Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 72
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 5.02%
Wants: 165
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mark on 01-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Crosling
3.47/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle states that the beer is 11.6%. Pours light brown, but appears black in the glass. Very light brown head. The nose doesn’t show much strength or power, solely dominated by the barrel, it shows light hints of oak, bourbon and vanilla. The flavor, to be blunt, is just very mediocre. Those who know me know I am a huge fan of bourbon barrel Imperial Stout, but I am picky also. This doesn’t even come close to comparing with the best BA Imperial Stouts, particularly Bourbon County. The flavor, aside from being very mild overall and poorly concentrated, hardly shows any characteristics of the original beer. What I do taste is pure bourbon barrel, missing the chocolatey and roasty goodness that makes pairing an Imperial Stout and a bourbon barrel such a tasty process. It’s an okay, drinkable, somewhat enjoyable beer, but definately nothing special. (861 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for cracking this one out, Deuane!

A - Deep black body with burnt tan head that left a fair amount of lacing around the glass. Carbonation is mild.

S - The huge bourbon nose makes it difficult to pull anything else out, but after a while notes of chocolate, bitter coffee and dark fruit begin to appear.

T - Lots of strong bourbon up front that eventually segues into a nice roasted maltiness in the finish. Traces of oak and dark chocolate are also present.

M - Creamy, velvety texture with very soft carbonation. Slight sting from the alcohol provides some heat in the finish. Just a tad watery but overall very nice.

A - A little strong on the bourbon for my personal tastes, but not as overbearing as I had anticipated. Glad I was able to try this one! (771 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (1,306 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (519 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/27/2012

Thanks, Matt!

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. (699 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Clockworkorange for this one!

A-Black hole black with a reddish-tan head that left nice lacing.

S-This is easy...bourbon, bourbon and then oh, wait...no, more bourbon. After some time warming notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and dark fruit start to manifest.

T-Bourbon! Like you didnt see that coming! After getting thru that you start to find the Old Rasputin base of a lovely deep roasted malt base.

M- A bit thinner than expected but with an impressive creamy smoothness. Alcohol provides some heat in the finish.

A-You better like bourbon to enjoy this one. Either that or lay it down for a few years! I was happy to have the opportunity to try this special brew...I only wish I had another to cellar for a while. (742 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours not a totally opaque black with a medium/small brown head. Nose is immediately big roasted malt, some black licorice, and barrel. Further layers are vinous, dark fruits, vanilla. A good nose. Flavor is quite dry up front, very thick and creamy. Vanilla mostly on the mid palate, and a long finish of charred malt and ash. Really interesting flavor profile. The main distraction here is the mouth feel. Although it's definitely thick and creamy, there is crazy high carbonation all around that just assaults the palate. Other than that this is very nice...I love dry imperial stouts, love that ash and char quality which is really subtley done here, barrel influence isn't over the top. Thanks Doug! (704 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, big thanks to Terry (tmc) for this rarity, poured into a snifter.

The cork opens with a pretty impressive pop and pours with very good carbonation, leaving a one-inch creamy tan head. The body is a dark, dark brown that has some mahogany showing through the edges. It's lighter than I expected but the carbonation is really impressive give the barrel aging and age of the bottle.

The aroma is dominated by bourbon at the outset with very little from the underlying beer coming through. There are hints of dark chocolate malts along with some vanilla from the wood. Pretty one dimensional (bourbon) nose and honestly, the aroma is a bit of a let down...

...but the taste erases any doubts about the quality of this beer. The bourbon is still there and doesn't hide in the background. But the taste brings out the underlying beer in a way the aroma doesn't. The dark roasted malts are present and accounted for as well as some espresso and dark fruits. The finish is slightly dry from the barrel aging but retains a smooth vanilla and bourbon taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly slick with good carbonation. It goes down very easy and leaves a very boozy feel on the way down.

