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Old Rasputin XI - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin XIOld Rasputin XI

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204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 109
Gots: 53 | FT: 3
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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kkipple

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Chris Dotson for breaking out this rare brew on the last day of 2008. From notes:

A. The same as the normal Old Ras. Deep brown-black, fine rich tan head, some lace. Moving along...

S. This is where things go off the map, as they say... seriously hot, fresh-from-the-barrel bourbon and booze blend with the usual roast grain, coffee and deep chocolate notes of the normal Rasputin. The hops are barely noticeable behind the wood. Smells very "young", and the oak and vanilla are quite in your face. Quite bold, I would prefer this to be more reserved, nothing a few years in the cellar can't fix...

T. Yarr! Truly, aging this brew in barrels has produced a drink strong enough for the Mad Priest himself! The bourbon and oak are front, center, and finish. North Coast says they aged this for a full year in bourbon-oak barrels, and it shows. Too long? Perhaps... the flavors are all GOOD, it's just a bit much. The subtle character that is typical in the Old Rasputin is diminished and dimmed by the vanilla, oak, and boozy heat of the barrels. Still, darn tasty.

M. Smoother than the flavor would suggest, goes down full and warming. Borders on creamy. Quite nice. I wouldn't want to drink a lot of this one as it gets a bit excessive quickly.

Old Rasputin XI is a nice beer, but the overwhelming oak+bourbon assault keeps it from getting higher marks.
Feel free to add .5 to the score if you like your wood-aged beers hot and intense. I'm going to sit on my sole bottle for a while and see what a year does to this one. A tip of the hat to North Coast for a wild ride and for Chris for bringing the good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 23:34:35 | More by kkipple
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Old Rasputin XI from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.