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Old Rasputin XI - North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin XIOld Rasputin XI

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BA SCORE
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204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%


Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This brew is to commemorate 11 years of brewing Old Rasputin. This is Old Rasputin aged in 12 year-old oak bourbon barrels for nine months.

(Beer added by: stumac on 12-05-2008)
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 ML bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary snifter. Gave it a pretty hard pour and while the liquid was coming out of the bottle it comes out a dark brown and in the thinner portions its almost a cola color. As the beer pools into the bottom of the snifter, a black liquid puddle rises in the glass. There's a nice slightly darker than tan colored head, small bubbles at the bottom and some medium sized bubbles towards the top of the glass. The head itself is pretty thick and provides some decent lacing and glass retention. After a bit there's a skim across the top of the liquid and very slowly turns into a ring around the glass.

Smell is awesome. It's had to have mellowed out a bit over the years so it's at the point where it's not too strong but certainly not too weak, can't imagine how this was when it was fresh. The bourbon really jumps out at you right away. As I said before, a little mellowed out, so it's like a bourbon soaked oak. Hints of vanilla and a blend of over roasted, burned and even some charred malts making a bit of a robust dark chocolate smell, maybe a hint of coffee. It all fuses together quite nicely.

Taste is right on par with the aroma, but actually a bit stronger. The bourbon jumps out in the beginning again. Some nice very, very feintly smokey oak with some coffee grounds, and bitter chocolate. All of those flavors cloaked under some subtle vanilla to balance everything out very nicely. Something about this just tastes like it uses pure ingredients, it's great.

Mouthfeel is about as good as it gets for a barrel aged stout. Has a thin feel to it, but the lingering flavor of the fullest bodied beer. Really maintained a great carbonation level. 11.6% isn't surprising, but at the same time I wouldn't have expected it. Smooth with a warming, on the edges of a hot finish. It's not too hot, but hotter than I expected, the appropriate amount. The drinkability is insane! You don't even need to be a ute beer fan to be able to polish this bad boy off. Slow sipper, but you gotta be carful with it. Love regular Old Rasputin, and love XI even more. See why people like this so much. Thanks Chris for a great trade.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 04:58:26 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle into a snifter.

pours a dark black with almost no head. smell is huge on bourbon , taste is amazingly smooth. bourbon , vanilla, super super smooth holy shit! now, at 5 years old I was skeptical but this is amazing. feel is a legit 5/5. ABV extremely well hidden. full bodied, low carbonation.

overall so so creamy and smooth and delicious. loved it.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 01:42:05 | More by Axnjxn
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GoldHorde

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If any disappointment in this beer - it is in the fact that the inviting adventure of the name is symptomatic of Big Media hyperbole. The anticipation of pouring a glass of a beer called "OLD RASPUTIN RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT" predicts an experience of mythical proportions. Perhaps of an ancient, mysterious cask unearthed by Siberian archaeologists, transported to a Moscow museum and subsequently stolen and tapped by a couple of Muscovite juveniles looking for a cheap kegger - I certainly see a movie here...albeit Drive-In kwality...

As I BRACE for the first sip, my expectation is RAMPED for anything but the ordinary...I even grab the arm of my beer chair with my other hand...just in case...

No regurgitating release of the cursed dark spirit of Rasputin; no sudden prolific visions of an apocalyptic future; no suddenly alarming alien sensation of an unknown flavor or sensation that is other-worldly...NOT EVEN an unexpected carbonated burp.

*sigh*

How can one NOT be disappointed?

Its, its...JUST a beer.

Admittedly - a good beer BUT still - I expected a whole lot more.

I firstly expect A LOT from anything labeled as a Russian Imperial Stout. These are in a class by themselves - a pinnacle unto themselves. A complex flavor gamut of Siberian hardship a pour that is always expected to be: Heavy, creamy, dark, bitter and smokey with a malty sweetness.

This beer does ALL that.

A = Opaque black; heavy tan head with dissipating lace
S = Malty with a chocolate, bourbon edge
T = Deeply malty with coffee kick
M = creamy, heavy
O = A very nice Imperial Russian Stout

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 04:38:39 | More by GoldHorde
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Dweezil

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It smells malty like you would expect from an Imperial but you also get a hint of alcohol in the end. Not the sort of Barley-wine, "I'm going to die" alcohol smell, but you can definitely tell it is not something to be slammed.