I'm pretty surprised at the big bourbon presence in the one. In fact, as others have said, this one might could use a couple more years to tone that down a bit. It's an excellent beer, but I'm not 100% sure this is an improvement over the base Rasputin...but that's a pretty high hurdle honestly. (1,494 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,202 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into the oversized Riedel snifter it goes

A: Pours an uber dark brown hue with no opacity to it. Head is full, thick and creamy consisting of toasted cap’n crunch colored bubbles.

S: Yep, that’s bourbon. Really pungent and phenolic with a good amount of oakiness to it. Also vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, oily coffee and sticky prunes.

T: Begins with bitter baking chocolate hitting the tip of the tongue with a profound amount of bittering oak too. This beer is much “rougher” than the original. The bourbon swaggers in like a bull in a china shop, dominating most of original beer. Underlying flavors of dried cocoa, nilla wafers, caramel and chocolate muffin loosen up as the beer warms and the bourbon flavors chill out a little bit. Finishes with burnt brown sugar which becomes very rich and buttery.

M: Full body but the barrel aging has made it somewhat thin across the palate.

D: I love the original version of this beer…much more than most imperial stouts. I really hoped that the barrel aging in this instance would enhance the brick and mortar version, but the bourbon really overpowered all the other flavors. Now mind you…this is one tasty brew regardless…but I’m going to be a tough critic because I have to be. I don’t like this version as much but this beer is quite tasty, none the less. (1,333 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,182 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Generously shared by Unclejedi in the parking lot of Party Source. Beautiful black in the glass and a decent head. Huge smell of sweet caramel, oak and bourbon.
Taste is massive and way different than Rasputin. Smooth and creamy, the sweetness of the caramel is profound backed up by oak and bourbon, some slight earthiness and raisins, cherries, etc.
Feels thick and oily with just a little noticable carbonation. So massive it hurts the drinkabliity a little. (461 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz corked bottle I picked up from a really cool distributor in LA (thanks Kimo!).

The bottle reads "12 medals in 10 years, 7 of them gold. Old Rasputin has built quite a reputation. So, to celebrate this 10th anniversary, we've aged some Old Rasputin in oak whiskey barrels to add a bourbon note to its complex flavor profile."

The beer poured with almost no head, my friend remarked that it looked like cola. The carbonation was there, but again it looked like pop. But man the flavor and taste were pretty extreme. I honestly would not have guessed that this was Old Rasputin aged in a barrel, it was stronger and richer in every way. The aroma was bourbon and strong, rich, roasted malts. It was a bit like Kentucky Breakfast Stout, so much richer than normal Old Rasputin. The hops were definitely less pronounced than normal Rasputin, the flavor was all bourbon and rich imperial stout flavors. I couldn't find the vanilla described in other reviews, but there was definitely a lot in here.

If you're lucky enough to find a bottle, grab it and try it. If not, KBS is just as good. (1,113 characters)

Photo of chango
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into Belgian glasses with the wife in the backyard 8 years after buying it at the brewery.

Appearance: Cloudy. Some floaters, but nothing to be concerned about. GREAT carbonation for a beer this old. Nice cream-colored head.

Smell: Subdued. Dark fruit and wood.

Taste: Smooth and mellow. All trace of fusels and boozy notes are gone. Dry cocoa, dark over-ripe cherry, dates, dank rotting wood (in a good way). Fabulous.

Mouthfeel: Velvety and creamy with the slightest sharp tangy edge.

Overall: I will miss this beer, but I felt 8 years was long enough in the cellar. As great as it was to drink, it also felt like it was on the verge of collapse. If there was a sweet spot for this particular bottle, I'm pretty sure I hit it. (756 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (740 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small tan haed that slowly fades to a ring. Nice strong boozy bourbony aroma, roasted malt twang and sweetness. Some wood and leather aromas are present when agitated. Nice roasty, smoky peatiness up front mix with a cola-y and vanilla sweetness in the taste, a good sized bourbon creeps in and grows large blending with a slightly bitter twang from the roasted flavors. A nice aftertaste shows dry woody flavors as well as a chalky chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, decent tingle of carbonation cuts through the body as does a good alcohol and bitter bite before the drying finish. A very nice beer, the barrel characteristics are not overpowering and mix well with the beer in all aspects. I'd like a little less carbonation, but it is hard to find a complaint here. (794 characters)

Photo of bfr1992t
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,135 characters)

Photo of franksnbeans
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (253 characters)

Photo of nflmvp
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***Mega thanks to IntriqKen for the generous offering!***

Pours with a 5/5 frothy dark khaki dense head cap that surprisingly settles to a wafer thin coating down to 4.5/5 status. Body is a bowlingball dark midnight hue black hole allowing nary the scantest sliver of light thru the edges into the light. Lacing is drippy and spotty.

