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Old Rasputin XII - North Coast Brewing Co.

Old Rasputin XIIOld Rasputin XII

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512 Ratings
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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%


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

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Tdizzle on 06-28-2009)
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BeardedRiker

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this back when I worked up at La Bodega in Anchorage, AK. If you want to go to a beer store with a damn good variety and overly knowledgeable staff then go there. I believe this was $18 a bottle. That didn't stop two guys from coming in and buying four cases and paying IN CASH. Crazy guys... Anyway, so I had this baby aging for over two years until I drank it on Christmas day (2011). I love Old Rasputin, as I'm sure everyone does, and I was very interested in knowing how it would taste, being bourbon barrel-aged and not being opened for over 730 days. Also, the last aged stout I had was a year old Abyss that rocked my socks off, so I was very much excited to see how Old Rasputin would change after aging.

The stout pours out almost jet black (Does anyone know what that actually means?) but when held up to the light you can see a slight amount of dark browness on the edges of the glass. It looks like pouring out oil almost. Unlike the regular Razzy, this 2+ year old didn't form a large head, nor take a long time to form it. The head did look good, though, it being mocha-colored and extra creamy.

Wow, it smells great. The bourbon barrel aging comes out a lot. It smells very much like bourbon with lots of booziness, almost like wine. Mmm...the oak is strong too, giving it some spiciness. Roastiness comes from cocoa and coffee, and sweetness comes from a burnt molasses and brown sugar smell. Dark fruits like figs, which I have to say I had some recently and I love them, raisins, and plum. The XII has a strong smell and it leaves no doubt that it's bourbon barrel-aged.

The taste is very much like the smell. Strong bourbon booze is up front that warms you up, but the alcohol, even with it being 11.2%, doesn't overpower. There's some bitterness from hops but it's not nearly as hoppy as a regular Old Rasputin. Chocolate and coffee roastiness gives it more body and those flavors definitely linger long after drinking it.

The two years of aging I gave this made it exceptionally smooth. It's also very creamy but there's enough carbonation to not make it feel flat at all. Again, I think the aging changed it a lot because it doesn't have as heavy of a body as I expect a Razzy to have, though that's not necessarily a negative. It's not watery at all. It's just so damn drinkable for a beer with that much flavor and high ABV.

Although I very much enjoyed the XII, I don't know if I liked it as much as the regular Old Rasputin, although I haven't had one of those in months. It has great flavors and is a delight to drink, because it's so damn smooth and drinkable, but it lost a lot of the hoppiness and in-your-face flavors that I expect and want from an RIS. Don't get me wrong, though. This beer was damn good. If I ever got this anniversary beer again I'd try aging it just a year to see if that would better balance what I want from a regular Old Rasputin (robust, intensely flavorful, hoppy, and heavy) and what I want from aging (smoother, more complex flavors).

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 07:18:55 | More by BeardedRiker
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Old Rasputin XII from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.