Old Rasputin XII - North Coast Brewing Co.

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528 Ratings
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 127
Gots: 137 | FT: 4
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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Reviews by djbreezy:
Photo of djbreezy
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a lucky bottle at a low key spot in Vancouver, WA.

appearance - murky and dark, tan head with incredible retention and lacing

smell - big aromas of whiskey, vanilla, oak, cocoa

taste - chocolate and roasty with a touch of bourbon/whiskey, complex and full flavored

mouthfeel - big mouthfeel, smooth, viscous, some warmth

overall - was a really lucky find and i'm glad i had a chance to try this prize, a great sipping beer that is well executed

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Roger at Bestway for holding a few bottles for me,he sold out over last weekend.Poured into a snifter a jet black with a mocha colored froth atop,aromas were dominated by the boubon barrell with vanilla and wood really standing out,there was a tinge of spiced rum and roasted nut as well.Flavors are again dominated by the barrell not saying its a bad thing it is just the dominant force of the beer,big vanilla oak flavors mixed with some rummy tones,its gotta nice sweetish vanilla-like finish.I like this beer alot and its damn good but maybe the barrell aging thing might becoming a bit much...maybe Iam wrong?

Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This looks pretty much like previous anniversary editions which is a hefty complement. The purity of the black color is amazing and the head has that rich, brown sugar color although it's not as retentive as the X year.

Smell - The complexity of the nose is in keeping with the history of the North Coast anniversary ales. The woody barrel aroma is a bit bigger than I remember but otherwise you have a light vanilla and teasing brown sugar propping up the luscious malt base.

Taste - I didn't catch much bourbon at the nose but it is unmistakable at the taste. If you know the difference between bourbon and whiskey this has that wonderful smooth flavor of a bourbon county masterpiece.

I really enjoyed the fact that the big woody flavor from the nose was subdued at the taste because this is a major fault of many wood-aged beers. I mentioned this in my X Anniversary review as well. The woody notes here compliment the rich bourbon flavor and this sits rightly on the malt base and other smaller flavors.

Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied with a subtle alcohol charge. It's not highly-carbonated of course but there's enough liveliness on the tongue to keep the mouthfeel light and playful. It also has a strong bitter finish without being excessively dry.

Drinkability - This certainly met my expectations based upon my experiences with the other Rasputin offerings. I'm typically not a big fan of the wood=aged beers just because the wood flavor takes over, but here again North Coast did a brilliant job balancing the complexities of their world-class RIP with the rich, authentic bourbon and wood flavors.

Photo of brownbeer
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours jet black with a thick, creamy brown head.

S- Burnt cookies, dark chocolate, oaky vanilla, black olives.

T- Incredibly complex. Dark milk chocolate, cappucino, somewhat salty, nutty, malted milk balls, tobacco, bourbon. Gets even better as it warms.

M- Full bodied and creamy in texture.

D- A sheer joy to drink. Alcohol's noted but not overpowering.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Old Rasputin 12 Bourbon barrel aged with 11.2% alcohol that only makes you wonder what the 9% "OPld Rasputin is missing out on". I'll find out here soon.

A- Pours a black fluid that does not show any light through it even in sunlight. Dark half inch head drops to a black and tan froth with light but thick tan lacing.

S- Massive doses of heavy cocao and boozy bourbon upfront. If the alcohol bites me in the nose I wouldn't be surprised ohh wait it does. Dark scents of porter beer with shitloads of alcohol malts.

T-M- Taste is very strong stout cream, expresso, coffee grinds, chocolate, alcohol burn and dank malty goodness. Strong and balanced beer yes! Mouthfeel is expresso creamy and very mildly carbonated with alcohol driving freshness.

D- I'd kill a couple of these bad boys and go on great drink buy comes with price and session drinkablity.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip glass, this beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color. A thick cocoa head that quickly dissipated. Great aroma of coffee and bourbon, along with a little chocolate. Strong coffee/espresso taste, some bourbon, a little bit of chocolate. Alcohol noticeable, but was not oppressive. A very rich, filling RIS. I would like to drink some more of this, but the price of $22.50 for a 500ml bottle is a little daunting.

