon, maybe some chocolate.

Taste - ah, what can I say. It's good, not the best BA offering I have had and not the worst. The carbonation REALLY takes over a lot of the taste. I bet it is fantastic with a year or two of age.

Feel - again, too much carbonation to really appreciate what is happening in the beer.

Overall- a good beer, a beer definitely worth trying but also DEFINITELY worth aging. Price tag is a bit high, which is the only thing preventing me from the ultimate test - buying it again. (679 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ikea snifter. Liquid is dark black, as expected. Produces a shockingly thick brown head on the pour that fades fairly quickly, but leaves an impressive blankets of lace on the glass.

Aroma is lots of vanilla from the bourbon, and lots of chocolate from the base beer. Nice roasted espresso notes as well.

Taste is really nice - I can definitely taste the base Old Rasputin, with the requisite espresso and dark chocolate notes, but the barrel aging adds a nice complexity to it, with the vanilla and oakiness.

Mouthfeel is predictably thick, with nice soft carbonation.

Overall, really nice - barrel-aging did this beer really well, which is pretty much the best thing you can expect! (703 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4.25 - dark brown/black beer with a mocha head on it that sticks forever And leaves great lacing
s - 4.25 - it smells like bourbon and oak barrels, dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, Carmel
T - 4 - Tons of bourbon, oak barrels,dark chocolate, candy sugar,still have some of that oatmeal characteristic that the normal Old Rasputin has
M - 4 - it actually fall short here with a pretty Thin mouth feel for a barrel aged stout, alcohol is present but ok for the style, the aftertaste is Oak barrels and dark chocolate
O - 4 - I was actually a little bit disappointed with this one especially for $18.99 a bottle. There are other better bBarrel aged stouts out there. however at the same time this is by no means a bad beer, I'm really glad I got to try it because I can't get it back home. (791 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Thick chocolate brown milky mocha head on the pour, settles nicely and appears more light tan in color with some soapy fine bubbles. Body color is a classic dark walnut brown with a hint of red to it.

Even off the pour the chocolate milk character is everywhere around me. Such a real nice soft bouquet. Hints of plum and dark fruit but no sourness. Milky chocolate as mentioned everywhere just great. Previous older review I had mentioned salted caramel, yup I can believe that too.

Palate comes quite light but flavors still manage to shine. Nice light roast character, and milky texture if a bit wet. Good finishing of char and lots of black carbon going as well. Missing a bit of the hinted fruity character on the nose. Some charring notes turn to tobacco tannic dryness on the finish also.

It's not as magical as I remember my first one, but still very solid and enjoyable. Nice work, one of those I look forward to once in awhile. (986 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color with a beige creamy tight head that settles into a puffy cap.

The aroma is of milk chocolate and vanilla. Nice woody notes, wet bark. Light bourbon note.

The taste is of bourbon but in a very balanced sort of way. It dominates the flavor but is not hot or overbearing. It brings a slightly sour oak note and some vanilla. The bourbon also provides a sweet caramel hit. Its not overly roasty which is odd since the base beer is a big roasty RIS.

Moderate to full bodied with noticeable carbonation. Drinks sweet but its balanced. ABV is no where to be found. Drinks crazy well for a BA brew.

A very enjoyable bourbon barrel aged stout. The bourbon is mellow but very noticeable. Again not hot and boozy. The stout loses some of its roasty-ness but it is quite impressive for a BA stout. I really enjoy the balance. (842 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a surprisingly effervescent but dense medium brown head. Head sticks around forever, leaving small but fluffy three dimensional chunks behind.

S: Oh wow, really nice. Loads of toasted sugar, burnt marshmallow and melted chocolate bars. It's like s'mores without the graham crackers. Light caramel and oak.

T: Lots of caramel and toffee initially. Oaky too, quite so. A light layer of vanilla over everything. Somewhat chocolatey in the middle and then the big oakiness wades in. Long wooden aftertaste that almost tastes salty at times. Get some light coffee in the aftertaste as well.

M: Heavy, viscous and smooth. Nice.

O: Hmph. The smell to this one was intoxicating but the taste was a letdown in comparison. It's not too bad, but the oakiness is a bit much at times and detracts a bit. It's not bad at all, I think my brain hyped this one from the smell. Tasty and varied, just sorta misses the mark for me tonight. (951 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish very dark brown, opaque and black-ish in the glass with several fingers thick exceedingly dense light brown head. Settles slowly to a quarter inch, sheet of lace down the glass. Smell: uncorking this one set off a cloud of bourbon aroma, but after a minute only a little remains... along with rich chocolate cake batter, prune, toasted brown bread. Taste: milk chocolate, caramel apple... fig and toasted brown bread... earthy espresso note cut by a splash of sweet booze. Velvety feel. Finishes with some earth, tannic, mild bourbon leftovers...drying and slightly sticky. Delicious...nice to see a barrel aged stout that's not over the top sweet. (664 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Big khaki head. Beautiful lacing and great retention.

Smell - Extremely oaky. Sharp oak. Even a bit of acidity from the oak. Bourbon. Dark chocolate. Black roasted malt.

Taste - Coffee malts. As much oak in the taste as in the nose. Sharp woodiness. Bitter chocolate. Bourbon flavor lingers into the finish.