It pours rich and dark with a slight head but nice lacing as it goes.

Taste is almost chocolate but again hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is silky, goes down nicely; just don't drink it too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 20:34:53 | More by Dweezil
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daryk77

District of Columbia

4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Opened on 12/26/11, 500ml bottle. Stored at room temp in a box at fairly constant temperatures.

Beer looks great, jet black as the original Rasputin, head disappears fairly quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. Great aroma, definitely some bourbon in the nose and still a bit of heat. When drinking cold the bourbon still comes through, surprisingly fresh. As the beer warms dark chocolate comes through and some bitterness at the end. Some oxidation to the beer but it does not take anything away. Great body to this, nice and thick.

Overall this beer is doing just fine. I am surprised the bourbon is still so prevalent as I thought it would fade more with time. The flavors are rich and smooth and I believe will continue to keep for several more years.

Another bottle open 03/12/2013, 500ml bottle. Stored at room temp in a box at fairly constant temperatures.

Curious about this one after reading reviews with people reporting it falling off. Appearance and smell are spot on, less bourbon in the nose, more chocolate/vanilla. Taste is great, very little oxidation, chocolate, vanilla, some bourbon (def. fading but melding) finishes roasty. Mouthfeel is rich creamy, decadent, thick, fantastic.

This beer never ceases to impress me. It has held up great, changing with much more chocolate and vanilla now as opposed to the heat of the bourbon. Still finishes roasty, slight bitterness that complements the beer. Love it, have one bottle left. I say drink now if you want more bourbon but still excited to see where the last bottle goes.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 00:02:29 | More by daryk77
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aasher

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB months ago and shared with the Charlotte crew for Charlotte Tasting 2012. Thanks Brian!

This one pours a medium bodied black chocolate brown in color with a slight beige lacing around the glass. The nose is smooth and well integrated. It is dark and roasty with some oak, light bitterness, light astringency, and vanilla bean. The flavors are light and malty. There is a lot of smooth roasted malt, light oak, and light vanilla. I really can't pickup too much more. The bourbon is gone. It drinks lighter than I assumed it would. It drinks like it should've been consumed a year.ago. This just hasn't held up really well. I'm grateful for the review and the try but this beer is on its last legs.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 03:56:24 | More by aasher
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DiddyP

Arkansas

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with an overflowing head which is retained throughout. Good lacing. This rung up at 9%ABV but you'd never know. Not great picking up smells but I'm getting cherry and coffee.
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout wishes it was Old Rasputin. Killer beer bro

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 03:19:42 | More by DiddyP
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this bottle sitting in my temperature controlled cellar since I received it years ago via trade. Poured from a corked and caged 750 into a tulip glass.

A: A almost jet black liquid with a light brown nice head. Nice glass lacing that does not stick around forever.

S: Bourbon really jumps out with notes of charred wood and roasted malt. Some coffee grounds mix with dark chocolate too. Nice.

T: The bourbon starts early and lasts. A decent amount of charred woody flavors mix with roasted malt, coffee grounds, dark bitter chocolate, some slight sweeter vanilla that yield back to the bourbon finish. Not really sweet, just nice and roasty and a bit bitter actually for it's age. Drinkability is high on this beer.

M: The only knock to the beer is that you expect it to be a bit thicker and fuller in the mouth. Alcohol is there for sure, but it still is real drinkable.

O: Another great barrel aged beer even for how old it was. I was pleasantly surprised as to how this held up and how well it drank. Great beer, I hope I get a bottle of some later years versions.

I enjoyed the hell out of this beer and easily drank the bottle in an evening. Loved it.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 19:50:30 | More by Kadonny
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Aged since purchase in the back of the beer fridge.

Dark, black pour with 1 finger of dark khaki head. Very little retention. Still laces well, though. Fairly active carbonation smooths out after the first couple of sips.

