Old Rasputin XII - North Coast Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev -14.8%
Thanks Ken. I understand this to be the same recipe as the Raputin XI. However I did not enjoy thi as much. Very attractive aromas, black with lots of lace, above average mouthfeel that is smooth and creamy. However the taste is coconut dominated.Another year, as when I had the XI made a difference.
08-10-2010 12:42:38 | More by Sammy
3.74/5 rDev -13.4%
Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.
Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, spice, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but is coming across as going downhill at this point.
06-04-2014 03:58:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
A: A dark ebony with an espresso head.
S: Plenty of bourbon and sweet roasted malts, alongside a little bit of chocolate, tobacco, and espresso.
T: Thick and tasting of all of the above. The bourbon character is evident and really adds a lot to Old Rasputin.
M: Perhaps the best part. The one thing that's really lacking--for me, at least--with regular Old Rasputin is that it's a little bit thin. That is not a problem here.
D: Quite drinkable--a very worthy RIS and I'm quite glad that North Coast decided on wider distribution for this one.
09-24-2009 19:50:59 | More by Thorpe429
4.25/5 rDev -1.6%
Appearance: Pours obsidian, with a frothy beige head that leaves a sheet of lace as the head descends, along with striations of lace around the chalice
Smell: Bourbon and vanilla dominates, along with graham cracker, dark chocolate and a hint of prune
Taste: Graham cracker sweetness, up front, with a burgeoning blast of bourbon and vanilla that arrive at mid-palate, along with dark chocolate; after the swallow, there is a brief fruity flirtation, with both dark fruits and a hint of citrus, before the alcohol and graham cracker sweetness linger into the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Very good, no doubt, but I cannot help but think the XI was better; perhaps my memory fails me, as it has been almost a year, but that beer was truly extraordinary
01-30-2010 03:11:15 | More by brentk56
4.6/5 rDev +6.5%
Here in Kentucky, a holiday favorite desert are the Bourbon Balls that are chocked full of chocolates, nuts, roasted cocoa, candied confections, and that irresistable caramel, vanillan, deep oak flavor that is bourbon. Old Rasputin XII is like drinking one of those.
The beer pours a lot like the standard Raspy but with a creamier, more viscous appearance. The beer seemingly crawls out of the bottle. A lot of froathy carbonation rises as if in slow motion to form this billowing caramel-stained head that could bounce a quarter. The head held firm nearly to the bottom of the glass and left light traces of lace behind, remarkable considering the abv. involved. ...and it's an opaque black, as if it needed to be said.
Robust aromas of bitter chocolates and espresso dominate the rim of the glass. Deep toffee malts and fruitcake breadiness rises to give depth to the malts and a warming fruitiness to the backdrop of the nose. Bourbony with strong caramel, oak, vanilla, and alcohol are undeniable throughout.
Flavors may even be more rich than promised by the nose. Rivaling Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout, this beer has a heavy bourbon influence upfront and never reliquishes. Deeply caramelized malts are dripping with the French Roast coffee, melted cocoa, and handsome bourbon character. Dark fruits of cherries, plumbs, dates, and figs add another dimention outside of the bourbon, roast, and malts that further reinforce the complexity and balance that is like no other.
Equally as rich in the body as in taste. Very full, viscous, robust, creamy, and heavy on the palate; even moreso as the beer warms and the carbonation eases. Even then, the textures remain velvety and silky smooth with a cleansing alcohol dryness that ushers the beer past the palate and into the finsih. Lightly fruity with rum sweetness and cocoa-coffe aftertaste.
An absolutely delightful Stout that is about as good as any ever done. I am always impressed to see these larger than life beer capture more than just a fleeting memory of a Bourbon Barrel, but real Bourbon character that demands respect. Great job North Coast!
08-07-2009 21:33:26 | More by BEERchitect
4.9/5 rDev +13.4%
Thrilled would be an understatement for my sentiment in regards to popping open this bottle. I had been anxiously awaiting its arrival into my hands and wasted no time at all getting it ready. Served chilled to cellar temp and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/02/2009.
Appearance - Poured out one of the best looking, evil stouts I can remember seeing. Black as night, completely opaque with a huge billowing head of tan up and over the top of the glass. Really enormous look to it. Cascading head fell back down to earth and still at over two inches high refused to gain any ground what so ever. Tons of sticky caramel colored lace thickened up the sides of the glass and nearly obscured even when empty.
Smell - Huge aroma of bourbon, rich chocolate notes and wonderful hints of molasses. As it warms it takes on a very sweet note, with touches of coffee adding a slight bitter nose to it. Really well defined though I have to admit here. Lots of bourbon, with that vanilla character very prominent indeed. This was a wonderfully full smell, I was literally headed over heals for this one...