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tjthresh
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a soda like fizzy brown head. The nose is a good blend of the beer and the barrel. There's that oak/vanilla/bourbon combo that we all love, but some roast and raisin actually make it through. Nice boozy bourbon flavors, and it keeps the integrity of the beer. The body is a bit thinner than I remember the original being, but its still substantial. Seems kind of fizzy though. Still, this is a BA beer worth bragging about.

Photo of Mora2000
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a thick black color with a tan head. The aroma is amazing. I get some roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. One of the best smelling stouts I have smelled. The flavor is chocolate, oak, whiskey, vanilla and roasted malt. Thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A terrific brew for my 300th review! Cheers everyone!!

This was an absolutely fantastic contribution to a recent beer tasting. Fortunately for me, the donor couldn't stand it (not a stout fan, so I'm not sure why he bought it - his loss!), so I got to savor the goodness more or less on my own. I have yet to have the pleasure of trying the original recipe, but if their barrel-aged XII edition is any indication, I can't wait.

Poured into a wine glass. Pitch black, perhaps a touch of chocolate around the edges. Thick mocha head that won't quit. Fantastic lacing and retention.

A rich, savoury nose with powerful ntoes of caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate, whisky, mild alcohol.

Simply sublime, one of the finest stouts I've encountered thus far. A superb blend of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, bread and cocoa. Barrel provides a lovely smoky oak backing. A mild alcohol burn to the finish. All this put together in a thick, creamy texture meant for some seriously awesome drinking.

One of the most hyped beers on BA (at the liquor store in San Diego, this was the highest rated brew available), and it did not disappoint. A thick, rich, flavorful and satisfying stout, something that initially beats you up with flavor, then cuddles you with a big warm hug afterwards. My only criticism of this beer is that I dont have more of it. NOW!

Photo of sm0key
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of magictrokini
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thick pillow of brown foam that just doesn't go away. Laced the top portion of the goblet. Vanilla, oak, and of course, bourbon in the nose; all very sweet. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee compliments it well. Velvety mouthfeel (as it warmed) that hangs low and settles nicely. Long finish. Bourbon and oak hit you first, but not as sour as some other bourbon-aged brews. Followed nicely by a sweet vanilla cream. This meshes well with the combination of bitter dark chocolate and milk chocolate flavors. Teh bitterness ramps up towards the back. Coffee, tannins, and smoke really pop and stay with you. Good alcohol warmth that is masked until about 1/3 is left in the bottle. Kind of cognac and more bourbon at that point, but still complimentary instead of the primary taste. Awesome beer worth every penny.

Photo of standardcherry
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2010 Stout tasting in a Orval Chalice

2009 limited release in a 500ml corked & caged bottle.

Pours a very amber dark brown head with a small very light brown thin head that stays. Bourbon and sweet malt on the nose.

Taste is mostly bourbon and a bit of woody/oaky crispness. Mouthfeel is fairly full, warm and pleasant. aged 6-9 months this is much better than it was fresh.

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Pour It Black
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 2 years)

Black as can be with a surprisingly sized, even persistent brown head. The beer eventually leaves spiderwebs of sticky lace all over the glass. Perfect.

A rich, earthy aroma with lots of bourbon upfront: vanilla, earth, wood, a bit of stinging alcohol; along with a thorough and complete balance of roasted malt, dark espresso coffee, along with some sweeter chocolate notes. Very nice.

The flavor is just as complete and enjoyable as the aroma. The sweet and bitter chocolate and coffee elements play a larger role, with the bourbon as more of an accent or accompanying role. Very little alcohol harshness. Incredibly drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This wasn't quite as thick and luscious as I hoped for.

All in all, an absolutely terrific barrel-aged stout.

Photo of boatshoes
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently had the good luck to find some of these (mis-?)priced at $9.99 a bottle. Methinks a bargain at that price.

Appearance- Pours a deep, rich motoroil black on par with the style. However, a surprisingly large amount of brown head with fat bubbles rises off the body of the beer. About a finger and a half of head in total sticks around for a fews minutes before dying back and moderate amounts of lacing left as I drink.