The bourbon has definitely mellowed out in the nose. Still very present, but not as in your face. Vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, and dark roast malt round things out. Picking up dried cherries later in the glass.

Intensely bitter flavor. Bourbon is still there, but getting much more in the way of bitter chocolate, French roast coffee, and dark cherries in the finish. Fairly complex and quite satisfying.

Only downfall here is the feel. Just way too thin for the substantial flavors.

Overall, had aged very well. Probably missed the window by a year or so with this bottle, but still better than fresh. The thin feel drags it down some, but the flavor is still very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 01:11:44 | More by beer2day
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour courtesy of AndrewK at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, wood, and bourbon and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody aftertaste on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that smells better than it tastes but is still holding up quite well.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 02:05:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is decent and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

4.0 S: I'm a bit surprised how good this smells. To give a bit of background, I think regular Raspy is boring as fuck and XII and XIV were nothing more than barrel aged versions of incredibly boring beers. This, in the nose at least, is much different. This is both powerful and pleasant. There's still a fuck ton of bourbon in this. Super leathery with a light earthiness. Vanilla and oak. Somewhat of a creme brulee vibe. Lots of chocolate from the stout with a supple roastiness. The stout still lacks complexity, but it's better now than it's ever been.

2.5 T: The taste, however, gives me more of what I'm used to from Raspy. Aside from roast and some chocolate, the base stout gives me nothing. Boring as hell. On top of that, the barrel aging isn't as flawless as the nose suggested. I'm getting some tannic astringency and the smooth leathery creme brulee thing is history. Strong bitterness to round things off.

2.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess. Too light in body, which also accounts for why it is light in flavor.

2.5 D: While this had good potential in the nose, everything went to shit after that. Raspy disappoints again.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 04:51:43 | More by DavoleBomb
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Avast


4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stouts have always had a special place in my beer drinking heart. Ever since I first tried this beer in the 12oz bottles I was sold. Beautiful all around, and that's my view on everyday releases of this beer. To have a big bottle, barrel aged is just the icing on the cake. Pours out dark and thick with a beautiful brown hazey hue head. Bitter whiskey bite at the beginning, maintains that bite for quite a bit and smooths out ever so slightly. Hints of wood and vannila from the barrel aging. All and all, great beer. Definitely a cold day beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 22:58:00 | More by Avast
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very black, with a nice dark tan finger of head, dissipating to a nice film.

Aroma was very pleasant, with touches of bourbon, and oak, wood and chocolate, roast and coffee.

Taste was similar with the chocolate, roasted notes, oak and light bourbon notes. There was a hint of dark fruits as well.

Mostly full bodied and creamy.

We had this along side regular Rasputin bottle that was a couple years old, and this was definitely much better...but I am not sure if I liked this as much as fresh Rasputin... Very glad to have tried it!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 14:14:42 | More by EgadBananas
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle picked up in fort Bragg in 09

A - dark chocolate with a little khaki head

S - bourbon, vanilla, oak, raisin, coffee

T - a bit muddled but tons of coffee on the finish. Nice chocolate sweetnes. Gets much better as it warms

M - fairly thin but perfect carbonation. A bit dry on the finish. Still a good bit of alcohol.

O - still a very good beer, better than fresh but I think I may have missed the perfect window. Drink em now if you've got em.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:49:52 | More by ChrisPro
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours opaque black with a one inch head of dense brown. Smeary lacing and a few whisps of foam on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with charred oak, Oreo shells, Kahlua, bourbon, and bakers chocolate. Vanilla, nougat, and espresso follow through.

Full bodied with a chewy, tacky mouthfeel. Just on the prickly side of lush.

Brownie batter, coffee grounds, bourbon, and vanilla start the palate. Booze-laced dark chocolate and burnt malt step forward.

Finishes with char, booze, bitter chocolate, and a hint of vineosity.

Tasty BA RIS, but the bourbon is not as pronounced as I had hoped, and the slight vineosity is perhaps a nod to limited cellar potential.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:02:40 | More by brewandbbq
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right before Christmas I go for a nice long run. Towards the end of the run I start to think about what beer to have once I'm rehydrated. I was pretty sure it's going to be a stout of some sort.
I open the door and find a box waiting for me. Strange because I had no pending trades. It's a surprise box send to me by TheBrewViking. Awesome. The box had all kinds of good stuff and this rare and retired beer is one of them. Thanks a million Brooks. It's much appreciated.