Taste - ....then I took a taste. Perfection. Rich vanilla notes undermined the huge coffee and chocolate flavors, vanilla, molasses, hints of oak notes, sublime. Even as it comes up to near room temperature it keeps its insanely rich character. The final sips were so sweet, so full, I found myself chasing an empty glass for that last little drop.
Feel - Here is where my only really off comment could come. It could have been a bit thicker. Carbonation was spot on, but it was just not that full, syrup like texture I would have wanted to make this perfect, but still, enough viscosity to allow the flavor to really absorb on the palate which is a really good trait.
Drinkability - For how big this was, I was shocked by how little ABV there was present here. Really well done I have to say. It was insanely good and drinkable with enough of a body to really let the flavor pop, letting this one sit in the glass most of the night and keep me great company.
Overall - One of the best barrel aged stouts I have ever come across, and that is no laughing matter. I am so happy to have a couple of these to enjoy when the weather turns colder. This is a real treat and it needs to be sought out.
08-03-2009 23:35:41 | More by mikesgroove
4.13/5 rDev -4.4%
A: The pour is a thing of beauty: pitch black with a thick tan head on top, sticking around for quite some time.
S: There are tons of bourbon and barrel aromas coming from this one. A nice charred oak and vanilla component which goes wonderfully with the rich dark chocolate flavors of Ol' Raspy and the bourbon itself.
T: The bourbon taste dominates the flavor a bit more than I would prefer. The oak is front and center as well, but the vanilla is not quite as impressive (nor is the chocolate). A noticeable alcohol flavor as you might expect.
M: This is certainly a full bodied beer, but perhaps a bit over-carbonated for my tastes. This one is still a bit hot, as well.
D: Not a bad beer by any means, and I really like the bourbon barrel contributions, but I think this needs some more time to mellow out. For now, I'll stick with regular Old Rasputin.
04-15-2010 17:14:23 | More by womencantsail
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
This much anticipated drink met most of my high expectations.
Pours very dark brown/black with a thick, rich tan head. The nose hits you over the head with bourbon/whiskey and yields to espresso and finally sweet bitter chocolate as the beer warms and as it gets some air. Hints of black licorice, raisins and cabernet and syrah wine in the nose. Complex and inviting.
Mouthfeel is not as viscous as I would have liked but still rich and full, especially if you "savor" it a bit on the tongue and taste it like you might a glass of wine. Mouthfeel will improve with a bit of age. Lots of character and complexities.
The flavors and finish are the real stars here, as is the potential to age and improve. Flavors of whiskied espresso and dark chocolate and roasted grains develop into rounded flavors of sweet bitter chocolate espresso with a whiskey kick and rich layered flavors with hints of chocolate, cherries, complex red wine (cabernet and syrah) and coke. It goes through Madera and Sherry flavors and ends with a huge bitter coffee/espresso finish.
This will be wonderful with some age and I look forward to tasting it every six months, although I'm sure I'll open a bottle whenever I have an excuse or a good "beer drinking" friend over for dinner. A winner.
06-28-2009 22:46:30 | More by GRG1313
4.4/5 rDev +1.9%
This beer was quite the find, I was very happy to grab a bottle of this a while back. With much excitement I opened the bottle and poured it out for my friend and myself. The beer poured out as a nice dark black color with a creamy looking brown head. The lacing is pretty nice on the glass. The smell of the beer has a lot more chocolate than the regular Rasputin. The other aromas were of big roasted malts and just a touch of wood. The taste of the beer was very good, rich malts and some wooden flavors with a hoppy bitterness in the back end. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, had a really nice texture to it. Overall the beer was very good, I liked it more than the regular Rasputin until I had it on Nitro tap. Won't know if I will ever have it again but it was a very nice beer to have tried.
07-04-2011 17:57:58 | More by Knapp85
4.05/5 rDev -6.3%
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?
07-29-2009 21:26:02 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev -7.4%
Purchased and opened in honor of the birth of my son.
A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown color with ruby highlights. It had a brown, two-finger head of bubbly foam that left behind sticky rings of lace.
S - It smelled of cherry, bourbon, oak and hints of biscuity malt. Really a great aroma.
T - It tasted of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla. The bourbon strengthens as the beer warms.
M - It was soft and smooth with a warm alcohol presence. A chewy mouthfeel and a heavy bodied beer.
D - This is a good beer but I prefer the regular Rasputin. It's just too heavy and too much to handle.
