Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by drowland:
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
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4.55/5 rDev +2.2%
Appearance This beer is blacker than black with a brown head that left a pool of film in the middle of the liquid. The head went down to almost gone but then stayed for the 20 minutes that I left this RIP to warm. Absolutely amazing!
Smell Oh, man, the stout aroma is big here. What strikes me first in the quality of the espresso bean. Beyond that the huge roasted malts have a nice dark yeast compliment that really rounds out the nose. But dig deeper as the beer warms and you find some gooey molasses and deep, dark fruity sugars.
What I like most though is the lack of overpowering oak. All too often "barrel-aged" means "licking oak." Here the wood is but a subtle compliment to the nose, extremely well done and not over done.
Taste The wood properly comes out bigger at the taste. It needs to, too, because the malts here are gianormous. The espresso from the nose turned into more of a really fine coffee bean.
There's a dose of vanilla to this flavor profile that really sets off the malt and sugar relationship. The sweets are big here but with the substantial malt they aren't allowed to run wild. This is a very tasty and very intense RIP.
Mouthfeel The regular Old Ras has a mouthfeel close to perfection, but the smoothness imparted by the X's barrel aging puts it over the edge. The upped ABV adds a nice alcohol character to this liquid velvet that makes it creamy and dreamy.
Drinkability This is by far the smoothest RIP that I have ever had. The standard North Coast Old Ras is one of my favorite beers so I was skeptical about an anniversary edition, but this one delivers in spades.
Comments A huge BA thanks to skyhand for donating a bottle to the Sponsor A RoyalT program. Her generosity is only matched by her choice of ale.
07-05-2007 02:59:26 | More by RoyalT
4.47/5 rDev +0.4%
Poured aggressively this makes a massive 4 finger head of tan bubbles that takes it time melting to very, very think lacing.
This smells like a bar-b-que...not merely oak or bourbon...this smells like a freekin' bar-b-que.
As you dig into the smell and allow it to warm you notice heavy notes of oak, bourbon, dark brown sugar, some dark fruits, and alcohol.
I suspect you could spend 20 minutes experiencing the aroma without tasting this and continually come up with new experiences. I do not have the patience for that.I want to taste it now.
Flavors are rich with the oak barrel and bourbon....strong alcohol presence which may dissipate with aging....lots of dark fruits and dark candy sugars along with dark, bittersweet chocolate and an absolutely heavenly warmth penetrating your body as you swallow.
Hmmm....flavors are actually too complex and intense for me to identify individually, but the combination is wonderful. Alcohol is too strong...intense...for me to remember what I am tasting.
One glass is enough...
One bomber needs to be shared.
06-03-2007 01:21:25 | More by IntriqKen
3.98/5 rDev -10.6%
16.9 oz bottle into a 10 oz snifter. Much thanks to Deauane for pulling this out of his cellar.
Pours an absolutely pitch black with a 1/2 finger of light mocha colored head. It pretty much keeps all of that in the retention, which leaves just huge swathes of creamy lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma has just massive bourbon notes up front but underneath, you can still make out notes of chocolate, roast, burnt caramel, and coffee.
The taste is almost identical to the aroma with a huge presence of bourbon and oak dominating almost the whole way through. If you look deep though, some of our ole' familiar RIS is still in there, with chocolate sweetness, coffee notes, and roasted malts still making themselves known. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but a little thinner than I expected. It still packs a slick and smooth feel though. A slight sting of heat is present but it's hard to tell if that was coming from the actual body or all that bourbon taste.
I think a little toning down of the bourbon and oaked character might have made this work a little better but I was glad to see that at some of the regular Old Rasputin's awesome taste was still present. Still, it's pretty quaffable for it's size and I'm just glad to have had the chance to finally try this. Thanks again Deauane!
04-22-2008 16:51:21 | More by Kegatron
4.35/5 rDev -2.2%
Also (see Kirok1999's review) generously shared by 'Unclejedi' in the parking lot of Party Source. I stood there in the lot at the back of a mini-van thinking "Wtf am I doing?? This isn't right!" as the 12oz bottle was popped and soft poured in to a large DFH snifter.
A - Wow, who put tar in my glass? Black is right.
S - Wow, who stuffed this chunk of fresh hewn and charred (caramelized) Oak in my nose? Wonderful.
T - Wow, was that beer I just drank or did somebody liquify that piece of Oak and ferment it? Serious, at first the caramel of a good stout hits you, then hold on as everything good and nothing bad about the oak barrels it was aged in overwhelms your tastebuds and nose. Nothing simple and everything complex. In a word, awesome. Then at precisely the right moment a hint of bourbon dances about your tongue as the alcohol effervesces.
M - It didn't matter to me, and won't matter to you.
D - This is over the top. I had approx 4 oz. I doubt I could have drank more.
Overall - Now Old Rasp-y is good, but this...you'd be hard pressed to "name that beer" from which it came. Wow. I said that a lot, in that lot.
