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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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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 163
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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Photo of Floydster
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle acquired from tevering99 in a trade, thanks a lot for giving up such a great beer, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter tonight

A-Black color with no light shining through, not as thick as I anticipated, 1 1/2 inch tan foamy tan head, left a pillow on top of the liquid, nice retention, some very nice lacing for a beer that has been aged as long as this has

S-Lots of bourbon and was especially evident once it warmed, different scents of spices, vanilla, tons of caramel, strong oak aroma, dark roasted malt, special dark chocolate, dried dark fruits, and charcoal

T-Started off tasting like regular Old Rasputin with a mildly boozy finish, then it became increasingly warmer and had more vanilla, then the oak and bourbon took over and this beer began to taste very good, enjoyable sweetness in the middle with a whiskey finish that is somewhat dry, the absence of hoppiness did not play a role in the flavor of this beauty, really start tasting the different chocolate tastes after a little while and see how much variety this malt profile really has to offer, bit of a burn in the aftertaste but it is soothing, fantastic overall

M-Warming, chewy, and smooth mouthfeel, medium body and thinner than I thought it would be, oddly still a nice level of carbonation, small bubbles rushing to the top, taste lasted up to two or three minutes by the end

D-Could probably a drink a whole other bottle of this right now but it is still definitely a sipper, alcohol is hidden well regardless of its warming sensation, not too heavy or overly sweet, goes down too easy

Normally, I am not a huge fan of North Coast except for the Old Rasputin and this makes the regular brew seem like nothing, hope they barrel age more of this stuff in the future, regretted not buying some at Naja's place a few years ago when I saw it but the price seemed steep at the time, very happy to get the chance to try it now, aged wonderfully, think it has been about two years since it was brewed, would love to drink again, highly recommended

Floydster, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of bfr1992t
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

bfr1992t, Dec 21, 2007
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!!

ChainGangGuy, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

kirok1999, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think they only brought one bottle to Hop in Humboldt 2007 but I was lucky to get a glass. Wow. Big and black in the glass with a very dark tan head and left great lacing. Wonderful nose of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Flavors are chocolate and vanilla malts and finish is slightly bitter. Exceptional brew, and shows what aging can do to these kind of beers. Just as good as its non-aged parent. Yum.

rkuhnel, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of genog
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich browinsh black color that is not entirely opaque. A light brown creamy head sits on top of this one that all but disappears from existence. Smell is of some smoke, and woody cask presence and smells boozy of bourbon or whiskey. Taste is equally boozy with a bourbon finish. Beer starts out sweet with some milky chocolate flavors then finishes somewhat bitter with dark coffee. The alcohol is really apparent on this one as the body is medium and carbonation is soft.

genog, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

franksnbeans, Sep 23, 2007
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.

weeare138, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
4.33/5  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.

hoppymeal, Aug 07, 2007
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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

blitheringidiot, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of nflmvp
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

nflmvp, Jul 12, 2007
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!

Viggo, Jul 08, 2007
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.

RoyalT, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with the family.

Pours a deep dark brown color with a nice tan head that lingers with a lot of lacing.

Aromas are of dark chocolate, bourbon and oak.

Flavors are smooth and creamy up front. A lot of chocolate flavors, milky, dark, and bitter. Finish is crisp and biting. There is a definite oaky bourbon kick on the end as well of some anise flavors, and a bit of a bitter tinge from the hops.

Mouthfeel is full, supple, creamy, and just about perfect.

Drinkability is quite good. Very easy to enjoy and sip even for such a powerhouse of a beer. This is special. Second only to the Abyss as far as Russian Imperial Stouts I have tried... I wonder if they have any left at the brewery???

flexabull, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.
Overall...
Mmmm...
Mmmm...
One glass is enough...
One bomber needs to be shared.
Love it.

IntriqKen, Jun 03, 2007
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4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Westsidethreat, May 31, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking stout. Wouldn't call it black but close. More of a burnt russet. Opaque with a active head seems overly carbonated in bottle. Head is a good 3 inches tan fairly thick leaves nice sticky lacing around the glass and possesess good retention.

One of those beers you just love to sniff and sniff and sniff and sniff. Unfortunately sniffing gets you no where so eventually you have to drink it and it will dissapear. Light milk chocolate aromas with toasty oak aromas and bits of sweet vanilla as well as a pinch of bourbon. Sweet ripe dark fruit of both curran varieties, black cherry, blackberry and black raspberry. Very sweet toffee malt aromas as well as a bit of floral hoppy-ness.

This is quite a sipper. From indication of the nose I was expecting this beer to be somewhat thin in mouthfeel and boldness; I was wrong:) This is a damn big, creamy, mouthcoating delicious beer. The bourbon barrel aging was nearly perfectly integrated. You get that same ole goodness of Old Raspy with a smear of sweet charred oak, vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate, mollasses, black cherry covered in white chocolate, toffee and caramel, with a smidgeon of plum. A prickly carbonation is there as well and I think it fits well with this beer. I normally wouldn't prefer that in this style but times are a changin. Alcohol is very well hidden yet traceable in both the mouth and chest but nothing over the top. RS is also decent with a nice bittering hop balancing any cloyingness on the finish.

Now to see how my other bottle tastes in a year as I'm not sure this will improve with age.

mcallister, May 28, 2007
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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.

TurdFurgison, May 27, 2007
Photo of grub
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

grub, May 20, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Crosling, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Mark
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Mark, Jan 15, 2007
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Old Rasputin X Anniversary Barrel Aged Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.