09-08-2009 02:14:18 | More by zeff80
4.15/5 rDev -3.9%
Pitch black in my tulip, topped with two fingers worth of mocha-colored head that retains well. Huge tootsie roll aroma, very chocolatey, rich and sweet with an undertone of coffee. Bourbon becomes more apparent after a vigorous swirl, revealing vanilla, a little caramel and a lot of boozy heat. The taste is less sweet than the aroma implies, more coffee and bourbon-forward and less chocolatey. Vanilla, toffee and tons of boozy heat mid-palate, leading to a woody, semi-sweet finish. Medium-bodied, not exceptionally viscous but definitely not thin - exactly where I like it for this style. This is good stuff, but at $20 for 500ml, I doubt I'll be buying this again.
08-02-2009 22:35:23 | More by largadeer
4.7/5 rDev +8.8%
A - Pours with one finger of medium-brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles quickly but leaves nice lace.
S - A warm, sweet bourbon note with elements of vanilla, toasted oak, and caramel. Nutty malt with lots of chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee. Just a hint of spicy alcohol and hops.
T - Strong malt character of chocolate and light coffee up front. The mocha is joined in the middle by nutty toffee and a little bit of caramel. Finishes with a more distinctly roasted character of espresso and dark chocolate as well as vanilla and woody bourbon notes. Lingering roasted malt and toffee with sugary, boozy bourbon that coats the palate and becomes more coffee like as it fades away.
M - Medium-thick finish, moderately high carbonation, and a dry, warmly alcoholic finish.
D - Wow, this is bourbon barrel aging at its finest. The malt character is greatly enhanced from that of standard issue Old Rasputin. The coffee, chocolate, and toffee malt characteristics dominate in both the flavor and the aroma and completely wash away the strong hop qualities of the fresh beer. The bourbon barrel flavors themselves are quite nice as well, with rich, woody notes that are reminiscent of bourbon, but don't feel like the beer was just blended with liquor the way some other barrel aged beers come across. This is a case of an already great beer being improved upon by careful aging, a rare feat indeed!
01-27-2010 05:00:02 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev -7.4%
Got this one from SMason, cheers! Man that is one heavy ass 500ml bottle!
Pours mahogany/black with a finger of chunky mocha head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Figs, dates, raisins & a touch of chocolate hiding behind the fruit, oaky booze once warm. Easily the best part of this beer
T: Figgyness & much oakyness, plus some bourbon notes up front. Bourbon warmth, leafy hops, dryness & figs are all there as this warms, plus just a hint coca too (not enough to really make me happy). Finishes dry with boozey vanilla & a bit of dark choclate finally showing up late to the party to dance with the raisins, figs, cherries & black currants. Almost pulled a 4.5
MF: Light/medium bodied, & a bit & oily, fairly vigirous carbonation up front that mellows out over time. Thickens up a bit as this warms, but not enough
Drinks fairly easy for the style & ABV, but not enough complexity & a bit too much booze presence to get too excited about this. Glad i had a chance to try it, but I like the flavor mix on the garden variety Old Raspy, to say nothing of the price difference... Would love to try this in a few years to see how it aged, but wouldn't pay top dollar to do so...
10-14-2009 02:51:29 | More by russpowell
4.38/5 rDev +1.4%
Big thanks to Dave (d0b) for sharing one of these on a random Wednesday night. Served in a Sierra Nevada pint glass. I've sort of cribbed from my Rasputin XI review and made changes where appropriate.
A - Two fingers of mocha foam with great retention and beautiful complex lacing. Pitch black - only the tiniest hint of brown at the edge of the glass. One of the few bears that seems to look better in a goblet-style glass.
S - Huge bourbon and vanilla flavors, with some burnt malts and woody tannins. Also some hints of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness that comes out a fair bit as the brew warms up. The nose isn't as big as the Rasputin XI that I had on-tap, which leaped out of the glass, but it's still excellent.
T - Starts with vanilla at the tip of the tongue, but then morphs into bourbon bite and roast bitterness as it hits mid-palate. There's still quite a bit of burnt malt, and I'm getting the touches of chocolate and coffee. The bitterness in the aftertaste starts to mount as the brew warms up. It seems the more subtle flavors dissipate as the brew ages - I kind of like this better fresh.
M - Thinner than I expected, with moderate carbonation and mild residual stickiness. Good, but not as hearty as I'd expect from an 11.2% RIS. There's a little bit more heat on this one, seeing as it's fresh and all.
D - The high ABV, strong bourbon flavor, and residual bitterness make this one a slow sipper. However, the medium-bodied texture actually helps the drinkability in the way, as I don't feel like I've been drinking caramel. The 500ml bottles definitely make sense for this one.
07-23-2009 01:19:56 | More by MasterSki
Old Rasputin XII from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.