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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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329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 44
Gots: 162 | FT: 32
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:
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(Beer added by: Jtrigonis on 02-07-2014)
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1/5  rDev -76.9%

ThatsThatDude, May 16, 2014
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1/5  rDev -76.9%

hopnusmaxmus, Nov 19, 2014
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1/5  rDev -76.9%

hopivore22, Oct 12, 2014
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2.4/5  rDev -44.6%

Ponyone22, Nov 03, 2014
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2.43/5  rDev -43.9%
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?

blankenhoney, Jun 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

largadeer, Feb 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

DerrickW, Jun 15, 2014
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3.09/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

DavoleBomb, May 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

EliotRosewater, Jun 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

ygtbsm94, Mar 09, 2014
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3.36/5  rDev -22.4%

andy1701, Oct 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

DoubleSimcoe, Apr 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

WolfsbaneBloom, May 28, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

SanFranJake, Apr 26, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

BMMillsy, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

JamesStreet, May 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

lillitnn92, Friday at 02:57 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

EB1, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

jeremiahoden, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

QuakeAttack, Apr 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

beefsquatch, Apr 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

brother_kenneth, Apr 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

helios7, Nov 15, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%

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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3.92/5  rDev -9.5%

Jason83, Nov 02, 2014
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Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.