Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color with some red at the edges. There is a layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the pour.
Smell: Sweet roasted malt with some carmel and dark fruit in the mix as well. Very smooth.
Taste: The age has made this a very smooth beer. Roasted malt and dark chocolate. The bourbon is there, but there isn't much heat at all. The roast and bourbon sweetness continue through the finish.
Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: I remember liking the XI a bit more when I had it, but this was a great beer as well. Never thought I would get to try this one. I'd have more if someone wanted to share.
01-14-2013 04:43:29 | More by oline73
District of Columbia
4.38/5 rDev -1.6%
Shared by ygtbms94. Thanks Brad!
The beer is dark, ominous black. Still nice carbonation evident, with a half inch or more of beige head. Scents of roast, oak, chocolate, bourbon. Thick in body and smooth, with subtle alcoholic warmth in the finish. Oak and vanilla notes add depth and complexity. Additional flavors of chocolate and charred roast. Well balanced and delicious. Age has served this beer well. What a treat.
01-07-2013 00:59:32 | More by Huhzubendah
4.23/5 rDev -4.9%
Review #2,750. Randomly busted out by Sean. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.
A - Tan foam settles to a collar, wispy partial cap, and spotty lace. Opaque near-black body.
S - This has held up surprisingly well, although some inoffensive oxidation is starting to creep in lending some fruity notes to the oaky vanilla, chocolate, roast, anise, and hint of char.
T - The taste is quite nice, and reveals less age and oxidation than the aroma. A delightful blend of cocoa, vanilla, oak, nutty and lightly sugary malts, and earthy bourbon. The aging seems to have muted the barrel-aging influence, bringing a bit more balance between the bourbon, oak, and base beer than subsequent iterations. Either that, or this was more restrained to begin with.
M - Smooth, medium body, pleasant carbonation. Perhaps a bit thinned out after nearly 5 years but otherwise really mellow, with minimal alcohol heat. Surprisingly dry and clean finish. Quite easy-to-drink.
D - This beer has held up really well. The oxidation is fairly mild and integrates with the flavor profile in a largely complementary manner. Quite enjoyable, but drink up soon on this one. Would gladly drink this one again.
11-16-2012 16:32:18 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev -10.1%
A: Dark brown with some dark red notes. Finger of light brown froth.
S: Soy and coconut with dark chocolate, vanilla, and soft oxidation notes. Roasted malt is mellow. Bourbon blends with nutty character and an earthy presence.
T: Bittersweet dark chocolate with caramel, coconut, vanilla, and a little booze. Nutty notes blend with bourbon and restrained dark fruit. Oxidation is light and graceful. Roasted grains are restrained. Smooth balanced finish.
M: Upper medium body with upper medium carbonation.
Overall: Way better than the XI that I recently opened. Surprisingly good for a 5 year old Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout. I'm happy I was able to try this.
05-28-2012 06:10:28 | More by HopHead84
4.58/5 rDev +2.9%
The aroma screams bourbon barrel from the getgo - it’s all vanilla, oak, and bourbon (delicious!). The flavor parallels quickly with sweet malt, vanilla, touches of dark fruit, and a dry roasted malt finish. This is very much like the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout but just slightly, ever so slightly, not as good.
02-05-2012 22:00:34 | More by drowland
4.13/5 rDev -7.2%
Pushes up a big 1 1/2 inch dark coffee, dense creamy foam that turns rocky as it drops over a rich, dark brown chocolate that is nearly black and passes no light. Thick rings of lace are deposited, while the head never goes away. Great label too.
Opens with baker’s chocolate and roasted malt with some milk chocolate and background grapefruit. Black coffee comes out with alcohol fumes. All becomes sublime with warmth.
Rich roasted malt has almost a burnt character with bitterness that is heavy. Flavors are close to the nose, however, each is punctuated. The finish is long with roasted malt maintaining its impact. There is a light, smoky flavor with some tobacco and brown sugar as it warms. Definitely let this one warm up, as warmth reveals how well-crafted the flavors are.
The Dogfish Head snifter holds a medium bodied beer with a velvety texture and lively carbonation. This one is quite dry with a light astringency in the finish. Alcohol is well tamed.
Old Rasputin is definitely a sipping beer, but a few big gulps won’t hurt. While the reputation may be slightly overdone, this is quite an experience worthy of a return trip. I am going back to try it with a juicy ribeye steak.
01-21-2012 23:20:38 | More by SLeffler27
Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.