12-21-2007 03:41:46 | More by bfr1992t
4.58/5 rDev +2.9%
From the label: Old Rasputin 10th Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout with 12 medals in 10 years, 7 of them gold. Old Rasputin has built quite a reputation. So, to celebrate its 10th Anniversary, we've aged some Old Rasputin in oak whiskey barrels to add a Bourbon note to its complex flavor profile. We think you'll agree that it works.
Old Rasputin X pours up with a moderate-full carbonation that creates a incredibly inviting tannish-mocha colored head that completely envelops the deep mahogony-brownish black body. Simply marvelous! The heavily chocolate aroma is quite complex with notes of rich toffee, toasted walnuts, cocoa nibs & plenty of coffee/espresso notes. A touch of fruity cherry-vanilla, bourbon & a hint of warmth add to the overall complexity. This one just gets better as it warms in hand. The smooth flavor starts off with an initial rush of caramel & chocolate sweetness that gives way to a solid roasted graininess with coffee & espresso notes marked by some underlying bitterness. The beer continues to grow on the palate, but dries out slightly towards the bittersweet, warming bourbon finish. This medium-full bodied Imperial Stout has long been one of my favorites, but the bourbon & cellar aging makes this one truly magnificant! Now I'm definitely looking forward to the XI & XII.
*Taster's Note: Special thanks to Thomas Hardy for the bottle and happy '33rd' birthday to amateurbeerguy.
10-21-2009 18:06:17 | More by Beertracker
4.83/5 rDev +8.5%
Poured from a bottle to a snifter the liquid is very dark, close to blase with a caramel reddish hue. The head is one fat thumb, dark mocha and leaves some lace.
The smell is dark roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. Nice.
The taste follows lots of vanilla, oak and chard malt just the way we like it. The alcohol presents is still strong, Hops have a great bitter finish that leaves a tingle.
The mouthfeel is good, nice but not quite full body and a crisp carbonation.
The drinkability is excellent, a must try and share with friends. Prosit, MK
11-28-2009 03:03:12 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.45/5 rDev 0%
500 ml bottle from inflatablechair and reinheitsgematt .... Big thanks to both of my Boise bottle providers. Decided to enjoy this tonight as my ongoing cellar clearing project.. Thanks to Matt and Sam... a small round was shared with Brenda.
My New Belgium snifter is brimming with 2 fingers of a cappuccino looking head... sheets and leopard lacing are very pretty... no light escapes from the brew in the bottom of the glass.
Big stout aromas.. roasty and toasty with quite a bit of char.. black with added spice.. vanilla and subtle bourbon.. dark chocolate with more than enough French Roast... yeasty esters .. prune and plum.
The wood is background with a very smooth and well composed RIS.. Hugely complex.. thick chocolate and vanilla.. dark malts with roasted barley.. Bourbon is present from start to finish but it never becomes a "shot of Beam boilermaker" .. the bourbon at this point is more of an essence that is part of the entire brew.. very smooth and nothing is out of line..
Body is thick and very smooth... spot on carbonation.. with a silky velvet body.. honestly one of the best RIS I've had.
09-10-2008 08:53:03 | More by JohnGalt1
4.65/5 rDev +4.5%
I actually managed to get a bottle of this one, I was floored to see it in my fridge and could barely contain myself as I went to open it up. Served at cellar temp and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/02/2009.
The pour was very nice, lighter then I would have though though, but very very nice. Rich dark brown with some light highlights on the sides. Some nice tan head on top that settled down nicely into a firm pillow across the top that stayed with it throughout the session.
The aroma was wonderfully complex and evolving with each passing minute. Loads of bourbon in here with a nice light touch of molasses mixed in. As it warms it takes on more of a deep, almost toffee like tone, similar to a nice old ale, but still blended with chocolate and notes of coffee. As I go in for a taste, warming alcohol rushes over me. Rich notes of coffee, chocolate, lots of bourbon and vanilla, Very complex and perfectly smooth and seductive. The alcohol was well mixed out and mellowed as each smooth sip opened it up to more and more unique flavors. The long lasting taste of vanilla is the perfect accent to a perfect nightcap.
Overall this was differnet then what I espected, but I have to admit so damn good I was blown away. I cannot wait to get ahold of the XI
02-04-2009 03:47:05 | More by mikesgroove
4.35/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours an opaque brown with a dark cream colored head. Smells of huge bourbon, oak and a hint of caramel and vanilla. Taste is big on the bourbon, but mellows out at the finish. Feels full in the mouth and is a sipper for sure. An enjoyable apartif beer.
09-23-2007 17:49:54 | More by franksnbeans
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
4/5 rDev -10.1%
Thanks to hopdog for breaking this one open...
Appears a near black with a dark brown edge when held to the light. The small, light tan head fades into a mild cap and heavy collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of light oak, vanilla, cocoa, roasted nuts, and booz.
