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

Not Rated.
Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

251 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 31
Gots: 136 | FT: 25
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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ThatsThatDude

New York

1/5  rDev -77%

05-16-2014 12:19:28 | More by ThatsThatDude
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blankenhoney

Ohio

2.43/5  rDev -44.1%

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?

06-15-2014 18:27:10 | More by blankenhoney
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -31%

02-17-2014 23:45:50 | More by largadeer
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DerrickW

Georgia

3/5  rDev -31%

06-15-2014 13:54:29 | More by DerrickW
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.09/5  rDev -29%

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.

05-04-2014 23:11:23 | More by DavoleBomb
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EliotRosewater

California

3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

06-12-2014 00:47:58 | More by EliotRosewater
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

03-09-2014 22:04:41 | More by ygtbsm94
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

04-02-2014 01:17:23 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

05-28-2014 05:51:49 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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SanFranJake

California

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

04-26-2014 12:14:03 | More by SanFranJake
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

07-14-2014 23:55:22 | More by BMMillsy
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

05-14-2014 00:05:26 | More by JamesStreet
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EB1

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

04-14-2014 03:37:49 | More by EB1
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QuakeAttack

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

04-06-2014 17:47:15 | More by QuakeAttack
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beefsquatch

New York

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

04-02-2014 02:34:00 | More by beefsquatch
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

04-16-2014 01:54:38 | More by brother_kenneth
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Tom_the_Sad_Sailor

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -8%

04-18-2014 12:39:42 | More by Tom_the_Sad_Sailor
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ipc2000

New York

4/5  rDev -8%

03-20-2014 05:00:19 | More by ipc2000
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -8%

04-27-2014 05:04:04 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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tourdot

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -8%

05-04-2014 18:12:02 | More by tourdot
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itracy63

Alaska

4/5  rDev -8%

06-01-2014 22:57:34 | More by itracy63
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Modernrickk

California

4/5  rDev -8%

07-23-2014 07:44:11 | More by Modernrickk
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nut

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

06-24-2014 19:37:22 | More by nut
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leaversuch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8%

08-11-2014 14:44:17 | More by leaversuch
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Bolivian22

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8%

08-13-2014 20:03:07 | More by Bolivian22
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Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.