Smell- Woowee, very bourbon forward here. Lots of big notes of vanilla, bourbon, and wood dominate a base beer that gives off notes of bitter chocolate and burnt malt.

Taste- Very similar to the nose, being primarily bourbon forward, though in a nicer more balanced way than the nose initially suggested. Lots of rich vanilla and wood come through straight away; however, elements of the base beer that I picked up on in the nose are also noticeable. Particularly, the bitter chocolate comes through strong with a bit of burnt malt char flavor as well. The bourbon and wood balance themselves nicely with the original flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The one place I found this beer to be somewhat lacking was in mouthfeel. Keeping in mind the beer spent time in a barrel, I still found it to be rather thin unfortunately. However, it doesn't hurt the drinkability too much, which is pretty good for the style given the rich, well melded flavors.

Overall, a very good barrel-aged RIS. That being said, I do feel that there are better beers and better bargains in the style with a general price tag of around 20 dollars a bottle. I'll be buying more of this at the discounted price if it is still on the shelf for my next beer run.

Photo of chickenm
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a small but lasting tan head. Aroma of wood, bourbon, and chocolate. Flavor is heavy on vanilla sweetness, bourbon, and rich chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel, but the body is a little on the thin side for a Russian Imperial Stout. A bit hot as well, although the alcohol isn't completely overpowering. This probably could still benefit from some further aging. A good sipper; I like regular Old Rasputin better but I'm glad I got to try this!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black pour, not much beyond a thin tan ring of head, although it did make an interesting clumpiness alongside the edge of the glass. Big huge bourbon, chocolate and alcohol aroma oozing and burning the nose. Damn, this guy is hot.

Sure enough, damn hot on the tase. This is such a great beer by itself, putting it into a bourbon barrel undercuts the chocolatelyness I love so much in regular old rasputin. Alcohol permeates this thing. Astringent alcohol feel. Everything else is secondary, be it coffee, chocolate, or even the bourbon. Instead of bourbon or imperial stout, you just taste hot hot heat.

If I get more bottles of these bourbon rasputins, I will definitely not open them for at least a few years. The XI was much better, but even then, I still like just normal always available regular rasputin more.

Drank @ March Madness 2011 party.

Photo of rudylaw
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle courtesy of eyebrews. Jack, you are truly the king of kings!

A very dark brown beer with ruby red highlights and a frothy off-white to caramel brown head.

Lost of roasted malts in my nose accompanied by chocolate, vanilla and oakiness.

The taste is an explosion. Chocolate brownie batter, watered down with chocolate milk. There's a good whiskey burn here but doesn't distract from the sweetness. The vanilla is present on the back end. Really nice stuff!

It's a thin RIS, a Cali RIS. It also hides it's near 12% very well as I'm just about kaput with this 500ml and ready for the next 500!

Photo of OStrungT
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black color, with a fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a thick lacing.

This beer smells pleasently of bourbon. I can detect some vanilla, and some oaky aroma as well. Also present is some sweet caramel malt. Some dark fruit aroma is also present. The alcohol content is noticable in the aroma.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Borubon, mixed in with some vanilla and oak. Dark figs are also present. As with the aroma, the alcohol content is notable.

This beer is very full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a bourbon like aftertaste. The alcohol warms on the way down. Carbonation is low, good for the style.

This beer wouldnt be a good session beer. It is too high in alcohol. Also, the good, but aggressive flavor would be to much to drink all night long.

Overall: This beer is pretty damn good. One of the better BA Stouts I have tasted.

Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Naja's in Redondo Beach, CA.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head sticks around for a while before receding into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate, in that order. The bourbon doesn't overtake the aroma, instead giving the others plenty of room to breath.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The vanilla flavor is a bit more intense than the smell would have led me to believe, however it still melds nicely with roasted malt and bourbon flavors. Midway through the sip unsweetened chocolate flavors come out before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a silky thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I split the bottle but could have taken care of the whole thing myself.

Overall, the bourbon flavors don't overpower everything else as in other BBA stouts (not that I don't like the ones that do) and it makes for easy drinking. Worth a shot, and I wish I'd picked up more bottles when I saw them.

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Old Rasputin XII from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.