Mouthfeel - The oak is pretty intense. Detracts from the drinkability, but it's a nice flavor. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Crazy oak. Covers the beer a bit, but the bourbon adds a nice element. (568 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in late 2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, vanilla, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, light raisin/plum, and roast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toffee, toast, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light raisin/plum, and roast/oaky earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, vanilla, toffee, toast, bourbon, oak, dark bread, light raisin/plum, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, smooth, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,485 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to a snifter, reviewing from notes

Pours black with two fingers of dark mocha foam. Very mild carbonation coming from the sides, great retention and lacing. Really great looking beer

Smells of sweet candied bourbon, dark chocolate, oak, espresso and coffee, toffee, some light vanilla notes, and strong alcohol. It all comes together really well, definitely the beers biggest strength

Taste is with the nose for the most part but falls pretty short. Upfront bourbon and oak, dark chocolate, coffee notes, and hints of toffee and vanilla. Finishes with a lot of alcohol

Feel is full, dry, thick, and creamy. Alcohol is really present but doesn't hurt the drink ability too much fortunately

Overall good, but not as good as I was expecting from a barrel aged rasputin. Defnitely not worth $20 for a 17oz bottle (820 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours translucent brown, but ends up pitch black in the glass; two fingers of mocha head slims into a thin collar as the drink gets drank...

S: dark malt aromas of chocolate and coffee beans weave into the woodsy aromas of bourbon barrel oak and whiskey

T: espresso beans and coffee with milk, cocoa and burnt wood; oak, whiskey, char, chocolate and vanilla; earthy, herbal; some slightly medicinal and astringent moments

M: thinner than many Russian Imperials, smooth and tight at the same time; plenty of dry oak and bourbon whiskey vapors; drying finish

O: my second sampling in the series; an elegant drinking experience, strong with whiskey woods and chocolate malts, finer impressions of vanilla and char; the mouthfeel was a little light for me and the cost a little high, but if you can afford it, not a bottle to be ignored on the shelf. (853 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft pour
Black body with a thin covering of brown head that sticks around for a while.
Chocolate, caramel, wood and bourbon aroma.
Chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and bourbon. It's a little warm. Imparts some good bourbon flavor.
Medium carbonation which was more than expected. Full medium body. (300 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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. (1,423 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that gradually died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and lacing on the surface in between.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon and associated vanilla are present in the nose.
T: Just like the smell, the taste of this beer is all about the bourbon and has lots of associated vanilla. The bourbon is strong, but not overpowering. The alcohol is also well masked and the only bits I can pick up are from the bourbon.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight amounts of warming from the alcohol are present, but these are only present in the finish.
O: This beer is quite drinkable considering its strength and packs in a lot of bourbon flavors without being overpowering. Thanks to @smithj4, I tried this side-by-side with a small bottle of regular Old Rasputin as a comparison. The bourbon barrel version really masks any traces of the roasted malts and pine resin hops that you get in the regular version. (1,091 characters)

Photo of JerseyHopHead
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an oily black with a tan/brown head with moderate retention.
Nose is distinctly bourbon with just a hint of cocoa.
At the very start, there is a hint of cocoa and flavors familiar to drinkers of regular Old Rasputin. These are quickly overcome by a clear, strong, but slightly sweet bourbon taste, which is actually not too boozy. It finishes pretty smooth with a bit of a boozy note.
First of all, I really enjoyed this. The bourbon really changes the character of the beer and has a very different effect on the palate. It really doesn't taste as strong as it is (at 11.3%). I would definitely recommend this to fans of Old Rasputin (though it's fairly different as I mentioned) and anyone who likes barrel aged beers. It may be a bit strong for the casual beer drinker but if you have a taste for bourbon, maybe not.

Great beer from a great brewery. (862 characters)

Photo of OneEye78
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 ml bottle into wide mouth pint glass. Was a dark black/brown with transparency near the edges. Foamy head about 3/4 of inch on the pour, dissipating after a couple minutes. Nose was pretty subdued, with dark chocolate and a touch of bourbon and charred oak. Taste was very balanced with dark chocolate up front, a hint of milk/cream, and some sweetness and bourbon and alcohol heat on the finish. The taste was pretty consistent as it warmed. The mouthfeel was quite creamy, and very substantial allowing the taste to linger. This was a very good, if not great beer. I am not sure it delivered on the value for the money, but I am glad I tried it. (663 characters)

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Barrel aged Old Rasputin XVI
North Coast Brewing
Russian Imperial Stout

11.3% ABV

APPEARANCE: Out of the bottle it appears to be a dark chocolate brown, once in the glass it settles to a deep rich black. Nice billowy tan head with great retention.

AROMA: Starts off like a melted Hershey bar with a touch of roasted marshmallows. That bourbon flavor comes crashing in bringing with it oak, vanilla, and ends with a smack of heat from the alcohol. Hits almost a little to hard.

MOUTHFEEL: This is where I separate a great BA stout from an amazing BA stout. It falls a little thin here on the body. Decent carbonation that has a nice prickly feel on the tongue.

OVERALL: Very great stout, the bourbon booziness gets a little overwhelming and the thin body are the only downfalls for me. Well that and the $20+ price tag. Glad I got to have this and overall it is a solid outing from North Coast brewing.

RATING: 4.2/5 Zombie heads! (940 characters)

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Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.