Poured into a pint glass.

Comes out black, very black. Carbonation is very present. A nice two finger mocha head leaving some lacing as the head reduces to a half finger.

The nose tottaly burries the base beer. Barrel heavy with bourbon, vanilla and chocolate.

Flavors ar mostly bourbon, vanilla and with some chocolate and malts in the back. The hopprofile that love so muh in the base beer seems to have left the building

It's medium bodied. A bit of booze lingers.

It's a pretty good barrel aged stout. As with many of these barrel aged versions, the base beer gets burried and that's OK but don't expect Old Rasputin + barrel. Thanks a bunch Brooks. This was quite the experience for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 13:24:44 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Doopie got a surprise box from his mate TheBrewViking and it included this rarity. Pretty cool! Thanks for sharing Doops.

From a 500ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter.
Drunk right after the base beer.

APPEARANCE: Transparent brown pour yields a 1+ finger, medium-thicker looking, tan head with great retention. Black body and medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and really clings to the sides of the glass. A decent wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Great heat, but pour need to be darker and thicker for top marks.

SMELL: Barrel up front with some bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate. Touches of roasted malts and dark chocolate too, but this one is more barrel heavy. Medium strength nose.

TASTE: Barrel up front again with bourbon, vanilla and oak notes. Touches of milk chocolate, roasted malts and hop bitterness at the swallow, but this one is more about the barrel flavors than the base beer. Milder but lingering aftertaste of barrel notes, alcohol, and a touch of bitterness and roasted malts. This is pleasant, but not memorable.

PALATE: Medium-lighter body with higher carbonation. Light on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of heat at the swallow and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. A touch of heat lingers. Definitely needs to be heavier on the palate.

OVERALL: This is a good beer, but not a memorable one. Enjoyable with a pleasant barrel component, but the base beer doesn’t come through too much and the flavors are probably much mellower than they were upon release. The body is also too light for the style. I was definitely excited to give this one a go and am grateful for the opportunity, though I don’t think this one is worth tracking down at this point. Thanks again for sharing Doops. Good times!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 14:03:44 | More by Jeffo
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to stoutfiend27 for sending this rarity in our ongoing bottle trading arrangement.

Deep brown-hued black in color. The pour yields a thin head that disappears quickly. Spotty bubbles on the sides of the glass both as lace and after a swirl, and the swirl kicks up some oily legs, too.

The aroma is full of dark fruits and subtle barrel notes. This reminds me a lot of aged Expedition as I smell it. Somewhat ashy in the aroma as well, I find it very compelling. The flavor is much bolder than the aroma, and as a result, it must be more complex to yield the same effect. Ashy tobacco, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, warm alcohol, and dark, bitter chocolate all come through. Great medley of flavors, though it find that it is a bit ashy for my tastes. I wonder if this is passing its peak...

Slick, oily, and pleasant feeling on the palate, this is now my second great experience with a barrel aged Old Rasputin variant. North Coast seems to have this barrel aging thing down pat between Old Stock and Old Rasputin. Definitely glad to have tried this.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 03:40:55 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Pencible

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured an opaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like toasted oak and coconut and vanilla and coffee and bitter dark chocolate, with some licorice and molasses.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate and bitter coffee and licorice, with toasted oak and coconut and vanilla and molasses. It had a smooth bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was an excellent bourbon stout, with delicious scent and taste, and very nice body. The alcohol was pretty well hidden, so it was easy to drink, but of course this should be sipped. Could probably continue to be aged. Great beer, but not the best bourbon stout ever.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 19:28:45 | More by Pencible
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mjyoung

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split w/ bbb099.

A: Dark, but not quite motor oil. No head but with some relatively decent lacing. Looks good, but nothing spectacular.

S: Bourbon, chocolate, malt and oak. Not much else at all, but the smell is overpowering (but balanced).

