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Old Rasputin XI - North Coast Brewing Co.

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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 108
Gots: 54 | 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:
Beer added by: stumac on 12-05-2008

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.
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Ratings: 210 | Reviews: 142
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.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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1/5  rDev -76.6%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Jeffo
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!

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4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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Old Rasputin XI from North Coast Brewing Co.
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