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

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Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged StoutOld Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout

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BA SCORE
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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 165
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mark on 01-15-2007)
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a very thin, fizzy khaki-colored head.

Smell: A quite captivating, strong bourbon-soaked aroma with all the expected notes of vanilla, oak, and dark brown sugar. Also lesser notes of dried dark fruits and caramel.

Taste: Heavy bourbon taste with an incredible sweetness. Hints of dark caramel syrup and prunes. All in all, only a meager amount of roasted malt flavors make their way around the effusive bourbon qualities. Lightly alcoholic, semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Nicely warming finish.

Drinkability: The strong, prominent bourbon character does greatly blur the original beer for me, but as it is exceptionally delicious, I shan't fault it for that. I shan't!!

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
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!

Photo of oline73
4.33/5  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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of drewone
2/5  rDev -54.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours a light brown head that leaves some nice lace. Color is a dark brown, near black.

Aroma: Warm bourbon, sweet creamy chocolate. Oak flavors and vanilla. The bourbon in this beer is big, but I like it.

Taste: Warming bourbon up front again, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, and chocolate. Sweet and creamy. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and warm. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends warm.

Overall, a great beer with that was very drinkable for how big it was. The bourbon really added a nice layer to this beer. I was very glad to have gotten to try this one.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.38/5  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.

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to jgaston for sending this my way, insane treat! Sampled side by side with the regular Rasputin for comparison.

Pours a very opaque black, brown head, very thick, settles down to a nice layer, leaves lots of lace. Smell is excellent, sweet bourbon, oak, chocolate, lots of vanilla, toffee, very rich, bit of alcohol, more vanilla. Taste is similar, tons of vanilla, chocolate toffee middle, vanilla roasted coffee beans, dark fruits, bourbon, tons of flavour. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, low carbonation, insanely smooth, really goes down way too easy. Fantastic example of barrel aging, really improves on the original. Thanks James!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of popery
4/5  rDev -9.3%

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Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.