T: Barely a hint of bourbon, with more rich dark chocolate and strong roasted malt. Not the most complex of flavors, and a little harsh, but very good. Even after all this time there's a hint of booze.

M: Thick, creamy, and delicious. A little hot, but good.

O: Fantastic, and as a celebratory beer I'm quite ok with it. Worth the wait, and I'd love to get my hands on another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 06:17:12 | More by mjyoung
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mdfb79

New York

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/23/11 notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a tulip, split with my brother on Thanksgiving eve.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and a few minutes of retention; looks like a great RIS.

s - Smells of light bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted notes, and chocolate. Nose is great, though the nose has noticeably less bourbon than the XII last time I had it (about 4 months ago). Still very good and complex, and more chocolate and vanilla, which I really like.

t - Tastes of oak, vanilla, sweett chocolate, bourbon, sweet dark fruits, and light cream. Taste seems like the bourbon has faded a bit, and is much sweeter than I remember the XII being. A step down from the nose and a step down from the XII.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy. For 11.6% ABV it's very easy to drink, had no problem drinking a 9 oz. glass of it. Great mouthfeel for a RIS.

o - Overall this is still a very good beer, but I think it may have peaked. I opened a bottle of XII last Thanksgiving and again four months ago and both times it was much better than this XI was, as was the BA Yeti I had last weekend. The nose is still great, but the bourbon has definitely faded in the taste, and it's gotten a little sweeter. As a bourbon fan, I liked the XII better and plan on opening my last bottle of XII before it fades too much like this one had. Sounds like a lot of complaining for a beer I'm giving a high review to, but that's how much I enjoyed the XII. Would certainly like to have it again and would buy it again if I could.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 16:38:17 | More by mdfb79
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jnn4v

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark - almost pitch black. Not translucent except for the corners. Tan colored head filled about 10% of the glass. No visible sediment or haze.

S: Caramel, milk chocolate, coconut, and agave nectar. Very sweet with clear bourbon elements, but not much alcohol burn at all.

T: Cocoa powder, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Chocolate caramel, and very slight hints of coconut and oak. Much more of an imperial stout and much less bourbon flavor than the fresher iteration (XII).

M: Great mouthfeel, especially for the age. Ample carbonation for an imperial stout, but still good density and body.

O: Very solid effort here from North Coast. Elements of the bourbon barrel are clearly evident, but they don't overpower the beer it was to begin with. Holds up to cellaring quite well.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 03:49:24 | More by jnn4v
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PaulStoneAnchor

California

3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a full foam that lasts for several minutes

S: Bourbon, Dark Chocolate, Oak, and some sweet maltiness

T: When sipped it has a lot of coffee, dark chocolate, smooth bourbon, some oak, and light unsweetened vanilla. Even after a few years it still has some really nice hoppiness to it.

M: Has a rich creamy mouthfeel with a low to medium carbonation.

O: This is a pretty good beer as it warms up. When its first poured there are huge notes of barrel and smooth bourbon. As it continues to warm up more of the subtle flavors come through, like coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Even after being aged for about 3 years, and before being in a barrel for several months, it has some really nice hoppiness still. I think this beer is at its prime, and to be honest wont improve much from here. This is my second time trying this and it is definitely ready now. Overall, this is a really nice beer, but I think the Old Rasputin XII was much better.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 07:27:33 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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oline73

Maryland

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a bottle at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours black with some light coming through at the edges. There is a finger of thick tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Smooth bourbon with lots of roast, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit.

Taste: Just as smooth as the smell. There are hints of bourbon, vanilla, maple, roast, and caramel. The bourbon and roast hold on through the finish. Just wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with tingly carbonation and a touch of dryness in the finish.

Overall: One of the best beers I have ever had. I opened this up just after having BA Yeti and there was no contest. I picked up a bottle to trade initially, but I'm going to hold onto it for myself.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 20:19:49 | More by oline73
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nycwinter

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black, not as viscous as expected. Alcohol is visibly present.

S: bourbon and smokey chocolatey mossy dark fruit.

T: bourbon with a hint of OR.

M: a step up from a neat bourbon, or a step down depending on how you look at it.

O: I wouldn't drink this over OR, but very glad to have had the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

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