Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.26/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
04-27-2014 18:33:28 | More by metter98
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
500ml caged and corked, solid-ass bottle. Thanks are again in order to the good doktorzee for procuring this one for me on a recent trip stateside. Cheers, man!
This beer pours a solid, abyssal black, with the slightest of basal cola highlights, and four chubby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, rocky, and creamy tan head, which leaves some stellar random continental profile lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.
It smells of somewhat acrid bourbon barrel - alcohol-soaked wood staves, dry vanilla, semi-sweet caramel, and a bit of grainy spice - bittersweet cocoa powder, singed marshmallows, anise, a faint lactic creaminess, and an underlying roasted grainy caramel malt. The taste falls pretty much right in line, as the aggressive barrel characters continue to lead the charge - vanilla, besotted wood, thin caramel - all the while a bit more prominent base of roasted bready caramel malt pushes to the forefront, the gritty milk chocolate holding steady, the licorice maintaining its stale department store nature, alongside a rather genial plum and raisin fruitiness, a touch of tobacco ash, and faint earthy, weedy hops.
The carbonation is moderate, and mostly frothy in its bearing, the body a decent medium-full weight, and quite smooth, with a strong creaminess building as it warms. It finishes on the sweet side, the bourbon pretty much having infiltrated the whole of this offering, and with the wooden acridity now taking its seat in the shade, the chocolate/vanilla/caramel triumvirate proceeds to run, if not quite amok, then at least a wee bit wild.
A long-time want, from both a personal and professional perspective, this offering certainly delivers, firing on all proverbial cylinders. Big, beefy, Bourbony, boozy, and balanced, bro (today's review obviously brought to you by the letter 'b')! Worthy of checking out, and savouring, should the chance ever avail itself to you.
04-11-2014 04:46:54 | More by biboergosum
4.23/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
07-26-2014 03:23:19 | More by superspak
4.06/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
02-28-2014 22:54:13 | More by smakawhat
4.19/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
07-27-2014 01:42:11 | More by Alieniloquium
4.2/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
03-16-2014 02:42:41 | More by Gmann
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
4.16/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
03-21-2014 05:11:14 | More by Dope
Old Rasputin XVI Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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