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Old Rasputin XI - North Coast Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-23-2013 13:39:11 | More by Chris77McGrath
Photo of 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
Photo of MarkFy


4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-23-2013 00:00:42 | More by MarkFy
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

02-20-2013 21:02:07 | More by drummermattie02
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

02-01-2013 22:09:14 | More by popery
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-29-2013 01:34:31 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-28-2013 01:14:13 | More by gigawatts
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-26-2013 23:56:50 | More by Rifugium
Photo of phingdong

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-22-2013 17:13:46 | More by phingdong
Photo of mroque1


5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-13-2012 18:34:46 | More by mroque1
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-01-2012 14:04:04 | More by t0rin0
Photo of aasher


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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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
Photo of Kadonny


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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

09-17-2012 02:23:02 | More by abex44
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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

07-21-2012 00:01:22 | More by swgwilt
Photo of DavoleBomb


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
Photo of 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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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-21-2012 18:51:19 | More by John11486
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-20-2012 16:52:20 | More by cpinto6
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-14-2012 20:49:52 | More by sholland119
Photo of faucd531


1/5  rDev -76.6%

02-09-2012 03:20:23 | More by faucd531
Old Rasputin XI from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.