Taste is a bit lighter than the aromas with some roasted malts, rum raisins, and vanilla oak coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fizzy up front, syrupy, boozy, with rum soaked raisins and a slightly thin finish.
09-12-2007 19:45:23 | More by weeare138
4.38/5 rDev -1.6%
Scored this powerhouse at North Coasts gift shop. It's been aged in whiskey barrels and the ABV is a couple notches up from the regular Raspy. Body is black and thick, a malted milk head is thinnish and some lacing is left. Very powerful and inviting aroma that is bourbonish and some vanilla as well. Taste is very similar to aroma, man this is decadent. Woodsy notes, vanilla, whiskey, all this and the regular taste profile of Old Raspy is in there as well. Very strong. Great for a nightcap on a cold night. Enjoyed it from my sturdy, beautiful goblet I also purchased from N.C. The king's glass sure had a king's beer in it last night. Fans of big beers need to seek this one out.
01-15-2007 22:45:51 | More by Mark
4.35/5 rDev -2.2%
Big thanks to Intriqken for hooking me up with my quota on these. This is likely to be merely the first of many enjoyable evenings with this beer.
Appearance is very nice. Dark, dark, dark. Nearly as close to pitch black as you can get. Minimal light shows through around the edges. I had to slow my pour when it became apparent that this 16.9 ounce beer would otherwise overflow my 24 ounce snifter. Head was a full 3 fingers of nicely browned marshmallow head. It diminished relatively quickly, to a creamy light trace and very nice lacing.
Smell was predominantly that of creamy hot chocolate with notes of vanilla, maple syrup, caramel, figs and closely followed by Bourbon.
Taste was rich. Again, Chocolate. Lots of it. Bourbon followed right behind it but was not overpowering.
Mouthfeel seemed good but perhaps a little bit "prickly". Not noticably so but it's there, none the less.
Drinkability is good. If not for the mouthfeel, it would be one of my highest rated BA Impy Stouts. Even with the prickliness, this one is surely a nice night time sipper or campfire beer. Lucky for me, I'm inclined to both of those things.
07-12-2007 01:25:03 | More by nflmvp
4.55/5 rDev +2.2%
Viggo shared this one, which we put up beside a regular rasputin that i got from kirok1999. huge thanks eric!
500ml bottle, corked and caged. bottle lists 11.6%abv, not 11.7% above.
pours very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a huge very dense tan head. the head falls very slowly and leaves tons of lace.
aroma is great. huge bourbon and vanilla blast. alcohol. roast. lots of dark chocolate. light caramel sweetness.
taste is great. another huge blast of vanilla and bourbon. nice warming alcohol. roast. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. medium bitterness level. light caramel sweetness. big bread and biscuit malt.bit of raisin.
mouthfeel is good. low well integrated carbonation. nice big body. super smooth.
drinkability is good. balanced and very enjoyable. the alcohol is hidden quite well, mostly coming through as a little warmth.
05-19-2007 23:13:58 | More by grub
4.28/5 rDev -3.8%
Popped the cork and poured slowly into my 2005 Strong Beer Month glass. Lighter than expected, very cola brown in appearance. Super solid two fingers of mocha brown creamy head. Very nice looking in the glass, especially for a RIS that has been aging 'this' long in oak whisky barrels.
Aroma was all whisky. Some hints of vanilla and
even coconut, but huge bourbon whiffs.
Creaminess hit my mouth for a split second before the huge smack of hot whisky. Nicely carbonated with a slight sting on the tongue. More hot bourbon flavor and charred oak on the finish. Somehow, I tasted some citric hop flavor in the back.
Very good and tasty, but incredibly one-dimensional.
The frothy head fizzled after while, but not all the way down. Some nice cloudy lacing stuck on the glass, with a smooth looking tan film. Tiny bubbles hung to the outside of the glass.
Had X for a while, lurking in the back of my cellar. And I decided to open her open for no reason at all. I am glad I did, but am very surprised how prominent the whisky flavor was. In my mind, X could lay down for a few more years.
03-05-2009 01:29:05 | More by RustyDiamond
4.97/5 rDev +11.7%
I got this beer a while ago, and dont remember who sent it to me. Sorry and thanks!
I am splitting the beer with Stopper at cellar temp and pouring into a snifter. The beer pours a deep brown color with frothy tan head of 2 cm foaming up and fades gradually to a surface layer. There is tight creamy lattice on the glass as it fades.
Aroma is oak and bourbon with some vanilla and chocolate as well, all very balanced with each other. Very appealing nose!
First sip reveals an average to thick body with slight syrupy texture. There is a very mild carbonation that gently rolls across my palate on each sip.
The flavor is as nose advertises with lots of bourbon, oak and vanilla. The chocolate is much more subdued here. ABV is well hidden and this makes for a very smooth enjoyable and drinkable beer. ARGGHH!! my only bottle!
I would definintely buy this if I saw it again!
02-22-2008 16:49:29 | More by sulldaddy
Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.