Nose certainly bespeaks of oaky woody booze and bourbon hints. Complexity of the nose evolves with a gentle warming swirl to introduce a black liquorice.

First swigs: Thick chewy charred roasted wood malts. Coffee chocolate ice cream. This one is a mean mother. Caramel toffee, ripe fig, and leafy brisk dirt Earthy flavors develop in between the uber-roasty malts. Bourbon aspects are subtle yet prescent. Enjoying the intermingling complexity.

Feel is a full bodied "eat it with a fork" chewy. Some brisk frothy fizz could be a tad more subtle. Booziness is totally in check.

Last swigs: A sippy boozy cocktail of burnt roasted malts washed back witha kiss of bourbon.

Beer is good. Happy roasted beering!!! Thanks K.H! (1,078 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (423 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt umber with generous pomegranate-orange highlights along the edges. Nowhere near a black hole. Who says that alcohol is a foam and lace killer? The mochaccino colored crown looks good after the pour and even better as it starts to melt. Extensive lace almost pulls the score up to the high rent district.

The aroma is spectacular from a distance and is merely good up close. There's a near perfect blend of Russian Imperial stout and bourbon whiskey, just like the boys at NCBC drew it up. Only a shortage of nostril-filling roastiness and pungency keeps my enthusiasm in check.

North Coast Old Rasputin 10th Anniversary Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout might just be the longest name in beer history. It's also damn good beer that has held up remarkably well. That's no surprise given the style and the ABV, but plenty of similar beer hasn't fared so well on its second birthday.

As in the nose, the flavor is right on the money when it comes to the relative proportions of RIS and bourbon. If you love both as much as I do, then you'll love 'X' as much as I do. It's hard to say whether age or brewing skill has more to do with how well the alcohol is hidden. Probably both.

The flavor profile includes roasted barley, dark chocolate fudge, crushed coffee beans, dark brown sugar, vanilla, oak and a finishing flourish of Sambucca. It all comes together in splendid fashion, becoming even tighter and more seamless as room temperature nears. 'X' is a beer that begs to be consumed quickly. Don't give in to temptation, though, because you'll be smacked upside the head with a velvet hammer that will lay you out before you know it.

The mouthfeel comes into its own as the mercury rises. This might be one of the fullest and most crushed velvet-like ales that I've ever had after two years in the bottle. It must have been perfection personified right after bottling.

Old Rasputin aged in anything is bound to be great beer because it was great before it even entered the barrels. If you still have a bottle of 'X' in the depths of your cellar, crack it open today! before the ravages of time take a bite out of this outstanding barrel aged stout. Thanks to the incomparable Talisker for yet another rare and delicious brew. (2,238 characters)

Photo of Mark
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (685 characters)

Photo of gregc
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro at Blind Tigers VSK night. Wow I can't believe they have this..
Pour was pitch black with a big white head.
Aroma is amazing...Whisky, vanilla, smooth smoke, chocolate, big roasted notes and some oak. Not quite as oaky as the 11 and 12, but the wet oak aroma is still present.
Taste was a bit of a let down after the wonderful aroma. I picked up a lot of sweet chocolate, some booze, big on the bourbon flavor. Charred oak and a small amount of anise seed.
The mouthfeel was a bit on the thinner side, it was not quite as full as i had hoped it would be. Overall the drinkablity of this beer is pretty high. It went down very smooth without a ton of alcohol present. This was a rare treat to enjoy I am very happy i had the chance. (740 characters)

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Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.